Welcome! Here’s some information (and a picture of me):
What does a superhero do?
From Google: In modern popular fiction, a superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a type of costumed heroic character who possesses supernatural or superhuman powers and who is dedicated to fighting crime, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains.
What is holistic health?
From the American Holistic Health Association: Holistic Health is actually an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit.
What do I know about any of this?
I have some degrees related to health. Some might say I have too many degrees. I wouldn’t say they’re entirely wrong.
- BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Alabama. My Capstone project was about the similarity between the crazy Alabama football fandom and burlesque shows. You’re intrigued, aren’t you?
- MA in Anthropology, also from the University of Alabama. My thesis was on the physical and psychological stress response of southern women with tattoos. It obviously went into a lot more detail than this sentence.
- MBA in Nonprofit Management from American Jewish University. Okay, so this one’s not directly related to health (or superheroes). But I decided to do this because many people in nonprofits have the heart for it but lack the business skills. I would say that’s a pretty holistic idea, too.
I also have health related work experience. Unlike my degrees, some might say I have too little experience. In this case, I would disagree.
- I spent three years in Los Angeles working with Seeds of Hope, the food ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. That’s when I learned that I have food privilege. There are a lot of people out there who want to be healthy, but literally have no access to fresh and nutritious foods. Plus eating processed food is cheaper. That makes me angry.
- I am currently a full-time community organizer in Lexington, Kentucky. I empower faith-based leaders to hold officials accountable to providing solutions to community problems. This year, I worked on our mental health campaign. That’s when I realized how often people with mental illness are ignored and mistreated. That also makes me angry.
Plus I do other stuff that applies to health. I’ve run 4 half marathons and 2 full marathons. I’m practicing the fertility awareness method of birth control. I have a goal of reading 50 diverse books this year. I became Catholic in April. My boyfriend forces me to hike. He’s also trying to get me to rock climb.
As for superheroes, I’m just a self-proclaimed nerd. My dad made sure I grew up with action figures instead of dolls. He’s also the one that informed my obsession with health and fitness. He lost a TON of weight when I was in elementary school. He was even in the local newspaper about it. He’s kept it off to this day. Talk about a great father figure.
Also, one of my close friends said I reminded her of Wonder Woman. She even bought me a Wonder Woman coffee mug. (It broke when I moved cross-country last summer. I cried. Mary-Caroline, if you’re reading this…would you buy me a new one?)
So, considering all of these things, I’m taking it upon myself to don a suit. No cape.
I want to fight incorrect health information, battle the evil fast food and sugar companies, and protect millennial women from their own laziness, anxiety, and frustrations in being healthy. Care to join me?