Who I Am
Everything that I write about on my blog comes from a personal perspective. Most people who read this probably started following me from my account truly_alive on Instagram. I started that account in early 2017 when I was struggling desperately with my emotional health, on top of some straggling physical health problems. I wanted to document the things I did and the things I tried in order to intervene with my own health issues, and hopefully share some insight with friends and family along the way. It ended up being a different journey from what I expected, but I am glad of the results and always feel that I’ve at least partially achieved my purpose every time someone asks me for advice or help. All I want is to help other people who struggle and suffer feel better too.
Although the past year has turned nutrition into one of my most beloved hobbies and my new potential career path, I also still have other hobbies and interests that make me happy. For now, here are my top 3:
I love to read. Science fiction is probably my favorite genre because I love disappearing into something crazy and imaginative so that I get my imagination’s worth out of the journey, so to speak. But also, I love fantasy, realistic fiction, and classics, as well as nonfiction books, especially about science and, of course, nutrition. I used to update Goodreads with the books I was into at the time, but now I keep it to myself in my bullet journal. If you ever want to share books, let me know! I love a good book recommendation exchange with someone whose conversation stimulates my mind.
Check out my bookshelf to see what I’m reading right now.
I love to travel. There’s nothing like going on an adventure to reset your center. Even though staycations are fun and relaxing, there’s really no way to beat the joy of getting away from the home and losing yourself 100% in a different geographic location. Some of the recent trips I’ve enjoyed have been:
2018: New York City, Denver
2017: Chicago, Virginia Beach, San Francisco, Denver, Minneapolis, New York City
2016: Chicago, New York City, upstate New York, London, Edinburgh, York, Dublin
I love living an active lifestyle. I am an introvert in my heart, but there are sides of me that extrovert-out sometimes and get excited to go on crazy adventures and try new things. I sometimes think that my sedentary ways–curling up with books and sitting quietly to daydream–are a result of my health problems. I remember when I was a young child always thinking that I would like playing more if it didn’t make me so tired. Now, I feel like I have the energy and motivation that I always wanted as a kid but never had. Some of my favorite active things to do are: lifting weights, hiking, kayaking, walking with my dog, walking around exploring cities, hiking in the mountains (which is a totally different thing from hiking in Indiana!), occasionally going backpacking or camping, and sometimes I try something new that I hadn’t done before, like…climbing! I just went climbing for the first time this week and I’M IN LOVE! New hobby initiated.
A few other things
- Citizen Scientist
- Fitness Obsessive
- Sauna and Bath Enthusiast
- Plant Advocate
- Nutrition Nerd
- Animal Lover
Where I Am