First off, thank you so much for visiting my page! My name is Malena (aka Nena) and I’m the creator of this blog, the Nourishing Soul Company. I’m excited to share with you why I have such a deep passion for health and how my wellness journey began.
I wasn’t always a healthy happy girl. For most of my 20s I was the definition of a party girl. I loved food and alcohol and from my excessive lifestyle, I gained weight. I started to feel uncomfortable in my body but had no idea how I could actually lose the weight or eat healthy.
I was a college student on a budget, who couldn’t afford expensive personal trainers or programs. Luckily, I was able to find an online health program that I joined for 3 months. That program kick-started my health journey, which fueled my passion for healthy eating and nutrition.
Two years into my health journey I was maintaining my weight but often used different dieting techniques. As a result, I had a bad relationship with food and poor self-image. During this time I was a student in the USC Master of Social Work program. While I was working in the social work field an event happened that made me re-evaluate what I was doing with my life. That event was the wake up call I needed.
It made me realize I wasn’t pursuing my passion. It was a scary thing to start all over but within a few months I was working in a hospital as a Nutrition Assistant and accepted into the University of New England’s Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program. While I finally felt like I was in the right place, I was missing a huge component. I never took the time to nourish my soul and love myself.
Utilizing a holistic health approach, which focuses on mind, body, and soul nourishment was life changing for me. I finally learned how to love myself and began living my life according to God’s will. By loving myself and walking with the Lord, I gained confidence and the belief that anything I dreamed was attainable.
Because of the positive impact I experienced in my life, I decided to create this blog to inspire and encourage young adult women. Implementing self-love into my daily routine through healthy eating, yoga, meditation, prayer, and personal-development has helped me excel and go after my dreams.
The dream of creating a website to inspire women was just a goal on my vision board almost 2 years ago. To see that dream become a reality is a blessing and proof to myself that anything is possible with God.
Creating content that teaches you how to eat healthy, implement effective lifestyle habits, and grow closer to God, is what lights me up. Without a doubt, I know you can learn how to live a holistic lifestyle through this blog, so you can live your best life! Simply by nourishing your body, mind, and soul.