THANK YOU FOR VISITING!
Hi! I’m so glad you are here! My name is Tranda and I am a married mom of three children (well one adult and two toddlers to be exact!) living on the Canadian prairies. I am also a writer, visual storyteller, photographer, and creator of this blog. Throughout the last two years I have followed (and many times resisted) a call deep in my gut to share my passions and journey in this online space with the hopes it can inspire and motivate others to love healthy living.
In this blog you can expect to find easy healthy recipes for busy families, tips and trick for parenting, information on how to build a toxin-free home, affordable style and all things wellness (beauty, self-care, fitness).
I have been a teen mom, divorced mom, single mom, working mom, newlywed mom, and mom-again in my mid and late thirties. Throughout life’s ups and downs, I have always persevered to accomplish my goals of living a healthy lifestyle and found a way to not only make things work but survive and even thrive under pressure.
From bringing my son Seth to University classes when I couldn’t find a sitter, traveling and dating as a single mom, and competing in my first fitness competition at age 30, my life has been an adventure to say the least.
Several years ago, while working my “dream job” my lifestyle shifted. I started a new career in a completely new industry that demanded the majority of my time and energy. I was totally green and was on a constant hamster wheel trying to keep up. I started going to the gym less, traveling more, and eating out regularly while on the road. My energy depleted and I felt like I was barely keeping my head above water in a career I had worked so hard to get.
On one particular day of traveling, during a 3-week stint on the road (where I wasn’t allowed to go home), I walked off a plane with a huge lump on my neck that I definitely didn’t wake up with. I had been under an enormous amount of stress and pressure from an unhealthy work environment. I was not taking care of my body as well as I should have been, and my body was telling me something was wrong.
A few weeks later, I lost that job. I was left physically and emotionally drained knowing I had sacrificed my health for a job that I didn’t even have anymore. Thankfully, the lump wasn’t cancer. However, the damage had been done and a few years later I had to have half my thyroid removed 9 months post-partum because the lump was so big it was causing damage to my vessels in my neck.
I vowed then and there I would never sacrifice my health for a job again, nor would I allow anyone to have that kind of power over me and my career. I had been broken physically and emotionally and I sure wasn’t going to let that happen again.
I was still a single mom and needed to work, so I picked myself back up and within weeks found another job. But I can tell you my heart wasn’t in it and my perspective had been forever altered. I was no longer going to give my health for my job ever again.
I got back into my workout routine, ate good food that nourished my body and soul, and spent time with people that made me happy. From a personal perspective, I had accepted that it would likely just be Seth and I, as I was completely tired of the dating scene. I also realized I needed to give more than receive and made a pact with myself to do more volunteer work.
One September evening I was volunteering at a Cancer Society event and I saw a man walk across the room. In my head, I distinctly remember saying “THAT guy!” We met, we talked, we dated and then we were married a year later to the day. I had no clue I would be blessed with having two more children in my late thirties with my new husband. After my daughter was born, I made the decision to leave my successful career to be a full-time supermom and pursue my passion of sharing healthy living with others.
My family motto has always been “it takes a village to raise a child” and I would love for you to join this village of moms as we support, encourage, and laugh together at all of the crazy things life (or our kids) throw at us 😉
You’ve heard mine, I would really love to know YOUR story. No matter where you are in your journey, know that you matter and that you can still live your best life!