Hello there and welcome to my blog.  where I plan to share with you my passion for nutrition, exercise, and living a healthy, happy life doing the things that make me smile!

To be honest, the title of my blog was inspired by the Hall & Oats song (“Sara Smile”) that came on the radio soon after I decided to start one.  However I knew it was perfect in that it summed up exactly what I am trying to accomplish in my little corner of the healthy living blog community.

This blog started as an outlet from my day-to-day job as a sales/marketing coordinator at an investment bank here in Richmond, VA.  Everyday I poured my passion into these posts, hoping that one day I could be doing something more.  My career path has not been a straight one to say the least.  I received my Masters in Elementary Teaching right after college, but due to a non-existent job market for well-educated teachers, and a purely lucky break using my undergraduate Economics degree, I literally fell into the finance world.  Therefore, in an effort to disallow my “9-to-5” from defining my day-to-day, I decided to finally bite the bullet (thanks for the encouragement Laura Lea!) and create this blog as a way to focus on those things that make me truly happy: cooking healthy food, running/exercising, and just living life surrounded by the people I love.

It wasn’t until a few months later when the most amazing opportunity arised.  After learning about a natural foods company based here in my hometown, I immediately reached out, was soon hired, and quit my job in corporate America.  I’ve never looked back.  Health Warrior, Inc. specializes in chia products, specifically these 100-calorie nutrition bars made with chia as the main ingredient.  It is what we like to call the greatest superfood unknown to mankind, and we are trying to change that!



I am not going to lie when I say it has been a long road.  Getting to a happy, healthy place-both physically and mentally-has been a journey.  In fact, I am still on it.  But over the past few years, the healthy living blog community has helped me on my way, reading about women just like you and me find balance and peace through each other and the sharing of nutritious recipes, a variety of workouts, and the good ole’ offering of support.  So that is what I plan to do here if you’ll have me and my blog.  Enjoy!



  1. I just came across your blog from Danielle at CleanFoodCreativeFitness and love it! you have some awesome recipes.. going back to read more now 🙂

    • I’m so glad you found me! I’m going to check out yours now!

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