Occupation ▪ Owner of Louisiana Cheer Force
Husband ▪ Kevin
Daughter ▪ Nora, 6 months
Hobbies ▪ Cheerleading and coaching
For Rachael Pearson, becoming a mom was a 10 year journey. Due to a congenital heart defect, Rachael had undergone three separate open-heart surgeries when she was little. However, when she got older and wanted to start a family, Rachael’s doctor recommended that she should not carry a pregnancy on her own.
Although the journey wasn’t an easy one, Rachael and her husband relied on their faith until they finally received the happy news that the fertility cycle had worked. And now, as a mom to sweet little Nora, Rachael never lets a minute of their time together go to waste.
How would you describe raising your daughter?
R: It’s the best thing that ever happened to me in 10 years. I love every minute. I have the luxury of staying home with her, and we’re together all day. She’s an answered prayer.
What do you like to do together as a family?
R: Travel and go on vacation. The beach is our favorite. We love the Florida beaches and going to Orange Beach.
What’s the greatest thing about being a mom?
R: I have someone who is mine forever–she’s mine! I always have someone there in my corner.
What was your latest mom win?
R: Making her laugh out loud. With her, everything is new and exciting, but making her laugh was my most recent mom win.
How has parenthood changed you?
R: I don’t know that it has a lot. As a coach, it felt like all of these kids were my kids. It’s like I was a mom before I became a mom.
What do you love most about your job?
R: Working with the kids, seeing them progress in skills, and seeing them go on stage and feel successful.
How do you make time to relax?
R: When it is late at night and everyone is asleep, that’s when I relax. And, I sleep in since I don’t work a normal 9-5.
What’s your favorite date night?
R: I work nights, so we have a lot of lunch dates. I remember we once went to Ruth’s Chris for lunch because we had practice that night. Since we both own businesses, we do have flexibility to do something if we want to. That’s the key to our relationship.
What kind of mom are you?
R: I’m a relaxed mom. I’ve had lots of experience with my cheer kids. We do try to do everything for her, but I’m not an uptight mom.
What’s something you hope to instill in your daughter?
R: Christian faith. I hope she has a relationship with God and says her prayers every day.
What is the best parenting advice you have ever received?
R: I’ve learned a lot from my little sister who had just had her baby. I took her with me to do the registry because things change over the years.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
R: Kids who don’t finish something they start. Parents have such an important job on how their children react to being coached. Also, mean people! I can’t stand a mean hearted person.
What personality trait of yours do you hope she also has?
R: I would like for her to be like me in my friendships and relationships with other people. I’m a very nice person and I see the good in people. I’m forgiving. I hope she can be as well.
Which family member has been your greatest role model in life?
R: My mom and dad in different ways. To this day, I still call them to ask for advice. They’re also always at the gym. My mom works at the gym and my dad is always fixing things at the gym.
What’s your biggest goal in life right now?
R: To be able to continue to be successful in my business. To raise my daughter the right way and to give her a great childhood.
Do you have any advice for other parents?
R: I have lots of advice for people who are struggling to get pregnant. Just keep trying, keep praying. I know how hard it is. I think for other parents, they could probably give me more advice than I could give them.
The parenting item I couldn’t live without…Doona stroller.
In my fridge, you will always find…milk.
Favorite movie growing up…Pretty Woman.
My guilty pleasure is…chocolate.
Music I’m loving…cheer music because we’re always practicing.
I feel my best when I…have plenty of sleep.
My favorite television show is...Survivor.
My favorite ice cream is…chocolate.
My dream travel spot is...on an exotic beach, somewhere beautiful.