My name is Aida Cloutier and I am currently a graduate student/graduate assistant majoring in Interactive Journalism at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno. I also completed my undergraduate studies at UNR, walking with degrees in Journalism (emphasis in Public Relations) and English Literature in 2011. In December of 2011, I suffered a serious health scare incident/setback and had to undergo triple bypass surgery. This procedure has permanently altered my life as well as the way that I view it. Most of the control that I once seemed to exert over my own existence seems to have disappeared after my heart surgery. Since my recovery, I have spent very little time exploring the new and varied ways in which I could live a healthier lifestyle. In my personal blog, aida cloutier – a simpler life, I will take these journeys, chart my progress, and share what I learn. With the help of blogging, I hope to find new ways and sophisticated methods of regaining the control that I once surrendered.