Kylie is an absolute doll! We stumbled upon her on Instagram and have been huge fans ever since! She runs Once Upon a Blond and creates the most amazing recipes! And they are all SO healthy! We have definitely tried quite a few of them and they are to die for! Not only is she a total doll but she always has the sweetest heart. She is a total Bowed Arrow Babe and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to her!
Sooo here you go…meet Kylie! ♥
BA: Go ahead, introduce yourself and let us know a little more about you!
Kylie: I’m Kylie, a 23 year old blogger, gymnastics teacher, model and life enthusiast living in San Diego, CA. I graduated with a Bachelors in Criminology, and have a huge passion for health and fitness. Because I love learning I knew I couldn’t stop at a Bachelors so now I’m on my way to getting my Fitness/Exercise Therapist, Nutrition, and Personal Trainer certification. I absolutely love being outdoors, my fav sports are surfing, motocross and soccer, plus I’m a total adrenaline junkie who’s completely obsessed with tigers, traveling, the ocean, and bare feet. When I’m home I’m usually creating some crazy healthy recipe… thankfully I have my wonderful Fiance as a taste tester
BA: Tell us how Once Upon A Blond came to be.
Kylie: I started Once Upon A Blond as a way to share my love and passion for living a healthy balanced lifestyle and to help others along their unique journeys, and I am SO glad I did! I absolutely love the community and friendships I’ve made with so many beautiful people.
BA: Describe your vision for yourself and Once Upon A Blond.
Kylie: Each day I am constantly learning, experiencing and growing into the best me that I can be and I hope Once Upon A Blond reflects that. My goal is that Once Upon A Blond not only becomes a site where you find healthy recipes, but a place of motivation, encouragement, and knowledge. I want each and every one of my followers to feel inspired, motivated, and completely capable of accomplishing their dreams.
[How amazing does this salad look?! Kylie rocks!]
BA: What’s a memorable moment from your journey?
Kylie: I would have to say the most memorable moment throughout my blogging journey was the first email I received asking for advice. I think it takes such a strong person to ask others for help and encouragement and that’s exactly why I created Once Upon A Blond in the first place.
BA: What were your biggest hardships on your journey to where you are now? How did you overcome them?
Kylie: Definitely finding time. Life can be so busy and unexpected that not everything always goes as planned. On my journey of health, fitness and blogging there were [and are] times where it seems impossible to get everything accomplished in one day, but I am a strong believer in making time for things that are important to you. Where there’s a will there’s a way!
BA: Where did your passion for healthy eating and fitness originate?
Kylie: My passion for healthy eating and fitness definitely developed in my high school years. I read a book on nutrition just for fun and was instantly intrigued about how much food and exercise effects our bodies, minds, and moods. I decided to test out how different I would feel if I started eating healthy and exercising daily and the changes were drastic. I instantly had more energy, my skin was wayyy clearer, my hair and nails began to grow like crazy and I was so much happier. I honestly can’t describe how much more amazing you feel when you’re treating your body right.
[Kylie’s Vegan Grilled Cheese – NEED THIS NOW]
BA: How do you keep yourself motivated to stay in shape?
Kylie: Instead of focusing on the negatives I always think about the positives. I encourage myself to work out by thinking about how much better i’ll feel after or how much energy i’ll have the next day. The way you talk to yourself is so important and you should always talk to yourself like you would to someone you love, it is honestly the strongest motivator!
BA: What is your favorite go-to healthy food?
Kylie: Avocados. I LOVE avocados. I eat at least one a day, completely plain with an occasional dash of sea salt. Besides the fact that they taste great, they are also AMAZING for you!
BA: Any tips to supplement a healthy lifestyle for the other busy girls of the world?
Kylie: I guess my #1 tip would be to always make time to do the things you love, because to me a healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle full of happiness… not just fruits, vegetables and a daily run.
[The total package – dirt biker, surfer, amazing cook, giant heart of gold]
BA: What does a day in the life of Kylie entail?
Kylie: Ahhh this is such a hard one because each of my days are so different from the next, but almost all of them start with some kind of breakfast smoothie and granola. Then it’s time for work! Sometimes I’ll work out during my lunch break, or once I am home I’ll go to the gym or workout outside. I LOVE hiking, biking and running around my neighborhood because there are tons of trails and mountains [Usually my Fiance joins me if he’s off work in time!]. Then we have dinner, maybe watch a movie, play cards, or just talk until were tired. Lately I have been meditating before bed and I am obsessed with how relaxed I feel [anddd how much better I sleep]!!
BA: You just got engaged, congrats! How did you meet your fiance meet? Any tips for keeping your relationship fun and exciting?
Kylie: I met my fiance during my best friends birthday trip to Mexico, her parents and his were mutual friends so he volunteered to show us around for the weekend. We ended up having tons in common, stayed in touch and began dating a few months later. We’ve now been dating over two years and he just proposed in the most romantic way possible.
My best tip for keeping a relationship fun and exciting is to go out and do things together! Don’t get stuck in the same routine. Make sure you continue to try new things together, go to new places, grow and learn together.
[How cute are they?!]
BA: Have you started wedding planning yet? Any tips for girls planning their own wedding?
Kylie: I have started planning! We actually just picked our date and location and I couldn’t be more excited! Planning a wedding is SO much fun, but can easily get overwhelming. My best tip would be to create a list of all the things you need to find and do by your wedding day and the date they have to be done by. I can’t tell you how much this list has helped me, I know what I’ve already done and what I need to do next. It definitely makes things less stressful.
BA: Best tip for boosting self-confidence?
Kylie: Focus on what you love about yourself and pay no attention to the negatives. And again, make sure that you are doing whats best for you and everything else will fall into place. I’m not saying to be greedy and ONLY think of yourself, but definitely make time for your own happiness. So, if that means letting the laundry sit there an extra day so that you can squeeze in a quick workout then that’s what you should do. When you make time for the things you love, and you take pride in yourself and your happiness, your confidence will shine and reflect on others.
BA: What’s your favorite way to relax?
Kylie: Lately it has been meditation. I just started meditating but I am completely in love with it and it has made me so much more relaxed. If you’ve never mediated before there are awesome videos on youtube that will take you through a guided meditation!
BA: And how about your favorite way to pump yourself up?
Kylie: Music. Definitely music. There are some songs that I can’t help but to sing along with or dance to. They immediately lift my spirits and energy!
[HEALTHY, RAW COOKIE DOUGH! You must check our her blog!]
BA: If you could pick one song to describe yourself, what would it be?
Kylie: Oh this is SO hard.
I feel like I can relate to so many songs, but my absolute favorite is Annie Bosko’s “Crooked Halo”. The first time I heard it I listened to every single word. I love it. I love how Annie shows women that you don’t have to be one thing. You can be sweet and stubborn, girly, yet a total tom boy, or a homebody with a gypsy soul. The important thing is to be yourself and to know who you are.
BA: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Kylie: I’m pretty sure I read this in one of my high school planners, but I wrote it down and have kept it forever.
“If we remembered everyday that we could lose someone at any moment, we would love them more fiercely and freely, and without fear – not because there is nothing to lose but because everything can always be lost.”
I am in love with this quote. It reminds me that there is nothing more important in life than love and whom we share it with. It’s so easy to get caught up in the glitter and glam that money offers, but no amount of money can replace the memories, laughs and love we share with others.
BA: Something you are totally obsessed with right now?
Kylie: Face sunscreen. I am OBSESSED. I absolutely love the sun and I’m pretty sure 95% of my days are spent at the beach. I’ve always known that the sun wasn’t great for your skin but lately some of my relatives have been showing signs of skin cancer so I have become super careful about how much sun exposure my skin gets. Especially my face and neck! Plus sunscreen helps prevent premature aging, wrinkles and sun spots!
BA: What does empowering women mean to you?
Kylie: To me empowering women is supporting them in their hopes, dreams and desires. Women are so hard on each other, when in reality it should be the opposite. Women understand women best, so why not use that understanding to inspire and encourage each other. Whether it be through kind words, support, opportunities, or a simple smile , when we stand behind each other amazing things are accomplished.
[Some of Kylie’s AMAZING healthy recipes]
BA: If you could tell all women everywhere one thing, what would it be?
Kylie: Ditch the jealousy, don’t judge and simply be nice to each other. The world will be a much better place because of it, I promise.
BA: What’s next for you?
Kylie: Right now I am in the process of moving to Mexico! And I am so excited to explore the land and culture so I am sure my blog will reflect that! But that’s just the start of whats coming next, there are SO many things I want to do and have already started doing we’ll just have to wait and see what I finish first!
Good luck to you, Kylie! We are SO excited to see what the future brings for such a kind, beautiful soul like yourself! xx♥
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