I am a wife and mother of two. I used to think this qualified me for the typical American family "box", but from the inside looking out our family feels anything but ordinary.
As a parent, I want to move with intention and parent in a way that is in line with who I want to be. With practice I hope to embody a healthy and meaningful lifestyle for my children to follow as they grow into adulthood. Through my own personal journey, I have finally centered around a core guiding principle: ahimsa or non-violence.
Ahimsa is a concept with many dimensions but centers around the premise that all living beings have a unique form of divine spiritual energy and value. To harm the energy (body, mind, and spirit) of any being is to also harm oneself. Upon this principle, a beautiful life of compassion, love, and service has been built.
Living in congruence with ahimsa our family took on a plant based nutritional lifestyle January 1, 2017. Earlier that year my husband lost his Uncle Warren to brain cancer, and even though we knew that a healthy lifestyle contributed to a healthy life; all of a sudden we felt we needed to do more. We decided to find the most health promoting way that we could raise our children. Our journey took the shape of veganism and a whole food plant based life. We have seen changes in our children and in our own lives which mimic the spirit of our core principle which has centered around non-violence and extended it to not only our fellow human relationships, but our relationship with our environment and all sentient beings including animals.
My passion and purpose has always been in teaching, and though I have coached sports, and taught group exercise, and now teach yoga - I have found a way to reach beyond the gym floor, the swimming pool, and the yoga mat.
Good health can not be achieved without the intentional improvement and study of one's nutrition. I want to help my children, my family, and my community form health promoting habits around food, their bodies, and relationships that they can take with them for a lifetime.
I want to inspire others to be conscious of the effects the Standard American Diet can have on not only the body, but also on the mind. I hold a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies as well as a 200 RYT which blend perfectly and compliment my core values to honor all life.
My hope is to make a difference in my own community and beyond by providing simple solutions to others, whether it is recipes, nutritional coaching, private yoga classes, or peaceful inspiration.
I turn 30 this year...and I am proud to say I am proud of the leaps I have made to understand how to conquer pain and live my best life. I have two [not so baby anymore] babies- 4 & 2 and they are what will keep me young! I live by the motto to Live with Intention...making decisions that will lead me in a direction of success, and taking the time to understand why I desire something.
I am a professional portrait photographer...and just a couple years ago discovered my love for photographing food photography! Seeing the way the light could create different moods, and putting different hues together to create striking contrast and/vibrant movement was an awakening I needed at the time. I started by creating my own Whole 30 recipes, and using those as practice...but this plant based world has me eaking at the possibilities.
As I have searched for ways to find control in life's situations that are uncontrollable, I have found peace in controlling the way I eat and take care of my body. The world is my rainbow! And every day feels like a new day I get to play and create with! I am constantly wanting to share my love of food, color, shape, and opportunity with others...I would definitely define myself as an extreme romantic-not just with relationships, but in all areas of life. Wanting to seek out the most opportunity, connection, and light in each day that I can.
My family suffers from a lot of physical and mental pain in different ways; whether a medical disorder, struggles with addiction, or things that life has pitched at them that are understandably hard to handle: as every one in the world has. But because it has hit so close to home for me, and consistently over the years, I have made it a point to find health and longevity for myself in hopes to share it with my loved ones.
Practicing Aparigraha along this journey has helped me let go of expectations about what we “should be".
If you let go a little, you will have a little peace.
If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.
If you let go completely, you will discover complete peace.
This way of living creates the exact opposition I need to remind myself to let go of things I don’t need and move forward in as much positivity as I can.
I love food. Period. Point blank!! Avocado toast will always bring me joy, along with extreme and challenging exercise! I enjoy the balance of finding the simple in the midst of the challenge, and I hope to be an inspiration for growth toward simplicity. Growth toward longevity. And growth toward connecting in wholesome ways!