About

Thanks for stopping by my blog! My name is Michaela. I’m a freshman in college with a passion for healthy living, especially in regards to nutrition and exercise. I’m also interested in other aspects of health that are less tangible: mental, emotional, and spiritual. Health can’t be reduced to numerical standards for nutrient intake or recommended hourly exercise.

When I was sixteen, I was scouted by a modeling agency and told to lose weight. That began a period of my life that was very unhealthy, filled with restriction, deprivation, over-exercise, and a regrettable relationship with my body. Rather than feed it well and appreciate it, I viewed it as an opponent that refused to yield. This corresponded to a time where I was insecure in my friendships and identity and seeking value through what I did, not who I was.

That was also the year I pushed God from my life, in part because I knew if I paid attention to God’s voice I wouldn’t be able to treat myself the way I was and pursue a career in the modeling industry. Part of this spiritual process was constructive: I stepped back from my belief system to try and figure out what I believed about God, and was able to discover God relationally, as friend, parent, giver, and lover.

You can read more about my past in my initial post, Greetings.

Now that I am at college, I’ve taken charge of my well-being and recognized the challenges that come from being a student away at school. This blog details my journey seeking health in its many forms: physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, financially…the list could go on!

I invite you to come along on this pilgrimage with me.

xoxo Michaela

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16 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey! Figures I should check you out after your kind comment. Wow! Just this about you is marvelous. I cannot waitro start reading some posts. I love what you said about the God stuff. I did something similar this year. I didn’t think that being told what to do and how to act by members of my church would help my issues and I wanted to figure out what I actually believed in and such. That’s really neat that you’ve done that. You seem like a great person! Much love. (:

    • Thank you for coming over, and sending love! Love is the most important, by far, and I’m so glad that you are also working out what you believe. It’s a hard process to go through, but so much good comes from it. I’m still in that process, and some days are awesome–full of joy, and discovery, and fulfillment. Other days are growing days, and are filled with struggles, doubts, and pitfalls. But in the end both help me grow.

  2. I am so thankful to find your blog Michaela. I applaud your bravery for sharing such revealing and personal stories.

    My husband and I are hoping for our second baby and I am so motivated to continue my quest for a healthier way of life. I look forward to exploring your blog so I can learn more about your perspectives on healthy living.

    I think you’ll find my Wellness List helpful in organizing your needs for well-being, especially in college!

  3. Hey there! Love love your blog! Which is why I (healthy belly ellie) nominated you for a ‘Versatile Blogger Award’ (http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/).
    The Versatile Blogger Award is a great way of meeting other like-minded bloggers and getting folk to have a look at your pages.
    The rules for the Versatile Blogger are as follows:
    If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
    -Thank the person who gave you this award
    -Include a link to their blog
    -Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
    -Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
    -Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself
    Thats it!
    Ellie
    http://www.healthybellyellie.com

  4. Michaela! I hope you’re doing well, it seems as if you are, and that’s great to know. What you’re doing here seems pretty interesting, and if I ever need a cool recipe this will definitely be the first place I look! Good luck with your pilgrimage, keep up the hard work!

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