A little bit about me

A dream in the making…

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.”~Georgia O’Keefe

Hello and welcome to Books and Bangles!  Interested in knowing a bit about me? Well, I am Rachele Hollingsworth and I am a wife and mother; a teacher and a dreamer.  My husband is an amazing, hardworking man, and we are the parents of two beautiful boys, aged 11 and 3.  I have spent the past 14 years teaching English, writing, and theater at a tiny high school in Southern Illinois.  Teaching is my passion.  The classroom is my outlet to share my passion for literature and writing and the performing arts.  There I feel like I am making a positive impact on this world, one student at a time.  Recently I began teaching freshman composition classes at my college Alma Mater.

Never Too Old for a New Passion

In addition to my family and my teaching, I’ve recently discovered a new passion as well.  I stumbled into direct sales completely by accident.  I was introduced to KEEP Collective as a customer first. Instantly, I fell in love with the sentimentally of the jewelry.  Since my day job is all about storytelling,  why shouldn’t my side gig do the same?

A Writing Teacher’s Dream

I started this blog as a means to move my small business forward, but in reality it is so much more than that.  I have dreamt of being a writer my entire life.  “Being published” has always been my ultimate goal.  However, somehow life always seems to get in the way.  My writing took a back burner to raising a family, building a home, and grading the writing of others. 

This blog is a dream, 38 years in the making.  Yes, I hope to use it to grow my little business.  In addition, it’s also an excuse to sit down each day and put words to paper, like I once promised myself I would many years ago.  This blog explores my passions.  Here I get to talk about teaching, reading,  parenting, and my new sales gig.  I get to explore the idea of accessorizing life with knowledge, family, and some beautiful bangles as well.   THANK YOU for joining me on this journey.


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