Meet Elle

Hi, I’m Elle, and welcome to Chasing Whippoorwills.

So let’s chat.

Do the words Jesus Feminist excite (or intrigue) you?

Do mitochondria make you giddy?

Have you ever found dissonance between your spirit and this sack of matter you live in (y’know, the one we sometimes refer to as your body?)

Do you believe that you should take your broken heart, and turn it into art?

Are you staring blankly straight ahead in confusion…? or … ? Do any of those statements catch your eye? Because, if the latter is true, then you are going to enjoy poking around here.

First of all, I’m a writer. I nerd out on all things pertaining to nutrition, wellness, theology, faith and stories; the things on this blog, the other writings I link to, and the resources I share here, will consistently correlate to those interest.

I’m also a nutritionist. Ideally, our flesh is here to assist our spirit in its work of living, but sometimes the stuff of earth will not cooperate. And when that happens, our spirits suffer too. The earth is lacking when you’re not able to bring your unique gifts to this life, so one of my passions is helping others find wellness, so we can all be the light we are intended to be.

Speaking of light, ironically, I started Chasing Whippoorwills in February of 2010 during what was probably one of the darker personal chapters in my life. Since that time, its grown and changed, and these days, light is something I think about a lot. As Dumbledore, one of my favorite fictional friends, says, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” I want you to be able to live an exquisite life, and the best way I know to help, is to turn on the light.

I look forward to sharing with you in your journey,

~Elle

Here are a few facts about me, to catch you up on who I am:

  1. Between the ages of 11 and 22 you could figure out what I weighed by adding a 0 to my age; the highest weight I’m aware of having shouldered on my 5’2” frame, was 220 lbs. (Technically, that is a BMI that qualifies me as being ‘morbidly obese.’) These days, my weight mostly hangs out around 80 lbs. less than that; but more to the point, I think a lot, and write a lot, about food, body image, and being well. Despite being a mostly ‘healthy weight,’ I technically have a ‘fat girl’ perspective.
  2. I’m working on a masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Western States.
  3. I was born in Kansas, but I’ve been living in the Pacific Northwest since 2011.
  4. I grew up in the Seventh-day Adventist church, so my Christian perspective is heavily influenced by SDA theology; I’m presently not not-Adventist, but I’m also well aware of owning the title ‘badventist.’ Authenticity tends to prevail, so my writing will reflect that. You’ve been warned.
  5. Jessica Fletcher is my hero.
  6. My undergraduate degree was in classical humanities which, among other things, meant I studied two years of Ancient Greek, and a year of Latin.
  7. At times, my fantasy life pertaining to the tiny house movement, takes on not-tiny magnitudes.
  8. I’m an INFP, a highly sensitive person, and Enneagram 4. If you don’t know what that means— allow me to elucidate—for better, and sometimes for worse, I’m a deep feeler.