Be Real

Adventures, family, and living this life in Southern Delaware
Rachel Swick Mavity
Rachel Swick Mavity, MS, is the Digital Content Coordinator for Beebe Healthcare and is a freelance writer. She lives in Milford with her husband and two children. Her passions include storytelling, photography, healthy products, and coffee.
It's OK to regroup and start again.
If you’ve been reading my blog each month, you know I’ve been going through some grief. This seems to be a theme now – everywhere I look, I see others talking about it and how grieving is such a personal process. Or, maybe now that I understand it, I just notice grieving all around me. That’s probably more likely – we don’t tend to notice things until we are ready. This May, I wanted to jump into...
My son, Alex, walks the farm fields that I enjoyed as a child.
Following the sudden death of my Dad, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions. Incredible sadness, mixed with anxiety, concern for my children, concern for my mom, fear, lackluster attitude, no energy, and this feeling that maybe I should just disappear into the wilderness and never return. I’ve always battled with my emotions – I just have so many of them! And, I’ve always struggled with staying in one...
Rolling hills, sunset, and tractors will always remind me of my Dad.
It has taken me a long time to decide whether I actually wanted to talk about this on the blog. However, many people have told me that while grief and grieving are often personal journeys, there is also a sense of camaraderie felt by those who have known grief… so here goes. G is for Grief In February, my dad died. It was sudden. Unexpected. He was on vacation in Panama with my mom – a place they...
Go explore like you would have as a child. You will see new and magical things!
When was the last time you remember being unabashedly happy – almost selfishly happy? I remember days when I was a child that I would just run out of the house in the morning, head off into the woods or to the barn, and just have an adventure all day – not returning home until I heard the lunch or dinner bell. In those days, my time was completely about me. What did I want to do in this moment, in...
Bloom Where You Are Planted.
For much of my 20s, I was a sort of gypsy, meaning I moved around a lot. I jumped from job to job in the hopes the next adventure would lead me to where I was meant to be – to a place where I could truly stand out and make a difference. In the journalism world, this meant many different newsrooms with a wide cast of characters. Some days were a struggle, fighting for a story, begging for more time...
Relax under a cozy blanket and enjoy a warm and healing turmeric latte.
Let's face it – the holidays can be extremely stressful. For many of us, all of the expectations that come with the holidays can be too much to bear ( see Carrie Snyder’s blog this month! ). When shopping for the women in your life or shopping for something for yourself, consider some self-care gifts. These are gifts that during the rest of the year we might not consider because it seems like a...
Alex using the iPad
It is likely that when you were growing up, your parents did not have to worry about the amount of time you spent on an iPad, tablet, cell phone, or other hand-held device. They may have had to put restrictions around television or video game time, but it doesn’t seem to me that there was just so much screen time available to us as kids. Well, I might not be the same as everyone, though, since we...
lentil taco
Numerous studies have shown the value of eating a more plant-based diet. Your body truly thanks you for eating more fruits, vegetables, and legumes. With kids and a meat-centric husband, I wondered if we could add more plant-based dishes to our dinner repertoire, so I (secretly) decided we were going to be vegetarians for a week. I did some research, found a handful of recipes that sounded good,...
This blogger has a Spirited daughter - who keeps us on our toes!
I have always believed that perseverance is something to be admired and celebrated. Similarly – determination, energy, and enthusiasm are all excellent qualities. These are the characteristics we applaud in many adults, as evidenced by the vast number of memes out there now under the category #ShePersisted. The #ShePersisted movement began when Sen. Elizabeth Warren was interrupted on the Senate...
Modeling my new compression socks & following doctor's orders.
I recently had a health scare. After spending an afternoon jumping off a dock at an inlet on the Eastern Shore of Virginia one weekend, I noticed two bruises on my leg. I didn’t think much of it – after all I had been pulling myself out of the inlet onto a rough wooden ledge which became increasingly difficult as the tide went out. I chalked it up to just a bruise. For blogger Rachel Mavity, a...