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Rachel Pohl Art  ✨Be well and do good work. 💍Fiancé = @charles_post

This is Annie. She completely inspires me on a daily basis. She has overcome more than most, and has done so with grace and strength. Annie learns in a unique way, and was told growing up that she wouldn’t excel at certain things. To those who doubted her: Annie did very well in college, is an incredible chef, great at taking care of others, and has a blackbelt in mixed martial arts. Oh, and for that matter, Annie can do anything.

A few months ago, this amazing woman had a section of her lower leg removed due to a precancerous melanoma. You can see here a small portion of the iPhone-sized skin graft removed from her thigh to patch onto the wound. Yet last week she hiked with us through Glacier National Park. Even with the gnarliest wound I’ve ever seen, she went on a five mile hike and did not complain once.

Annie truly is my hero. This gem of a human is @charles_post’s little sister, and soon she will be my sister in law! She’s one month older than me, and I feel so lucky to call her a friend and one of my bridesmaids.

Sometimes it drives me crazy who our society idolizes and worships. Celebrities typically don’t do much for others or the planet. There are exceptions, but I guarantee Annie has a better attitude about life than most of them. We should look up to true heroes more. To scientists and mathematicians, creatives and those who serve others- from teachers to nurses to counselors. I wish we could more deeply appreciate those who are more quietly crushing at life. And we need to acknowledge more heroes like Annie.

If any of you would like to give a shoutout to Annie (aka @coffee_swim) or anyone else in your life who is the greatest person you know, please do. But actually, do it in real life. Remember to thank and honor those who inspire you, and remember that everyone is fighting their own battle. Above all else, remember to be kind and determined like Annie. You’ll go far in life if you do.

Photo by the one and only @charles_post of me and @coffee_swim #glaciernationalpark #glacier #hero #unsunghero #annierules #blackbelt #hikingadventures #inspired #inspiringwomen #hiking #ToastToHeroes

I think we all know that you get out of life what you put into it. But do we really take that to heart, and put in the effort to make our dreams become realities? Do we stay calm and positive in stressful times, plan grand adventures even though they are a lot of work, and make sure we’re living each day as well as we can in spite of our circumstances?
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If your life has been awesome lately, it’s probably because of months or years of effort (or effort by someone else I suppose), not just showing up. If things have been hard, chances are there’s a reason for it. A reason is not an excuse, but a history. Obviously some things are out of our control. But really think about what you want out of life, and what you need to put into it to make those goals happen. It will take a lot of work to do just what you desire, but we really do get out what we put in. ✨
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I’m so happy we hiked to this overlook last week with one of my new “Hidden Lake” 3” stickers!! I’ve been really wanting to reach this very small goal for a while. I love revisiting the exact spot that inspired my paintings, with a version of that piece. ✨ Check out this sticker through the link in my bio! All stickers ship free this week!
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#hiddenlake #glacier #glaciernationalpark #montana #rachelpohlart #details #thematicunity #hiking #sticker #mountainart #mountains #creativehappylife

There’s a lot of suffering in perfection. The illusion of effortlessness inherently takes so much effort. And perfection, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. With a small shift in perspective, we can go from feeling like everything needs to go just as we’d like, to finding meaning in moments when it does not. I fiercely believe that all thing happen for a reason, and just as they should.
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On our way up to Banff a few days ago, it quickly became apparent that the blue skies and clean air we desired for running and painting were not going to happen, thanks to the 100+ fires burning in BC and AB right now. So we turned around, back to Montana to spend more time with family. It was hard bailing on a trip I’ve been looking forward to for so long, but the reality is that the best laid plans often do not work out, and trying to force life into your wants and needs is seldom a productive task.
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Instead of trying to make everything look and be perfect, we have to let go of that illusion and find peace within ourselves, contentment in what the universe delivers to us. Instead of painting on the shores of turquoise lakes and running up mountains in the Canadian Rockies, we enjoyed a quiet little lake near a town that most people have never heard of. We spent time with people who really matter to us, and though we didn’t go on the trip we’d planned on, we found moments of tranquility I guarantee we wouldn’t have found in a place so overrun with tourists. Two night ago, the four of us took a canoe onto the lake at midnight to gaze at the Milky Way. I’d give up all the perfection in the world for days like that. Because it is in the small, unexpected, and seemingly imperfect moments that my whole soul is filled to the brim with happiness. And happiness can’t always be predicted, it cannot be forced, and perfection is truly what you decide it is.
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Photo by my @charles_post in #glaciernationalpark earlier this week #creativehappylife #exploreandcreate #indianpaintbrush #fireweed #wildflowers #wearableart #rachelpohlart #glacier #banff #instaart #hiking

There are a lot of excuses we make to not care about the planet, about politics, about humanitarian issues. Daily life is exhausting. How can we find the time to carve out a place in our hearts for things beyond ourselves? How do we care? How do we make a difference? How do we practice self care, so we can practice caring for the planet?
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These are exhausting and intimidating questions, and I’m constantly searching for the answers. Yesterday we did a quick hike to this viewpoint, surrounded by thousands of others. Most of those people probably don’t have the answers to those questions either, but we were all out there at least recognizing that there’s so much worth protecting and more importantly, we are tiny and (according to geologic time) individually insignificant to the planet. But together we have put places like this in jeopardy from our consumption habits.
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The trail we hiked has over the years become a wide swath on the landscape, arguably at risk of being loved to death. But it is loved nonetheless, and I hope that people who spend times outdoors having meaningful interactions with places like this will be better equipped to speak up if such places are threatened. The same is true for every other issue, from taking the time to see the lives of people in other countries and even within our own, to seeing first hand neighbors who are affected by political decisions. It’s so easy to visit a National Park or walk down the street of your home town and tune out all the darkness in favor of thinking about your own problems and successes. But to care, we have to be cognizant of the bad things too. Live like you care about this planet and it’s people. Because it is your home, and you are but one of billions upon billions who inhabit it, not just by people but by wild animals and plants and living rivers and oceans. Everyone and everything suffers from our apathy. Seek experiences that inspire you and others to actually think, and go see for yourself that everything is connected.
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“Hidden Lake” 2017. The original is sold, but prints are in the link in my bio!! #rachelpohlart #glacier #glaciernationalpark #glacier #mountainart

There are certain things we wish for, but never really do anything about. In that same vein, there are things we complain about but don’t take any action to change. If you spent the time you spend whining about a task on actually doing it, it would probably be done by now. So instead of wishing, just do. Instead of lamenting just tackle that task. Whatever it takes, it’s more in your control than you think. You don’t need the most time or the best plan, just start!
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I finally added four new hat designs to my site! There’s a link to them in my bio!! I thought about waiting until I had the “perfect” picture of each hat, but decided instead to just release them all now, sans perfection. Because you guys- these are my favorite ones yet!! This is the “American Rivers Bear” hat, the same design that’s on my Montana license plate! Check out the other three on rachelpohlart.com!
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Photo by my @charles_post#glacier #glaciernationalpark #rachelpohlart #mountainart #creativehappylife #folksouls #hiking #mountainlife#goingtothesunroad

It’s easy to have a positive outlook when you’re feeling great and everything is going well. It’s easier to give advice for how to live, to be happy, to remain calm in stressful situations from a place of peace and well being. It’s an entirely different story to dig deep within yourself and scoop out whatever shreds of dignity and energy you have left when things are not so easy. When everything seems to go wrong, when those few raindrops turn into a torrential downpour and then you’re drowning in more than you can handle. But it’s in the hardest moments that we learn the most about ourselves.
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Not going to lie, these past few days and weeks have been exceedingly challenging. It’s kind of a joke at this point the number of small but very time consuming hurdles I’ve had to leap lately. Some of them I cannot achieve right now and that’s very demoralizing. Like this painting... I’m so close to finishing it but couldn’t finish it before leaving a few days ago for a two week trip. I’m disappointed but it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of my life, but it feels like it is. There’s three dozen other hard thinks that have happened lately, but I’m doing my best not to focus on those.
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If we are struggling and expect more things to go wrong, they probably will. If there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s that staying positive when life keeps giving you lemons is really hard, but you just have to suck up and make the most of it because everything will pass. And try to breathe, try to take a moment to be grateful for all that has been going right. Because when you start counting your blessings, you’ll see that even in the hardest moments, there’s always light.
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Do small things that lift you up. Really hone in on those good little bits of your day, and watch how they add up, watch the darkness ebb away into light. If any of you have been having a hard time lately, remember that you are not alone. Life is hard but it’s also unfathomably wonderful, we just have to keep going. Good things are coming. ✨✨✨
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Photo from painting with my bison friends last week by @charles_post #mountainart #rachelpohlart #painteveryday

I painted this piece a few years ago, for @americanrivers. They asked me to design a Montana license plate, and the purchase of each one directly benefits the preservation of our wild rivers!
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It brings me joy to see my plate on people’s vehicles, knowing that something I created is both appreciated and donates directly to conservation. We’re currently in the middle of nowhere, heading north to the Flathead, and seeing cars with my plate pass us on the highway is pretty special. And tomorrow we happen to be rafting through almost this very spot!
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I hope all of you are well and happy, had great weekends, and that you have a good week!! The last few days have been brutal for me in terms of work, but now we’re off on an adventure that includes a wedding and lots of nature time! Have you guys been on any road trips this summer?!
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#rachelpohlart #mountainart #wildrivers #americanrivers #flathead #glacier #glaciernationalpark #grizzly #grizzlybear #mountainlife #conservarion #roadtrip

Happiest of birthdays @charles_post !! In the few short years I’ve known you, I’ve never felt more at home. I’ve also seldom felt more inspired. Your endless enthusiasm for life, for animals, and for your friends and family has certainly made the word a better place!
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Despite working too much for our own good, the separation of my parents, and other losses we have suffered, these have been my favorite years of life. The clarity for which we see our future together has been beyond my wildest dreams. You have this way of making me feel like the most important and beautiful person in the world, even when I’m disheveled, upset, or hangry. I am so grateful for the love we’ve shared and I hope we can keep this up for at least 65 more years!! There will never be enough time in the universe to tell you how much you mean to me you, my love. Happiest of birthdays Charles!
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Photos and magic by @madisonperrins #happybirthday #30thbirthday #cheesy #loveyou #postandpohl #creativehappylife #liveoutdoors #authenticlove #liveoutloud #bestfriend #otherhalf #rachelpohlart #mountains

Yesterday a group of us ventured into the place where a dear friend passed away in October. It was unbelievably powerful and emotional, but at the same time uplifting celebrating @ingeluf with so many people who loved her. We sat amongst the most vibrant Indian paintbrush, then wandered up scree fields to gaze up at the mountain that took her life.
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As we sat there in silence, with tears in our eyes, a hummingbird joined us, hovering just overhead before it flitted away. A wave of insurmountable joy washed over me, because in that moment we knew she was right there with us. That delighted, vibrant, lighting-fast being had just paid us a visit in the form of that tiny bird. And I knew in that moment with great certainly that she will always, always be with us.

Every day, whether we know it or not, we make assumptions and judgements of all the people we encounter. We take shortcuts in our thinking and stereotype based on looks, clothing, and action. And if we are not aware, instantaneously, that impression becomes our internal truth.
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Go ahead; think about what you decided when you saw this picture of me. Hold those thoughts in mind as you read this. I’ve been called many things, and many have decided who I am, before we’ve met. People have found it necessary to tell me who I am. Each of us has certainly been labeled as things we are not, funneled into a stereotype that does not reflect who we are, or else given credit/ leniency for that stereotype. Social media magnifies all of that in a level that doesn’t quite seem fair sometimes. It makes it possible to judge the worth of everyone in a quick double tap, and “know” without really knowing.
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I try my hardest not to be judgemental, but in a world where pleasantries are the norm and facades of perfection are the standard, it can be hard to truly understand anyone we see peripherally. We must stay sharp and open to rethinking quick assumptions.
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However unfair external labels are, keep in mind that you will never be completely understood by everyone. There are people who will DESPISE you. Then there are the ones who will ADORE you, but not for the reasons you’d hoped. And there are a few who will see you just the way you ACTUALLY are, and they are probably within arm’s reach.
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We must try our hardest to catch the fast judgements we make of others, in real life and in this internet realm, so we are not the judgemental ones. Also, trying to please and be understood by everyone brings us further from who we are. Be unapologetically yourself, because nobody else will do it for you. The ones who truly care about you will thank you for it.
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If you wish, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Photo by my @charles_post #rachelpohlart #mountainart #artist #colorado #desert #reflections #liveauthentically #beyourself #wearableart #exploreandcreate #livecolorfully #roadtrip

I’m very excited to share this new piece with all of you! It’s called “Secret Spot” after this sneaky little place we camp! As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I painted much of this out in the desert one morning a few months ago, and just completed it!
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The 8x8” original is for sale and comes framed and ready to hang. If you’d like to place a hold on it, please email us at studio@rachelpohlart.com. There’s a link to the 9x9” giclee prints in my bio!
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Use code ✨ FREESHIPJULY ✨ at checkout to enjoy free shipping on any U.S. order!! Code is valid through the weekend!
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I also just added four new state stickers to my shop, including Utah ones 😊 Have a great week everyone!
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#rachelpohlart #pleinair #artistic_share #artiststudio #liveoutdoors #desertart #creativehappylife #desert #desertsunrise #acrylicpaintings #originalartwork #utah #lifeelevated #exploreandcreate #secretspot

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