Rachel Boehm is an award-winning journalist, turned workplace wellness organizer and advocate. Her experiences with school and workplace bullying, fat shaming, disordered eating, perfectionism, and verbal and emotional abuse began at a young age and continued into her late-twenties.
Embracing a survivor’s mindset, Boehm now views her journey as a calling to transform the way individuals and organizations view well-being, the beauty of the human body, metrics of success, and the fragility of time. Boehm was raised in Austin, Texas. A love for the fine arts, film, and television took her to Southern California for undergraduate studies and to pursue a career in the industry. A quarter-life crisis fueled by the tumultuous nature of the industry and a realization of society’s flawed definitions of beauty and success, sent her on a multi-year soul-searching quest. This journey is detailed in her memoir I Am NOT!
Today, Boehm works at an individual and organizational level to change the dialogue around the workplace well-being experience. She shares her story and works to help others redefine success and beauty; and develop mindfulness and self-compassion. Learn more about Rachel on her website at www.rachelboehm.com.
When enough of the world comes at you, telling you you’re nothing, you believe. You become what you believe. You become until the pain of becoming is too great to bear. You constantly ask yourself: What if I don’t know the answer? What if I’m wrong? What if they know I’m wrong? What if they laugh? What if fearing failure makes you fail? You’re faced with a choice. To stay. Or to change. Or to end. If you’re lucky, enough love begins seeping through, lighting a path to change.
This is the story of I Am NOT!, a memoir of triumph over verbal and emotional abuse, bullying, disordered eating, and societal norms. A journey of self-deprecation and the promise of continued growth. An anecdotal warning of the challenges kids, teens, and adults still face today.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-00-1- paperback
ISBN: 978-1-989833-01-8 - eBook
"Brutally honest, beautifully empowering, and haunting in how many of our own lives’ bits and pieces we can see in Rachel's journey."
– Kristen Caldwell, High School Library Media Specialist
"This book made me take a look at feelings and experiences I have pushed aside for years because I didn't know how to deal with what I felt when it happened. The author writes short passages about different moments in her life that build her walls and insecurities and felt very relatable, as well as her fight to find her strength."
– Kindle Customer