First off, thank you so much for visiting my page! My name is Malena, but you can call me Nena. 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. By loving myself I gained confidence and the belief that anything I dreamed was attainable. Because of the positive impact I experienced in my life, I wanted to share my story and lifestyle habits to help women who doubt themselves, just like I once did.
Implementing self-love into my daily routine through healthy eating, fitness, 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.
I hope I can inspire you and help you on your wellness journey. I can’t wait to show you how to live your best life; simply by nourishing your body, mind, and soul.