Rachael Adams

The Olympic Volleyball Player Striving to Inspire Others

Rachael Adams won bronze in the 2016 Olympic Games for women’s volleyball, but truth be told, she almost never even picked up the sport. She was actually sitting on the sidelines with a book while her friend attended high school volleyball camp when the coaches asked if she’d like to give it a try. As they say, the rest is history. Today Adams is the founder and creator of JOURNEYSTRENGTH, an online shop featuring products designed to instill confidence in women and young girls who are just starting to chase their dreams.

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“When I am not playing with the USA Women’s National Team during the summer, I join my teammates in playing professionally overseas in different leagues and countries around the world eight to nine months out of the year. I’ve played two seasons in Italy, two seasons in Poland, two seasons in Turkey and now I am going back to Italy for my seventh season overseas. Many people see my travel pictures and me jet-setting around the world, but let me tell you, it is hard work! So many pros and so many cons, and many people only see the pros when they see the life of an athlete—especially one that is living in glamorous countries around the world. I’ve missed lots of weddings, friends having babies, and the FOMO is at an all-time high when I miss holidays. But like anything, there is going to be sacrifice, and I don’t know how long my career is going to last so I am going to enjoy it and squeeze the most out of it while I can. Enjoy those Thanksgiving spreads for me please!”

What are you most grateful for?

“I am most grateful for the love and support I have in my life. I wouldn’t be me or where I am today without those that lifted me up to allow me to follow my dreams, dream big and encourage me along the way with so much love and support.”

What does being a woman mean to you today?

“Being a woman today means courage. The courage to stand up for what I believe in. The courage to be enough in a society that says I should be something else or a certain way. The courage to reach out to other women and connect and share through vulnerability. And the courage to share our stories, no matter how scary it is. There are so many courageous women out there that inspire me every day on my journey to be more and do more.”

In today’s Instagram world, how do you stay original?

“I always make it a point to check in with myself when it comes to social media and posting to make sure I am being authentic and real with myself and the people who I follow. It’s so easy to want to be like someone else or post like someone else, but I try to check in and be like, ‘Is this being true to me? Does this feel authentic to me, or am I feeling like I have to be someone or something else?’”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“It’s going to be a journey. Embrace the ups and the downs. The good times and the bad times. When it feels scary and you want to turn around and give up, that’s exactly the point where you dig deep and keep going. Know when to take a break and take care of yourself, but don’t give up—just take a break, refill your cup and keep following your intuition because it’s always leading you in the right direction.

Favorite podcast?

“Oh that’s hard! For the athlete in me, I love Increase Your Impact with Justin Su’a. The creator and encourager in me loves The Couragemakers Podcast. And the health learner in me likes The mindbodygreen Podcast. To grow the soul and connect, I listen to The LIGHTMAKER Podcast, and to learn about growing in my intimate relationship and as a couple I listen to The Smart Couple Podcast.”

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