Alena Hall

I grew up in what was once a rural lake town in North Carolina where wellness seemed almost synonymous with breathing. Movement was a fact of everyday life, from playing outside with my brother to getting creative in the dance studio to channeling my inner competitor on the soccer field. Trips to the local produce stand for in-season peaches and raspberries made me giddy. And I preferred a haul of library books to a movie marathon any day of the week.

It wasn’t until my college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that I began to understand just how much these elements of wellness meant to me. They gifted me the life I loved, and I wanted to find a way to spend my days sharing that gift with as many people who wanted to experience it, too.

A decade later, I’m still searching. I’ve tried many different modalities—health magazine journalism, online wellness news and feature writing, editing the work of others in the lifestyle space, personal training, yoga teaching, and health coaching—all with varying degrees of success. But the truth is none of them felt like “it.”

And I think that’s because I’m not someone who’s fulfilled by a single role. As a naturally curious and creative person, my mind wanders when left with the same task for too long. I need variety, I need stimulus, and I need a challenge.

So at this stage of my life, I have elected not to choose a specialty but to embrace a handful of ways I can help others. Parts of my days revolve around health and wellness editing and project management. Others lean into the realm of personal training. In recent years, I’ve served as a family caregiver in both beautiful and challenging ways. And as of late, I’ve embraced new motherhood, soaking up each moment with my amazing daughter and our sweet family.

When it comes to picking a professional title, I suppose I have quite a few to choose from. But at my roots, I’m simply a wellness advocate who thrives by helping others. And as long as what I’m doing fulfills that purpose, I’m truly living my best life.