Hello 2017.

Hey everyone! Happy new year. I can’t believe how fast 2016 flew by for me. There were a few sad days here and there, but overall, I am so thankful for the friends and family that made my year such a great one. There were a mix of challenges, lessons and certainly lots of laughter. Recap of 2016: Graduated 2nd bachelors (miraculously passed microbiology and Dr. Kant’s class in the same semester) Ran 4 half marathons, and 11 runs; totaling 106.9 miles for the year Made it in the runDisney online magazine as hipster Ariel and finished 3 runDisney runs! Was accepted and invited to attend BlogFest and IdeaWorld Fitness conference in Los Angeles President of honor society (yes, I probably was the quietest president you’ll ever meet) St. Jude Hero fundraising $500 for St. Jude’s children’s research hospital (Thank you for your help!) Took a few kickboxing lessons/classes and loved it Celebrated […]

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10 Years of Body Image Highs and Lows

I’ve never really shared any of this with anyone before. Acknowledgement is the first step to improvement, right? Well here goes. The shorter version goes something like this.. I didn’t have a healthy relationship with food. It was either an enemy or a best friend. I felt sick all the time. So at several points I stopped eating, sometimes for days. There were also a lot of stress and emotional binge eating that happened on and off. I didn’t like how I looked or how I felt about myself. I remember crying in front of the mirror a lot. Then there would be months of avoiding mirrors. I thought boys didn’t like me because I wasn’t pretty enough. I knew my outer appearance doesn’t define me. I knew my weight is just a number. But I cared even when I told myself not to. I never felt beautiful. I never […]

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Why I Stopped Drinking Alcohol

Hi! I’ve decided to share something I consider pretty personal: why I decided to call it quits on the alchy. You see those pictures of me up above? I’m not proud of them. I’m glad I can say, those are pictures of the old me. My request is that IF you do decide to read this, please read all the way through.. even if you start to get bored! (Honor system, thanks!) Let me start off by saying, the sake of this post was written to simply share why I chose to stop drinking alcohol.. And is NOT meant to criticize those who drink, the act of drinking, clubbing or partying. With that said, I respect you for your choices, so thank you for respecting mine. I wasn’t an alcoholic. I never drank alone. I wasn’t a habitual partygoer. But when I did go out from time to time, I drank to feel young […]

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