Rachel Hochheiser Schwartz is a native Washingtonian who earned her bachelors degree from Brown University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been working professionally in the Jewish communal field for over a decade with a focus on leadership training and professional development. Rachel lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two young children, who give her tremendous joy and a serious run for her money.
This day is for us. We are celebrated. We get extra hugs and cards and maybe an extra hour of sleep. And we deserve it.
This day is also not for us. We watch the greeting card commercials with…mothers and daughters connecting through the perfect note, and we can't do that. We see the multiple generations of women out to brunch, and we are down a generation. We scroll past the Facebook statuses of people so grateful for having the best moms in the world. And we are so very sad. On the… >> Read More
On January 2nd, I proudly told everyone who would listen that the office in our house was finally clean and organized. The response I got every single time was, “You have an office?” No one in my…life, even people who feel as at home in my house as they do in their own, knew about that room, and there is a good reason for that. It was my room of shame. >> Read More
“Mommy, are you going to die?”--My 3.5-year-old daughter as we drove to lunch.
“What do you mean?”--Me, buying time.
“Are you going to die like GaGa Marilyn died?”
My mind raced.…What did that child psychologist say when I went to consult her about the impact of my mom’s death on my then 2-year-old? What was in those books that the rabbi gave me after the funeral? What do I want my daughter to believe about mortality? What could I handle talking about as I was… >> Read More
It all started with a Groupon. I had bought it months earlier for a mani/pedi and massage at a favorite salon. As I do with every Groupon, I didn't use it until I realized it was about to expire…and then I made an appointment for the expiration date, May 15, 2012. It was a Tuesday, but I didn't want to miss out on using it and with my daughter's 2nd birthday two days later and me being 33 weeks pregnant, I decided to take the entire day off to get pampered, treat myself… >> Read More