About Me

Welcome to A Healthy, Happier Bear. Here, I chronicle my daily adventures in striving for a healthy, happier life. I started the blog in April 2009 to document my training for the 2010 ING NYC Marathon, my first. Since then, the blog has evolved into a place where I share my attempt to find balance, initially, in the “city that never sleeps” and now, while living in Europe. My goal is to inspire my readers as I balance corporate life with the roles of wife, friend, workout partner, and blogger.

Ashley ChamonixMy Past

I’m originally from Savannah, Georgia a wonderful, historic southern town which will always be near and dear to my heart. My childhood instilled in me a love of learning, travel, the outdoors and the belief that family and friends are the most important things in life. After four great years at the University of Georgia including a summer studying abroad in Cadiz, Spain, I graduated in 2006 with a degree in marketing and a minor in spanish.

ashley uga graduation pictureDuring college, I also fell in love with Bo, a wonderful man who I married in 2009. Following college, I began my dream job with the company for which I still work: Procter & Gamble. My career, along with that of my husband has taken us to Philadelphia, New York, and now Geneva, Switzerland.

Bo ashley wedding pictureMy attempt to find balance with a healthy lifestyle began in college when I was overweight and unhappy with my looks and health (yeah, that’s me on the left).

ashley collegeI began running and attending Weight Watchers meetings in 2005 and completed my first 5k race in 2006. Through the support of Weight Watchers and my friends and family I went from weighing 198 pounds to 140 in one year. My love of running has continued since then and I successfully completed the ING NYC Marathon in 2010.

my first marathonMy Present

In 2013, my husband and I moved to Europe, initially splitting our time between London, England (where he was working) and Geneva, Switzerland (where I work). In May 2014, my husband relocated to Geneva which is where we currently live together.

Ashley about me pictureI feel incredibly blessed not only to live in the same city as my husband (try living apart for 10 months and you’ll understand why) but to be in a city where so many of the things I love doing are right at my fingertips. In Summer we’re able to swim and boat in the lake, go for long runs and rides through beautiful countryside and hike through the Alps. In Winter, we are only 45 minutes away from some of the best skiing in the world. I am so fortunate to also have friends here that enjoy the outdoors as much as I do.

Ashley first triathlon training pictureMy Philosophy

I have learned a great deal over the past few years as I have transitioned from college to professional life. While I do my best each day to live a life of no regrets, I do wish I had learned some of these values earlier in life, especially moderation and balance. I believe that for life to be truly fulfilling, it must be balanced. While I workout six days a week and do my best to eat healthy, natural foods,  I still enjoy having a few glasses of wine down by the lake while relaxing with friends. Balance extends beyond nutrition and fitness. My career at Procter & Gamble is very important to me, however I believe a happy employee is a productive employee and therefore I strive to embody work life balance. My family and friends are the most important things in my life and, despite living on a different continent, I see them several times a year. My relationship with my husband, Bo, is a blessing. We have been together for 10 years and during this journey we have each grown. One of the biggest things to develop through our relationship is the ability to understand, respect and support each other and our endeavours.

My Blog

With my blog, A Healthy, Happier Bear I hope to to inspire happiness in others by helping them lead healthy, balanced lives. Many people have questioned the theme and tittle of the blog, i.e. what do bears have to do with being healthy? Its genesis is the fact that “bear” is my husband and my pet name for each other. I am the Heathy, Happier, Bear.

These days, most of my posts revolve around three of my passions in life, travel, fitness, and food. In addition, you’ll also find a few fashion and beauty posts thrown in here as well. Below you’ll find a sample of a few of my favorite posts including a few recipes that are guest-authored by my husband Bo. I hope you enjoy!

Fitness

Travel

Food

 

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Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife June 1, 2012 at 3:07 am

Hey Ashley! I love reading your blog and I’m so glad I found it! It was so nice to meet you at your Equinox event & it just made reading your blog even! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Pink Tree Award! Details are on my page http://healthylifehappywife.com !

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Caitlin August 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Is Theodora doing a boob cup in that photo?! #curious

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Mary MacDonald October 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Hi Ashley! I love your blog – I’m new to the blogging world (new to writing my own blog, not reading blogs) and I love what you have done with your blog – I hope to combine my loves for running and travel into my new blog too – Running in Transit.

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Bex July 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Hi Ashley – I’ve just come across your blog and really like it – it’s great reading about similar bloggers in different corners of the world!

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ashleyd July 8, 2014 at 4:19 am

Thanks Bex! Welcome and I hope you stay :)

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Katrina November 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I had to check out your About post again because I had no idea you moved to Europe, I could just tell by your IG posts LOL sorry so slow! Congratulations, life’s taking you places girl!

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