Why I Started This Blog (Read First)
First things first, love. Thank you so much for being here! I’m honored that you think I’m cool enough to hang out with virtually. (#blessed, right?)
So, why would a woman who runs a full-time nutrition business start a second blog in the little spare time she has? I sometimes still ask myself that very same question…
But then I remember how much my life has changed over the past four years. Mostly for the better (of course!), but I would be lying if I didn't admit to how challenging some of the transitions were.
I realized this blog is my outlet--and, ultimately, I’m confident it will help women like you who find themselves in similar situations to remember that they’re not alone.
Or, in the very least, I hope to provide some comic relief for the middle of your day :)
So, what the heck happened over the past several years? Let me paint a messy picture.
- I’ve been fired from jobs. Quit jobs. Started a business. Failed at my business. And alas, once I defined what success looked like for me, succeeded in my business.
- I ended a relationship that was heading towards marriage. Moved out, he kept the dog. Met an awesome dude 10 days after the break-up. Married said awesome dude 18 months later.
- I moved to the burbs with my husband (sans kiddos). Questioned whether I liked the burbs. Took the time to get to know my town and now adore where we live. (It also helps that we spend lots of time in NYC).
- My relationship to money went from complete ignorance (let's just say there were many times I had to check my bank account before I put gas in my car) to healthy and fruitful in what seemed like an overnight evolution.
In a span of four years, my life was flipped upside down in nearly every area of significance. Love. Relationships. Career. Money. Spirituality.
Most of the changes were positive and so very amazing, but it wasn't all roses and champagne. There were total mental breakdowns taking place, which looking back, I realize were necessary for my growth.
I want to be real and honest about these transitions most women experience, but choose not to discuss. The truth is that we need each other. I'm so grateful you're here, and hope you stick around for the ride!
Why the name "Healthy Wifestyle?"
I went back and forth on the name for nearly six months. In fact, I had a totally separate name picked out and branded on this site. It's been a long process, but I'm obsessed with where we've landed.
Teaching women how to create their own version of a "healthy lifestyle" is what brings joy to my everyday life. As much as I preach about food as a nutritionist, it's never just about the food.
Defining your version of a true and authentic healthy lifestyle goes far deeper than what we've traditionally been taught.
Food, exercise, career, relationships, spirituality, finances--these all fall under the "lifestyle" umbrella, and it's important we recognize that living a fully healthy life isn't simply about your diet preference or where you choose to spend your time working out.
(Sidebar: For you SoulCycle people, I'm late to the game, but I get the obsession. It's so fun! Definitely can't do more than one class per week, though).
So you see, love, your health and wellbeing is defined by everything that occurs in your day-to-day life: the foods you eat, the way in which you choose to move your body, the work you do for a living, the people you come into contact with, how you connect to the greater good, your relationship to money, and so on.
I wanted to bring the word "wife" into play because becoming a wife has been the most amazing experience of my life.
My husband completely swept me off my feet, and I've been living a fairytale romance ever since. (Literally--he proposed in Disney World under the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom because he knows I'm still a kid at heart).
That being said, things aren't always perfect. Our relationship ebbs and flows with the seasons, but it's full of an abundance of trust, love, and respect.
Becoming a wife, and therefore a team, has taught me so much about the power of unconditional love--towards both my husband and myself.
All of which I'll be talking about in future posts, so you'll have to wait until then to learn more :)
This blog is dedicated to women; fabulous, beautiful, spirited women. Married or not married, kids or no kids. To all of the women going through what is actually NOT a seamless transition of growing up, dating and meeting men or other women, getting married, having kids, changing careers, and trying to figure themselves out in-between all of the craziness. I get it, and I hear you, which is why we're here.
Can't wait to see where this journey takes us!