Despite this, Rachael decided to say yes to the challenge but she was extremely nervous before starting.
“I remember the moment where I was standing in the hallway shaking like a leaf, like Bambi in front of headlights, and I opened the door to my first rehearsal and I walked in and I was like ‘What am I doing here?’” she told Girlfriend’s Beauty Boss podcast.
Rachael was paired up with Ukrainian-born Latin American dancer, Michael Miziner, for the competition.
“Little did I know at the time that the person that I was actually looking at inside the dance studio was my future husband,” she said. “I was even more nervous and he was so comfortable in that arena and I was like ‘Get me out of here but I really like you!’”
The couple fell in love quickly, according to Rachael.
“I think I had my toothbrush at his place about four weeks after we met so it was a very quick relationship,” Rach said. “He proposed to me six months after we met and we just knew from the start that we were meant to be.”
Nine years on, the couple have gotten married, had two children together and run a successful online program called Body By Finch.
The 30-year-old credits their connection to sharing many of the same values in life.
“We had the same goals, we had the same passions, we valued the same things in life: family, love, connection and we wanted to build and grow together so it was very quick.”