I am a small town, mountain born hippie. I was born in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, spending my youth playing in the waters and wonders of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. My life in the mountains drives me to live better each day. I believe in forgiveness, kindness, and sharing. I am also a devout sports fan. Cheering for the teams I love to exhaustion. I cry with the loses, wins, accomplishments, and failures. I live and breath with every pitch, pass or tackle. I thrive on the history of the sport, tall tales from long ago legends who live through the game. Finally I am a nutritionist and fitness lover. I have a BS in Food and Nutrition from the University of Idaho (go Vandals!), a Health Coaching Certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and received a Precision Nutrition’s certification in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. I currently work as a nutritionist at a local gym, providing one-on-one coaching, group workshops, presentations and more. Most importantly I am apologetically me.
I have always been a fan of writing. Of documenting my life and thoughts. I kept journals, printed out emails, had books stuffed with poetry or quick, meaningless thoughts. Over the past few years I’ve had two blogs, neither of which I felt fully represented me as a real person. This is where my new blog comes into play. I make a pledge to fully commit to me as a person, a real person, not just hands typing on a keyboard.
I have a degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Idaho, a certificate for Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and have completed Precision Nutrition’s Level 1 Certification in The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition. I also have my ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification and am working on more fitness certs. I currently run a nutrition program at a small, local gym in my home town. I spend a lot of time working (I currently have 3 jobs) and free time is spent with friends, my dog, or working out the details of how I can improve or expand the nutrition program. This is what my life is currently consumed with, but that’s not the full story.
I grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s, about an hour outside of Yosemite National Park. For 16 years I was fortunate enough to spend my summers in a cabin in Tuolumne Meadows. My days were spent hiking, exploring, and learning about the awe-inspiring nature around me. Without a doubt these summers are what shaped my life the most. I spent a year living in the Bay Area in beautiful Half Moon Bay, Ca, but I found myself drastically home sick for pine trees. The beauty of the ocean, while powerful and mesmerizing, had nothing on the graceful pine trees that surrounded me in childhood. I took the terrifying leap of moving back to my small town, taking on multiple part-time, minimum-wage jobs, in hopes of saving money to help create the life I wanted. It’s been a while since the move, but I am finally finding what I was meant to find and I have a feeling the next year will bring big changes, accomplishments and more discoveries.