I’m Erika and I am a married 30 something with 2 daughters and 3 dogs. In 2015 I left my job in corporate insurance in Sacramento and our family moved to Southern California to explore new job opportunities.
What is My SoCaled Life? I’m a born and raised Californian. I grew up in a Northern California suburb and lived there until I was 29. I always felt a deep connection to Southern California and my husband is a die hard Dodgers and Lakers fan so it was more than fate that brought us here. In Northern California, I was stressed, depressed and never lived life outside of my comfort zone. When we moved here, I wanted to leave everything I knew behind and become the best version of myself. I instantly fell in love with all that SoCal has to offer – hiking, beaches and incredible food in particular. I love burgers, craft beer and creative culinary experiences.
I started this blog in February 2017 to inspire those to live their lives to the fullest in a fit and fashionable way.
So You’re a Personal Trainer AND a Personal Stylist? What does that have to do with one another? I am a one of a kind girl for sure. I’ve been working out in a gym with a passion for health in fitness since I was 18 years old. I also have loved shopping, trends, fashion and clothes my whole life. I received a bachelors degree in Apparel Marketing and Design from CSU Sacramento in 2007 and became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer in 2017.
I believe in a “lifestyle” approach to fitness. I believe in living a sustainable lifestyle and doing things you love and can live with long term. I also believe that exercise can dramatically increase your self esteem and mood making you an overall better person. When you feel good on the inside, it tends to also show in your outward appearance as well. When you’re confident in your mind and body, you’re more confident in your clothes.
My goal is to help as many people as I can to look, feel and be their best self and live a life they love.
What is your stance on health and fitness? As stated above, I am a huge believer in living a life you love in a fit and fashionable way. I believe health fitness is much deeper than eating veggies and lifting weights. Mental health and emotional health and doing things that make you feel happy and feel good about yourself are critical to sustaining a fitness and healthy eating program. I prefer to do traditional weight training with a little bit of recreational sports and hiking on the weekend. I believe it’s ok to enjoy a “cheat” or “treat” meal once a week to help you appreciate food and not get burnt out. It also keeps you on track and gives you something to look forward to.
How can I get in touch with you about collaborations or personal training inquiries? For blog collaborations please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and for personal training inquiries or even just simple questions, reach out to me at email@example.com.
My SoCaled Life: your guide to fitness, fashion and everything fun