Rachael Homcy: Founder and Editor in chief of Thryve Magazine
Hi Rachael! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became involved in creating and writing:
I am a wife to my main man, lover of jumping on the bed with my main girl squeeze, Emmalyn Joy, passionate about God and people, an unexpected entrepreneur and simply love creating something from nothing.
My little family lives in the Northeast of the US of A. We just moved to help with a church plant and let’s just say, we are on an adventure. This season of my life has brought on a whole load of new experiences, learning curves and the whole writing world was unavoidable for me. Starting a magazine meant that I was voluntarily putting myself out there as a writer. I actually do like to write, but it takes me a lot longer than most. It’s one of those skills that I believe will grow and flourish in time.
Earlier this year you launched Thryve Magazine – yay! As you know, we’re huge supporters of the vision and heart behind it at TFW. What sparked your desire to create something like this?
What a long story, but I’ll start by saying that this was a seed God planted several years ago, birthed out of a fresh commitment to Christ. As my life, pursuits and desires began to change, I began to have vision and a desire to be used in a way that made a difference in the lives around me. I had vision of a generation of women being healed, restored and empowered to the life they were created to live. This is exactly what encountering Jesus did for me. What lies within the feminine heart is truly powerful and beautiful. One of my personal motto’s, and now Thryve’s, is that we are beautifully created and intentionally placed to not just exist and survive, but to live fully alive. And if we believe that and live that, the feminine presence on this earth will be unstoppable.
What’s been a highlight of the Thryve journey so far?
Oh, so many. I honestly often think to myself, “do I really get to do this?” I am humbled that God would choose simple ol’ me to do something so influential. If I had to choose just one, I would say one of my favorite things has been the connections I’ve made along the way. Who knew that I would be introducing myself to you today? All because you connected with me. I know that this is one of many beautiful friendships that will blossom and bloom over time. I’ve learnt more than ever that we can’t live out the dreams God has placed in our heart by ourselves. We need each other. There is no time for competition. We are unstoppable and limitless when we not only look to God, but are supporting one another’s dreams and endeavors. We are in this together.
When you’re in need of a little inspiration, what do you do?
It seems simple and maybe a little unproductive, but I honestly just take a break. I change location. I spend time off the computer. One of my greatest inspirational moments have honestly been in the presence of God. Praying for the readers of Thryve, for vision and wisdom in whatever I’m planning. It’s amazing the space it creates in my mind for new ideas and vision.
It can be very easy to go on Pinterest and browse the enormous amount of talent and creativity. But it often can feed a competitive spirit instead of a creativity. It’s something I often have to make sure I am in the right frame of mind when accompanied by Pinterest or any other form of social media.
As a visionary, I see things that are not yet there and the potential in things that some people might overlook. I am grateful for this gift. When I do see what something could be, I get inspired and motivated by that picture in my mind. It’s a beautiful thing. Even more beautiful is when that actually becomes reality and the vision becomes tangible.
Describe a typical day in your life:
Well, life with an active 18 month old can be very unpredictable. Most days are different. You will always find me with a cup of coffee.
When I’m not picking up toys, food off the floor and chasing Emmalyn, I am found working on my latest freelance design opportunities and of course, Thryve Magazine. I have a few hours each day to work (all thanks to those glorious nap times!). And thanks to my sweet hubby, some full days in the mix when he takes Emmalyn out for daddy-daughter days.
I’m in awe that I actually get done what I get done. I don’t always do it right and most days are more messy than in order, but I seek to work hard and diligently. Not only in the work department, but especially for in the family department.
If you could sit down with any feminine heart over a cup of coffee and conversation, who would it be and why?
Oh, how I wish I could sit down with those reading Thryve Magazine. But if I had to choose one feminine heart, I would have to say I would love to sit down with Beth Moore. I have read and listened to her studies over the years and her wisdom has reach the lowest places in my heart. A few others would be Priscilla Shirer, Christine Caine and Holly Furtick. In some seasons of my life, I haven’t had a face-to-face mentor, but these ladies have stepped in without even knowing it. Listening to them speak with passion and authenticity has refreshed my life. Who wouldn’t want to have coffee with a women who is just that: passionate, authentic and refreshing.
Big and loaded question! Well, Thryve Magazine #2 is coming out in just a few months. Excited? Oh yes! Honestly, even more so than the first one. This one has a lot of collaboration and contributions. When people come together and share there gifts, beautiful things appear. One thing I am pretty excited about is a line of “Live Fully Alive” pieces (clothing, bags, jewelry, etc). Collaborating with some creatives for this! One of those things that is in the “what’s next” mix. Prayerfully surrendering the timing of all that, but pretty excited about it taking shape in the near future!
– image credits: 1| Elizabeth Fogarty 2| Mara grace Cortez 3| Maria Cascio