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Dirt Road Adventures – In A Previous Life

Welcome to another week of Dirt Road Adventures!

Dirt Road Adventures – In A Previous Life is about taking a look back and giving you a glimpse of what I did before I started blogging.

I thought it might be fun to see how much you know about me.

In addition, you’ll see what’s been happening here at the end of the Dirt Road and some of the exciting things my friends have been doing off the dirt road.

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My Previous Life Adventures

First, let’s see if you can guess which of these statements are true.

  • I was a National Trainer for a Cosmetic Company.
  • I was a certified yoga instructor & co-owner of a yoga studio.
  • I designed & made wearable art clothing.

The Truth before the Dirt Road

Well, if you guessed that all three were true, you’d be right.

I was an Executive Director and National Trainer for BeautiControl Cosmetics for over 25 years.

2010 – Senior Trainer & Executive Director

During that time, my daughter and I opened a yoga studio. I trained weekends in Asheville, NC for 9 months to become a certified yoga instructor.

And lastly, in 2012, I began a clothing design business. I repurposed used clothing into wearable art designs. Although I’m not currently making the clothing, I still have a mini shop that sells, clothing and accessories in Downtown Asheboro, NC.

Other Life Adventures

In addition to the above, I worked as an independent insurance agent for 12 years. During that time I did craft shows selling my hand painted items. While we had the yoga studio, I attended multiple classes for faux finishing and worked as a designer, faux finisher and curtain maker for several years.

I am very self motivated and love the challenge all my adventures have given me.

Thank you so much for joining me on my latest adventure.

Stay tuned for some before photo’s at the end of this post.

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

The week began with 3 Ways to Decorate a Sofa Table for Spring. Next, I shared how to make an inexpensive Moss Shamrock Placemat which I planned to use on a Tablescape.

The St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape is part of our Virtual Supper Club Series. Then on Saturday, we shared our menu and all the recipes for a fun St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party. The Baked Chicken Reuben Recipe is perfect for St. Paddy’s Day.

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week, there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

A decorating Adventure

Y’all know that I’m loving some copper in my kitchen these days. 8 Simple Ways to add Old World Charm in the Kitchen by Courtney at French Country Cottage contains so many great tips.

A Recipe Adventure

Y’all know how much I love an easy recipe so it’s no surprise that I’m sharing Jenn from Down Shiloh Road today. Here is her Apple Pecan Dump Cake recipe. Yum!

Flower Arranging Adventure

Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home is so super talented and I loved her How to Arrange Flowers Post this week.

Fresh Flowers in a White Kitchen
Book Review Adventure

I’m a huge Jane Austin fan and when I ran across this review of Dangerous Alliance by Jessica at From Orchard Slope, I knew I had to share it with you.

Dangerous Alliance

Some other interesting adventures of the Dirt Road

Shawna at Willow Bloom Home shared 21 IKEA Finds That Look Expensive

Kelly at The Tattered Pew shared Easter Basket Ideas for Teen and Tween Girls.

KariAnne at Thistlewoods Farm – How to Make Tulips Last Long

Stacy at Bricks N Blooms – My Favorite Spring Garden & Home Décor Finds

Some Before Photo’s

2014 – A Photo Shoot for RaH-Rags Designs – Downtown Asheboro, NC

I hope you enjoyed that look back!

Y’all have a wonderful day!


Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Monday 8th of March 2021

I'm so glad I FINALLY got to read your post Rachel. I loved learning more about you, and I guessed everything but the yoga instructor. How fun! I can see you going yoga down at the dock with Rudy.

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Monday 8th of March 2021

Kim I wish I still practiced as much as I did then. I was in the best shape ever.


Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Rachel, Wow! You have been and still are a very interesting woman!! Thanks for sharing your interests along with your daughter with us! Just fun to know where someone has been or what paths they followed in their getting to know a new friend even better! I love following your blogs!

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Thursday 4th of March 2021

Karolyn, I really appreciate this. Thanks for your encouragement.


Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

I somehow missed this until now!! Thanks so much for the share:) Your past experiences are are one well rounded lady!!

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Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Jessica, I really appreciate this. Thanks for allowing me to share.

Sharon Archer

Monday 1st of March 2021

Rachel that trip down the " Dirt Road" memory lane was great ! Made me remember helping a friend ( who managed a mall in Virginia ) I played the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus... wonderful memories .

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Monday 1st of March 2021

Sharon, I'm so glad you enjoyed that. Thanks so much for stopping by.

KariAnne Wood

Sunday 28th of February 2021

I am doing yoga right now! You are amazing friend! Thanks for sharing!

Happy day! KariAnne

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Monday 1st of March 2021

KariAnne, Thanks so much for your encouragement.