Almonds & Olivez
Who Runs Almonds and Olivez?
Well, I do!
Hey there! I am Shelly Ann, and I am actually the ‘Chief Health and Wellness Nut’ around here. I am an Educator by Profession, but a Health and Wellness Nut by choice. I am also a Doctoral Fellow, Researcher and Nutritional Coach (pending). Writing and researching are two (2) of my passions and Almonds and Olivez is my little Fortress.
The Blog is structured into five (5) strategic categories, all in an effort to provide a complimentary platform to learn, act and share knowledge and experiences in a fun and holistic way. The five (5) categories are – Topics on Health, Skintimate (Skincare), Fitness, Recipes, and Resources. There is also the categories ‘Shop’ and ‘Books’ that will serve to highlight the business’s proprietary products as well as practical wellness offerings.
The Start of my Journey
Almonds and Olivez became a reality a little over year ago. In fact, we will be celebrating our two (2) years Anniversary in October 2020 (yippee!). After years of struggles in the formal world of work, I took a leap of faith and started my own business with two (2) tea lines and of course, the Almonds and Olivez Blog. This business idea was conceptualized over 10 years ago, but became a reality in little over a year (that’s what happens when you have had enough, you move with alacrity!). The business have had its share of challenges (that’s a given), but I never, not even in a whimsical moment thought of giving up, even when things sometimes seems hopeless (and they have). This is what I love to do, it’s my dream and there is no turning back now. Why?
You can read about my start-up story Here – EBook: How I started my business with no ‘real’ budget but a BIG Faith.
The Evolution of my Passion
One of my greatest passions in life has always been to help people in whatever way I can (it’s like my calling) and one such being, to empower their lives through knowledge. In fact, most of my formal 9-5 jobs have been oriented around helping people. It really comes naturally to me. Further, I was always encouraged to continue on this path by a few of my past managers, work colleagues and friends alike. Nonetheless, my passion for health and wellness started sometime after my first Degree.
I guess years of stress, depression and struggles had finally caught up with me. I remember in one year, I became a frequent visitor to the doctor. When it wasn’t one thing, it was another. At first, I found out that my chest discomfort was Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), aka Acid Reflux. This discovery was after a few medical tests. I also suffered from constant fatigue and was never really happy with the state of my health (who would?). So, I started to research in the area of health and wellness and gradually began to change my lifestyle to healthier one.
This included, endeavouring to eat healthily (even though sometimes I mess up – I am only human ), maintaining an active lifestyle, which for me include weekly exercise routines (Gym or at Home), Hiking (I love it!) or just taking a walking or a hill run. I also love to read (you gotta keep the mind active as well) among other activities to keep my body, mind and soul at ease, while living my life the best way I can. That’s my choice!
Fun Facts about Me
As indicated, I love to read, oh yea! Be it mystery, motivational books, business, it all depends on what is happening in my life and what I feel like reading in a particular moment in time. I also love to write, especially, poetry, speeches etc. In fact, one of my nicknames as a child was ‘writer.’ I also love the beach as well as watching comedy- type movies or comedies in general; I will laugh my little ass off watching someone else laugh, yes, I will (hehehehe….). However, I am not a fan of scary movies, at least, since my early teen years when after watching one and went to bed and then seeing my dad’s pants came to life and tried to strangle the living crap out of me. That was it! I stopped watching scary movies ‘cold turkey.’ How say you, what’s your fun fact? Life is indeed a journey and I certainly do not want to walk it alone. As such, the aim of this blog is to educate the masses and help to change lives ‘positively’ and ‘holistically’ one healthy note at a time.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I am super happy we’re connected and I am very optimistic about the journey ahead.
Founder, Almonds and Olivez