How I Became a Wellness Stylist
My backstory is such a large motivator for me, and one of the main reasons that I became a wellness stylist! Because of my history, I wanted to help others develop a healthy relationship with food and wellness, so that they can live optimally and look and feel their best!
Photo by Sanaz Photography
My family has always been “health conscious,” however, when I was younger it wasn’t something that interested me. When I went off to college, I found myself having a free-for-all with food and not really knowing how to eat. The “freshman 15” crept up on me quickly and I didn’t feel good. I decided to do something about it. I latched onto a friend whose body I wanted to have and quickly learned how to count calories, measure and weigh my food creating this horrible relationship with food. If I felt that I ate too many calories I would exercise for hours. After a while of these negative habits, they started to take over my life.
I am 5’7″ and quickly dropped to 85 lbs at my lowest. My family jumped in and rescued me from this mess, setting me up with a team of experts a medical doctor, a therapist and a nutritionist. But my real struggle was connecting with these people. They just didn’t get it. For them, it as a matter of just “eat the cheeseburger,” while for me it was the sense of control in a world of chaos. Although I came back to a much healthier weight where I felt like myself, I always felt that I was missing something. I felt like I was following orders and not listening to myself or my body. It was all so eat “x” amount of this or eat “x” amount of calories. How was following a rigid way of eating living life? It wasn’t. I wanted to learn and discover what foods made me feel my best so that’s when I dove deeper into the wellness world. I found my passion for helping others and creating a life well lived. I knew my experience could perhaps be helpful to others.
After getting certified in nutrition, I had the privilege of working with some great minds in the industry, and this was my stepping stone to starting my own business. I thought “why not? Give yourself one year. You can always get a job again if it doesn’t work out.” I hooked up with great referral sources and the business grew from there – sharing my knowledge, teaching people how to listen to their bodies, eating to feel great, sleeping better, living life in a more positive way, everything wellness. I love what I do and looking back on the things I did that I thought were mistakes I know realize I am exactly where I am supposed to be! It has allowed to live my passion and be a coach people who are looking for someone who gets the struggle is real. I want to help you, too!