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Let me introduce, Rachel Ewell
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Position: Co-Founder of MNCommunity
What else are you a part of: I also work as a full-time job as a Revenue Cycle Management Consultant for Reimbursement Concepts, Inc.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. Go Huskers!
Tell me about your typical day.
My typical day consists of coffee first, then checking social media including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, usually will post in the morning.
I work my FT job during the day from home and then usually have some sort of event in the evenings such as a show, dinner with friends, meetings for MNCommunity or other types of events.
What do you love the most about your job?
MNCommunity was a vision of mine for a long time. I am so passionate about supporting local ventures in Minnesota especially those that are woman-owned, so I love that I now have an outlet to share all of the things I love about the Twin Cities.
What do you do when you’re not working?
Free time? What is that? Ha! Some of my favorite past-times are going to see theater, going to see live music, yoga or just a nice hike through one of the many beautiful parks in the Twin Cities.
What is on your bookshelf?
I wish I read more than I do but on my bookshelf you will find many of the classics that I love such as Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Wuthering Heights.
What helps you stay inspired?
I make a point to see different types of art as much as possible – from going to see plays and theater, to visits to MIA and the Walker, to visiting to the many small galleries around the Twin Cities. We are so blessed and I think this is one of the things that inspires me most.
When things don’t go as planned, what three things you do to bring you back to your center?
This is a tough one for me as I have a difficult time when things don’t go the way that I want them to. Three things that help bring me back to center are…
3. Focusing on different things.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
One of my business mentors told me once that I needed to stop apologizing. I have a tendency to be overly apologetic, even about things I have no control over.
This tendency can be seen as a weakness especially in the business world so since that day, this is an aspect of my personality that I consistently work on.
What quote, saying or philosophy do you live by?
One of my favorite quotes (which I have written on my chalkboard wall in my kitchen)…
So much of what we accomplish is based on a belief that we can make it happen.
What is the biggest risk you’ve taken and what did you learn from it?
Moving to Minnesota when I was 23 basically on a whim was the biggest risk so far. I had never been to MN and only knew one person that lived here. However, at the time, there was nothing holding me in Nebraska and it was the best risk I’ve ever taken.
I learned that its important to listen to the universe and listen to the feeling in your heart – when its right you will know it and in order to grow, you have to be willing to take risks.In order to grow, you have to be willing to take risks. - Rachel Ewell Click To Tweet
What is on your bucket list?
The number one item on my bucket list is traveling outside the United States. I have only been out of the country once, and that was to Canada, so my main priority before I turn 40 is to book my first trip outside the country.
How do you manage spending time with your family, your work, and time for yourself?
This is another tough one! To be honest, I am working on this because this is very much an area that I struggle with. One thing I have found that works is actually scheduling time for myself on the calendar – actually blocking off time and holding myself to that.
What accomplishments in your life are you most proud of?
I am very proud of my Bachelors degree in Social Work and I am also extremely proud of MNCommunity.
I also recently spoke at the NHIA Conference and the Oley Foundation conference which I was also proud to be invited to do.
What is one thing you wished you knew when you were younger?
I wish that I would have known how important it is to be yourself and that life does get easier. I was terribly introverted and so I feel that I missed out on things because I was too timid and too scared that others would make fun of me.
What do you want to tell the women of the world today?
You are strong, smart and beautiful. I hope to be as inspiring to others someday as you are to me every single day.
I consider myself a girl about town in the Twin Cities. I love theater, art, thrifting, shopping and of course, brunching at one of my favorite restaurants. I am also happy to be the crazy aunt to my two nephews and niece. I love being a connector of people and enjoy nothing more than being able to connect friends to each other. I love the Twin Cities and even though I wasn’t born here, I consider myself a tried and true Minnesotan.
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MNCommunity supports local artists, events, and businesses in the Twin Cities. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for all things local and attend one of their fun events. MNCommunity is up to great things. Do yourself a favor and check them out.
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