Let’s start off by being really real: I hate writing introductions. And in general, I loathe talking about myself unless it’s to help someone else. I’m not a fan of being the center of attention, I’m pretty introverted and I’d rather the spotlight be anywhere but on me. Why on Earth would you start a blog then, you might be thinking. And I’ll get to that in just a moment.
I know your time is limited and if you’re looking for that overall snapshot of who I am, here you go:
I’m an introverted nature junkie that tries to always find the silver lining in life and values time spent with family over anything else.
I started blogging a long time ago, in an internet galaxy far, far away. If you remember when AOL and Livejournal were all the rage then you know just how long ago that was. It started in high school when I just wanted to vent angsty teenage things and, while I’ve walked away from it temporarily a few times, it kept popping back into my life.
One day I’m finally like “Hey. This blogging thing is the longest relationship I’ve had with anyone so I guess it’s here to stay.”
Other than blogging – I co-own an eco-friendly lifestyle brand called The Gnarly Whale with my husband. We’re both self-employed, working out of our home and the small shop we have on our land. It’s both dreamy and terrifying at the same time. Self-employment is something I sought out since I was a teenager and while it’s exceeded my hopes and dreams, it’s also one of (if not) the scariest things I have ever done. But truthfully, I’m grateful for this journey and love sharing our stories on the blog.
what I do for fun
The answer would definitely be shorter if it was “what I don’t do for fun.” I’m a try-almost-everything-once kinda gal and new experiences are pretty much my favorite thing ever. You can’t see a movie for the first time twice, you can’t feel the rush of snorkeling by sharks for the first time twice, and you definitely can’t experience a new flavor for the first time again. These are moments that are lost forever, but unforgettable. So really, I like trying new things. But I also like doing a lot of other things on a regular basis:
Eating, cooking, watching Food Network, or shopping our local farm stands
Enjoying the great outdoors whether it be hiking, camping, kayaking, snorkeling or just lounging on our deck/at the beach
Road tripping across the US or jetting off to the beach in the Caribbean or Mexico
Entertaining our toddler or hound dog
Indulging in a good book before the duties of parenting or owning a pet calls
Binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Place, Superstore, The Gifted, iZombie, Westworld, and more.
Between our business + this blog, I have had the opportunity to work with SO many wonderful companies that I would have never imagined working with before. Some of my favorites via Hello Nature include: