The Lady Of The Manor

My Story

I was born in Fort Benning, Georgia, lived abroad and now have resettled to my sleepy little quaint one-horse town of Brooksville, Florida.

In March 1991, I married the first and only boy I had ever dated. I had four children and raised them as a stay at home, mum. I lived an old fashioned life, from homeschooling, homesteading, and homemaking. I was also devoutly religious {raised Pentecostal Church of God and then at age fifteen joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormon, for short}.

In 2015, after 24 years of marriage to an ill-suited mate, emotionally crestfallen, weary in every way, and {ignoring everyone}, I obtained a divorce. I decided to follow my heart and live my dream. I rediscovered my truth and found my very own fairytale of happily ever after.

I left theology altogether and In Its place began living my life based on new thought spirituality. I am possessed of a self-educated,  extraordinary sharp intellect and a spiritual vision that is bold and unlimited.

I have manifested vast desires, one of which comprised of my twin flame within two months, and we espoused July 2016. I manifested my dream career as a published author and illustrator and began selling my little bespoke originals I appointed {Mermaidlings & Little Women} art. I also wrote, illustrated, and self-published my first children's book and have several manuscripts in succession. 

My darling husband, {aka my Beloved Gardener} is a Horticulturist and Landscape Architect. He is a lifelong Bucs fan, plays the guitar, loves fishing, is engrossed with cooking and healthy living. He's quite the proper southern gentleman and equal to that of the Greek God, Orpheus. He is distinctively masculine and possesses enough charm to make the trees dance.

He's the kindest man I've ever known, and I'm ever so appreciative that he appreciates and supports my ideals of peculiarity. {smile} 

In June of 2019, my middle son was brutally murdered. To encourage me with healing and the desire to leave a legacy for my son, I founded The Carter Settlement; a registered 501c3 Non-profit organisation and wrote and illustrated my next storybook The Tale of  Sawyer Lamb. 

Today, I'm presently and happily living in my sleepy little hometown with my beloved gardener, rabbits and chickens. I'm truly living my dreams as an author/ illustrator and a country farmer.

I'm most definitely" Following My Bliss!"

What's The Connection To Mermaids

"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, I landed the job as a Mermaid, at the world-renowned sideshow attraction park, called "Weeki Wachee Springs" in Florida, and have continued to entertain folks three decades. I have an underwater performance record of over 16,000 hours. Presently, I more so consider myself a bygone Mermaid. 
My love for writing inspired this blogs conception in the year of 2006. However, due to various unfortunate events, in 2017, I lost eleven years of my blog. Quite devastated but unwavering, I began anew. This blog is the manifested outcome of that tenacity.

Presently I curate kits/products and orate at small gatherings to inspire new paradigms and leading-edge thought. I sell little original commissioned paintings, make videos on my popular Youtube channel, Mermaid Junkie TV, or you can listen, to my podcast, Mermaid Junkie Pod~Cast with Raquel Carter. 

I have degrees and certifications in Interior Design, Design Psychology, Historic Preservation with an emphasis on the Victorian era , Aromatherapy, and Organization. I am certified in CPR, Lifeguard, and Scuba {PADI}.

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