Q & A WITH ROSIE TRAN OF KALE IN THE CLOUDS

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When I started my instagram, my goal was to inspire and connect with other teachers who felt busy but wanted to prioritize their health and take care of themselves through what they eat. Following Rosie has been so much fun because she does something similar, but with flight attendants! Rosie is sweet and kind and inspiring and always sharing her travels - through following her, I often learn new ideas and tips for staying well on the go (like, REALLY on the go). Read below to learn more!

Q: Who is Rosie? What are some things people might not know about you from your Instagram and blog?

A: Is it cliche to call myself the “committed to kindness” flight attendant? I wear that  title on my name bar at work proudly! Some surprising facts about me are I still make wishes under tunnels, I am a Disney fanatic and had an annual Disneyland pass last year, I am currently on the market to BUY a new home (big baby steps!), and I’m an outgoing introvert. I love talking to people and meeting new people but I NEED my alone time. Took me awhile to really figure myself out but now I feel like I know myself better than ever!

Q: What inspired you to start Kale In the Clouds?

A: My friend Allie (@foodie__beauty) inspired me to start my Instagram account. I flew with her just one short 30 minute leg from Spokane to Seattle and we bonded over our love for healthy foods. She watched me take a photo of my veggie wrap and asked me if I had an Instagram account for food pictures. I went home that day and stayed up late that night trying to come up with a name that fit me perfectly. After a little while, something clicked and Kale in the Clouds was born!

Q: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned?

 A: The most important thing I’ve learned is that the love you have for yourself is so powerful. All my life, I’ve lived as a people pleaser, a giver, a listener, a lover, a shoulder to lean on. I gave so much of myself to others but didn’t do anything for myself. When I finally learned to love myself the way I love my best friend, my whole life changed. I was able to fully live my most authentic life and show others even more love than ever before.

Q: Where should someone who wants to eat healthier start?

A: Eat REAL food. Challenge yourself to avoid packaged foods for a week and see what you can come up with in the kitchen! You’ll be surprised how amazing you’ll feel and how fun it can be! I honestly HATED cooking up until 4 years ago. When I decided to make a change, I decided to start with real simple recipes. Quinoa burrito bowls, zoodles with turkey meatballs. Soon, cooking became a creative outlet and essentially a hobby. 

Q: As a flight attendant, you’re ALWAYS on the go – how do you find balance with a job that is so time consuming?

A: Balance is something I am constantly working on. Some days I feel super overwhelmed and like time is the enemy. Some days are real productive and I feel like I’ve really figured it out - this never lasts too long unfortunately! Flying is my full time job so everything else whether it be self care, exercise, blogging, and now microblogging on Instagram gets woven into my schedule. I am a lover of list making and that’s how I’m able to organize and prioritize. 

Q: What tips do you have for people who are busy but want to eat healthy?

A: Make your health your priority. Meal prepping may seem intimidating to someone who’s never done it, but it’s a huge time saver! Have healthy grab and go snacks readily available so that you don’t splurge on something that will make you feel like crap later on. Remind yourself that you have the same hours a day as Beyoncé.

Q: What are your favorite on the go filling snacks?

A: I am a HUGE nut butter fan. Apples with nut butter, WholeMe granola dipped in nut butter, nut butter on its own, you name it, I’m into it. I also love raw nuts, Siete chips dipped in hummus, and coconut yogurt. Healthy fats make for amazing snacks because they will keep you satiated before your next meal!