This year feels like it was the turning point in my life. Every year feels like a chapter has ended and a new one is about to begin, but this year feels like a whole book ended and the sequel is about to begin (leave it to me to use book comparisons).
When you think of the holidays what pops into your mind? Family? Friends? Laughter? Food? Bingo! Let’s be real. Holidays are always filled with food and I think that’s one of the best parts! Good food shared with good company is truly the way to my heart. But we all know holiday gut health can be tricky.
Some people would call me crazy, or even stupid, for quitting my first full-time job to be an entrepreneur after only 2 months. But do you know what I say to those people? It takes more courage and strength to quit your first full-time job after only 2 months to follow a dream you’ve had since you were 8.
If you’re anything like me, you just want to feel normal once in awhile. You want to be able to do the fun things everyone else does without overthinking and planning ahead. But guess what? The first step to overcoming gut-induced social anxiety (trust me, it’s a thing) is to stop wishing you didn’t have to plan ahead, overthink or re-check the menu 100 times and start accepting and embracing that you do.
Wow. Just WOW you guys. Celebrating my third blogiversary and 20K milestone all in one week feels so surreal. When I think back on these past three years making Blonde Gone Clean my life, it’s hard to wrap my head around how much I’ve changed, grown and gained through this platform.
I’ve tried sitting down to write this post for a long time now. I even tried starting it in the hospital, but I needed time. Time to process, to think, to shake the fear and nerves a little more. Time to really, truly reflect on what the hell I had just been through, how it has changed me, reshaped my outlook on life and how my life will change moving forwards.
Who doesn’t love a good healthy picnic!? When I think of summer I think of picnics right away. I’ve ALWAYS been a huge picnic lover because they combine so many of my favorite things – being outside, being with people I care about and eating good food.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I’m a college graduate… does that mean I’m a REAL adult!? Thinking back on these past four years, it hit me that I just really, REALLY wish I could've given my freshman year self some college advice.
If you thought the surprises ended at the ebook, you’re wrong. ;) I’ve been keeping something else from you guys because it took me awhile to wrap my head around it myself… because ya’ll… I completely changed my life plan.
One of the questions I get most frequently is “what do you do to get such clear skin?” And I’m going to be honest you guys, up until now I didn’t really have a skincare routine… I’d wash my face at night in the shower and put face lotion on in both the AM and PM, but that was it. Now, I have a natural skincare routine that I'm obsessed with!
I realized it was time for a health update, because it’s been a hot second and, as always, my health journey is ebbing and flowing. As you know, when I got diagnosed with IBD this summer, the doctors first believed it was Crohn’s Disease…
Where do I even begin?! The Good Fest weekend was so, so beyond amazing; I can honestly say it was probably the best weekend of my life and for so many reasons. One being the fact that I was so present. Being present isn't my specialty ya'll, but this weekend it was.
I’ve been getting asked the same question quite frequently lately – “when are you running another marathon?” And if it isn’t that exact question then it’s some close variation – “do you plan on running another marathon?” “do you still follow a running plan?” “do you still do long runs?”…
2018 has a lot in store for me – the Good Fest, graduating from college, moving back to Washington, starting my first “big girl” job, getting my first apartment and so much more that I can’t even begin to foresee. Isn’t that the craziest thing to think about? There are SO many things in our future that we can’t even imagine right now… I get all giddy just thinking about it!!
I thought it'd be fun to share what my favorite products were that I discovered this year to help give you all some inspiration going into 2018. If you haven't tried these, make sure to add them to your list for the New Year!
The fact that I’m 22 today boggles me… when did I get so old!? I know 22 isn’t that different than 21… but it sure as heck feels like I just jumped into REAL adulthood. I feel like this year has been the year of positive living.
As I’ve been reading “Animal. Vegetable. Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver, I’ve been continually reminded of how eating seasonally is such a huge and important component that goes hand in hand with eating locally.
You guys probably know by now that I'm a total book worm. Always have been, always will be. Ever since I was tiny, I have loved books. There was a little, quirky used bookstore in the town I grew up in and getting to go there and pick out books was always the highlight of my day.
I head back to school on Tuesday and I can hardly believe I’m about to start my senior year of college… When people warned me that these 4 years really fly by, they weren’t kidding.
Before I truly dive into what IBS is, how I figured out I have it, how I discovered the foods that trigger it for me and what I do to help me feel better, let’s back up a little and take you through a history of my stomach.
Finding my passions for health, fitness, running, cooking and sustainable agriculture has truly changed my life. Blonde Gone Clean has changed my life in ways I could never imagine and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
It’s my first full day in beautiful Luxembourg and so far I’m loving it! There have been a few bumps in the road – I thought my dinner last night had dairy after I had eaten a bunch of it and I had a momentary panic attack.
I can hardly believe my junior year of college is over… this is going to sound SO cheesy, but I can honestly remember every moment of my first day, moving into my first dorm, meeting my roommate (and now best friend!) for the first time…
Current questions running through my mind: How many times can I wear the same pair of Lulus without anyone noticing? Have I really not washed my hair for three days (k but for real this is way healthier for your hair so don’t judge)?
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve been called a grandma. Like honestly I literally can’t tell you because it happens that often. But you know what? I embrace the title now and call myself a grandma more often than not.
Believe it or not, I used to be very shy, constantly compare myself to those around me and have a hard time ignoring what other’s thought about me. Even when I first started this blog, I would get embarrassed when people would bring it up.
It took me quite a while to truly get into yoga becuase I used to get extremely impatient- my mind would wander in class wondering how much longer I had left and I’d get antsy. My life is very go, go, go. It starts early in the morning.
I’m settled back into my apartment and finally have the time to sit down and put all this past week’s New Years reflections and thoughts into words. 2016 was a rollercoaster of a year. There were ups and downs and curves and I’m truly grateful for all of them.
Raise your hand if you waited until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping. Don’t lie, I know a lot of you did. 😉 And I also know that some of the hardest people to shop for are us foodies. But don’t you worry because I’m here to help!
've been thinking a lot about all that I've learned in my 21 years of life (that I wish I knew all along) and wanted to share some here with you. I also included some highlights of my 21st year because I'm a very reflective person and love looking back at all that I've experienced and accomplished. :)