There comes a time in your day — your week — your life, when you realize everything you’ve done, and everything you’ve gone through has a place. That you were meant to share them with others, and help them in the process.
As many of you know, I have the joy and honor of being a FitFluential Ambassador. Ever since I was asked to join this summer, I have been long awaiting the time where an opportunity like this would present itself.
Now is the time.
I have been given the opportunity to write for some of the largest health and fitness magazines on newsstands today. This is not a chance I am going to pass up. I mean, I only go to the top journalism school in the country. Lifelong dream? Here I come.
Why should I be writing for a nationally-acclaimed magazine?
Not only have I been writing since I first learned how, I have been talking. Developing powerful speaking skills has allowed me to strengthen my writing and enhance communication. I am told daily by readers about how funny, exciting, and easy to read my writing is; as though they are having a conversation.
Along with my natural ability to write articulately and in a reader-friendly manner, I have a powerful story. My journey has gone from overweight child to diseased middle-schooler. From carefree high school athlete to a teenager that was withering away. I took blogging, my writing, and my incredible hunger and love for learning more about health, and turned my life around. With my newfound vibrance, I developed a healthy relationship with exercise, and successfully trained for and ran a half marathon — all before turning eighteen.
Before that, I practiced yoga beginning in the sixth grade. That’s right, when I was eleven. Unusual for a girl of that age, but even now as a college student, I have kept my love for yoga and movement through all of my activities: crew, track, cross country, field hockey, swimming, and gymnastics. My eating habits have been equally as varied. I have been vegetarian, vegan (for over a year!), and everywhere in-between. Along the way, I picked up some valuable knowledge in nutrition and the vital part it plays in our health and in our everyday lives.
I am often told that I am an inspiration to both my readers, and those around me. I have been told on countless occasions how I have moved others to achieve their fitness goals, find health and self-love, and even pull themselves out of illness. That is what makes a powerful writer: someone who can create change. Whether it is my Daily Sprinkle feature, a bubbly vlog, or a more serious topic, I help others to live happier, healthier lives. With my history, it is only appropriate that my attitude is as exciting and optimistic as I hope my readers to be. Every day, I bring a light, passionate attitude to my blog.
As a writer for a major publication, I bring strong conviction and a fun-loving attitude. College students are often readers of nationally-acclaimed healthy living magazines, but don’t often hear from college students and twenty-somethings themselves. I know the mindset of Generation-Y, what they like, what they don’t, what they are looking for, and what they already have. We want things fun, and we want it now, but we want everything to be tailored to the hectic lifestyle associated with finding our way in life. I have major spunk; I don’t kid around. With that attitude, I transform often-stressful topics (such as how to get through a workout that makes you want to face plant into a wall, eating troubles, relationships, eating actual green vegetables) with grace, style, and most of all, sass.
I have been featured on Shape.com, written for well-acclaimed blogs, and been a feature writer for magazines and newspapers. I have experience working with editors, teams of journalists, and most of all, with people. There is a completely different demographic associated with college students and twenty-somethings when it comes to lifestyle and what we are looking for. Health is not just a treadmill workout or a healthy breakfast; it is a healthy mindset, and nourishment not only for your body, but for optimism and self-growth.
I am not perfect; I don’t eat salads twice a day, every day. Likewise, no woman is perfect. Women want a taste of how to live an amazing, healthy life that makes them excited to wake up every morning, without feeling inadequate. I bring that fresh perspective to women who crave balance; who crave the ability to be naughty and nice at the same time.
It’s a day like today that makes it all worth it. I believe in balance: being serious about your body, and keeping your sanity. Naughty and nice. Gym-sweaty and girl’s-night-out sweaty. Veggies and chocolate. Not together.
Who’s with me?