I was born in Southern California and grew up in Isla Vista and Goleta, just outside of Santa Barbara. I recently moved to Boston with my husband, Lance, after an incredible year spent living in Cork City, Ireland. I love to travel and have spent time in Southeast Asia, South and Central America, and Europe. Among many other adventures, in 2016, Lance and I completed the Camino del Santiago route between Porto, Portugal, and Santiago, Spain. Last year we both completed a very stormy Boston Marathon, and this year we’re headed to South Africa, where Lance will compete in Comrades, and I’ll cover the race in a podcast series.
I also have a strong passion for animal conservation, especially Asian Elephants and Bonobos. The work that’s being done by the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand is particularly amazing, which is why I’ve visited three times, including a one-week on-site volunteer stay. I’ve also been a long-time supporter of Lola Ya Bonobo.
Also, significant to my health and fitness journey is that I’ve experienced two slipped discs, one in my neck and one in my lower back—the latter of which was major. Seeing surgery as a very, very last option, I worked hard to regain a healthy spine and be able to continue doing the challenging activities I love. I did a lot of research and subsequent self-experimentation to heal myself; I bring that experience to my health and fitness practice, and my health and fitness writing.
I also write, every day, and on just about any subject.