Who’s this different view from?
I’m Alexa, a remote-working, question-asking, world-travelling, food system and math nerd with a passion for food’s power to heal and prevent diseases. Oh, and I’m overcoming PCS. I just like learning, learning is *insert my true Bostonian* WICKED cool.
It all started one day in a hospital room in 1996….kidding. Let’s start in 2018! That year, I was working your standard 9-5 job as an administrative assistant. As I sat at my desk scrolling through stories of people who took their jobs on the road and travelled at will, I couldn’t help but think that could be me, too (acknowledging my privilege here and now. I’m lucky to have this choice and my life as it is).
Soooo being that I’m totally impatient and always looking for a new challenge, I signed on with Remote Year (RY) at the beginning of December 2018. The premise of the program is that it allows people to travel and work remotely. My dad’s reaction, as expected, was: “a little of the cart before the horse, no?” Yes, absolutely. I did not have a remote job. However, I was able to convince my company to keep me on board for three months to transition.
I had to do it! I knew that if I made the commitment to RY, I would make it work. I adopted a motto of ‘becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable’. Lucky for me, a member of my RY group, now one of my favorite people on the planet, was looking to hire, and I transitioned right into a contracted position. Later that year, I became full-time and still love working remotely for them today!
2019 was the most amazing, challenging, eye-opening year. I lived in 12 countries, 5 continents, met so many cool people, learned new languages, and adopted a new lifestyle that gives me freedom. I logged my entire year, week-by-week, by location and shared photos. Check it out in my ‘on Travel’ section!
5 days before returning to the USA, in Mexico, January 2020, I was hit by a car while riding a bike. I stupidly was not wearing a helmet and other than being a bit terrified and banged up, assumed everything would be fine. I continued to travel domestically, then abroad, then abruptly returned home due to coronavirus and just not feeling right at all.
2020 has been spent recovering from what I found out was Post Concussion Syndrome, which really means nothing other than I have continued concussive symptoms past the normal month healing period. In hindsight, it was probably caused by a combination of the car accident, a broken vertebra sustained in the first month of my trip, high stress from living life on steroids for a year, and oh idk, a global pandemic. So after the highest year of my life, I have had the absolute lowest. An 8 month headache, insane anxiety, vestibular dysfunction, frustration about not knowing what was happening and how to find the right care. I wish this process on no one. How’s that for timing though?
Nonetheless, beautiful things have come out of these experiences. I have learned so much during my recovery that I wish everyone could know at my age. With the help of many professionals, I am healing entirely with proper nutrition, non-invasive modalities, and routine adjustments.
I’ve always had an interest in nutrition and people. My friends can attest that I love asking new people questions. I used to give tours in college and I feel like most of my tours ended up being the prospective students telling me about themselves rather than me about the school. Oops. I majored in math, but loved independently reading about the food system. And NOW, I have not only read about it, but I have experienced firsthand the power that food has in healing and immunizing our bodies.
The coolest thing about me is that I’m a normal human with normal feelings. Just here, sharing my different view.
Quote I’m vibing with these days: “You don’t have to know all the answers, you just have to be able to ask the right questions”
Got a question? Contact me!