Hi! Iโ€™m Valerie.me

I am a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Health Coach with certifications in meditation, and stress management, and brain health.

I am also a single mom with 2 kids, a 24 hour caregiver for my father, and a passionate healthy living advocate. We have a blind bouvier, an adopted bearded dragon, and two birds. I love yoga, reading, hiking, writing, spending time with my kiddos, and just having massive amounts of fun.

Ever since I was little I was interested in finding new methods of healthy living. I remember hiding in the library after school reading books on yoga and when we got internet access on our first computer I would sneak on it to look up aromatherapy. I felt there had to be another way.

When I got to university, I chose to major in therapeutic recreation. I gfile_000ot my bachelorโ€™s of science and my first taste of a holistic view of health. It was stressed over and over that in order to have a full return to health, we need to focus on not only on the physical aspects of health, but also the cognitive, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Once I had kids I realized just how easy it is to forgo healthy living principles in the name of convenience. Around the same time my father began to exhibit symptoms of dementia which led me to a focus on brain health as well as cardiovascular health. Thus began my interest in stress management, yoga, meditation because of all of their benefits.  I became his primary caregiver and my interest in these practices heightened because, beyond just the benefits I really understood the need people have to manage daily life.me2

When you have a screaming baby, a child having trouble getting dressed for school, and a father screaming that he needs a diaper change, it becomes too easy to fall back on fast food or frustration. So my focus then turned to how I can make all of the healthy living techniques and practices easy and accessible for my new whirlwind crazy life. We should all be able to live healthy lives without adding MORE stress or guilt to our lives. I wanted to spread the message so I decided to then pursue my certification as a health coach.

My mission has become to spread the message that healthy living can be easy and accessible to EVERYone no matter what their lifestyle. I want to help the world live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.



  1. Just found your blog! Love it! I subscribed and followed you on FB, Instagram and Twitter (my only 3 social media outlets at this time). I blog at Real Moms Don’t Judge. http://www.realmomsdontjudge.com/ I share stories in a witty, raw way that teach lessons. I’d appreciate subscription and follows back.

    I think we could guest blog for each other, too. Some of your topics fit my readers, and I think some of your readers would enjoy some of mine, for example http://www.realmomsdontjudge.com/how-to-take-the-sting-out-of-an-insults/. Not sure why my links don’t look like they are going to work.

    Get back to me and let me know what you think.–Sheila

    1. I love your blog! What a great compliment! Thank you so much! And definitely a great idea. I’ve never guest blogged before, but you must have read my mind because I was just saying it was something that I should try to start doing! I would love to share your writing. It is amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Awesome! Thanks! So excited ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m actually working on redoing that guide…hopefully today ๐Ÿ™‚ Excited to check out your post on it!

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