A Bit More About Me & How Health & Home Came To Be
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and as far back as I can remember, even as a little girl, I always knew I wanted to do interior design. So when it came time to pick a college and a major, it was a no-brainer; I chose to get my bachelors in Interior Design at San Jose State University.
During my time in design school though, I struggled with figuring out if I wanted to stay with my major, not because I didn’t love it (because I absolutely did!) but because, if I’m honest I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to tangibly help people. Don’t get me wrong! I think designers absolutely can help people through their work, it’s just that it wasn’t going to be able to on the level or in the way I had always wanted to.
It felt superficial to a degree for me and I really had to consider if design without helping others in ways I had imagined, would be enough for me. My parents encouraged me to continue on, having full-confidence I would figure out a way to help others using what I learned later on; so I did. I began dreaming and brainstorming all the ways I could give back to others in the future and began to get excited for it again!
It was towards the end of my senior year at SJSU though, that my life, plans, vision and dreams were flipped upside down.
I started feeling sick every now and again, then it began happening more and more often until it was all the time. This turned into years of being undiagnosed, dismissed, misdiagnosed and more to finally get an answer, only to find out 5 years later, that I had somehow gotten poisoned from my college living environment which caused me to develop a bunch of chronic conditions.
While I was grateful to finally know what was going on with my body, I found I had even more questions than answers.
How did this happen? Why did this happen? And who else is it happening to?