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Hi, I’m Chelsea
I haven’t always felt so passionate about my career though. In my “former life” (as I like to call it), I attended Indiana State University and received my undergraduate degree in Communication with an emphasis on Public Relations.
After graduating college, I accepted a marketing job in a rural southern Indiana town and soon realized that I was 100% unfulfilled by it. This was frustrating because being passionate about my purpose in life has always been important to me.
This quote by Roald Dahl has served as inspiration for most of my decisions in life:
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
— Roald Dahl
I was 100% lukewarm about my life at that point. And I knew I had to do something. I just wasn’t sure what.
During this time, I discovered a love for fitness (CrossFit, specifically) and through this endeavor, I fell under the healing spell of a Paleo diet. Not only did my body feel better than ever, but adopting a Paleo lifestyle completely shifted the way I viewed health and wellness. It was no longer about aesthetics and a number on the scale for me. It became about nourishing my body with foods that made me feel great – mind, body, and spirit.
As my passion for whole foods, cooking and health grew, I knew this feeling was what I had been searching for in a career. It felt SO good.
On a whim, I applied to the nutrition master’s degree program at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon – not really expecting anything to come from it. In a surprising turn of events, I got accepted and almost immediately quit my job. A month later, my boyfriend and I sold everything we owned that wouldn’t fit in my Honda Civic and road-tripped across the country to Portland. It’s been a journey to get where I am now, but I am completely certain that I am doing exactly what I am meant to do. Through my own wellness business, White Hot Wellness, and Ultimate Paleo Guide/Paleo Meal Plans, I get to help people realize the transformative power of real foods.
To put it simply, the life that I’m living now is basically my dream manifested.
My existence has been changed by embracing food in its most natural form, and I love sharing that with people.
A few fun facts about me: a cherry tomato picked right off the vine just might be my favorite food ever. I love traveling and spontaneous adventures; completely inspired by Joel and Adventure Roulette, I once went to the airport with $500 and told the clerk to buy me a ticket to anywhere. I love CrossFit and have been taught so many things about myself and life through it. I love hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest, local coffee shops, and my cat Riggs. Generally, I just love.
Passion, the white hot kind, fuels my life, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I am excited to be a member of the UPG and Paleo Meal Plans community. Here’s to inspiring each other, eating real food, and enjoying life as much as possible – cheers!
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