Oh Hey! Remember Me?

Hi friends -

This past week was my birthday. One of the birthday emails I received was from IIN, the school that I’m attending.

The message read:

“Birthdays are a time to start new endeavors and move forward with fresh confidence and courage.”

This inspired me to reconnect with you and update you on what I’ve been up to.

The last post I wrote was four months ago (sheesh!). I was living in the Pacific Northwest for a month while my home was being renovated. Once I got back to the Bay Area it’s been a whirlwind of craziness.

On the Homefront:

It took me a few weeks to unpack (this was more stressful than purging and packing!) and get resettled in my new/old home.

I am loving the renovations and updates - my home feels so much bigger!

As for my Health:

When I got back to the Bay Area I was tested for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). I was 95% sure I’ve had this for a long time (think years) but I finally - *finally* - went in to get tested for it. And surprise - the tests came back positive.

In hindsight this diagnosis has explained SO MUCH about my health, over the past few years. Heck, I can even look back as far as my pre-teen years to see how lifestyle and medical treatments led up to this!

I will share details all this in a more in-depth post on my new website later this week.

Speaking of my new website:

I received my mid-year certificate from nutrition school.

This certified me to start seeing clients!

But there is so much to do to get started! And that, my friends, is what I’ve been up to.

I thought I’d share some “behind-the-scenes” of it with you.

I’ve enrolled in many online courses from thought leaders who resonated with me:

  • Jenna Soard of You Can Brand: Jenna’s “Launch Your Space” course has been vital to helping me create a visual brand and build a new website on a new-to-be platform, Squarespace. When I was in Portland I got to meet Jenna in person. She is just as genuine and delightful in person as she is online!

That's us with her pup, Picasso, and another one of her students visiting from New Zealand!

That's us with her pup, Picasso, and another one of her students visiting from New Zealand!


  • Jen Carrington - Jen has been my creative coach to help me find clarity in developing an online presence that feels genuine and authentic to me. She is so easy to talk to! Our one-on-one Skype chats feel like I’m just talking to one of my girlfriends! I refer to our sessions as my “golden hour.” Just being able to talk someone about my business goals, plans and dreams have been therapeutic and invaluable.

  • Mariah Coz of Femtrepreneur.co - I’ve enrolled in two of Mariah’s courses and attended countless webinars of hers. She is amazing and has provided so much valuable advice and resources.

  • Sarah Morgan of XOSarah.com - Sarah’s “Badass Blogger Babes” community has given me a support network where I’m able to throw out ideas to get feedback and just given me place of like-minded ladies to connect with.

  • Maya Elious - Working with Maya has been the single most confidence-boosting experience thus far. As a coach, she gave me an opportunity to practice my coaching skills and provided me with great advice to help me grow and improve.

All this had led up to the birth of my business website - Live Fab Life.

I bought this domain back in March, unsure of what I would do with it. I wrestled for months trying to decide if I would turn this space into my business site, or build a brand new one.

Since I’ve been blogging here for eight years, about a lot of random things, I decided that it was best to start anew.

I’ve had my new site site done for a few weeks now but have been terrified to share it.

I’m used to being a blogger who just shared random stuff going on in my life. I never had any real focus or purpose.

I’m used to being on social media as a consumer - not as a value provider. (It's a totally different thing and something I wasn't prepared for).

I’m not used to being vulnerable and now, being a business owner, I'm putting myself out there. It’s scary.

But last week, I was challenged to tell at least one person a day that I’m a health coach (even that is taking getting used to saying), and share what it is I believe in, and what I do.

And after reading that birthday message from IIN, I feel like the time has come for me to get past my fears and insecurities and just get started!

So I'm starting by sharing it with all of you who have read my personal blog.

And to kick off the launch of my health coaching practice, I’m offering a group program to kick off the new year. It’s called “Jump Start the New Year. A 30-day Program.” I've never done anything like this before - its very exciting! You can find out more about it here.

I’m offering a special gift to those who subscribe to my business newsletter. If you’re interested in receiving it, you can sign-up for it here.

I appreciate that you’ve continued reading this blog, given how inconsistent I’ve written.

Moving forward, I will consistently be blogging on my new site and hope you’ll follow me there.

As for this site, what I’ve realized is that I still want a space to blog about personal, random things. I’ve missed that and plan to continue to do that here.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

How To Stop Eating Junk Food

Last week I wrote about a post on how "Food Can Be Medicine." 

In it I talked about the importance of eliminating processed, unhealthy foods. And how eating real, whole, unprocessed foods can help heal our body from ailments.

But when you’ve eaten the processed stuff for years, making any kind of dietary change can be overwhelming. In fact, it can be downright scary and confusing. And its definitely easier said than done!

Food Can Be Medicine

Some of today's top health epidemics are obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even allergies.

These specific diseases have been prevalent in my own family for decades. From a young age I’ve seen the terrible effects they inflict. 

Up until a few years ago I believed that the medications prescribed by the doctor were the “cure all.” I didn’t make the connection that the foods we eat impact how our bodies respond to diseases.

But after working with a functional medicine doctor and attending nutritional school, I now believe that food can be medicine.