Synopsis for I Am Not!
When enough of the world comes at you, telling you you’re nothing, you believe. You become what you believe. You become until the pain of becoming is too great to bear. You constantly ask yourself: What if I don’t know the answer? What if I’m wrong? What if they know I’m wrong? What if they laugh? What if fearing failure makes you fail? You’re faced with a choice. To stay. Or to change. Or to end. If you’re lucky, enough love begins seeping through, lighting a path to change.
This is the story of I AmNOT,a memoir of triumph over verbal and emotional abuse, bullying, disordered eating, and societal norms. A journey of self-deprecation and the promise of continued growth. An anecdotal warning of the challenges kids, teens, and adults still face today.
Review for I Am Not!
I Am Not! Has hit home for me. Bullied at home, school, and even work, it is always nice to know that you are not alone. When not being bullied, you wonder if you are ever enough when you try to please people. You try to make sure everyone is happy so you are happy. But it always comes at some expense. After going through all of this through my adolescence and adulthood, I have always realized that you cannot make everyone happy. If people try to bully me, I have learned that it is not about me, but more about them. Here I am pushing forty, and I still have to remind myself of this. Reading this book just helps me cope with what I have dealt with, and that I am still fighting the voices in my head. Great job Rachel!
About Rachel Boehm
Rachel Boehm is an award-winning journalist, turned workplace wellness organizer and advocate. Her experiences with school and workplace bullying, fat shaming, disordered eating, perfectionism, and verbal and emotional abuse began at a young age and continued into her late-twenties.
Embracing a survivor’s mindset, Boehm now views her journey as a calling to transform the way individuals and organizations view well-being, the beauty of the human body, metrics of success, and the fragility of time.
Boehm was raised in Austin, Texas. A love for the fine arts, film, and television took her to Southern California for undergraduate studies and to pursue a career in the industry.
A quarter-life crisis fueled by the tumultuous nature of the industry and a realization of society’s flawed definitions of beauty and success, sent her on a multi-year soul-searching quest. She traveled back to Austin, then on to the UAE, Syria, Jordan, Europe, and New York City, before accepting a graduate studies scholarship with American University in Journalism and Public Affairs. Following commencement, she moved to Northern Virginia.
This journey is detailed in her memoir I Am NOT!, which in many ways provides the backstory for her 2018 self-published collection of quips and lessons learned, Tripping in Public.
Today, Boehm works at an individual and organizational level to change the dialogue around the workplace well-being experience. She shares her story and works to help others: redefine success and beauty; develop mindfulness and self-compassion; and embrace the art of the “always something” mindset.
Through her many endeavours (day job, side hustle, and private practice), Boehm seeks to help everyone bring their best selves to work and life, and to truly love the skin they’re in.
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