Hello, blog world!

Hi!  Thank you for checking out my blog!  I have never done this before, so I’m a bit nervous!  I hope to use this blog as a way to share my journey to fitness and finding balance in a hectic life.

A bit about me:

I am 25 years old and live in Portland, Oregon.  I moved to Portland 2 1/2 years ago to attend graduate school at Portland State University.  I am currently working on a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Social Work.  Prior to moving to Portland, I lived in Santa Barbara, CA where I attended UCSB, fell in love, and began my career in community health.  It was also where I worked WAY too many hours each week and didn’t work on finding balance between emotionally draining work and self care.  My relationships suffered and so did my body!  Growing up, I was naturally thin and was always involved in physical activities including softball, basketball, cheerleading, and horseback riding.  Once I hit my 20’s and wasn’t focused on taking care of my body, my weight shot up and by the time I moved to Portland, I was overweight, exhausted, and unhappy.  I learned from all of this and began working out regularly, eating clean and healthy, and making sure I find time for loved ones NO MATTER how busy I get.

I have an amazing boyfriend who I have been with for over 5 years and he has stuck with me through it all and has worked on his health right beside me.

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I also have a fabulous Shih-Poo dog who is a constant source of laughs and cuddles, and a tortoise who is a feisty little thing.

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I have a wonderful group of girlfriends that get together to laugh hysterically and hold each other up during the toughest of times.  I also have an incredible family and I feel so fortunate to have the type of relationship with my mom that it feels weird when I go more than one day without talking to her.  I love to read, hike, camp, cook, attend concerts and festivals, drink coffee, and help others.

I hope to share recipes, work out tips, health research and tips, and be a source of inspiration through this blog.  I know there are a million other folks sharing their health stories throughout the web and I think the more the merrier!  We all relate to some more than others, so the more connections made, the better we will all be supported.  This is why I’ve decided to add my story to the mix and I hope you will share yours with me.  I’d love to get feedback, share information, and be held accountable by old and new friends.  So, here we go!

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