For as long as I can remember I have had an interest in health, nutrition and education. I considered degrees in all of these fields, but ended up in nursing school in 2002. The goal with nursing was this was a field where I could incorporate all of my interests. I quickly realized today’s medical model is focused on sick care and symptom management, not HEALTHcare and finding the root cause of illness.
About the time I finished nursing school I found myself in the kitchen teaching myself how to cook for my now husband and myself. I would watch cooking shows, read cooking magazines, browse cooking websites and follow blogs focused on food. Cooking quickly turned into more for me. The focus changed to food quality and the more I learned, the more I wanted to share with the world what I was discovering. It became a contagious addiction. I also was finding myself unveiling more aspects of a holistic lifestyle and what it meant to truly be well! Books, documentaries and eventually podcasts joined my methods of self education and free time hobbies and I was grateful then, and still am today, that my husband was also on the journey with me.
In 2011, I started a cooking blog, which I did for 3 years but ultimately took a break while I raised my first two young boys. I was still in the nursing field, but was finding that it was not fulfilling my desire to share with the world what health and wellness really meant to me. I couldn’t stop battling the urge to do more and help more people. When my middle son was 1.5 years old I stumbled upon a program from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I decided to jump in with both feet and have not looked back.
Traditional healthcare gave me a stable career that allowed for steady income, professional and personal growth and flexibility while starting a family. I am grateful for it all and wouldn’t be where I am today without it. With that said, today, a decade later I have changed so much, learned so much and inspired many people along my path of self-discovery, self-improvement and ultimate wellness. I consider myself a wellness advocate and our family lives what I consider an environmentally friendly, holistic lifestyle, inspired by Functional Medicine health practices. I know I was put on this earth to do more. My desire to continue to educate, inspire and support people has never gone away so here I am today again, back in the online world to share it all!
I heard this quote once by Arthur Miller, a playwright and author, and it explains my feelings exactly. “The apple cannot be stuck back on the tree of knowledge. Once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more not less.” I cannot unlearn what I have discovered, instead now I am called to share with the world!
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