“My degree is in psychology, which you’d think has nothing to do with writing. However, a lot of what I took from my degree was how important the local community is to mental, social and emotional health. It’s why I love to write about people and what’s going on locally,” shares Rachel Kelly, who joined the Like Media team as a staff writer in 2019.
In addition to her work for Like Media, Rachel founded the nonprofit Soup ‘N Ladle, which aims to decrease barriers to quality food. She’s very involved in the nonprofit circle and community happenings. “My degree in psychology, my experience writing, and my work in the community all seem to work together to allow me to do what I love,” she says.
Rachel and her husband both grew up in California but had never felt at home there. Newly married, they had both just finished college and were working in various places trying to etch out a living. Once they had their son, they relied on her husband's income. “When he suddenly lost his job, we took it as an opportunity to leave and go where we wanted to live,” Rachel recalls. “We fell in love with Washington state and moved as a step of faith when our son was just six months old. We moved from Puyallup to Tacoma after our daughter was born because we could afford a house here. Now our son is 10 and our daughter 8, and we’ve thrived here. We love the people, the parks, the quirks and the opportunity to raise our children here. I hope we never leave.”