Hi, I’m Alexandra Harbushka. I’m a mother, a wife, a blogger and also breaking stigmas when it comes to living with herpes. My husband Bill and I have a beautiful baby boy named Clinton and a standard poodle puppy named Scarlett. Scarlett is an excellent big sister to her new baby brother.
I originally started blogging and podcasting in 2015 when I was working in the mortgage industry. I was attending a conference on social media specifically on podcasting hoping to learn how to incorporate all of this to my business. However, on that late evening in 2015 as I was walking out of the conference social hour I decided I’d start a podcast but I decided to stray away from the real estate and mortgage world that I was in. I wanted to blog about life and I wanted it to empower women. I lunched my podcast called; Sex, Money & Food, and interviewed people from all over the world asking them to give their tips on one of the topics. Because let’s face it, when you boil it all down that’s what life is all about.
This podcast grew and personally helped me evolve as I then in 2017 went on to launch another podcast called, Life With Herpes. Now this launch was a leap of faith and terrifying for me to speak openly about having genital herpes. I mean, who does that? Well I did and you know what, it was personally liberating but more importantly I’ve supported thousands of people all over the world with their herpes diagnosis.
When I launched my Life With Herpes Podcast, YouTube Channel & online community I focused fully on building that community and providing them with what I wished I had when I was diagnosed with genital herpes back in 2011. I’ve personally learned how to not let the stigma hold you back and there are so many more facets in life than just a herpes diagnosis. This is what brought me back to blogging about my life, my experiences, and proving that having herpes doesn’t hold you back or prevent you from having the life you want.
The Story Behind The Brand
It’s my vision to guide women and empower themselves to look and feel their best while enjoying a balanced lifestyle. As someone diagnosed with genital herpes at 28 years old I lost all of my confidence and shriveled up like a dying flower on the vine. It took me about 2 years to learn how to massage through all the stigmas that were holding me back and reteach myself how to empower myself.
Some of the things I had to work through were changing my diet and looking at food as a way to heal my body and boost my immune system to fuel my body to operate on all cylinders. Opposed to yo-yo dieting, feeling like I had to exercise 23 out of the 24 hours of the day to look and feel my best. Meanwhile I was burning the candle from both ends and my immune system was completely shot. I was going about this all wrong, however I did manage to run a ½ marathon during all of that.
Relearning how to have confidence while dating and having some really hard conversations about living with an STI that will never go away truly gave me the foundation to live a beautiful, happy life as a wife and a mom. I mean that too. It taught me how to stand up for myself, never settle and go after what I want. I’ve brought that drive and mindset to all parts of my life. So I bring you all of my personality, my marriage, my life as a mom, eating healthy and looking cute and feeling good in my clothes is what I share about here on the blog.
Some Other Fun Facts About Me
In case you missed it I have oral and genital herpes.
I’m an only child and love it.
Bill and I went through IVF to have baby Clinton so he’s our little miracle.
We live in both Las Vegas and San Diego.
Both Bill and I graduated from the University of Arizona (Bear Down to my fellow wildcats).
Most people wonder, my husband and I have a 22 year age difference (you can watch our wedding video on my IGTV). Yes, some people stare at us but we think it’s funny.
My favorite food is a burger cooked rare with a fried egg, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions, lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57 and mayo. Oh and I can’t forget french fries.
My favorite place to travel is Los Cabos, Mexico.
I’ve always been active and my husband says I’m an athlete. I grew up swimming, playing tennis, my favorite was ice skating and I still skate, and I was a cheerleader in high school.
Currently I’m obsessed with barre and we walk as a family (husband, baby & dog) every morning. I was taking pole dancing classes but that had to stop when I was pregnant so I’m hoping to get back to that.
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