Micah and I Backpacking

Backpacking with my husband in TN

Ellen and Sampson summer 2016

Enjoying Summer in Nashville 2016 with my Son

I have been living gluten free since October 2010, and it has been a journey of living well with some dietary limits and a lot more home cookin’. Before I became gluten-free, I used Weight Watchers to lose over 80 lbs.

As I was nearing my weight-loss goal, I realized that my blood sugar was all over the place while I ate 100 calorie packs, Fat Free Turkey Slices, and carrot sticks for lunch each day.  It has been a long road, but eating gluten-free and traditional foods with lots of healthy fats, has helped me fight inflammation and “hangry” mood swings.

REAL before and after

Our Urban Homestead
I married my husband in June 2013. We are not-so-newlyweds, and it is awesome. I met my husband hiking with a club in Nashville, and on our hike he had me at “Do you know who Weston A. Price is?” We love being outside and backpacking. My husband proposed to me while we were backpacking! We live on a one-acre lot, and are slowly developing a self-sufficient food system for ourselves and hopefully our family in the future. We also love to experiment with fermenting our foods and local foods in our kitchen.

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Educator to Young Living Essential Oils 
I taught Spanish in a public high school for 4 years before transitioning to working in admin at a Waldorf School in Nashville. The two environments are wildly different, but I learned so much from both places and loved, loved, loved my students. I still dream in Spanish all the time and have dreams about being in the classroom. I am now a health educator and a work-from-home mom with my son Sampson. He was born February 2015 and after I had him my whole life changed and we transitioned from me working at the Waldorf school to working from home. It has been a great journey with lots of great days and some challenging days.

I am an Executive level distributor with Young Living Essential Oils and I love sharing the mission of Wellness, Purpose, and Abundance with others. I fell in love with the essential oils while I was pregnant, and then I fell in love with the opportunity Young Living provided by allowing me to work from home, provide financially for my family, and promote wellness to others all while my son was with me. He has been at almost every essential oils class or event I have held so far!

I want to share nutritious and scrumptious gluten-free real foods, natural family solutions for keeping everyone well and happy at home, and share our ups and down on our urban homestead. I am not an expert. I always want to learn more, and enjoy learning from others as well.

Goats and Ellen in Field

I want my own goats one day!

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