While I was always a relatively active person, my true fitness journey began in 2012 when I needed something new to fill my time and chose to do my first fitness competition. I hit the ground running in all departments - fitness, diet, lifestyle - ensuring to do my research and ask all the right questions along the way. I went on to medal and place 4th in my category (bikini tall) 5 months after taking that initial step, one of my biggest accomplishments to date. While I had always been very interested in reading about this type of lifestyle, living it was a whole different ball game ... one which I can honestly say was a life changer for me. Without getting too deep, it truly gave me a new perspective on life, made me feel and look the healthiest I have ever been and made me "clean house" on all negative influences in my life. Fast forward two and a half years and I continue to live and breath this healthy active lifestyle with my boyfriend and two dogs and our incredible group of friends ... obviously leaving lots of room for fun - as finding that BALANCE is what makes it a life.