I met Lynda a couple of years ago at HLS. Over time we became friends as lives in Hoboken. Not only do I love her blog as she shares great easy-to-follow recipes and useful tips. She is my role model on how to become active within your local community. She is the founder of the Hoboken and Beyond bloggers Network.
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Healthy Hoboken Girl started a few years ago as a place to share my recipes with my community. I was posting printed handouts of healthy recipes at a local gym each month and loved connecting with my fellow gym members on eating well and exercising. I found this to be a joyful, creative outlet different from my normal 9-5 day job. Soon I was emailing recipes all over town if people lost or missed a favorite one. An idea came to me of starting a blog, so people can find my recipes in one place. I really enjoyed writing about my experiences on how to live a more balanced life and adding in more real food nutrition. Healthy Hoboken Girl was born.
What inspired you to become Healthy Hoboken Girl (HHG), healthy chef and an aspiring vegan?
The inspiration for HHG came from the recipe sharing, however what the blog has given me is so much more.
I started to really take better care of myself in my early thirties. I moved my body more and cleaned up my diet after caring for and loosing both of my parents to cancer and heart disease basically within a month of each other. I wanted to learn more about these diseases that took both my parents from this earth and left me broken and parent less. I started studying the relationship between diet and lifestyle and the cause of disease.
This curiosity lead me to go back to school for nutrition and continues to motivate me today to take better care of myself, learn more and grow. Writing the blog became a space where I could write down all my feelings and a healthy way to open up, grieve and heal.
What advice would I give to women who crave living a fuller/richer life?
Don’t wait! Start today…write down your wildest dreams and go for them. Life can be short. –TWEET IT!
While you’re planning beautiful things in your life, surround yourself with people who support you, lift you up and encourage you to be your best self. Let all the others go. I always love the quote my Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker and author. ‘You are the average of the top five people you spend the most time with.’ Who are your top 5? Do you need to edit your list? I take a close look at mine every so often and change accordingly.
And lastly, make room for fun in your life. Do simple things that make you happy everyday, reading a book, a hot mug of tea, getting a massage or calling an old friend.
My go-to self care tools and experiences that restore me to my best self are… This list could go on and on but here are a few of my favorites. After being in the city all week, weekends are all about connecting with nature, hiking with my husband and packing a healthy picnic.
Other tools include daily work outs with my friends, running alone with a good podcast. Creating new recipes. Sharing a meal with my family. Treating myself to a pedicure or a massage. Reading about health and nutrition. Calling up my college roommates and laughing about old times. Writing articles for my community and sharing my story of healing with real food.
I would also add that having a close girl friend to share your dreams and sorrows with is so important. For years I struggled to find a best friend and I was friendly with many, but kept a lot to myself. It wasn’t serving me. I ‘dated’ a lot of really fun girls, but today I’m fortunate to have a best friend in town that is such a source of strength and inspiration for me. Someone I can be myself with and she loves me anyway.
What inspires me to continue to live the life I love each day?
In my thirties I had a lot of serious responsibilities and life handed me some tough blows. It made me a strong women and one who values the importance of living your life each day. Today I honor the lessons my parent’s health taught me and take charge of my wellness. I feel more confident and content in myself and what I want to do with my life. My work is a joy and teaching health and sharing real food nutrition is a gift I give myself and my clients each and everyday.