I thought I would take this first post of the new year to share a little more about myself, so that you can know who is behind this blog. I would love to know more about who I’m interacting with, so feel free to leave something about yourself in the comments below!
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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me
1) I’ve lived in Austin my whole life. I was raised by free-thinking hippie-ish parents in a city that celebrates “weird,” and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
2) For fifteen years, I studied classical ballet. I performed in the Nutcracker every year, ending my dance life with the Sugar Plum Fairy role.
3) I was also a professional Hula dancer for many years. My grandfather was Hawaiian (hence my Hawaiian name, Malia), and my mother did her best to incorporate the culture into our childhood.
4) I began modeling at age 6, and continued to do so until age 20. While I enjoyed it, I also believe that lifestyle contributed to a lot of my anxiety, specifically around physical appearance.
5) I got my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
6) My senior year of college, I applied to graduate programs in Psychoneuroimmunology research (basically how our thoughts, beliefs, etc. contribute to physical illness). I flew across the country to interview with a prestigious program before realizing, hell no! Not the life for me. But I’m still interested in the subject.
7) My boyfriend and I have been together four and a half years. We met when I was working at 24 Hour Fitness as a front desk receptionist and he was coming in to workout.
8) I’ve been practicing yoga for over ten years. I originally came to it in high school when I needed a physical activity that wasn’t as stressful or perfection-seeking as ballet.
9) After taking a year off post-college, I applied to graduate programs in Creative Nonfiction Writing. I was incredibly close to moving to San Francisco for the grad program. I even had an apartment all set, until I had a break down where my inner voice screamed, “Again, not the right path.” (Kind of a pattern here!)
10) So I decided to stay in Austin and I asked myself: what would I do if I could do anything? It just clicked that I needed to get my yoga teacher training certificate, and I needed to get a dog. So I did both!
11) Right around this time, my mom suffered from sudden cardiac arrest. She fell to the floor- gone- in an instant. The EMS came, worked on her for a good while, and were packing up their things, ready to pronounce her dead, when my dad screamed for them to switch the machine to manual and try again. They were able to get a faint pulse and my mother ultimately survived with no major brain damage. What a miracle!
12) I was a vegetarian for 20-ish years and only in the past few years have I started eating meat. It was a very personal decision, and one I can do a full blog post on if anyone is interested. I’m allergic to dairy, eggs, and wheat so those are all out of my diet.
13) I did end up going to a grad school for writing in Austin but only got through two semesters before panic disorder hit and I decided to drop out, which was absolutely the right path for me anyways.
14) Pre-panic, I was obsessed with travel. I lived abroad in Angers, France for four months. I’ve been all around the US, Europe, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. I’m just now starting to get back into travel post-panic, though I don’t feel I’m quite ready to fly by myself yet.
15) I am part Native American and a member of the Osage Tribe from Oklahoma.
16) After ballet, I got into Latin ballroom. One of my favorite things is to go out salsa dancing, but my all-time favorite is Argentine Tango. It’s so intimate and beautiful.
17) I adopted a miniature schnauzer named Greg a few years ago. He was only 8 months old but had already had three previous owners (no idea why). His name was already Greg when I got him. We thought, “such a funny name!” but we ended up keeping it. He’s the light of my life.
18) I teach Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga. My anxiety and panic were the reasons I got interested in restorative yoga and now, it’s my favorite type of yoga to teach.
19) My next goal is to complete my trauma-informed yoga therapy training so that I can work with students one-on-one in a therapeutic setting.
20) I have an older brother and an older sister who I see often. My sister is one of my best friends.