Eat good food. Make pretty things. Practice radical self-love.

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About Bohemian Nation

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Welcome to Bohemian Nation! My name is Allie, and I’m a self-proclaimed free-spirit, California girl, and lover of pretty, creative projects. Years ago, you would have seen me with teal hair, a nose hoop, and cowboy boots. Even though my style has calmed down a bit, I assure you that my spirit is the same. I like flower crowns, mindfulness classes, and gardening. I drink green juice in the morning, collect crystals, and diffuse essential oils. (The cowboy boots still make an appearance on occasion.)

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I’ll be your guide through this lifestyle blog, focused on cultivating joy and your best life through handmade crafts, healthy recipes, and self-care. Here, you’ll see posts on yoga, meditation, DIY art projects, “just eat real food” recipes, travel, essential oil tips, and much more.

I’m also working on recovering from four years of serious illness after a backpacking trip in Europe–I’m talking many hospital trips, being bedridden for months, unable to walk to my mailbox for two years. Lyme, POTS, Babesia, Bartonella, C Diff, shingles, infections… you name it.

Through that journey (I’m still healing), I’ve learned to appreciate the people and small things in my life with such joy and gratitude. Conventional medicine failed me again and again, so I’ve turned to more natural and alternative methods of healing: infrared saunas, herbs, tinctures, cleanses, castor oil packs, coffee enemas, juicing, grounding, etc. I usually share a bit about my journey on my Facebook page, Private Facebook group, or Instagram.

Throughout my life, I have always had the problem of “too many interests.” Anyone else? In college, I wanted to join EVERY. SINGLE. CLUB. on campus, make the most friends, and have the busiest schedule. My job history echoes this story: pizza-maker (okay I was in HIGH SCHOOL people), 8th grade volleyball coach, officer-cleaner, camp counselor (for three summers… if you’re college-aged, DO THIS), lead writing consultant, batch meal kitchen instructor, graduate student alliance director, farmers’ market vendor, National Writing Project fellow, academic coach, high school teacher, writer, entrepreneur, private tutor… y’all I’ve done it all.

Right now, I’m a Professional Writer and Editorial Director for some big names in health and wellness, and I love my job.

Bohemian Nation encompasses all my passions perfectly.

So here’s to you, do-it-yourselfer, crafter, cook, dreamer, yogi, traveler. Thanks for being here. I can’t wait to share more with you!

-Allie

Quick Stats: Getting to Know Me

Daily uniform: Black leggings, tunic, some chunky jewelry, hair in a top knot, gladiator sandals.

Guilty pleasures: any reality TV (any Bachelor watchers? Below Deck? Timbercreek Lodge?), collecting Sharpies, buying succulents.

Favorite dessert: Seafoam! Or honeycomb candy, as we call it here in California.

Most memorable travel destination: Switzerland or Cinque Terre.

Best craft: Soap-making! It’s scary, but extremely worth the results (after it cures for a month).

How I met my husband: Taking a solo trip from San Diego to San Francisco. I met him at a Himalayan Gift Shop across from the Intercontinental Hotel, on the ocean in Monterey, CA.

Best self-care: Definitely yoga or pilates, followed by dry brushing and guided meditation. It helps get me centered to tackle some to-do list items, reach out to affirm others, or write. I also love meal prepping.

Favorite drink: Iced chai all dayyy, with Califia Farms almond milk and Oregon Chai concentrate.

Groceries?: Trader Joe’s and Sprouts.

Favorite recipe: You guys HAVE to try paleo-style Greek blatzara. I usually modify a recipe I found online so it’s dairy-free. Maybe I’ll have to post my modifications soon! I made it twice in one week once and ate it all by myself. That’s how good it was.

Pets?: Three adorable guinea pigs. They are so loving and full of personality. They will curl up on our laps while we watch TV, like little dogs. (:

On the wishlist: My husband and I are on a minimalism journey and are actively donating all the things in our lives we don’t need. If I had to put something on a wishlist, it would be a kitchen island, polaroid camera, vertical garden, marble cutting board, camping hammock, raw vegan cookbooks. But usually I just like notes and words of affirmation.

Design aesthetic: I love hardwood floors, exposed brick, all white furniture with little pops of color, stainless steel appliances, lots of greens and plants everywhere!

Last thing you purchased: blue painter’s tape, shaving cream, and food coloring… for a project.

Favorite Movie?: I don’t like movies much… but I like all documentaries, movies about magicians, and SOMETIMES romantic comedies, like Bridesmaids or How to be Single. Minimalism was good! So was Valley Uprising, about Yosemite climbers.

Dream job (money isn’t an issue): Besides writing, I think I would be fostering every pet and person I could, while still making crafts and inventing new recipes. I’m on my way there. (: I wish I could just get paid for loving people.

Your superpowers: Encouraging people, list-making, buying too many vegetables, and organizing my closet in color order. Ha!