kidsw3'Hey there…I’m Rachel…the voice behind Finding Joy.

And that?

It’s a website dedicated to seeking joy in life, specifically in motherhood and empowerment for us as women. A bit of intentional living, if you may. And that life philosophy? Well, you need to know a bit about me to know what I write about.

My life and how it relates to joy? I’ve had a decent share of challenging, nitty-gritty, time in the storm days. You know those days? Those are the days where you just want to pull  your hair out and you don’t know how to pull up your boot straps and you simply feel overwhelmed. Real days.

Through all of this the I’ve learned the value of living a life loving the little things – the moments – tucked in the fabric of the everyday. And in that is a quest to live joyfully and fully. Now. In this moment. No more waiting for things to get better, no lamenting the time lost, but rather finding joy in everyday – even when the everyday doesn’t look perfect. It’s in choosing to life today to it’s fullest, being thankful, and above all grateful. Gratitude is a choice and is something one must learn. And so on this site it’s a celebration of the little things, the moments in life, that matter.

In diaper changes, paying bills, doctor visits,schooling, cooking, gardening, parenting, cleaning, working, laughing, organizing, crying, praying, and in just well, everyday daily life.

And that’s what this website is about — my constant journey to find joy, to fight for your  heart, to celebrate your story and to share with you that you, in the midst of your journey, are not alone. Let’s just call it a spot to breathe in a busy and crowded online world full of should do this and should do that’s — it’s a site of encouragement for mothers and a bit of intentional living mixed in.

You will find serious posts — like when I deal with Celiac Disease or those really overwhelming moments of motherhood. You will find humorous posts — because I do have seven children and our lives provide laughs. You will find posts on motherhood. Actually, you will find a great deal of posts on motherhood. You’ll also learn about my struggles in divorce, finances and single parenting. But in it all – it’s a breath of much needed real.

You can find my book The Brave Art of Motherhood here. It’s about finding yourself, breaking patterns, and becoming brave. You also could read some of my most viral posts – Why Being a Mom is Enough, I Forgot How to be the Happy Mom and more. But, in all, my desire is to celebrate you – the woman on a motherhood journey and to cheer you onward.

If you’d like to hear about my story of overcoming financial hardship on the Today Show it’s below.

Why am I so raw? Because that’s my heart and in sharing I hope you too unearth and celebrate your own bravery, story and purpose. .

It’s a finding joy loving the little things embracing the everyday life heart.


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14 Responses to “About”

  1. September 23, 2014

    Carolyn Reply

    Hi Rachel, I just saw this thing on facebook and may be you already saw it, but I thought you would like it, so of course I wanted to share.

  2. September 23, 2014

    Carolyn Reply

    Hi again, I wanted to write a bit more, after I shared the above video, but got distracted by my kidlets. 🙂 Anyways, I wanted to say that I have been following your blog on and off for many years. In fact, I first got to read some of your posts when you were on MOMYS. I am so sorry that you are separated from your husband and that you are experiencing life as a single mom. I remember reading when your husband (Todd?) had a cancer check and he was doing well and you were all so happy. All I can say is I am sorry that things are so tough. I pray that your family will be reunited again one day. Also, I soooo can relate to your daughter going off to Seattle. My daughter, turned 18 in July, and went off to Bible College along the coast, around Vancouver, Canada. We drove her out there and got her situated and then left. So hard to do. I could let the tears roll just thinking about it, but my other kids are around and would wonder why mom is crying. ANyways, know that I am thinking of you and if you ever need someone to talk things thru, or vent or whatever over the internet, you have a friend in me. Seriously. And if you ever come up to Alberta, Canada (I saw that you visited Canada recently, but I’m thinking more down east) give me a call. Love to meet you in person. Take care and God Bless.
    Carolyn Penner

  3. September 29, 2014

    Madie Hodges Reply

    Hey! I have a question about your blog. Could you please email me when you get a chance? Thanks!!

  4. November 22, 2014

    Lissa Reply

    Hi Rachel
    I just wanted to say how happy I am to have found your blog. Your posts are so honest and refreshing, as well as comforting and inspiring too.
    Thank you xx

  5. November 24, 2014

    Sarah Reply

    Thank you for writing. I know on those days I feel overwhelmed, overworked, overMOMed, I will find myself back here for a good read and good cry.

  6. December 30, 2014

    Jessica Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    I just want you to know, you have become the highlight of my day. Part of my “taking time for myself” has become checking your blog to see if there are any new ones to read. It is so very refreshing to remember/realize that so many other moms are feeling or thinking the exact same things I do. Keep up the good work! ❤️

  7. May 7, 2015

    ShelMarie Reply

    Hi! I need people like you. Very few people know how deeply I struggle. Thank you for being so real!
    Mom of four (3 are boys

  8. GREAT blog! Love your message of positivity and hope! Thank you!

  9. August 9, 2015

    Cindy Reply

    I just read one of your blogs, and laughed, I’ll have to read more as I find the time. I’m actually on vacation, so I should have plenty of time, but I seem to be the only one in the family that still has work to do while on vacation! I like “serving my family” , so I’m not whining as much as just stating the facts.

  10. October 26, 2015

    Sue Leo Reply

    I love all of your photographs! Do you take them? If so, can you give me an idea of the type of camera you are using? Digital? film? Thank you!!

    • October 27, 2015

      Rachel Marie Martin Reply

      It’s a mix between an iPhone6 and a Canon 5D Markii with various lenses. My daughter is a professional photographer

  11. October 13, 2016

    Elaine Morais Reply

    Dear Rachel,

    I just loved your post ” Why Cooking and laundry Changed my life” I have 2 requests : 1. I just love your pictures with your Haitian sister-friends and would love to have colour copies of them. Could I buy them from you? How much would that cost? I live in faraway Malaysia.

    2. I have always been drawn to Haiti and its people and culture especially after the 2010 earthquake & the numerous other challenges they have had to face.I would like to send some money to some real people in Haiti. I would like to send it to women like the nine you worked with. Could you please tell me how I could go about doing it? What would be the fastest /best way of doing it. Thank you. Hope to hear from you soon. Elaine

  12. May 24, 2019

    Alison Reply

    Hello Rachel
    I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your book. I just finished listening to it. I am so grateful for you being brave and courageous in sharing your journey to the world of motherhood, real life struggles and the joys that you have had.

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