I’m Ayana, a lifestyle influencer based in Tampa Bay, Florida. I started my blog on a whim after finding myself with a lot of free time after being laid off from a job. Since launching my blog, I’ve worked with dozens of brands in lifestyle, health, and food verticals, including Neutrogena, AdventHealth, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s. I was also named 2019 Lifestyle Influencer of the Year by the InfluenceHer Collective. Interested in collaborating? Feel free to send my manager an email!
I graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 determined to make a name for myself in print journalism. Unfortunately, I didn’t liked it very much, which is one of the reasons I launched a podcast about career journeys and what it means to have a dream job.
In June 2019, my husband Vagner and I found out that we were going to have a baby boy. We lost him to trisomy 18, and I’ve written extensively about miscarriage and pregnancy loss awareness. In August 2020, we welcomed Nora Evie, and she’s a handful in all the best ways. A lot of my blog content is pretty light-hearted, but I share extensively about racial injustice and mental illness on my Instagram account.
I’ve written for a variety of publications, including Glamour Magazine, the Washington Post, and Bustle. I’ve been interviewed by outlets like Buzzfeed, WBUR, the New York Times, and CBS News. If you’re an editor who wants to connect, shoot me a note at email@example.com.
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