Born and raised in the Bay Area (and proud of it!), I moved to San Diego over 16 years ago for college and to my parents’ dismay, I’m still here after graduating from San Diego State 10 years ago. And my roots keep growing deeper. Married in 2011, babies in 2013 and 2016, amazing friendships and an 11-year career in event planning…as if the weather wasn’t enough to make me stay put! 😉
I chose a career in planning because I’m a bit of a control freak; I feel most comfortable when I’m in charge of how things happen. It makes me good at my job, and I owe a lot of my professional – and also personal – successes to my type-a personality. However, it’s a trait I’m actually working on “softening,” and it got a jump-start pretty much as soon as I got pregnant with my first daughter. All of a sudden, life was changing, the future was unknown and with all the sickness and discomfort, I felt like the universe was saying: “Oh yea!? So what are you gonna do now??!” Once baby arrived, control was nowhere in sight. It helped to see it as a chance to learn and grow and work on something that I had been wanting to work on for awhile. It’ll be a lifetime journey, but I’m getting better at going with the flow a little more – and parenthood is good practice!
Going with the flow is just one of the things my daughters have encouraged me to do. Every time I greet them, it’s with an enthusiastic “Hello my loves!!” They inspire me to greet every aspect of my life with the same positivity and enthusiasm. And lately, at the top of the list has been my family’s health. It has never felt more important to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle and slowly but surely we are making changes to the food we eat, the products we use (household, beauty, medicine, etc) and the overall choices we make.
I have to admit, I haven’t always felt total enthusiasm for parenthood. It was rough in the beginning – like WOW – and although it isn’t that way now, parenting will always have its challenges. I found out pretty quickly how important it is to have people to talk to, to relate to, to learn from. The fellow new-moms that reached out to me in the beginning, offering stories of their successes and failures, commiserating with me, telling me that I wasn’t alone… they saved me. I vowed to pay it forward. This blog is just one of the ways I will follow through on that promise.
I want this blog to be a place of support and community – and a place where we can encourage each other to live a more healthy, happy lifestyle. I commit to sharing what I learn as I learn it – and please feel free to do the same!
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