2017-09-07 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Rachel Zemanek


DESPITE HAVING lived in numerous locations across the nation, Rachel Zemonek of Cedar is thankful to have returned to her home in Leelanau County. DESPITE HAVING lived in numerous locations across the nation, Rachel Zemonek of Cedar is thankful to have returned to her home in Leelanau County. Name: Rachel Zemanek

Current town or township of residence: Cedar

Resident since: 1991, but I’ve recently moved back here after seven years in California and Colorado.

Age and birthplace: 26 and Traverse City

Occupation: Massage Therapist and EMT

Marital status: Single

You live in Leelanau County because: I’ve been all around the country and there’s no place like the Leelanau Peninsula. It’s like living in a dream.

Last good movie you saw: “Me Before You.” It was about loving someone through hardship and the traumas of life and learning how to accept people for who they are.

Last good book you read: “The Alchemist.” I’ve read it over and over again because there are so many incredible lessons and layers to the story. A must read.

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: The President of the United States. I think it would be an interesting experience for him to live a day as a working woman.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: Learning how to help as many people as possible through massage therapy and emergency medicine.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I hope to be living in a home that I built and volunteering my time and skills as an EMT with The Peace Corps.

Things you lose sleep over: The current political and social climate.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: The lack of affordable and accessible housing for young professionals. This community has so much potential for young people to thrive, but nowhere for us to live.

Favorite dessert: My grandma’s blueberry pie.

Are you a coffee drinker? No coffee for me! I drink Yerba Matte instead. It gives me just enough caffeine but without the anxious buzz of coffee.

Favorite place in Leelanau County and why: Good Harbor Beach. It’s the perfect place for the sunset and I love the drive through the woods to get there, especially when the trees change.

If you had more time you would: Go back to college for political science and get more involved in local and national politics.

Three words that best describe you are: Excited, ambitious and caring

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