I’m Bri a nineteen year old hailing from the west coast of Canada (Vancouver to be exact!). I finished off my freshman year of college rather roughly… I gained the freshman fifteen, was stuck at home while my friends went away for school and I struggled with the overall college life. I changed my mind about career choices about hmm a handful of times before I realized what I am meant to do with my life and that is…. nursing! So right now I’m waiting to get into an RN program!
For the past few years I’ve had issues with my body, self esteem and eating. I’m not sure where all this came from because I’ve surrounded myself with people who never made me feel bad about my body or pressured me to be thin. After starting college my weight sky rocketed and made me even more anxious about eating and food. After I finished my spring semester I decided to get a handle on my weight. To date I’ve lost the weight I’ve gained from school and quite happy with it. Now I’m focusing on toning up and keeping my entire body healthy with a well balanced lifestyle. I’m getting back into running and try to run at least 5-6 times a week. I’m not running long distance but three miles here and there makes me feel great!
Now onto the blog name… why the optimalist you ask? Well, I was previously known as cheaply chic but decided I needed a new name since that blog started off being a fashion blog. I chose the optimalist after reading an article in an issue of Self magazine… (by the way I’m a total magazine wh@re). The article said…“An optimalist has high standards but is also comfortable failing. And if she does fail, she directs any guilt and self knowledge to a more beneficial outcome the next time.” These few words totally stuck with me and now I’m striving to be an omptimalist not a perfectionist because no one is perfect and it has taken me a long time to understand that.