I have been talking to all of you for SIX MONTHS (seriously, where has the time gone) and I don’t feel like I’ve ever really and truly introduced myself so I figured it was about time to do an “About Me” post that doesn’t fully have to do with working out or my fitness closet.
I played soccer from the age of 4 all the way until my senior year of high school at which point I was supposed to continue my career at Augustana College. However, after 7 years of extremely competitive soccer, I was burnt out and the tearing of my MCL the summer before told me it was time to let go. Augie hadn’t been my first choice in schools and I almost transferred halfway through but I am so thankful I decided to stick it out because it brought me to the greatest group of girls I could ever imagine – shoutout to my Classy Betches – and then my immediate job out of college and the amazing women I got from that.
I have my dad to thank for my athletic ability. I have yet to beat him in any race and even though he isn’t as active as he used to be, I’m sure he could still kick my ass. And I admire and thank him so much for that, which is why I’ll be running this year’s Chicago Marathon for him. My first marathon in 2015, I hit a wall at mile 24 but he jumped in and carried me for a mile and a half, always one step ahead so I’d have to catch up. This year, he may not be able to run the entire thing with me but I can’t wait to cross the finish line with him by my side.
I used to classify myself as the pickiest eater ever, however I don’t think that description is accurate anymore because I will try most things (unless it’s fish) and usually end up liking them. On the flip side, you could definitely say I am a plain eater because I don’t like most condiments and tend to avoid sauce and dressing. It’s just because it’s healthier, right?
You could potentially call me a tiny drug dealer girl but only because I take my vitamins on the reg. My grandma is an avid believer in them and she’s one hell of a trooper, surviving more than the average person, so I’ll follow in her footsteps if she says that’s what I should do to take care of my body.
Based on another piece of my grandma’s wisdom, I don’t participate in any of those fad diets. I am a firm believer in eating what you want, when you want but in moderation. I am not one to force a lifestyle upon myself that keeps me from things that I love (aka tacos, cheese, french fries, and chocolate cake shakes). So when I’m craving something, I’m going to eat it because as my grandma always says, a craving is your body’s way of saying it’s lacking a nutrient found in that food, so don’t deny yourself from it.
On the topic of food, I am the CMO of Sweet Dee’s Candy, my mom’s new-found business. Homegirl is killing it after just opening up in April 2017 at a single farmers market. Now she’s at even more markets, a few restaurants and stores across the suburbs, and hopefully launching online ordering soon. Talk about a boss bitch babe (fingers crossed I got those genes).
I am an only child with two younger puppy siblings. Although Zoey passed away in January 2017, she will always hold a giant piece of my heart. I am also the happiest of dog moms to little LuLu. The tiny chick might be crazy and bite holes in my lululemon leggings (I am convinced it’s because she doesn’t like sharing her name) but I love her to death, except for when I have to give her a bath because then she looks like a tiny rat.
I have two tattoos, as of now. I was persuaded to get the first on my foot; a 5-petal flower with the word faith matching my mom’s and even though I almost passed out 5 minutes into the 45-minute session, I proceeded to get a second on my ribs as a tribute to my late grandparents. “It was then that I carried you” is the closing line of the footprints poem which appeared on both of their prayer cards and somewhat turned into a family thing. And although I’m not super religious, I love having those forever reminders of my family with me wherever I go.
Speaking of, I want to go everywhere. I have always had this insane case of wanderlust and now that I’m getting older and able to financially afford it, I find any excuse to visit a new place. I have two versions of a dream come true: (1) quit real life and travel abroad for a few months, immersing myself in different cultures and people around the world, concluding the trip with a yoga and meditation retreat to re-center before heading back to the working world or (2) moving to a different state or country to work for a few years, returning when I couldn’t handle being away from my family any longer (because while they drive me nuts, they are also my rocks).
Thank goodness I am really into personal finance and budgeting in order to afford those extravagant dreams, which is something I’m confident I get from my grandpa. I’m not nearly as well-versed on the stock market or different types of accounts as he is but I like to think I’m pretty smart with money. Numbers are kind of my thing. As is organization. We’re talking color coded everything. Sorry I’m not sorry about being OCD.
I became incredibly obsessed with the Almost 30 podcast this past summer (and podcasts in general). Seriously this thing is a game changer and I believe it has really helped me come into myself – pushing me further than I ever thought possible in terms of my personal life, work ethic, spirituality, and meditation. Not to mention, it brought back my love for reading on a whole new level (legitimately purchased 4 books and $50 worth of crystals within a week. And don’t worry, I plan to recap all of that, especially the crystal piece). If you haven’t listened yet, you absolutely positively need to. You won’t regret it.
And last but certainly not least, I started this blog because I wanted to make an impact on the world. I have always been told I am a positive light but I never knew how to shine it on those who I didn’t come in day-to-day contact with. My love for fitness and workout classes led me to believe becoming a trainer was my path but after further research, I decided that wasn’t the road I wanted to travel down… YET. The past 6 months have certainly been filled with many ups, downs, and cute outfits and although I am still coming into my blogging self, I could not be happier with where I am. I am so thankful for your support and cannot wait to keep this blog running!