I’m a Health + Fitness Enthusiast who likes to spend weekends working out, meeting new faces, and gushing over good coffee. Over the past decade I’ve done some cool things:
Got out of the military after serving 5 years in the Security Forces field.
Became a Licensed Massage Therapist,
and a Certified Health Coach,
…and a Certified Yoga Instructor
I spent a lot of time working on certifications on fields I thought I needed in order to be taken seriously as a wellness professional to find out I don’t wanna do any of these things indefinitely, however, I do love showcasing those women who DO!
What I love the most about being a part of the wellness industry is the connections I’ve made with so many women here in Chicago as well as online. I’m realizing now (like literally, right now, I am growing through this desire to have a million certifications) and dive into what people are already telling me I’m helping them with - and that’s providing helpful life coaching advice and creating kick-ass communities.
That’s why I started talking my ass off on my Go For it Gurl podcast, so that you can learn from my mistakes as well as what I’ve learned along the way.
I’ve been a 14 year old girl living on her own. I’ve dealt with racial identity issues coming from a bi-racial family.
I’ve learned so many lessons from my military experience and deploying to Iraq and took a stab pursuing my Dads dreams of me being a singer in ATL (and getting boo’d off the stage).
I’ve taken tons of classes in health and wellness and have had SO. MANY. JOBS: babysitter, lemonade stand, ice cream shop, baseball stadiums, Hooters, opened a wellness clinic, facility maintenance, natural hair care, and right now I’m I an operations position at a logistics company.
Amidst all of this I’ve explored various areas of health and wellness in attempts to live my best life (IMHO) the best city of the world, Chicago.
In short - I have a lot to share!
I love love love community and feeling supported, very much so because I was on my own for so long as a teenager and I know how important and valuable it’s been to my life to be a part of a community that has similar interests. This year I started hosting monthly events where the #livelygang gets together to try wellness related classes, services, and/or foods, and afterwards we have a discussion/connection session.
I believe that healthy foods/movement + inner work + community = your liveliest life.
I don’t believe in shortcuts and quick fixes. I’m a turtle by nature: slow + steady consistency wins the race, and we can’t do it ALL alone. If you’re looking for a gang of lively ladies with active lifestyles, check out the events and come say hi on Instagram.
I love me a healthy glass of red wine (currently digging California red blends), all things dewy skin, luscious curls, and girl chat. I have meet ups every month in Chicago with the #livelygang. Also, team #BEYhiv #daBears
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