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 latent beginning 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.
Raquel was previously married for 25 years. She was a stay-at-home mother, raising four children. She has a steadfast 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 old-fashioned lifestyle, too. 

Raquel's storybooks 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. Raquel 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.

In June, Raquel had a devasting blow, when she was notified that her darling son, Sawyer was brutally murdered. She has now begun using her published storybooks as a way to leave a legacy for her son. She also, now, has dreams of becoming a transformational speaker for women and youth. 

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 as she applied the Principles and the Teachings of Abraham/ Law of Attraction.

Within, one year of practising the Law of Attraction: she rediscovered herself as an artist and authoress, 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. Her next book will be released in late 2019, which was inspired by her dear son, Sawyer. The title is "The Tale Of Sawyer Lamby."

Raquel now understands that her dreams of being an Artist and Authoress were there all along; however, they needed to be unearthed. Her greatest desire is to empower, inspire and share tools to initiate self-love. 
Raquel's life relates to her blog, as it is her transparent reflection of all she represents, encompasses and authentically lives.

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.
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 Sawyer Lamby {Fall 2019}
{ A story about her dear son and leaving his legacy for all youth around the world.}

~The Tale of Henny Penny Goody Two-Shoes

~A Real-Life Mermaids Transformational Tale, A Voyage Back to Self Love { An all-encompassing book about her voyage back to self-love. A rediscovery of empathy and healing through her son's murder and how she plans to leave a legacy.}

~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 day's writing, painting, gardening, and many other homemaking pursuits. She resides in a humble little home off the coast of Florida called, {Staffordshire Cottage}. Her house is currently a 1974 stucco. However, she is utilising her skills and design degree {Historic Preservation} to convert it into an authentic English Victorian Cobblestone Cottage. Raquel sews her own Victorian clothing { 1837~1901} and has implemented a Victorian lifestyle into her daily living, has one house bunny, named Oliver Twisty~Topsy, four chickens and dreams of one-day purchasing a massive piece of farmland and acquire Florida Cracker sheep. She curates much law of attraction practices to inspire personal growth and makes videos on her popular Youtube channel. You can also listen to 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 Historic Preservation, Aromatherapy, Organization, and CPR. Raquel is also a Certified Scuba Diver and Certified Lifeguard. 

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