AboutFavorite splurge food: Ice cream, ideally with chocolate Go-to fitness routine: CrossFit has recently become my go-to workout. Each workout pushes me outside of my comfort zone and I always leave feeling stronger than when I walked in. I love the community of it and how it is helping to reframe what I think is healthy and fit. I also love running and while I have run a couple half-marathons, I use running as my ""me"" time. I'll go for a run when I need to zone out and not think about anything or when I need to mull over a decision or need inspiration. Running calms me down. It's also a great way to explore new places while traveling! Favorite way to de-stress: Running/walking and reading are my go-to de-stressing activities. Going for a run or a walk helps to clear my head and either takes my mind off the situation or helps me to work through how to manage the situation. Nothing like some fresh air to make me feel better! Curling up with a hot cup of tea and a favourite book (often Anne of Green Gables) also really helps me. It's a comfort thing, it's familiar and reliable. I can escape for awhile into a world of characters and stories that I know far too well from multiple readings. Why I'm a greatist: I like to think that I'm on an ongoing journey to becoming my greatist, mainly because I'm still learning so much about myself and where I want to go in my life. I'm a 20-something, chocolate lover, napping enthusiast, energetic, kind, quirky person with big dreams. Healthy living, for me, is much more than the food I eat, the workouts I do, or how much I weigh. It also is about challenging myself, educating myself, following my passions, working to realize my dreams, and giving back to make our world better for us all. It's about living life with enthusiasm, determination, compassion, and a good dose of idealism. One of my passions is international development and humanitarian assistance and I recently left a 9-5 desk job to pursue a career in this area. It's a tough field to get started in and it was a huge risk to leave my job, but one I had to take for the chance of living my happiest life, my greatest life, my healthiest life. I want to go to bed at the end of each day with no (or very few) regrets and I knew I would regret not pursuing my dreams. I decided not to settle for an "okay" life but to strive for an "awesome" life. Over the next few months I will be traveling, learning a new language, volunteering to gain more international development experience, meeting new people, and conquering fears. I'll face obstacles, worry, and be stressed, but I'll be happy and, I hope, become a better person, a greater person and maybe even inspire someone to take action in their own lives to fulfill their own dreams. Oh, and I'm sure there will be plenty of good food along the way!