I first truly learned the importance of advocating for yourself (or having someone advocate on your behalf) when I was in Rwanda experiencing the cancer diagnostic process there. That situation never leaves me. Since then, I’ve always been a proponent of listening to your body, seeking medical consultation when in doubt, and pursuing treatment earlyContinue reading “Advocating for yourself is crucial”
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Sometimes all you need is a break
It’s been a while since I’ve given an IVF update – but I’m back! Taking a few months off from IVF was truly what I needed. The time off from doctors appointments, injections, medication allergies and other side effects restored my energy and focus. I spent the first few months of my IVF break continuingContinue reading “Sometimes all you need is a break”
I finally found my place in the gym!
It’s been a journey both pursuing my own personal health and fitness while also working toward making it my new career path. I thought I found my place in my original gym, but that didn’t end up being the case. While I still credit that gym for changing my life and helping me find myContinue reading “I finally found my place in the gym!”
Honoring Dr. Paul Farmer
It’s taken me a week since the passing of Dr. Paul Farmer, on February 21, 2022, to even begin to compile my thoughts around what a devastating loss his passing is to the global health community. He was a champion for health as a human right, spending his career trying to make that a realityContinue reading “Honoring Dr. Paul Farmer”
Unrealistic expectations often result in disappointment
When I start something new, I’m often excited, eager and full of motivation. I feel like I can do anything and get a burst of adrenaline at the idea of something new. I love change and while it’s not always easy, I always enjoy it more than the status quo. I like challenging myself andContinue reading “Unrealistic expectations often result in disappointment”
We can do hard things!
Many aspects of life are hard; it’s just a fact. It’s something that I think everyone learns at different times in their life. We’re not here to compare or judge our hardships. My hard is hard, period. Your hard is hard, period. Maybe in times of hardship we try to take an easier path, thatContinue reading “We can do hard things!”
Changing careers can be scary: my fear of failure
While I have no reason to truly believe that I won’t accomplish my fitness-related career goals, I am definitely still afraid of failing. It’s why I didn’t, up until recently, tell many people that I wanted to become a personal trainer. I have this underlying fear that somehow it won’t work out, even though I’mContinue reading “Changing careers can be scary: my fear of failure”
When you listen to your mind and body, change happens!
My education and career thus far has focused on service to others, with an emphasis on public health. I spent the early part of my twenties doing service programs, which means I chose stipend-based work in the field rather than an actual paying career-level job. I preferred it that way, as I wasn’t particularly moneyContinue reading “When you listen to your mind and body, change happens!”
The gym that changed my life… and career path
I hit the jackpot when I happened to see a sign for Alloy Personal Training in a shopping center near my house. It came at the perfect time when I was prioritizing my health and my husband had been wanting a personal trainer for a while. It was a new gym coming to my city,Continue reading “The gym that changed my life… and career path”
Noom: psychology changed my relationship with food
I knew that for me, making food-related changes was as much a mental challenge as it was physical, so I subscribed to Noom. Noom is a behavior change program focused on sustainable healthy eating and weight loss. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably seen their ads all over social media. Let me start byContinue reading “Noom: psychology changed my relationship with food”