Well hello there all you fabulous people. If you’re just tuning in, you’re in the same boat as everyone else. This is my first blog post for “girl on a trail”. Welcome to our tiny little spot in the world. I believe introductions are in order:
My name is Keryn Nicholson (pronounced like Corrine, not like Karen). It gives me great pleasure to virtually chat with you about various topics that effect pretty much everyone (however some may speak to mostly us ladies). This is a space to passionately discuss topics such as: food, health, travel and lady issues (that magical yet frustrating world that we love so much) and overall wellness.
Here’s a bit of background on why you should even bother reading what I have to say (in a nut shell):
First and foremost, I am a habitual and obsessive (yet healthy) traveler and eater. My father was in the military so my “worldly” education started fairly early. It certainly gave me a set of…well…it made me level-headed. I studied food and nutritional sciences/dietetics at Fresno State, which ultimately started my healthy obsession with all things eatable. After my undergrad — a grueling program mixed with internships and volunteering out the a**— I decided I didn’t want to work in a hospital. I knew I wanted to travel, serve and educate others about healthy living, so I began searching for a way to incorporate all three.
I joined the Peace Corps directly after graduating and served in a tiny, mountainous village in Sagure, Ethiopia as an HIV/AIDS educator. For several reasons, I was unable to complete the 27-month stint, so I moved back to the US and began searching for jobs. I started working for a locally owned specialty running shop (running being a close second obsession of mine) and served as the wellness director for several years. Throughout that time I took small trips overseas and worked on a couple small international projects focusing on health and education for children. I then decided I craved a more international education and global perspective so I moved to London where I earned my MA in international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). That experience afforded me the opportunity to intern at two very different NGOs, where I learned how different the functionalities, governing structures and cultures of organizations can be. So after a year of study, travel, work and more work, I moved back to the states (you sensing a pattern here?) and am now working as a marketing manager for an exceptional locally owned company.
Some of you might be wondering why I titled this post “I’m not a vegan I just veg a lot”? I have been plant based now for two years. For now let me just say, it has changed my life to the n’th degree. I cannot call myself a “vegan: as I still get down with fish from time to time. A good handful of these posts will most likely resemble the infamous how-to or provide useful quick tips on how to cook nutritionally dense and delicious meals — mainly for those of us that work our booties off but don’t have allotted time to cook for ourselves. Time management, I know, is an underlying commonality with most of us.
I hope this introductory post gives you some context into who I am and what you can (hopefully) look forward to! This space should be a well-deserved break from crunching numbers and making decisions. Let’s have some fun with this.