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almaty, kazakhkstan, hiking, big almaty lake

Hi! My name is Sheli, and welcome to my adventurous little corner of the internet.  I am originally from Arkansas (Go Hogs!),  a wife, a dog mom, a dietitian, a cook, an occasional baker, a health and fitness enthusiast, a wannabe yogi (I’ll get there someday!), and, as of a week ago, an expat.

I’m still figuring out what my day-to-day here in Kuwait is going to look like and I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog for almost 4 years, so I thought what better time than now?

Here you will find quick and easy, healthy and delicious recipes, travel stories and tips, and stories on what it’s like to be living outside of the US for the very first time.

You won’t find any posts here about fashion, home decorating (outside of a possible DIY project from Pinterest because who doesn’t love those “nailed it” posts?), makeup or hair tutorials. If you’ve seen me in real life you know no one needs my advice in those areas!

I hope you enjoy my page and I would love to hear any and all comments or questions!

My love for travel came first. My first trip outside of the US (and alone, I might add!), was to visit my uncle in St. Petersburg, Russia during spring break my sophomore year of college. More on this trip later, but even though I was sick as a dog the entire trip, I knew I needed to see more of the world.

It wasn’t until the following year that I took my first nutrition course and fell in love with all that is nutrition. But seriously, who doesn’t love food?

Why did I not take even the most basic nutrition course until I was junior? Well. I began college as a pre-med, biology major. Everything was just moving right along until . . . (dun, dun, dunnn) . . . organic chemistry. I know what you’re thinking, but I promise you I had the.worst.professor.

So, instead of re-taking the class over the summer (ummm, no thank you – I had an awesome job waiting for me and I actually met my now husband at that job that very summer. OK, fine. If you’re going to drag it out of me . . . I was his boss : )), I flushed my dreams of being a doctor down the drain and changed majors. Twice. The second time to nutrition, which finally stuck. And I’m so glad it did.

After graduating with my bachelor’s, I completed an internship, passed the RD exam, and that’s how I became the dietitian/nutritionista extraordinaire that I am today!

Along the way, I fell in love and married a fellow lover of travel (mentioned above). Since then I’ve lived in Missouri and Washington, D.C., worked at two very large hospitals, one small hospital, and done some personal consulting on the side.

My husband finished his PhD/successfully defended his dissertation in International Psychology in May, 2016 (YAY!), and, after much consideration, accepted a 3 year position in Kuwait, so here we are.

Things I’m obsessed with in addition to travel and nutrition:

  • Roxy
  • Yogi Instagram accounts
  • Food
  • Beaches
  • Undisclosed Podcast (Season 1 Serial fans?? Anyone?)

If I were to ask my friends to describe me, I think they would say I’m:

  • Sarcastic  Funny
  • OCD  Organized
  • Weird  Fun loving
  • Loyal (Finally, no filter needed)

Again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back soon (and bring your friends)!


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