About Raquel

Dear friends welcome to Raquel's landlocked world!

"Raquel is a writer who paints amongst a Victorian soul."

It took decades for Raquel to return to her roots as a writer and artist.

As a young girl, Raquel would escape from an unpleasant childhood through art, writing, and swimming.

"My mother took me to the beach, the way most mothers take their children to the park." ~ Raquel M. Carter

At the age of seventeen, Raquel landed the job as a professional Mermaid, at the world-renowned park, Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida, and has continued to entertain over a million people in the last 35 years as a mermaid. Raquel has an underwater performance record of over 16,000 hours.
Photography By Patricia Washington~ San Diego, California

Raquel was previously married for 25 years. She was a stay-at-home mother, raising four children. She has an unfaltering adoration for homemaking, homesteading, loves the Victorian era most ardently, and resonates with all things, old-fashioned.

Her love for writing inspired this blogs conception in the year of 2006. However, due to various unfortunate events, in 2017, she lost 11 years of her blog. She was quite devastated but unwavering she began anew. This blog is the manifested result of Raquel's tenacity.

As a child, Raquel became enamoured with Beatrix Potter, author of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit." She read Beatrix's stories to her children, and to this day, her children have a great affection for Beatrix's tales, too. Beatrix's books are the inspiration behind Raquel's very own children's book series. Beatrix's messages were charming and splashed with nonsense rhymes and limericks. Such as the writer, Edward Lears, which was also Beatrix's hero as a young girl.

Another of Raquel's heroes is Tasha Tudor. Raquel has spent the last two decades emulating Tasha, by living an antiquated lifestyle, too.
Raquel's books are reminiscent of her dear hero and spiritual guide, Beatrix Potter. Raquel states, "If you like Beatrix's stories about rabbits, you're sure to adore my books about MerryMaid's and little animals too! I added little personal life experiences to each story, in hopes of inspiring young readers to look at life through a new lens."

In 2015, lacking money, employment and no prospects, Raquel packed two suitcases and moved across the country. She felt she had lost herself and her passion for life, so she went in search of her dreams, and self-discovery. She began her voyage of self-love, and, in the process, had a spiritual awakening. She transitioned from her religious faith and obtained a divorce. Raquel believes those two poignant choices were the best she's ever made.
Raquel has studied Psychology, Personal Growth and Development; read thousands of personal growth/self-help books and has studied the Teachings of Abraham well over 30,000 hours. She has practised and applied the four quadrants of a balanced life based off of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey, for over three decades. Her life began to change exponentially as she applied the Principles and Teachings of Abraham/ Law of Attraction.

Within, one year of practising the Law of Attraction: she rediscovered herself as an artist and author, moved back near the ocean, and manifested her soul mate/twin flame within two months. After 36 years, she picked up her paintbrush again, wrote, illustrated and self~published her very first children's storybook, "The Tale of Merrymaid Scarlette Rose," in October of 2018.

Raquel now understands that her dreams of being an artist and author were there all along, however, they needed unearthing. She desires to use this blog as a way to inspire and encourage women and girls to truly believe in themselves. Most important of all, though, is to nurture the gift of SELF~LOVE. "There is nothing that you can not be, do or have."~Abraham

Raquel's life relates to her blog, as it is her transparent reflection of all she represents, encompasses and lives authentically.

She provides valuable content through sharing her life experiences, personal growth, the law of attraction philosophy, Interior Design/DIY and true evergreen curations on this blog as a way to encourage and inspire self-empowerment for women and girls.

Raquel's first book, "The Tale of MerryMaid Scarlette Rose™" which is the first in a spiritual children's series, was published in October of 2018. You can order it here: "The Tale of MerryMaid Scarlette Rose"

More books to bubble up from Raquel are:

~The Tale of Henny Penny Goody Two-Shoes~{set to release in the fall of 2019}
~A Real Life Mermaids Transformational Tale, A Voyage Back to Self Love" which is an all-encompassing book about her voyage back to self-love and rediscovery. 
~The Tale of Oliver Rabbit
~The Tale of Patsy Violet
~The Tale of Diggity-Diggity Dave
~The Tale of Sybrena Ewe
~The Tale of Mrs Nevermore Raven
~The Tale of Melinda Little Mouse
~The Tale of Captain Jack
~The Tale of Squirrel Sadie
~The Tale of Hoppity-Hoppity John
~Deceit and Dissension- {A romantic drama that depicts a naive young lady from an English family of landed gentry as she learns to deal with morality, deception and hypocrisy.}

Raquel spends her days writing, painting, working in her garden, and many other homemaking pursuits. She resides in a little humble cottage {Staffordshire Cottage}, off the coast of Florida, wearing her hand-sewn 1890 Victorian day dress, with her rabbits, chickens and beloved gardener. She curates law of attraction treasures to inspire personal growth, is currently using her Interior Design degree, to convert their cottage into a true 'Victorian English Cottage' {with a garden stone wall, thatched roof, and wattle fence, too}, and makes videos on her popular Youtube channel Raquel Margaret Carter. Or, you can listen to her on her podcast Mermaid Junkie Pod~Cast With Raquel Carter.

*Raquel has a degree in Interior Design from The New York Institute of Interior Design and is a certified Interior Design Psychologist. She has certifications in Historical Preservation, Aromatherapy, Organization, and CPR. Raquel is also a Certified Scuba Diver and Certified Lifeguard. 
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