If you’re new to Strong Like My Coffee, this is a good place to start! I’m Kenzie, a 23 year-old personal trainer with a passion for creativity, photography, cooking and baking, fitness, long-distance running, reading blogs, & country music. And COFFEE, which goes without saying.
In May, I graduated from Northern Arizona University where I competed for its NCAA D1 Track & Cross Country team and earned my degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Communications. Post-grad life (moving, job searching, working full-time, and finding balance) has turned my world upside down. But it also strengthened my belief that health & fitness will always be at the center of my life. I was offered a position after graduation with an international food manufacturing company at its corporate headquarters in Southern California. A combination of the standard computer/desk job, the 2 hours I spent commuting each day, and the negative office atmosphere drove me to pursue my personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Personally, my happiness is cultivated through interaction and sharing with others – not through the size of my paycheck. Exercise has helped improve my self-confidence, body image, and overall mental and physical strength more than anyone will know, and I hope to share that amazing feeling with others.
The blog Strong Like My Coffee was created in 2012. The summer after my freshman year of college, I was recovering from a major facial surgery that left me temporarily paralyzed on the left side of my face and unable to train for my upcoming cross country season. Anyone who has participated in any athletic program knows how frustrating it can be to be side-lined for an extended period of time. I decided to put my energy into creating a blog where I could share my healthy recipes and workout motivation with other like-minded college girls. Thanks to the power of Pinterest, thousands of readers found my little blog and allowed me to collaborate with national companies like Quest Nutrition, Chobani, BetterBody Foods, and more.
Four years later, here we are! What started as a “healthy college girl blog” has evolved, just like everything in life does. I’ve graduated college, I’ve finished my collegiate athletic career and begun my new career, I’ve undergone 7 more surgeries and I’ve learned about finding balance in our busy lives. Strong Like My Coffee will always stay mostly centered around health, fitness, nutrition and travel; I’m not one broadcast my love life (or lack thereof), my work life or any family drama on the internet. But as a marketing student, I love having a platform to engage, interact and share what I’m passionate about. It is 2016 and we millennials have an innate need to publicly document our lives more than ever. ;)
I’m not trying to convert anyone into a long distance runner, a body builder, or a strict “clean eater.” Fitness includes such a variety of activities, which are constantly changing and evolving. It’s about finding something you enjoy and making time for yourself, working towards your own goals, whether they are weight-related or not, and making your day a little brighter!
I hope you enjoy my blog and feel free to leave me any comments below or follow me on instagram.