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Conversations with the Inspiring Rachel Devin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Devin.

Rachel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always wanted to be an influencer in some capacity. I dreamed of starting my own YouTube channel or blog for over a decade, but I never had the confidence to actually do it. After graduation this past May, I decided I could not make excuses anymore and if I wanted to follow my dream then this was probably the best time in my life to do so. I have always wanted to do something in my life that would help people, but I thought you had to pick a career that would allow you to do so. Post-grad, I can tell you this could not be further from the truth. If you want to make an impact then you have to do it yourself! I decided to start my blog this past summer to create a conversation about mental health and how it impacts individuals in their early twenties. My first post got incredible feedback and I was elated but that was where the real work began. Overall, I really just want to help others who have struggled with mental health as I have felt less alone, more motivated, and more positive!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think it is important for anyone who wants to become an influencer to realize that it is filled with ups and downs. At first, I was incredibly discouraged by the fluctuating numbers on my blog, Instagram, and YouTube channel. I did not understand why some posts would do so much better than others, especially when I was talking about such a sensitive and personal subject such as my mental health. If I could give any advice to other women who are starting their journey it would be to try not to pay too much attention to the numbers you see in analytics. Yes, numbers are important but you cannot personally control how many people view each post, so do not put unnecessary stress on yourself by beating yourself up overview counts. My second piece of advice would be to post what you want to post. It can be easy to get caught up in just posting what you think others would want to see but the most satisfying thing in the world is getting positive feedback and numbers on posts YOU love!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I primarily focus upon the impact mental health has on individuals in their early twenties. Additionally, I enjoy documenting my transition from college to adult life in a new city. I graduated from Indiana University this past May and moved from my hometown of Sandy Springs, GA to Chicago, Illinois in August. I enjoy using my very personal experiences to help others have a better understanding of what lies ahead of them post-graduation. The best part of putting myself out there and discussing my own struggles with mental health has been all of the positive feedback I have received, thus far, about others that I have helped. I have never been happier than when people reach out to me to tell me that my work has made them feel less alone or less anxious about graduation and finding a job. I believe what sets me apart from others is that I am 100% genuinely myself on all of my platforms. I want my viewers to feel like they are hearing from their friend whom they can put their trust in rather than someone random on the internet.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I think this is the best possible time for women to follow their dreams. I feel as if most doors are open to me now as a woman and I am incredibly thankful for that. Women have the opportunity to use the internet to connect with one another to strengthen women overall. I think the best opportunity women have right now is creating a community to help motivate and promote one another. I have met so many incredible women via influencer Facebook groups, Instagram posts, etc. who want to help one another as much as possible, I do not believe that male influencers have the same sense of community that we do.

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Jessica Shaye Photography, Sara Danielle Photography

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