Name: Michále Miller
Current City: Kennesaw, GA
Hometown: Chicago, IL / Duluth, GA
Occupation: Founder of NaturallyVeganKel
Chicago-born and Georgia-bred, Michále Miller has always had her hands in every pot. "Growing up, I was always the child drawing, painting, and creating, but at the same time I loved sports, solving math equations, dancing, and caring for my family," states Michále. Her love for the different facets of life made it difficult to choose a focus when college rolled around, yet her ultimate passion lied within healthcare and her burning desire to help others.
In 2016, she received test results stating she was pre-diabetic, struggling with eczema on her neck and face and battling low energy levels. To combat these issues, she chose to switch up her lifestyle and become vegan. "Let me tell you, that was one of the BEST life decisions I have made. After one year of following a primarily vegan diet my blood levels were back to normal, I no longer had eczema, lost 15 pounds, and was the happiest I’ve ever been," she exclaims.
To read more about Michále's journey, peep her interview below!
What's the inspiration behind NaturallyVeganKel, and what are your plans for the future?
NaturallyVeganKel was originally Kels Keys, a website dedicated to my health and fitness. Around that time, I was working out heavily and posting my fitness progress on social media outlets. Friends, family, and strangers were curious about what I was doing to stay “physically fit” and I used Kels Keys as an outlet to share my daily routines. After receiving my health results from the doctor, my page changed and my inspiration behind NaturallyVeganKel was based on my health journey and love for the vegan lifestyle.
My plan is to do national and international travel nursing for a few years and then open up a facility to help guide others closer to optimal health. This facility will offer medicinal and holistic care (patient preference), along with counseling, yoga, a spa, physical therapy, classes that teach the importance of self-belief and confidence building, and much more. I’ve also been thinking about opening up a vegan restaurant!
Why did you choose to launch a YouTube channel over a website/blog?
My site (Kels Keys) was originally a blog, but I realized videos were the best way for me to express my content and share my experiences. However, just last year I started blogging and cataloging all of my meals on Instagram for inspiration.
Tell us about the greatest challenge/success you've had thus far?
I would say the greatest challenge with NVK and my journey has been dealing with negative criticism. Sometimes it’s hard to promote a lifestyle not everyone understands or agrees to. Youtube and social media, in general, can be a scary place if you don’t have thick skin. My greatest success has been helping guide others through this journey and helping them understand that being vegan isn’t a negative thing. What I love most is when people tell me their progress and the benefits they’ve received from some of the advice I’ve given.
If you hadn't launched Naturally Vegan Kel, what profession would you have pursued?
I feel like everything in my journey has gone hand-in-hand. If I hadn't launched NVK, I honestly probably wouldn’t be vegan. Also, I would probably still be in pharmacy school battling the same issues I had before. If I
wasn’t in the field of healthcare, I’d probably be into technology and place more of my focus into art or dancing.
Do you have any other projects/collaborations on the books you'd like the readers to know about?
I have some future collaborations in the making with other vegan Youtubers and plan to incorporate more recipes in the near future. I also created a page on FB called, “Vegan Friends and Creators,” to help connect vegans around the world that may need advice or guidance on their journey. This page was also created as a source for vegan YouTubers, bloggers and creators to brand themselves, meet friends, and collab with other vegan creators.
If you could offer one piece of advice to individuals around the world, what would it be and why?
Always listen to your instinct and pay close attention to signs in your life. If you have an idea, WRITE IT DOWN. If you have goals, WRITE THEM DOWN, and visualize them. I believe that the mind manifests and it’s one of the biggest driving forces in our lives.
Discuss the importance of female friendships in your life.
I didn't always feel this way, but I believe female friendships are absolutely necessary in life. In the past, I had gal friends that would let me down and abuse our friendship, which created a fear for future friendships. Yet, that all changed once I start to love myself and build my confidence! Female energy is so important! There are just certain things that only females will understand and that support in my life is essential.
Who are some of your greatest influences?
Wow, this is one of those questions that I don’t have a direct answer to. There are so many people I appreciate and admire whether they be celebrities, the cashier at the grocery store, or family. I’m influenced by people who LOVE LIFE and live it with passion. I’m influenced by those that portray immense self-belief, confidence and go the extra mile to reach their goals.
One of my main influences is my best friend Gabby. We started this vegan journey together and I probably wouldn't have started this journey without her. After starting the journey my family was very supportive as well.
If I have to name a few that are publicly known, they’d be Will Smith, NurseMo, Lilly Singh, Zendaya, DamonandJo, and of course Oprah! There are so many people I could name, but those are a few that I consistently keep up with.
What are you grateful for?
I am grateful for life and the ability, that we as humans have to create our own realities. I am grateful for my family, great health and opportunity.
Do you have a personal mantra or quote that inspires you?
There are so many great ones. My top three are:
“If it’s important you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” –Ryan Blair
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react.” –Charles R. Swindoll
“Let food be thy medicine.” –Hippocrates