I’m a 2012 Jumbo (Tufts University) and a current Tar Heel (Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC – Chapel Hill) pursuing my MPH in Health Behavior. I am an extremely passionate person about the issues I really care about- education, nutrition, physical activity, mental health, women’s health, feminism, lgbtq issues, poverty, race relations, and many more. Knowledge, and the pursuit of knowledge, is extremely important to me as well. I read as much as I can whether scientific journal articles, fiction and non-fiction books, editorial articles online, or blog posts written by passionate and inspirational people.
This blog follows my journey, mostly through my travels and endurance races, as I navigate through a world that challenges my ideas of social justice and fairness but at the same time I find filled with beautiful people and places.
My goal in life is really very simple – I am striving to live the life that makes me the best version of myself.
Nutrition: A vegetarian/pescetarian for about 10 years, I decided a couple of years ago that my life was better without dairy as well and now live a plant-based lifestyle and actively try to be more educated about this lifestyle.
Athletics: After playing volleyball, soccer and lacrosse in high school, I kept an active lifestyle throughout college by road biking, spinning at a gym, running, weight training, skiing, and practicing yoga. In the summer of 2011 I raced my first sprint triathlon and in 2013 my first half-Ironman! I ran my first marathon in 2012 and my first ultra-marathon in 2015. I love running the trails near my house, and am a recent CrossFit convert. In general I try to stay as active as possible by hiking, running, biking or any activity that lets me take advantage of the space and terrain around me.
A little bit more about me: Dallas, TX is my original home, although I don’t really have an accent so it’s hard to tell sometimes, and as one of six kids, over half of my family is there so I visit often. I love to travel both internationally and around the United States. After Tufts I moved from the northeast down to Asheville, NC where I worked for two years with the Asheville City Schools Foundation. I currently study, run, bike and live in Carrboro, NC while attending grad school at UNC Chapel Hill. Several things are guaranteed to make me happy: dogs, green tea, dark chocolate, and books.
In an over-simplified nutshell I consider myself a plant-based endurance athlete hoping to inspire the people around me to live more active and healthy lives!