• Fitness,  Health,  Life

    What College Running Did to My Body Image

    While my experience was as a female collegiate runner, everyone faces different external standards, that often become internal standards, as to what their body should look like. I’m sharing my story in hopes to create greater awareness around what messages we promote, and inspire change in both the world of athletics and as a culture overall.  Bliss I never had any issues with my body growing up. I hardly noticed it honestly. It was just my body and it let me do a lot of fun things. Even in high school, though I probably didn’t eat the healthiest and was slightly heavier than I am now, I was really active and never wasted…

  • Travel

    Travel Jenuinely (and Gluten Free!): Amsterdam

    Landing in Amsterdam, I felt a calm sense of familiarity and ease. It was the perfect way to kick off my European journey. With no set agenda besides enjoying this beautiful city, I was looking forward to wandering (and biking) the canal-lined streets, catching up with a few friends, running through Vondelpark, eating gluten free pancakes and much more. I find my travel style to be less about seeing as much as possible, but rather experiencing the energy, lifestyle and soul of a place. Which tends to lead to a lot of aimless wandering, although especially in the direction of gluten-free treats or green smoothies (all about balance haha), vintage…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part I: College Days and Running Ways

    I’ve come a long way in my journey towards health and well-being, I figured it was time to start sharing my story 🙂 Every day has its new set of challenges, as I continue to learn and grow. But no matter the bumps on the road, the overall progress has been so positive, because I am finally taking my life and OWNING it. Feels amazing. So here it goes… I grew up with a dream to be a Hawkeye, just like my role models – my parents, and run in the Olympics. They never pushed running on me or my four siblings, rather let us come to it on our own. And I think that is…