Updated: Aug 5, 2020
I’ve wanted to start a blog for quite awhile. Since I’m officially writing my first post, I can now say “I did it!”
I have so much I want to share with the world. So much love, opinions, facts, information… but I figured it’d be best to start with who I am. So here’s some of my story. Nice to meet you. 🙂
My name is Emily Anne Rainey. I was born in Louisiana, and I grew up in Sour Lake, Texas. Sour Lake has (or had) about 1500 people. Haha, the number looks as funny as it sounds. Quite a small town. I have an older sister & a younger brother. I love my Memaw dearly. My mom and dad divorced when I was 5, and they are both some of my best friends.
There’s me! (fun fact - I was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck and was dead for a moment. I was a fat baby and because of the cord had weak neck muscles and had to go to baby physical therapy)
I played many sports. Softball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. I actually played volleyball year-round from grade 7 to 11. I would say it was my first love, however that’d be a complete lie because horses were definitely my first love. Specifically my horses Jack and Roany. Oh how I miss them. <3 I competed in many Playdays, primarily focusing on barrel racing. There’s something about a horse…. the connection is so strong that you can’t quite explain how it feels. Powerful to say the least.
Homecoming Court 2015
When I was 15 I started modeling. I quickly fell in love with all things entertainment, which led me to begin taking acting lessons In Houston, TX and join Theatre Arts at my school. God Bless my dad for making countless weekly trips to Houston. Modeling did lead to an eating disorder, however. After about a year with the disorder I started to obsess over all things “health”. I was able to for the most part get rid of my disorder after about 2 years with it, with a few relapses. Around the time I was working to get over it I was asked to tour in Asia to be a fashion model, however, while my height was “right” (5’9), I was told I would have to shrink my hips down from 37 inches to ideally 34, maximum 35 inches. It was honestly one of the most tempting things I’ve ever been asked to do. Here I am at age 16 with the opportunity to be a traveling model… but I had to say no. I thought of all the things I would do to my body to drop inches, and none of them would have been in line with this new ideal of health that I had just discovered. I am now so happy that I didn’t take that path because I have grown so much as a woman and learned more about health than I ever knew I would.
When I graduated high school (age 18) I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my acting career. I also studied through NASM to be a personal trainer, but decided I wanted to focus on acting. (Oh, did I mention, I also got engaged at age 18 one week before moving to LA!) We were together 5 years, but that has come to an end. I love him and respect him, but it did not work out. (This is a quick update on this post from years later).
Yay for getting muscles!
After a year in LA my father (my support system, my everything) was unable to support me. I won’t mention why here… I may in future posts if it helps others. So I moved back to Texas to save up some money to come back to LA. I was a Hooters Girl in Beaumont, TX for 6 months and saved up enough to come back to LA! Yay! I was so, so happy. 🙂 Shoutout to Bmt, TX Hooters! That was September of 2016. I’ve been blessed enough to stay in LA since then, and there’s no turning back.
Me & dad
Since coming back to LA I have had some great successes in my acting and modeling career, some major awakenings, a whole new meaning to my Christian faith after falling off for awhile, and so much more.
I’ve also wracked up some debt which I do not regret. I am now learning what it means to be financially literate, and I know that the day this debt is gone there will have been a total transformation in my life.
I’m vegetarian. I was pescetarian for a year, vegetarian for a year, and then I went vegan for 4 years, and now I'm back to vegetarian for personal reasons.
In May 2017 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but don’t worry guys I’m healing myself. (They do say it’s “incurable”, but who are they to doubt my body’s ability?)
I’m a cycling instructor at 2 different gyms and a Cuerpaso instructor. 🙂 If you haven’t yet noticed, my passions are all things health & entertainment. 🙂
I'm also a NASM certified personal trainer specializing in helping others truly love their bodies mentally & physically. <3
Mom, me, & memaw.
What would I do without them? <3 There’s dad in the back lol
Brother Adam and sister Kelci <3
Nephews Weston & Cayson :)
Cheers to you, to 2019, & to my first blog post! xoxo, Emily