About Me

 

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Hey guys! Thanks for stopping by! So, a little about me. I’m 29 years old, newly married, and living in Raleigh/Durham, NC. I currently work as a registered nurse in a medical intensive care unit, and as a digital media influencer. I feel like the last several years have evolved a lot regarding my career and personal life, so here’s some of the backstory!

I graduated from University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies (and a minor in Spanish). I started working at a marketing firm upon graduating but didn’t feel like it was a good fit for me. I then moved to NYC for about a year and allowed myself to explore some other potential career options. For a while I thought I wanted to work in the fashion industry and in styling but I didn’t know if the career path itself was very realistic. It was around this time that I met several other women who were in nursing school, and thought, well, maybe I’ll be a nurse. I know, not the typical mindset of someone who goes into nursing! I then moved back to North Carolina (2013) and started working towards a Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN).

During my time in nursing school, I started my blog (beginning of 2015) just for fun–I wanted to share my personal style, healthy recipes, beauty tips, and fitness advice. About eight months later I started my Instagram (independent from my blog) as I wanted a way to help stay motivated and accountable with a fitness program I was doing at the time. As you can see, I never sought out to be a blogger or digital influencer…I just wanted outlets to connect with others, share tips, and hold myself accountable.

My blog kind of took a backseat about six months in. Probably because I had just created it for fun, and well, between work and nursing school, life was busy. I still had my IG though, and that was an easy and quick way to connect with others, and share my fitness journey. My IG unintentionally evolved and reached a point where I realized that was actually helping motivate others and keep them accountable–and that was/is a great feeling! With that said, I just kept maintaining my account through nursing school, and continued to do so after graduating (December 2015) and into my nursing career.

It wasn’t until another year or so later that I started to realize that I could turn my digital media presence into that of a career. I knew I absolutely loved being able to share content over my blog and Instagram, motivate and connect with everyone, but it didn’t really dawn on me what the potential of it was. So in that sense, I still feel like somewhat of a novice in this area, but I am learning more each day and know that I love what I’m doing and want it to continue. So, let’s see what the future holds!

While sifting through what my career would/will be, I met my husband Stephen. We met summer 2016, got engaged eight months later, and married in June 2017. He is a large reason of how my Instagram has evolved to what is it now. Always willing to take photos, bounce ideas off of, and bring me back to reality when I get a little crazy or stressed 😉 While he has been a huge support through navigating and growing my online presence, he is just my rock regarding life in general. I can whole heartedly say that he is the love of my life, and I don’t know what I would do without him!

Well, hopefully this helps you guys get to know me a little better (I mean, I basically wrote a novel after all)! But know that I am incredibly grateful for each and every one of you. You guys are the reason that I am getting to do what I love so thank you for your constant love and support! xx

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8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Loved your post on Macros. I just started counting, so this will be super helpful! I have a question that I would love your thoughts on. I’m a nurse as well, and have been for about 3 1/2 years now. How do you find time to eat and get all of your macros in during a 12 hour shift? I work in an ICU (NICU- so it’s hard to leave my patients bedside and ask someone to watch them for me) and there isn’t much time for snacking. Any tips on how to get all of my macros in, and maybe some suggestions on what to pack with me.

    Thanks!

    1. Hey! So being an ICU nurse too I totally understand–days are long and busy! So on days that I work I plan out my macros for the entire day the night before; so everything from my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I always pack my food for work so I have everything with my on the unit; it’s so much easier when all your food is already with you and you don’t have to talk time to run to the cafeteria, etc. Aside from my lunch break, I make sure to eat my snacks throughout the shift when I have a little downtime. Even on days that are slammed, I will grab a snack and eat it while I’m charting. And then if that doesn’t happen, I’ll eat more food at dinner
      to cover all my macros. Hope this helps!!

  2. Hey girl, just recently found your Instagram and your body is to die for. I am super jealous. You are my dream body to look like. My question is, what do you eat within a day and what type of exercises/ workouts do you do to maintain such an amazing physique, I’ve been quite sick recently up and down with eating disorder issues and my life had been really isolated and not good. I would really love to change and become healthy, fit and beautiful like you. Your advice would really help me. I want to build a strong mindset and well toned body that I will be proud of and to show off.
    Do not hesitate to ask me furthet questions
    You’re amazing! Greatly admired xxxx

    1. hey lovely, I’m sorry to hear that! well you had the right attitude–it’s important to realize that you want to change for the better and live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Under the health section of my blog, I talk a little about how I follow macros in terms of my eating habits, and I do mostly weight training and plyometrics. I’m not sure if you follow me on Instagram (@cguentz.gofit) or not, but I talk more about my diet and exercises there =)

  3. Claire, I came across your instagram last week and I’m trying to get through all of your posts. I’m not on a good place with my health and fitness at the moment so I’m trying to find some new motivation.

    Your blog is great, I’m hoping to learn lots from it

    Jo
    X

    1. Hey Jo! I’m sorry to hear that, BUT you are on the right track. The first step is to be aware of how you are feeling and your current habits so you can work on changing them. Thanks for your kind words!

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