For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kimberly Burkel, and I am a 37-year-old stay at home mom raising a one-year- old little girl. For years, I struggled with eating healthy, feeling happy, and finding balance. I was a teacher for 13 years to elementary school age children. I spent many years supporting myself as a single independent woman. I was lonely and stressed most of my 20s. I use to deal with my stress by eating junk food heavily. I would crave it, binge eat it, and then regret it in the morning. It was a vicious cycle I was desperate to break. When I was 33, I decided to sell my house and move from the desert in New Mexico to sunny Florida. I always felt at peace when I was near the ocean. I still feel somehow like I’m closer to God and Heaven when I’m surrounded by it. To me, it is a symbol of great beauty, strength, and tranquility. After my house sold, I was on a mission to land a teaching job and fortunately did within a month and a half of visiting almost every school in Tampa and handing out resumes. My next mission was to find the love of my life. For what is life without one great love, right? After doing the online dating sites for a while, I met my husband, Nick. He was a breath of fresh air. After dating so many men who really weren’t invested in me, he stood by my side with love and commitment. Things were wonderful and still are, but we have grown as human beings and as husband and wife. We have a beautiful daughter, Brielle, who we want to be examples for. My website incorporates how my family lives a minimalist lifestyle with few possessions, how we maintain a vegan diet with no processed food, and how Nick and I balance our money on one income. I hope you feel inspired by my words and are ready to make a change so that you, too, can live a balanced life.