Hey there! I’m Amy 🙂
I have always been a storyteller – I would constantly get in trouble for spinning “tall tales” – part of my Oklahoma upbringing – and my sense of wonder and exploration. Hence, me “escaping” the Sooner State as soon as I graduated high school to the far off land of Texas. I also tend to insert my opinions, ideas and feedback – much to my sisters’ chagrin, at all times. So what better place for a creative outlet than a blog? Am I right? Duh. I’m the oldest sibling. 😛
If I had to describe myself, I’d be the “Girl Next Dork.” and “Queen of the Basics (before it was a thing, of course)” I’m sorry – I think a well-placed fart joke is funny, and yes you will catch me smearing all the avocado that I can on my toast while sipping a mimosa on a Saturday.
I live to explore. I chose my college because of their study abroad program and I’m the type of person who gets depressed (yes, it’s diagnosed, and anxiety – woo hoo!) if there’s not another trip planned on the horizon.
Growing up – I lived on a meat and potatoes diet, refused to eat anything of color unless it was spaghetti and thought fat was evil (yes, even butter). But – when food allergies that eventually led to an undiagnosed autoimmune disorder surfaced in my early 20’s and the scale tipped 200 lbs, I decided I had to change my life. I couldn’t be the girl to live on medications – because, well, I couldn’t afford it.
I lost the weight, and after reading The Plant Paradox and several years of medical testing and not being OK with my throat randomly closing up at restaurants and a catch-all IBS diagnosis, I discovered I have a lectin intolerance. Think of someone who is lactose intolerant, but instead of milk take out nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, most peppers), legumes, and seeds. Did I mention gluten? Gluten is a lectin too. Yup. Super fun.
With all this, I manage physical & mental health issues that led to landing myself in a cancer clinic (but that’s a story for another day) with a 60 lb weight loss that I’ve now maintained for 5 years, and no medication. I’ve taken the lessons that I learned on that journey and made it my career – coaching people through their own wellness issues (be it nutrition, happiness, workouts…) and learning alongside them in this thing we call life.
I’m the dreamer that’s a doer. The girl that was the slowest runner in the state her senior year that ran a marathon 6 years later. The girl who was too afraid to go to lunch her senior year of High School? Yeah, 10 years later she was crowned Mrs. Southern States and got 3rd runner up in a national beauty pageant. So that’s me too. I also had the best night of my life at my reunion, it just doesn’t bother me anymore.
If something is on your heart, I believe you can do it if you want it bad enough – and I’ll tell you that. Why? Well – I’ve done it, and I’m no more special than you.
Now – after leaving my corporate job at the best theme park in the Universe, I live in South Florida with my husband and dog and wear a lot of hats as a marketing consultant, health coach and rowing coach with “my kids” ranging from 4th grade to 12th grade. We travel the world every chance we get and don’t even pretend to be perfect.
If you have any suggestions or there’s anything you’re curious about, and ideas of where I should travel next or recipes to try to either eat or make “healthy” please send me an e-mail. I’m here to explore, live my dreams – and am excited to take you on my journey.
Now, to the stars!