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A guide to healthy living, a positive mindset and leading a life you love

Here’s the thing!

I’m Megan, & welcome to Hayes Culture, a lifestyle, wellness and inspiration blog. I am so glad you landed here today. Writing has always been a creative outlet, so I figured sharing my journey of living a healthier, more sustainable and positive lifestyle would be the best way to do so. I share positive mindset inspiration, delicious recipes, my weight loss journey living a Keto lifestyle, and a few things in between!

I’m a wife, to my high school sweetheart, Adam, a fur mama to two crazy pups, Chevy and Ellie…who you’ll see around my blog. I’m a coffee addict, self taught chef (of only my kitchen), foodie, Keto-r, and lover of all things creative.

2016
Chevy [left] & Ellie [right]

Things weren’t always this great.

Just a few years ago in 2017 and just a year into my marriage, I virtually hit what I look back on as rock bottom. I was as overweight as overweight could get for me. I weighed my heaviest at 240 pounds. I was suffering horribly from anxiety and depression. I felt like my marriage was falling apart and at 24 years old felt like I had no purpose in life. I was nothing short of a miserable disaster.

While your twenties are said to be some of the hardest years when it comes to figuring out life, I didn’t realize how hard they would be. I didn’t want to wake up and hate the person staring back at me anymore. I didn’t want to feel like I was a shell of myself wanting more. That was just it. I wanted more. I knew I wanted to lose weight. I knew I wanted to change my view on life and just live better pursing my dreams. But I still wasn’t sure I had the motivation in me yet.

I have always had a passion and interest in a more simpler living. I had dreams of working for myself, sharing my story. I just told myself there was no way a girl as overweight, anxiety-ridden with a life in shambles could do it.What a horrible mentality to have, right?

Fast forward to the beginning of 2019.

It really wasn’t until the beginning of summer in 2019 that my entire life changed. I woke up one morning and said to myself, this is it. I am not living like this anymore. I want to be proud of who I am, I want to BECOME who I know I am. You know how people say “it’s all mindset” ? I never understood it until now.

Me in 2018 —> Me in 2019

2019 became a year of completely transforming everything about my life and becoming the person I always knew I could be. It started with a giant purging of my life, losing 50 pounds on a low-carb lifestyle and spending the better part of my days focusing on building a positive mindset.

My husband, Adam, and I
2019

Once I started making small changes in every area of my life, things started falling into place. My marriage is the greatest it has ever been, my body is getting healthier and stronger every day, and my mind has become the most powerful tool I didn’t realize I had all along. Hayes Culture is a way for me to share this journey with all of you, hoping to inspire and motivate anyone along the same journey.

If I could do it, so can you. 🙂

Around the blog you’ll find daily inspiration tips to help build a positive mindset, yummy recipes from the Hayes Household, tips for a weight loss journey, and things from my every day life. Thank you for your support along this wonderful journey of mine and I hope to continue to inspire and motivate.

Adios for now,

Megan