Hello, and welcome to This Girl Thrives! My name is Taya and I’m a 20-something St. Louisan with a passion for healthy living. For me, that means petting animals instead of eating them, enjoying a wide variety of exercise, and being thankful for my one and only body.
In 2012 I graduated with a B.A. in English from Lindenwood University, located in St. Charles, Missouri, where I am also just a few credits away from a Dance degree. In the near future, I will also be attending grad school. For now I’m here, trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I am both forutunate and unfortunate to have many passions, all leading to viable career paths. From deitics to editor, teacher to personal trainer, my options are numerous and widely varied. I will always keep dancing and would love to join a ballet company, and I absolutely love to perform…
But I also know that English and nutrition will play a big role in my career. The idea of being a health writer for a magazine is very appealing, but we’ll see what happens!
In addition to college, I have joined AFAA (The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and am a certifited Group Fitness Instructor.
I am also a certified Zumba Instructor. And, by the way, I’m always looking for more classes to teach!
Although I’ve moved out, I lived with my family throughout most of college. Let’s just say that we appreciate each other a lot more now that I’m not living with them! 😉
I also owe a lot of my happiness to my boyfriend, Sean.
We maintain a semi-long distance relationship…
(he lives an hour and a half away in Illinois)… but this guy is so worth it!
He’s definitely a carnivore (who loves vegan foods), but nobody supports my lifestyle more than he does, so that’s okay! After all, I think respect is one of the many keys to a strong relationship. In a world where my eating style gets a lot of scrutiny, his support gives me so much confidence.
Why does This Girl Thrive?
Overall, I’m trudging (sometimes valiantly, sometimes reluctantly) through a major transition period in my life. As I finish school and Sean and I move on in our relationship and careers, I know a lot of big changes are building up.
After experiencing a spectrum of unhappiness with my body – from sluggish and pudgy to restrictive and thin- I’m finding my balance in this crazy world. No longer do I merely want to live: I will thrive.