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Hi I’m Rachel. I’m 50 and I’ll keep it brief because I’m waiting on the builder.

Yep, I’m renovating. It’s time to redo the kitchen and the upstairs bathroom. It’s not the ‘90s anymore! I’ve got a pretty hectic schedule and you hear people say it but I truly believe there are not enough hours in the day. When I’m not scouting home interiors store or shopping at the farmer's market, I’m out tending to the garden. While I like to keep up-to-date with new ideas to improve my home with thanks to the Homes to Love network, the reno is only one of the many things on my to-do list.

I'm financially stable

I feel financially stable at the moment which, as you can imagine, is vital for any building works. But it also means I can treat myself. I like to shop and I like to look good. I also really like to eat out and once the kitchen is done and dusted, I’m taking myself to Thailand for a fortnight where I’ll lie by the pool and read the latest Women’s Weekly.

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