Founded in 2012, The Barefoot Aya used to be named “Musings of a Modern Hippie” until the author decided that having the same name as another blog was ridiculous, confusing, and she no longer wanted to pay for a .me domain (they’re so much more expensive!). Michelle is super sensitive to chemicals in food, cleaning products, soap, etc, so she made “Musings” to share her findings on natural alternatives.

The blog went through a transformation in 2016 – somewhat of a rebirth, and The Barefoot Aya was born. “Barefoot” is for getting back to our roots with nature and because walking barefoot is the best. “Aya” is a symbol representing a fern, which symbolizes growing and persevering through some crazy spaces and obstacles. AKA, this blog is about using natural stuff to help overcome issues with physical and mental health.

Michelle used to write freely, without care for citing her sources (b/c google exists), but some people claimed her writing was “crazy,” “hippie,” “pseudo science.” At this point, she realized that the Internet is a vast, confusing place and it’s hard to know what’s real anymore. We decided to link sources to real scientific research on our blog posts so readers didn’t have to do their own verification. However, people still claimed that Barefoot Aya posts are “hippie pseudo science” even though evidence published by Harvard was smacking them in the face, so we at Barefoot Aya realized that some people live in another world opposing truth and there’s nothing we can do about it.


We started accepting guest contributions in November 2016 right as we started our first official series, dubbed “The Diet Series.” All guest bloggers have been invited to write for BA so far. In order to write for BA, you must know the founder to a certain extent and you must be really, really awesome. No pressure.

About the Founder

Michelle is a writer, traveler, and adventurer who is currently undergoing a major transformation. If she were a blog rather than a human, her main page would say “under construction.” She has a rescue cockatiel named Jasmine (nicknamed “Queen Jazzy J”) and she believes she lives in the upside-down.


This is not Michelle.

DISCLAIMER: *This blog is about exploring herbal remedies to cure common ailments. It’s about an alternative lifestyle focusing on natural healthcare without the extra pain and money that goes into chemical remedies. It’s also about other things. If you have a serious medical condition that requires immediate treatment, go to the hospital. Do not rely on herbal remedies in the case of a medical emergency. As always, take everything with a grain of salt. I’m not an expert on many of these things. I write from my own experiences and research.*

The Barefoot Aya © 2016 is a part of Strangest Sea Films, Inc. © 2018.