Lifestyle changes not only improve our physical selves but mental ones, as well.
As a part of our series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Caryn Sullivan.
Caryn Sullivan is the founder of Pretty Wellness, author of “Happiness through Hardship” and host of the podcast with the same name. She’s also a two-time cancer survivor thriving with stage IV disease. Though she followed health and fitness trends as a child, it took metastatic breast cancer to wholeheartedly embrace wellness. Caryn loves green juices, power walks on the beach and watching baseball with her family.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?
I’m a cheery midwestern girl at heart, living most of my childhood in the Minneapolis suburbs running around outdoors. Growing up in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s I followed some of the coolest health and fitness trends. I loved exercising to my Jane Fonda VHS tapes, hanging out at the health club to eat low-fat frozen yogurt and shopping for neon headbands, leotards and not-so-soft leg warmers. As a college student, I still focused on health and fitness activities, even took nutrition and personal training classes and eventually got ACE-certified as an aerobics instructor. While I still considered myself healthy, once I jumped into my corporate career, things started to change without me even knowing.
I spent nearly 20-years working in the world of sports and entertainment largely at Disney & ESPN and the Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx. It was a fast-paced, intense environment and I was proud to say that I performed well fueled by Diet Dr. Peppers and endless bags of baked chips. I was a superstar on paper well-liked, award-winning and results driven, but didn’t realize I wasn’t talking care of myself. My wakeup call finally came after my stage IV cancer diagnosis. It was then that I changed my focus from looking good to being well. I researched who was thriving with cancer and made…