HELLO AND WELCOME…I’M ALI!
I have always been a dreamer. From as young as I can remember, I have asked questions, been curious and never really been content just staying in one place. I have always wanted to travel, see new places, meet new people and experience the world.
I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology…but I am currently working for an engineering company as an Associate Project Manager (and loving it!). While at UNH I also met my amazing boyfriend Dan. We clicked instantly and have been on an exciting journey for the past three years. Following my graduation in May, we decided to move to Lakewood, Colorado where he is finishing up school, I am working from home, and together we are having way too much fun with our rescue-cat Malloy.
What many people don’t know, is Malloy is my Emotional Support Animal (ESA). Throughout college, I began to develop anxiety and lost touch with who I was. I struggled with my eating habits, became very stressed about my classes & workload, and despite my best efforts to workout as regularly as possible, gained quite a bit of weight. When I got to my heaviest and realized just how much I had gained, I was horrified. I got very angry with myself, but knew a lot of the retention had to do with my not-so-great eating habits and stress. As crazy as it may sound to some, Malloy has helped reduce my stress levels significantly which in turn help with my anxiety. He keeps me smiling continuously throughout the day and actually fills the apartment with company when I’m working and Dan is at school or work. This cat has shown me the true importance of unconditional love and second chances, he has filled an emptiness I didn’t even know I had!
Since getting Malloy my stress has decreased significantly and I have lost much of my college weight, but it hasn’t been the most enjoyable process. That was, until Beachbody and my coach, Jess, came along. At first, I was hesitant, but after much thinking and realizing this was part of my vision, I jumped in with both feet and became a health and fitness coach. I was skeptical of the at home workouts and finding the motivation to stay consistent, but after just a few short months, I have really surprised myself. Between the incredibly supportive community, to the diverse selection of programs, it’s hard not to be motivated! Plus, Malloy likes to make my daily workouts an adventure by “participating” alongside me – more like making things more difficult by attacking my swinging pony-tail!
I have always dreamed about harness training a cat to be able to adventure with, so when I got Malloy, I knew it was the perfect opportunity! He is such a curious and intuitive cat, I think an indoor/outdoor lifestyle will be great for him. While harness training hasn’t gone as planned so far, we’re having fun on the alternate route…a pet stroller! (But fear not, we are still working hard on the leash method!)
Writing has always been a passion of mine, so when I woke up with the idea of Pawsitively Me shortly after getting Malloy, I wasn’t surprised! I felt inspired to share our story and began writing immediately. Not only would I love for this to become a resource for others with anxiety and cat lovers, but I want to show people that cats can be trained. What started as a website solely about our training with Malloy has turned into something much bigger – mental health and what has worked for me. I will focus on my story, what helps on a daily basis, how Malloy has changed my life and of course, my struggles.
Follow our journey as we take on life with Malloy by our side!