Hi Guys! A Bio about me? How about a life story instead…
Are you ready for a roller coaster ride? Here we go! I’m originally from Georgia, where I grew up eating endless amounts of fresh fruits and veggies right from the garden, eggs from a real chicken coup and even drank Kombucha that my mom fermented herself (yuck!). An appreciation for REAL food was instilled at a young age.
After graduating college (with a degree in Marketing & Speech Communications) and then law school, I went to work as a prosecutor at the San Diego District Attorney’s office. While I thought I was living “the life,” and enjoyed certain aspects of my job, I had a large, yet invisible lump in my throat for the two+ years I worked there…until finally taking a much needed pause from reality by trekking around beautiful Italy.
“On Lake Como I had my “Ah-ha” moment.”
I realized that I had not been living or speaking my truth. Hence the lump. I quit my job the day I returned from my trip, and decided to start a website. (Yes, imbibing a “few” wonderful glasses of Italian wine may have helped spur my openness to something new!) I was thrilled to live a life of fantastically forging the risky and exciting terrain of entrepreneurship.
Well, the Universe had different plans for me. Two very sick pregnancies and two beautiful babies later, I was living my new dream as a stay-at-home mom in the ‘burbs. Volvo and all! Again, I felt very thankful, but… something was missing.
After my second baby, I started exercising at a fitness studio where, one day, the owner announced that they would be hosting a 30-day clean eating challenge with Coach Heather Hemmer. I recall asking, “Is wine allowed? Is coffee allowed?!” The answers were both YES, and so was mine! After 30 days, I lost seven pounds of bloat, fat and everything else my body was reluctantly holding onto.
Here’s the kicker: 22 days into the challenge I got called out by Heather for drinking too much wine! (I was losing weight anyways, so what did I care? But seriously, prior to the challenge I was up to two glasses a night. Every night.) Heather gave me a new challenge: No wine for the remainder of the 30 days… and, I had to post it on Facebook. I didn’t respond right away. And then a good friend made the comment, “At least you will figure out what your triggers are.”
My triggers?! My triggers!
“I’m a stay-at-home mom with two (adorable) kids under three AND I’M BORED!”
There it was. That gnarly truth thing. So, I went the full eight days without wine, felt amazing and finished my 30 days proud of my accomplishment.
After falling in love with the clean-eating challenge, I called up Heather and asked if I could offer the challenge to my friend’s on Facebook. In two days I had 60 people signed up and ready to go. I started realizing that this clean eating thing was really resonating with people! I immediately called Heather and asked to be her business partner.
My life has come full circle. From eating the same fresh and wholesome foods I ate when I was a kid to utilizing my marketing, communications and law backgrounds. From understanding the truth behind my wine crutch to understanding the truth about my life path…
…When we say it’s time to “come clean,” we mean it in more ways than one!