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Hey everyone, welcome to my blog! I’m so excited to have another medium to connect with you on. I love getting my thoughts out via written word (anyone who actually reads my Instagram captions knows this), so this should be fun!
You can expect lots of educational posts, exclusive updates, lifestyle content, and the occasional bad joke on this blog. I am always open to requests and suggestions, so feel free to contact me with yours!

I figured this was as good a time as any to write a quick life update/reflection for those who want to know. At the very least, it will be a great post for me to look back on down the road.

Today is January 23rd, my 22nd birthday, and the official website launch day. I couldn’t be prouder of what I accomplished as a 21 year-old, and if it gives any indication of what 22 is going to be like, it’s going to be one hell of a year.

At 21 years old, I….
Graduated college a semester early with my BBA in marketing
Traveled more than ever (met a TON of you guys!)
Won my first bikini overall title, Miss Bikini Minnesota
Stepped on the national-level bodybuilding stage
Spoke at multiple conferences and seminars
Started a marketing agency
Became an Alphalete athlete
Received a sponsorsorship and spokesmodel position from
Moved across the country, from Minnesota to California
Got a kitty (@lifeofollivander)
… and above all, I took risks and pursued my dreams.
Of course I hope that you learn new fitness tips, workouts, meal ideas, outfit inspiration etc from me, but above all, I hope you feel empowered to set some goals and work relentlessly until you achieve them.

21 was a huge year of growth and change for me, and I can’t wait to see what 22 has in store!
Stay in the loop and connect with me here:

Xoxo, Marie

What does a turtle do on his birthday? He SHELLebrates!
(I told you there would be bad jokes)

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  1. Megan LeBlanc says:

    Congrats on the launch of your website, it looks amazing!!
    Love following you in social media, you always help me find motivation!
    Can’t wait until you send apparel to Canada 😛
    Keep up the hard work!

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  2. Emily says:

    Hi, Marie! I have followed you for quite some time, and I’m so happy for your successes! I wanted to let you know that you truly have motivated me to chase big dreams and make them goals I otherwise wouldn’t. I’m a new graduate as well, and you’ve motivated the hell out of me to make the most out of this life! I look forward to reading more on your blog.
    Keep killing it!

  3. Stefani says:

    I’m really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays..

  4. Gina G says:

    Hey Marie! Just wanted to say congratulations on all of your incredible accomplishments. I’ve been following along on your journey through YouTube and Instagram for about a year now and you truly inspire me SO much. Your genuine heart shows in all that you do! Just purchased your shirt! 🙂 xoxo, Gina

  5. Congrats Marie! You are awesome and love the new #GrindandBeGrateful merchandise!

    XO Chloe
    A Latte Lipstick

  6. Carolin Schoenenkorb says:

    You have such an inspiring personality! I’m not a long-time follower (yet hehe) but your definitely one of my favorites on instagram! As well you have an incredible body and a beautiful mind (as far as i can say). I wish you all the luck with your new website and in every other area of your life! 🙂
    I’m so greatful for such an inspiring person such as you!! 🙂

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