A little about me...

I grew up in West Los Angeles, going to public school, taking acting classes and doing plays in the summer. I was raised by a single mother who to this day has never taken a day off, or a vacation, and had the most wonderful pets a girl could ask for.

I didn't play sports as a kid unless it was for P.E., but I DID love Cindy Crawford's workout VHS tape. I mean...who didn't?!


I was the type of little girl that spoke to her tree in the backyard the way most little girls, I would imagine, talk to their siblings  when they're getting along. I read books about the animals I loved and wrote poems teachers assumed were plagiarized. I wasn’t ever cool, even though I got to associate with the cool kids.  I held private concerts where I did interpretive dances to The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers about just as many times as to the soundtrack of The Body Guard, and I was introduced to tofu at the age of 8. This is why I mentioned above that I won’t be that girl that takes selfies, that girl that posts about her outfits or every meal: because that’s not the stuff that matters to me and it’s not the stuff I’m good at. I’m not good at being cool, in fact if I am anywhere that echo’s that “big brimmed hat indoors, I only play vinyl and sip whiskey neat” vibe…I break out into cold sweats.

I studied A LOT in high school, I even got scolded once by my high school boyfriend because he caught me sitting in a bedroom during a party…studying my flashcards for the SAT’s. In college, I studied Theater at UCLA but the theater kids didn’t like me, so sophomore year I rushed and joined Delta Gamma where I met the greatest best friends a girl could ask for!

Today: I still talk to my plants, I still blast Bob Marley in my living room, and I still am involved with DG. But I don’t eat a lot of tofu, and the books I read are usually read to me on tape while I’m in my car. I still have the most wonderful pet a girl could ask for: Dusty Marie. My pug. My sun, my moon, and my stars. You see her in my Instagram, you’ll see her on my YouTube. I am absolutely one of “those” dog moms, and I’m proud of it!

I live in an area I never even thought I’d have to swear I’d never live in because as a second-generation west side girl that went to high school on the beach…the valley was never considered a livable place. Never a place you went to, EVER, except for an audition. But this Westside girl happened to fall madly in love with a boy from Ohio, who didn’t know that people don’t live in the Valley when he moved here 5 years ago. And so…here I am.  A little too hot and missing the ocean breeze: but loving our first home together, having a yard, and constantly refilling my hummingbird feeders so I can watch them in wonder from my hammock. 

Please enjoy this photo of Dusty exploring the beaches of Malibu.


Like the Mermaid?


R. E. L


I figure the best way to start a blog is by telling you about myself and telling you up front: I have no idea what I am doing…when it comes to writing a blog.

Personally, I have always been perplexed as to why anyone would care about what I put in a smoothie or want to watch my Instagram stories of the hummingbirds in my yard. I have a pretty simple, pretty un-glamorous life and I don’t plan on being the girl that has photos taken of myself brushing my hand through my hair while leaning against a wall of a hundred Buddha’s looking down at the ground as if some cute puppy you can’t see has just told me the funniest joke in the world.

So, who knows if this will stick! Who knows if I’ll like it. Who knows if you’ll like it! But, I have learned over the years that when I am very resistant to something, especially when it ultimately stems from self-doubt: it’s best to face that head on and take the leap.

 I don’t know exactly what this blog will be, I imagine that it, just like you and I, will change and evolve with time. What I do know is that I care very deeply and passionately about this planet. Someday I am going to be a mother, and I intend on doing what is in my control to create a home, both in my body and in the world around me, that is a healthy and supportive environment for my children. I want, and have always wanted, all people to be happy always. Naive, I know, but it’s the truth. My Midwestern boyfriend thinks recycling is a scam, but because he loves me he does it anyway. My mom has never had to watch what she eats or work out, so my attentiveness to what I consume and my love of being covered in sweat confuses her.  I’m a real person that does not have unlimited income and I happen to share my life with people that don’t always share my passions. So, I think much of this blog will be dedicated to the things: practices and products I have found that help me achieve my mission in life, all the while not ever being described as the woman that “drank the Kool-Aid.”

My mission in life:

To make the world a better place: Every. Single. Day.