Hi friends. Welcome to The World as we See It
My name is Christy and I’m a 29 year old female originally from the US, although I’m working towards becoming a citizen of the world 🙂 I am currently a freelance writer and working toward my goals of being an acclaimed food critic in Barcelona and establishing my own life-coaching business.
In 2009 I graduated college with a degree in architecture and design, but upon graduating in the height of the worldwide economic recession paid jobs were impossible for entry level designers and so I began bartending in the service industry. During the next five years I battled anxiety and depression and my health and strength were failing. One day, I reached a breaking point physically and emotionally. I was overweight, unhealthy and adrift in life. I didn’t know where my journey would take me, but I knew that it would start with fitness. I began a rigorous routine which kept me burning massive amounts of calories during the day and working 8-10 hour shifts at a physically demanding job as late into the night as 4am.
In addition to my fitness, I proceeded to work on my digestive health only to find it too was failing me. I tried elimination diet after elimination diet to determine what food allergy was making me so sick, only to finally discover everything made me sick because it was my overall gut biome that had been damaged. My hair began to fall out. I had to have a breast lump removed. My body was literally rejecting everything I put into it and began shutting down. My dream of eating my way around the world seemed not only improbable, it seemed forever impossible. Although the outlook seemed bleak, I never gave up. I spent countless hours learning everything I could about the human body and healing. Through the unwavering support of my boyfriend, hard dedication, and a strong mental attitude I began to heal. Together we introduced probiotics and other gut-healing mechanisms to restore my intestinal flora. My life began to come back in such full color it started to be hard to remember how bad things used to be. My digestion was restored, I was no longer dependent on staying home and I could explore my passion for the culinary arts again! Coming back from this showed me just how possible anything was in life if you really wanted it badly enough, and so I decided that it was the time to achieve my dream of “one day.”
Coming from a small and well-meaning but overprotective family, my dream was to travel the world and someday live abroad, and so in 2015 I put everything in motion. I sold almost everything I owned, I cleared myself of $10,000 in debt and I took off with a a one-way ticket, my boyfriend, and 4 bags between us. I was a girl who had never left the Southeast US until college and now I’ve visited 30 countries by my 30th birthday. I traveled, open-ended for 10 consecutive months last year, starting in Portugal and moving through Western Europe, the Balkans, the Baltics, Central Europe and then finally into the wild and urban jungles of Southeast Asia. I came face to face with panic attacks, agoraphobia, and paralyzing self-criticism. I journeyed over 40,000 miles on land, but amazingly it was with my inner self that I reached the greatest lengths. I still battle anxiety almost every single day, but I don’t let it limit me. I have panic attacks in large crowds of people, but I go to huge festivals and I’ve traveled to some of the most densely populated cities in the world. I used to struggle with being a control-freak, but after flinging myself with no plans or bookings to a dusty city in the middle of Cambodia I’ve taught myself how to overcome that.
My fight with anxiety isn’t over, but every obstacle I overcome makes me a stronger, more capable, more generous and more loving person. There have been many personal battles fought over the last 5 years, and I really believe that if I can change my life like this, anyone can with the right push. Nothing makes me as happy as when I’ve been told I’m a motivating force for someone to change their life. I have checked the boxes on two of my life goals before the age of 30: travel the world and experience the great cuisine it has to offer, and live in a foreign country. I’ve only been living in Barcelona for two weeks, and I am sure that I have many other obstacles coming my way, but that is part of the fun in life. My dream is now to inspire others to be the best versions of themselves while living life to the fullest, speak four languages fluently, and travel to all seven continents.
What are your goals? What part of the world do you live in? I’d love to hear your story!
Questions about how to heal your body, get in shape, or work toward accomplishing your dreams? DM me on Instagram @as_christy_sees_it