About Iva

First, I want to say thank you so much for clicking over here! I think it’s important to know who’s behind the wheel. I am very transparent and love to share my story in hopes that it inspires other women around the world like you!

I am a 60-something-year-old woman with a wealth of education and knowledge from the University of Life, the best school on the planet.

I was raised in a very dysfunctional and abusive household and have spent the last 15 years of my life healing and growing from all my trauma. I’ve also been in and out of abusive and toxic relationships that have helped me grow into the strong woman I am today. I am a single mother of an amazing 35-year-old young man.

I share all I’ve learned through my articles on this site and the ebooks and courses I’ve created, which are available on my Self Improvement eStore.

More about Iva

At 53 years old, I traded in my old career as a hairstylist, became a freelance writer (something I taught myself to do), packed up two suitcases of my most precious belongings, and left Canada for Guatemala, a place I now call home.

I created this website to help other women grow, heal, take back their power, and step into the best years of their lives. I share tips on how to heal from trauma, how to end a toxic relationship, how to reduce stress (and many more self-improvement articles), as well as anti-aging tips, travel tips, health and wellness articles, and some fun lifestyle articles.

If you ever need to talk or want to reach out, you can email me here at iva@womenblazingtrails.com.

My writing has been published in MSN, The Good Men Project, Tiny Buddha, Wealth of Geeks, Thought Catalog, Steven Aitchison, and Muckrack.