For this second post of my newly revamped blog, I took to my Instagram stories to ask people what they want to know about me. I don’t typically get much action on these types of posts, so I knew I wouldn’t have to pick and choose questions (thankfully)!
It was fun to write out my answers; and it was fun to not answer fitness or nutrition questions for a change! I definitely plan to do this again in the future. For now, here is a little bit about me:
Q: Where are you from?
If I mapped it out for you, you’d assume I’m a “California gurl.” The stereotypical California girl is tan, wears the short shorts with her bikini top, has glowing skin, and is fierce (at least that’s what the song says). I grew up in Northern California; Grass Valley, to be exact. We say “hella” and we are hella strange. We’ve been to Empire Mine and the state capitol way too much in our childhood. Our idea of a road trip is to San Francisco, not to Disneyland or Mexico. I don’t wear short shorts with bikini tops; I wear t-shirts and flannels with cowgirl boots (well, not anymore, since I live in Florida). My skin is pale white and I also know how to drive in the snow. I’m not afraid to get a bit muddy at the lake and I love to camp. However, contrary to most Northern California girls, I do not know how to ski or snowboard.
After living in Northern California, I moved to Nevada when I was sixteen. I never really lost my NorCal identity, though, despite living in different places since California. Now we call Florida home and honestly, I didn’t think I’d enjoy living on the east coast so much! I do miss the small town feeling though. Our goal is to eventually move down to the Keys (either Key Largo, Tavernier, or Islamorada) and one of the huge reasons why the Keys are so appealing to me is because of the small-town feeling.
Q: How did you get into blogging?
In 2012, my best friend created a monster and introduced me to Tumblr, my first blogging platform. I THOUGHT that was blogging back then, but in reality it was a lot of sharing other people’s content. I’ve always been a writer. After a few years on Tumblr, I decided that I wanted to share my own original content so I transition to Word Press. I’ve had a few different blogs since then, because pivoting is important. It isn’t fun to blog about things you don’t enjoy or aren’t passionate about. I’ve identified as a fitness blogger until now; I’m not sure what my niche is anymore. I just want to be real with people, share my thoughts, and educate and empower others!
Q: Why did you want to be a personal trainer?
I love helping people. I especially love helping people feel good about themselves and improve their lives! Even back when I was a teen, the obesity rates here in the U.S. were alarming. These days, they are even more alarming. We are one of the sickest nations in the world because of our weight and conditions that come with being overweight or obese.
I also think that a lot of fitness influencers and trainers send the wrong message to those who are overweight or obese: that they are not worthy of help, attention, love, support, cute clothes, or anything else simply because of how they look. It is absolutely not okay. I am here to help anyone who wants help with weight loss, but I also want to be the one to tell them that they ARE worthy and deserve everything that a “fitness influencer” has, too; and not “once they lose weight” or “once they reach their goal” – they are worthy right freaking now. This is why I specialize in weight loss and nutrition.
I love to work with weight loss clients. I have worked with clients in the past who were high-risk for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions related to being overweight. They came to me wanting to make a change to avoid being on medication. Some of them had some very scary occurrences that made them realize that they needed to treat their body better. It is the most amazing feeling when someone comes to me after months of hard work to show me that their bloodwork is getting better or, in a few instances, they were given the okay from their doctor to come off of their medication because their numbers were SO good.
Above all, though, I learn so much from my career. Not just about the human body and fitness, but I learn a lot from the people I work with about life. I have such a fulfilling career and I am so blessed!
Q: If money wasn’t a THING, what would you do?
Buy oceanfront land, build a tiny house, and travel a whole lot!
Q: What is one thing you love about yourself and what is one thing you’d change?
Love: my ability to stay neutral while learning about something. I gather all of the information before analyzing and forming an opinion, which I am finding is extremely rare these days! And also frustrating because people form opinions based on one-sided, biased information… and then they aren’t willing to change their opinion when presented with new, more accurate information.
Change: I overthink things A LOT. Especially when it comes to interactions (or lack thereof) with other people.
Q: What is your favorite color?
All of them! I know this is a weird answer, but my favorite color depends on my mood, the season, and so many other things.
Q: If you could pass only one of your attributes to your children, which would it be?
Oh gosh, this is a good one. Why does it only have to be one?! I think I’d pass on my authenticity. I want my kids to be unashamed of who they are, even if people think that they are weird. I want them to stay true to themselves, no matter what kind of person society tells them to be!
Q: What is your pet peeve?
I have a lot of the typical pet peeves like people who are not punctual, people who don’t know the difference between your and you’re, and drivers who don’t use their blinkers. I tend to ignore my irritation at these types of people, unless it’s REALLY driving me crazy or it is someone who made me wait for them for hours!
Perhaps my biggest pet peeve that I have is people who cause drama for no apparent reason. I’m almost 28 years old as I write this and I’m still baffled at how grown adults just love to wreak havoc in other people’s lives. It is something I simply do not have a tolerance for, and I do call people out on this behavior if they try to interrupt my own peace.