Hi there, I’m Renee.
I am a wife and mom who has tried it all. Life is just so amazing, it has been hard to put my finger on just one way to enjoy it.
I started helping my husband raise his daughter in 2006, we were married in 2008 and welcomed our two children in 2010 and 2011. It has been a wild ride ever since, and maybe a little during.
After getting my degree in graphic design, I started my own photography business while being a stay at home mom. During that time I also was a promoter for a fitness company that specialized in weight loss shakes. I made a killing while sharing fitness and workout tips. Being on that journey however, lead me deeper into the realization that weight loss shakes are not at all the kind of optimal health I want for myself. So, I stopped promoting. I just couldn’t support or sell a product I truly do not believe in, no matter how good the income.
I started devouring all the information I could about clean eating, vegetable cooking and living holistically. In 2014 I became a vegetarian, which eventually lead me to the title of “gluten free vegan.” I started studying to become a certified Holistic Nutritionist and loved every second of it.
I later found myself in a pickle after realizing that maybe an entirely meat free diet wasn’t what my body was made for. Thankfully that journey to simplify my eating also introduced me to a simpler way of living.
In 2015 my husband Tom and I decided to downsize our beautiful large 3 level home into a cozy rambler that was over 1,000 square feet smaller. While I would happily move into a “tiny home” tomorrow, having 3 kiddos in the house makes that dream a little bit…crammed.
Downsizing also meant giving up my in-home photography studio. Because it is a career that required a lot of additional accumulation, I made the decision to get a fresh start in a career that was more suited to my new way of life.
I dabbled in teaching kid’s fitness, dance and yoga classes, but not too long after we settled into our new home, I began teaching preschool every Tuesday and Thursday. Working just one very small part time job was perfect because, on top of that, I started my first full year of homeschooling our own kids!
I started this blog because while accomplishments in life are great, they don’t define who we are. I’m hoping to use this blog as a way to stay in touch with myself while hopefully spreading some goodness along the way.
Health and fitness has always been an interest of mine, even before I realized it. It wasn’t until I met my husband that I actually started exercising and eating right. My “passion” for health and fitness goes way beyond that; as a teenager, adult and mother, I struggled with feeling comfortable in my own skin. It was a constant battle of trying to exercise, scoping out the latest weight loss quick fixes and all around shaming my own body.
At the same time, I advocated for others. I was so sad that so many cases of anorexia were occurring because it meant those people struggled to accept themselves even more than I struggled to accept myself. It needed to stop. It still needs some work done, although our culture is starting to make great strides.
I began this blog as a way of helping others find health without the obsession. I want people to learn to love themselves no matter the shape, size, color or hair style. At the same time, I think it is crucial to care for ones health. This doesn’t always mean weight loss, sometimes it just means a few tweaks and diet changes to ensure that each person is living life to their fullest potential. I hope you take something out of it.
Peace, love and good food to all!