About Me

I'm Rheagan.

I'm a corporate attorney, mother to a toddler, former USA swimmer, and avid recreational runner. 

Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama, 2014.

I am an INFJ, according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for personalities.  I mention this primarily as a shibboleth to my fellow INFJ's, because we are the type of people who care deeply about these things.  I am a hobbyist genealogist and a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  I love psychedelic and progressive rock music.  I collect perfume.  I love coffee so much that sometimes my last thought before I drift off to sleep is, "I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and drink coffee!"  I'm 36 years old.  I'm 5'9.  I enjoy counting and measuring things. 

The type of law I practice is environmental and transactional (mostly contracts and sales, rather than litigation).  I went to law school late in my career.  For the nine years prior, I was a field archaeologist and environmental monitor.  That episode in my life was one of physical labor, a highly seasonal schedule, and extended hotel stays.  I lived in a hundred different towns in the desert Southwest, the Four Corners, the mountains of Wyoming, northern Montana, some ski resorts, a few Indian reservations, southern Mexico, and Saudi Arabia.

Outside of Rock Springs, Wyoming, 2007.
Saudi beach attire outside of Yanbu' al Bahr, 2009.

For most of the past two decades, my parents have lived overseas.   I have used my unconventional work schedule and my parents' overseas addresses to launch a lot of international travel. 

Swimming in a cenote near Valladolid, Mexico.


Rooftop dining in Marseille, 2007.



Paris, 2008.

Since 2012, I have been married to my best friend, Nate.  We met accidentally, in a coffee shop in New York City, where I went to law school.  We got married on a Friday afternoon, at the Brooklyn Borough Hall.


"Eloping," 2012

For a while, we lived in a brownstone in Brooklyn, and I worked for a big law firm.   As demanding as that type of work can be, I am grateful for having been able to experience New York City as a resident.  My husband is a native New Yorker, so the city will always have a place in our hearts and vacation schedules. 

Not actually working in this photo, 2010.


Nate and I have one son, who was born in the fall of 2013.  He is the most captivating and good natured child.  One of the most rewarding parts of being his parent is watching his sense of humor develop.    

Garden of the Gods near Manitou Springs, Colorado, 2014.
Right now, my family splits time between Brooklyn; the Nashville, Tennessee area; and Birmingham, Alabama.  By its nature, my job creates a "life on the road," and I spend a huge amount of time in planes, hotels, and unfamiliar offices. 

In October 2014, I joined the Birmingham Track Club, where I met a lot of people who convinced me to try the marathon distance.  It was an incredible journey, and I completed the Mercedes-Benz Marathon on February 22, 2015.  Running has been a great way for me to focus my physical activities on real goals, turn off my phone, and find some space for my thoughts.  It's also a great way to meet friends and learn to navigate a new city. 

Running makes me happy.

As an final aside, this blog is not and never will be "monetized" (seriously, what type of word is that?).  I don't have the time or energy, and I have more legitimate means of bringing home the bacon.  I am human, with many facets to my personality, and this blog only features the ones that might have an audience.  It is a memorial for part of my personal experience, a place to host photos that I need to delete from my internal-storage-challenged phone, and nothing more.  I don't use this space to write much about my family, because they are also humans with their own stories to tell.

For now, welcome to my blog.

2 comments:

Ms. VC said...

Heck yes to the last part of your "about" page.

The Doggist said...

Awesome. Expecially the part about "monetized". As a Grammar Nazi(TM?) I also loathe that word.
Thanks for sharing your blog!