Hi! My name is Brianna and I created Naturebelle out of a deep love for a natural living, eco-friendly lifestyle. I am passionate about non-toxic products for my home and my body. Our bodies are our largest organ and they absorb a huge percentage of the products we put on them. So if we slather and coat our skin in toxic chemicals, guess what – that is being absorbed into our bodies. Where does it go from there? Into the bloodstream, for one. This is just one reason I aim for totally natural skincare and body care and mostly natural makeup. I also advocate for supporting cruelty-free companies from whom to purchase our products.
I was a vegetarian for 17 years before transitioning to a mostly plant-based diet in April 2016. This means I eat no meat/poultry/fish, no eggs, and very, very little dairy. I’m working on completely eliminating dairy from my diet. My approach to eating is now largely based on whole vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds. Don’t get me wrong – I eat store bought veggie burgers, crackers, and vegan cake and ice cream – and even go out to eat with my family – but I try to have those kinds of foods in moderation.
I aim for peace and simplicity in my life. I love to constantly improve my health and wellness. I try to be gentle on the planet and treat it like the sacred living thing that it is. I write from experience that comes from living this lifestyle for many years, as well about new experiences and discoveries. I love to learn and grow and just get better at this thing called life.
I live in Kentucky with my family and our 2 adorable rescue Yorkies. I have one young daughter and she is a firecracker! I am very happily remarried to a wonderful man. Some of the things we enjoy doing as a family are taking walks and traveling.
My loves are travel, literature, art, bargain hunting, environmental matters, all-natural beauty and home, and health and wellness. Reading is definitely my #1 hobby and I don’t have the time to read nearly as much as I’d like.
My love of writing and my professional background
I am also a writer, and have been since childhood. At 16, I completed a full-length young adult novel, and sent it out to quite a few literary agents before I succumbed to my own self-doubt. I went on to complete two other young adult novels by the time I was 18. I was also a Teen Contributor for Cosmogirl magazine in high school. For a year and a half in high school, I was also a paid teen columnist for my local newspaper. In college, I was Editor for a small community newspaper. My senior year of college, I was a writing tutor and Co-Editor of a student written research journal.
After college, I had my daughter and managed to complete a fourth novel (a contemporary fiction novel) all the way to seeking literary agents once again. Around the same time, when my daughter was 2, I separated and eventually divorced, and for many years, I was trying to find balance, happiness, and peace, and often I did not have the urge to focus on writing. You know how we women often try to “do it all”? You can’t, we can’t, and something always has to give. For a long time, that has been my writing. I am changing that now. I believe that writers often are very sensitive, emotional people. I know I am, I think it’s what enhances the writing. If you can’t feel things, you won’t be able to write well about them. It’s a blessing and a curse.
My professional background includes graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Art History. After graduation, I worked for five years with a local museum. During those same five years at the museum, I also was an adjunct English Instructor at a local college. I enjoyed both of these jobs very much – they gave me an excellent start to a professional career, and offered me the chance to be creative, gain leadership experience, and have an incredibly flexible schedule while my daughter was very young.
After five years, I decided it was time for a change. I wanted to try a more traditional work schedule and be able to rely on a more consistent salary. For the past few years, I have managed an office in a traditional “9-to-5” position. The business I work in is in the luxury industry and I am able to wear many different hats and work with lots of creative professionals and artists. I have learned so much!
Then I felt the need to spread my wings again, which is why I created this blog. I have so many passions. And sometimes they feel bottled up inside me and I just have to let them out! They are just my opinions and experiences at the end of the day.
This is my two green cents.