Six days to go to the Love Summit and I can’t wait to see my old (new) friend Rachel Druckenmiller speak and share her story.

We met by email followed by a call several years ago. In fact, Rachel just shared our original email exchange with me a few weeks back and we both laughed about how things have changed, and how things have stayed the same in the world of wellness. Despite knowing each other ‘electronically’ and keeping an eye out for the work the other was doing (on LinkedIn or in other news), we had never actually met face to face.

So, when we reconnected and spoke again a few months back, and then were both headed to the WELCOA conference it was a chance to finally meet and have many long overdue conversations. Rachel was, of course, one of the reasons I was there in the first place, as she had introduced me to Ryan (together with Sara Kidwell).

Since we both had a few free hours on day one, we were able to talk, connect, share ideas and dreams for the future of wellness and our own personal struggles and frustrations working in this wacky industry. It was not only one of the most engaging conversations I’ve had in a long time, but as I’ve come to learn with most conversations with Rachel, one of the most memorable. Not just because of the wisdom she shared about how she tackles the toughest problems in wellness, but because of how open she communicates her own struggle in a way that leaves me feeling like, “I’m not alone in this.”

Rachel, one of the things that gives me most pleasure in life is seeing people grow and flourish in their careers; and your fierce determination, vulnerable openness to new experiences and your ability to always hold a beginner’s mindset, even though you’re already an accomplished ‘pro’, are lessons I try to remember and apply each day.

One of the things I’m most excited about for the Love Summit is hearing you talk, and knowing it will be even better than all the times I’ve seen you speak live or on video before.

Thanks for our friendship, for our partnership in wellness, whatever that might bring, and for always being generous with your suggestions, introductions and time. That means the world to me.