I am a Gulf Coast based lifestyle + yoga coach, photographer, and general creative! I walked away from my well planned life without knowing what I was doing in order to design a life that I loved. I quit my job, sold my stuff, and moved 1200 miles to live small, creatively, and purposefully by the beach.
I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. I spent most of my days outside, dirty, and connected with nature. Years later I went on to college and graduate school. I graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology in 2009. I also got a certification in holistic health coaching, and took a 200 hour yoga teacher training. My husband and I bought a "dream" home in New Hampshire, and each worked about 60 hours or more per week. We were tired and constantly stressed out. After three years we had enough.
We sold most of our stuff, put our house on the market, and moved to Santa Rosa Beach, FL (aka 30A). We wanted to build a tiny house, renovate a vintage Airstream, and pursue our version of a minimal-ish life. I wanted to have time for yoga, photography, and all things related to the ocean and beach. I wanted my work to have purpose and make a huge impact on improving people's lives. I haven't figured it all out yet, and we are still working on the house and Airstream. I'm loving the journey.
How you choose to live your life is everything. Your lifestyle can either positively or negatively influence all aspects of your life (health, wellbeing, happiness, relationships, creativity). Sadly, most of us are just getting by. When coaching clients, I take my expertise in human behavior as well as my personal experience to help individuals design and live a lifestyle that they love, too. We are creatures of habit, and making changes (even ones we want) are super hard.
I have been practicing yoga for close to a decade. I can say with certainty that yoga has had one of the greatest impacts on my health, happiness, and overall wellbeing. I started practicing because I wanted to look toned and lose weight. I stayed because it made me feel amazing physically and emotionally. It's one of the greatest stress reducers and pain eliminators I have found. When I took my yoga teacher training, I fell even more in love with the yoga philosophy. I love teaching yoga, and find that most of what I teach about life is rooted in yoga philosophy.
My photography is inspired by my salty life by the beach, nature, adventure, and vibrant love for life. I love to capture in between lifestyle moments, as well as outdoor yoga, travel, and the laid back beach style. I am constantly mesmerized by the beauty that surrounds me on the Gulf Coast. The ocean has my heart, and you can see that love through my photographs.
Want to work with me? I love to shoot for lifestyle brands, social media creation, family lifestyle stories, and landscape/nature photography. I am also available for outdoor weddings, celebrations, and events. Available for travel? Yes, please!
My blog is dedicated to all things I love to talk about and share... lifestyle tips, healthy living, organic living, photography inspiration, style, and basically whatever else I want to tell you about. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I love creating it. I strive to leave this world better than how I found it. I do talk about products I love. If I’m working with a company I will let you know. I’m extremely picky about the products I use. Most of what I share I’ve purchased with my own money. Sending me products is fun for me, but I cannot guarantee a feature. If you think we are a perfect match for your brand, let me know, and we can talk about it.
That’s it for now! Feel free to drop me a line if you’d like to chat or have any questions.
Education + Certifications
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Advanced Certificate Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy + Fellow of Albert Ellis Institute
I like: beach life, dogs, dolphins, manatees, warm ocean water, flip-flops, pastels, fresh air, SUP boards, long boarding, yoga, SUP yoga, skiing, sushi, poke bowls, burritos, guacamole, chocolate, organic beauty, mindful living, thunderstorms, the moon, vintage Airstreams, hammocks, palm trees, taking personal responsibility, unconditional self-acceptance, and unicorns. Also, my family. :)
I don't like: restrictive diets, punishing workouts, fighting over politics, negative self-talk, hypocrisy, bullshit, body shaming, obsessive anything, folding clothes, washing dishes, environmental toxins, heavily processed "foods", chemical laden products, garbage on the beach, relish, or perfume.