Hello and welcome to Be Healthy, Well, and Inspired. My name is Anna and however it is you found me, I am glad you are here.
Instead of boring you with a long bio, I wrote 10 random facts about me. I feel you can get a better sense of who I am with random facts. In the spirit of learning about me, here are some random facts:
1.) I live in NYC and Maryland.
2.) I am a romantic at heart and love pretty things. I love hearts and anything to do with Love.
Love Sculpture in NYC
3.) I am a foodie. I love eating food and will try new foods once. I love that NYC offers so many cuisines to for me to try. I joined groups just to try out new restaurants that I may never hear of. My recent exotic foods I have tried are camel, ostrich, and goat meat. I am not a fan of goat but camel and ostrich was fantastic!
4.) I love to travel to faraway places and wish I can travel more often. I traveled to the United Arab Emirates. My first time in the Middle East. Visiting the Middle East was interesting and wished I tried more of the local foods. I visited the country of Kenya last year. It was my first time in Kenya and in the continent of Africa. Amazing place! I’d like to make a bucket list to visit all 50 states in the US and all of the continents of the world. Isn’t this a beautiful picture of a sunset?
Masai Mara Sunset in Kenya
5.) I like taking classes. It can be any class – blogging class, journaling class, or continuing education classes. I feel I always have to be taking classes and learning something new. Learning is lifelong. I am currently taking a project management class and hope to take my PMP certification at the end of the year.
6.) I am a nurse by background and I started this blog in October 2009. The original purpose for me to start this blog was to offer resources to my readers in a holistic way: body, mind, and spirit. My blog has evolved into creativity, simplicity, and has recently become more of a health resource with guests posts. I’d like to change that direction and start writing more about transformation and inspiration.
7.) I am learning how to relax. I thought relaxing was sleeping until I was told otherwise. I always feel like I must be doing something at all times and at the end of the day, I have to feel like I did not waste my day. I have taken a meditation class without success. I ended up sleeping and that was 6 years ago. I used to wake up early to do guided meditation. I am taking a mediation class again at a Buddhist meditation center founded by Pema Chodron. I’ve had my first class and its been hard and uncomfortable. I meditate everyday for 15 minutes.
8.) I would love to be a minimalist and have instituted no spends in various months. I only spend money on items I need like food.
9.) I believe in making myself a better me and read many personal development books. I recently attended an Omega event and was inspired by Elizabeth Lesser, Geneen Roth, and Byron Katie. I like meeting like minded people who inspire me to make me my best self!
Byron Katie at Omega in NYC
10.) I believe there is an inner creative inside me. The only creative exercise I participate in is writing and making visual journals. In 2010, I realized creativity was missing from my life so I participated in art journaling, sewing, crocheting, knitting, card making, postcard making, and photography. I’ve had many people support me in my endeavors (because I realized I wasn’t very good). A wise person told me I would not get good at these crafts unless I practiced everyday. Well said!