Who am I?

When I started The Sideways Approach I was in a much different place in my life than I am now. So I thought it would be fun to blog about who I am and what I have going on in my life to catch you all up to speed. Then hopefully I can hear from you and learn more about what you are all about!

Four years ago I was working in the corporate world as a Senior Marketing Manager for multiple action sports brands. As far as jobs go this one was pretty darn good, great perks, awesome experiences and fun projects. However, it was not fulfilling me in the way that I wanted. I was looking for my purpose/passion to align with my work and although I had that when I first started this job, it no longer was serving me. I was ready for a major change.

I knew that I wanted to work in the wellness world in some capacity and figured that my marketing background would help me make the transition. Although marketing really doesn’t light me up. Then, by a twist of fate, I was encouraged to sign up for the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where I learned about all aspects of wellness and also learned about being a health coach. I decided that instead of marketing someone else’s business I wanted to start my own and become a wellness entrepreneur. I won’t bore you with all the business details but overtime The Sideways Approach was created and evolved into what it is today. I have a very strong pull in my life to help others and as much as I would like to, I know that I cannot end war or global warming or any other large scale issue in our world on my own. I do know that I can help people on an individual level and create happiness and health in their own homes and families. And this is the philosophy I follow in my life. I try to maintain a peaceful, happy environment for myself and my family and to lead by example. So what does that actually look like for me?

I am now married and still getting used to my new last name. Andy and I eloped in Big Sur and had a private ceremony on the beach when I was seven months pregnant. We rented an RV and drove from Yosemite down to Santa Barbara along the California coast. It was so fun in many ways and very tiring in others. Looking back, I am so glad we decided to elope and not have a big wedding. It was perfect for us. Three months later we had a baby girl, Mahlia, and life has never felt so good. I could go on and on about how amazing having a child is and what a special blessing Mahlia is but I will save that for another time. I love being a mom and couldn’t be happier in this new phase of life.

We live in a very small town in Oregon and had no idea we would love it so much. We moved here for Andy’s work and it was a gamble for us to leave behind our friends and family and everything we love and know in Colorado. I had always dreamt of living somewhere that I was completely surrounded by nature and we certainly found that here. I also wanted to be part of a community that shared similar values. Couldn’t have found a better place. Everyone here loves to mountain bike, hike, snowboard and get out on the water. We have the friendliest neighbors that help each other out and I have a wonderful network of other moms. I am not sure how long we will stay here, but for now I am going to enjoy everything that Hood River has to offer and find growth in the challenge of living somewhere new and unfamiliar.

I have never been so content in my life and really truly living instead of searching. However, I still yearn for international travel and adventure, I am worried about my future as a parent and I am realistic about the ups and downs that marriage can bring. I have enormous career goals and an insatiable hunger for personal growth. In the end, I know that I will manifest my dreams… but will I be present enough to enjoy them? Life is life and no matter how hard we try to control and manipulate it we are really just along for the ride. So I will try every single day to be grateful for what I have while working towards the next step. I have learned to never stop working on relationships that are important, to make others feel valued and to spend as much time as possible outside. I am still learning to put less emphasis on cleaning and chores and more emphasis on fun and leisure. I hope to find the perfect balance of work, family, exercise and ME!

What is important in your life? What are your health goals for you and your family? What does your dream life look like? Please share with me in the comments below!

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