About Bri

Hello!! I am so glad you are here!!

First off, let me thank you for stumbling across this blog & having interest in reading more about me. I am so glad you are here!

I could ramble on and on about myself from newborn to age 28, but I really just want to tell you a little bit about me lately. I hope it gives some insight as to why I created this blog. So here it goes!


When I graduated college, I had no clue what I wanted to do or what I wanted to be. In fact, I transferred colleges a grand total of 3 times! (CWU --> UW Bothell --> CWU --> SPU) 


What I did know, is that no matter what I chose, my passion was in helping others.


Around the time of college transfer #2 and after dabbling in countless majors, it finally clicked that nursing was where I was meant to be. From there, everything fell into place.


I moved back to Seattle, got a job as a caregiver for two quadriplegic men, got into SPU nursing school, passed my NCLEX, and landed my dream job right out of school. It was too perfect. I was feeling very lucky to have put all my eggs in one basket and make it through to my dream career of working with hematology/oncology pediatric patients at one of the best hospitals in the nation. I also got to do some pretty cool things along the way, like study nursing in Guatemala.


Everything was great. My new job was hard, but so rewarding and I adored taking care of these kids and their families. I was exactly where I was meant to be.


About 1 month off of my orientation as a brand new nurse and just 4 days after my 24th birthday, everything changed. I had gotten an ultrasound done on a very small lump I had found in my neck. I was called that night and asked to return to clinic as soon as they opened the next day. The doctor then told me the ultrasound looked like I had thyroid cancer. I remember panicking, sobbing, calling my dad and telling him what had just happened. A biopsy later, it was confirmed I had thyroid cancer.


How could this happen?? How ironic, how unfair, how frightening. I was supposed to be the one helping others battle cancer! How could I do that if I was sick myself? 


Thankfully, my husband was my voice of reason and rock. He told me we would get through and I believed him. I leaned on my friends and family for support. I went through surgery and radiation and came out alive...and sort of well. 

I remember telling my dad before my surgery "I am never going to eat fast food again! I'm going to be healthier. I don't want anything else making me sick." 


Fast forward.....HAH! That was a nice joke. I tried to eat healthy (but really did eat fast food) and I exercised a little, but eventually, I didn't do much of anything. 


As my belly pudge increased, my energy plummeted, and my thyroid labs couldn't get under control...enough was enough. I needed to do something. 


I had been seeing an old roommate post transformation photos after doing some exercise program and was really impressed. She looked great! I asked her about it, and was skeptical, but desperate.

It was a program called "21 Day Fix."


Now if you know me, I am VERY anti-diet, anti-wraps, anti-Advocare, anti-sales, anti-anything that is not authentic. But I just had a gut feeling that this was just different. 


I lost 4 pounds and 6 inches with my first Challenge Group and was feeling 110% better. I was stronger, more energized, more positive--mind, body, and spirit. All I did was exercise 30min/day and eat healthy.


In 21 days?! You BETCHA I'm going to keep doing it. And I'm going to help others, too. 


What I love most about nursing is being able to walk with people in the lowest points of their lives—in the trenches. To serve them, encourage them, lift them, love them where they're at…and watch them come out stronger than they ever imagined. I just didn’t imagine that I would be on the other end of that. 


In doing the fitness program I was a part of, I found a community of really great, encouraging people. And I realized that this community was essentially doing the same thing.


I jumped at the opportunity to run my very own health & wellness business because it felt like such a natural extension of who I am and what I want to do in life. My job as a coach is to help people get the same benefits I did, whether it be for your body or mind. 


I adore my job as a nurse, but there are a lot of hard things that come with nursing pediatric cancer patients that can affect my emotions and mentality. Being a coach helps build that back up. Being a coach is my self care & balance.


It may sound silly, but Beachbody (the programs, the community, they way they promote positive self-growth and care) has changed my life. Completely. I have begun to process the emotions of battling cancer that I had bottled up. I am more positive. My relationships are stronger. I am more ALIVE. I could go on and on.


I founded The Healthy Millennial as a way to share what it has done in my life. I want to be authentic, raw, transparent. I want to pay it forward. I want to walk with you in your journey, whatever that may be. 


Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I would love to connect and learn more about YOU too.


Are you ready to change your life? Journey with me.

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Founder & CEO

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