About This Girl

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.

My Studies

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!

My Family

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.


2 thoughts on “About This Girl

  1. Nice pics, Taya! (Just so you know, the details in the paragraph about your living arrangments could use some editing (since you moved in with your grandparents). Not a big deal. I just thought you’d want to know.

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