- lifelong learner
I had just finished my master’s degree in digital media from the University of Washington in Seattle – where I was born and raised – and the road I was on was looking increasingly bleak. So I decided to quit my job, buy a one-way ticket to Thailand, and start a travel blog. I was pumped to be experiencing some of the most exotic places in the world, but I felt like I was half-assing the entire experience because I was suffering from low energy and mental grogginess.
I was living out of hostels, eating whatever was cheapest and easiest to prepare or buy, and gaining weight despite being highly active on a daily basis. About a year into my travels, I ended up in Tasmania.
Tasmania is the place dreams are made of for a nature-lover like myself. Everyone else was up in mainland Australia partying on Bondi Beach, meanwhile, I pretty much had all of Tasmania to myself. I only planned on going for a few days, but ended up staying six weeks!
The hostel I was staying at had a massive kitchen, and for the first time, I wasn’t fighting over space with 50 other backpackers. So I started cooking.
I’ve never been much of a cook, and despite having all the time and space in the world to use the kitchen however I please, I was still in freakin’ Tasmania and preferred to spend my time outdoors exploring. So I taught myself how to cook a bunch of healthy, plant-based meals in under 20 minutes so I could get in, get out, and get on my way. This radically changed my health.
Once I finally prioritized taking care of MYSELF, I was full of energy, motivation, strength, ideas, stamina, creativity, and positivity. It was the best I’ve ever felt in my life. I was literally, and figuratively, climbing mountains.
In fact, it was there in that very hostel that I planned and built The Positive Change Co.!
A couple of months later, I moved back to the States and put all of my focus on creating content for this blog. At first, it was primarily focused on nutrition and taking care of your body, but then I realized healthy living is about more than just physical health.
I’ve recently rebranded to cover ALL areas of healthy living – mind, body, and soul. Let’s go on this journey together!