I became interested in health and wellness at a young age.
When I was 12 years old, my youngest sister was diagnosed with Autism. In the months leading up to her diagnosis, the smiling happy babbling baby we knew suddenly forgot how to drink from a bottle, lost any speech she had started to develop, and was screaming all the time.
Simultaneously, I was feeling extremely uncomfortable in my own body. When I was younger, I never really gave a second thought to the way I looked, but suddenly I was being made fun of at school for being overweight, wearing giant Harry Potter glasses, and developing acne on my face.
It was a weird time, as it is for most girls that age.
The combination of these two things led me to do a ton of research about what it means to be healthy, and how to do it myself (because along with my other struggles, I also had an extremely hard time opening up to the people around me).
I'd spend hours online, after waiting for my dial-up connection to load, researching natural healing methods. I couldn't get enough of it. Even as I got older and went off to art school, my blog roll was full of wellness blogs about fitness, food, and self-care.
During my time at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, I got super interested in community-based art (among other things). Specifically, I was really interested in the way that art could be used as a healing tool, and the way it could bring groups of people together. After graduation, I served for 3 years with the Community Arts Collaborative, an Americorps service program that pairs artists with local non-profit organizations in the Baltimore area.
The work my colleagues and I were doing was incredible and it was so rewarding to see what an impact it had on the communities we were working with.
But every year, all of the service members (myself included) would hit a point where they were so burnt-out, they could barely function. Our bi-weekly strategy meetings turned into conversations about self-care, just to get by. Many members would serve one year and leave, or not even make it to the end of their service term.
Simultaneously, I could see this happening with non-profit professionals and creative entrepreneurs around the city. They would go in with huge ideas and massive motivation to help the people around them, and to make the world a better place. But then they would burn-out, and be forced to leave after a few years.
At this point I realized that this high level of turn-over in these service-based positions made it extremely difficult to create sustainable change for the communities that needed it most.
This was a huge eye opener for me. And to top it all off, I had a major meltdown (read: Quarter-Life Crisis) when I was 24. Think debilitating anxiety, depression, panic attacks, the works.
I was ready to make a massive change in the way I felt, and I wanted to help other creatives do the same so would could continue our work.
After my service term was finished, I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and got my certificate in Health Coaching.
By making changes in my own diet (through loads of experimentation), lifestyle, mindset and self-care, I went from not being able to get out of bed to suddenly having loads of energy, clear skin, and generally feeing ready to take on the fucking world!
Now, I'm honored to be helping creatives who feel burnt-out, tired all the time, and generally like shit to feel vibrant and excited through nutritional education, emotional support, and incorporating radical acts of self-care into their daily lives.
If you're ready to take your health into your own hands so you can have all the energy you need, let's chat babe <3