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Ambitious Kitchen Wellness Series Episode #1: Behind the Blog

Monique of Ambitious Kitchen shares what life was like before she started her blog. Including personal stories and struggles.

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I’m so excited to finally share the Ambitious Kitchen wellness series with you in partnership with Under Armour Women.

Even if you’ve only been following AK for the last few months, you know that I’m an advocate for women finding their own definition of health and wellness. I’ve shared stories on this blog about my struggles with finding balance, perfectionism, stress, losing my father, food addiction, ditching the scale and so much more.

I think of where this journey had led me. Where I’ve been because of blogging and how it’s shaped the person I am today.

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First and foremost, I wouldn’t be here doing this without you. And I can honestly say that. In return, I hope to always provide you with inspiration, encourage you to be your best self and above all be open with you.

Being human and real in this day and age of social media everything isn’t easy, but I’m here right alongside you, even if this blog has grown, I’m here to be true to you. This is what I promise.

When I first started my blog in 2011, there weren’t any available resources out there on how to start a blog. I talked to people who did it, and then I dove in and did it too. Frankly, I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved every single second of blogging, recipe development and sharing with the online community. Here’s my very first post.

Looking back at the past 5 years of blogging, I realize how much I’ve changed as a person and a human being. When I first started I was struggling to recover from an eating disorder, and failing because of the lack of resources or voices out there that could help me relate. I knew I could be that woman — that I could help others by sharing my experiences and stories and also healthy balanced recipes along the way. So that’s what I’ve done and will continue to do.

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I’ve realized that all of my struggles in life have led me to where I am today. From growing up through trauma and losing my father, from paying my way through college, to being independent from a very young age, from learning how to cook for myself — it’s all been so that I could be here now reaching all of you. I’m using my voice and sharing my story to help heal others, free myself from my struggles and empower you to defeat yours.

Thanks to my amazing partnership with Under Armour Women, they’ve helped me to put together a really amazing video wellness series to share with all of you. We shot this around Chicago over the course of two days and it was a phenomenal and humbling experience. I hope that you like it, and I hope that it gives you a little look into what my life is like/helps answers some of your burning questions (if you have any).


If you have any other questions or comments, drop them below and I’ll be sure to answer them (trying to get better at responding to comments!).

Thank you to Under Armour for making this Wellness Series possible.

Video by: Gray Duck Creative

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