Hi, I’m Willa

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I’m Willa, an early 20-something living in Brooklyn, New York. I have a soft spot in my heart for anything that grows in the ground, an extra spring in my step when I’m wearing sneakers, and an affinity for long conversations — especially over turmeric lattes or homemade lemon-ginger scones.

I’ve loved to write since, well, as long as I can remember. I fell in love with the wellness space through writing. A sophomore in college, I was interning for a respected digital health and wellness publication. My days were spent writing about new yoga studios, easy vegan recipes, and self care meditations. I loved trying the latest food trends, the newest workout studios, and learning from the people who know so darn much about health.

The wellness space can be pretty toxic, though. It can make us think that we need to spend our entire paychecks on fancy foods and supplements. It can make us feel that we need to have chiseled abs in order to be healthy. It can make us forget about the other things that matter in our lives. Luckily, there are a whole lot of people talking about wellness realness these days, too. And that’s where The City Beet comes in.

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After spending too much time attempting to “perfect” wellness, I’ve slowly come to the realization that there’s no one way to live well. There’s no one diet that you need to follow or crystal you need to own. If you ask me, wellness includes matcha lattes, spin classes, and face masks, sure, but it also means adventure, creativity, joy, and respect.

So now, when I think about wellness, there are two main criteria for me:

  1. Does it make me happy?

  2. Is it realistic for me and my life (schedule, budget, etc)?

I’ll happily to tell you about the turmeric lattes I’m obsessed with, but I also love a good margarita or a big glass of white wine. I’m more focused on reducing my plastic use than my carb consumption. I love to run and lift things and sweat a lot, but I also will happily curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket and some watercolors.

I hope that this is a space where I can share the things that are making my life feel full, and encourage you to find the things that bring joy to your life too — regardless of whether they’re the same as mine. So welcome to The City Beet — I’m glad you found it, and I hope you’ll come back often.

...but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
— Roald Dahl