Hi, I’m Ahna!
(pronounced like the Frozen princess)
I am a wanna-be Wonder Woman thriving by the grace of Jesus and copious amounts of coffee (sans the 20-inch waist, hero hair, and superhuman strength).
although I can carry 15 bags of groceries in one trip
I am passionate about empowering women to revitalize their holistic health to live emotionally, mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually well.
As a dual-certified nurse practitioner, I want to equip you with practical, scientifically proven strategies to redevelop your total health. Whether you hang out with me on the imPERFECTly emPOWERed™ Podcast (rated top 2% in health & fitness worldwide), join the Early Morning Habit™ community, or find DIY inspiration for your home and family on the blog, you will be empowered to fulfill your God-given purpose with more confidence, energy, freedom, and joy – one imperfect day at a time.
“What’s A Blog?”
I asked my husband, Zach, one fall night in 2018 after another unfulfilling shift as a nurse practitioner in emergency medicine. My question followed his statement that I could make a career blogging about our home renovations after listening to my 10-minute tirade on the futility of our medical system.
After 2 Masters in Nursing, 8 years of emergency medicine, and 4 years as the assistant medical director of 2 stroke programs, a much-needed creative outlet was born at HammersNHugs.com, a DIY lifestyle blog sharing our family’s adventures.
I never imagined how that little corner of the world wide web would change my life. Keep scrolling to join me on a walk down memory lane.
A Look Back On The Past Decade
tied the knot
On my parents 30th wedding anniversary, Zach and I tied the knot. Fun fact, our grandparents have been best friends since middle school
High school computer programming teacher, Mr. Fix It, and football coach. Thank nerdy, handy, smoking hot jock, and that is my man.
Gracelyn Donelle was born
The baby that made me a mama. Although I was a full time nurse in a crazy inner city trauma ER in Baltimore City about to wrap up my critical care nurse practitioner degree at Johns Hopkins University, there was no greater accomplishment than this little peanut.
graduated from Johns Hopkins with adult critical care Masters in Nursing
bought fixer upper #1 – the vintage victorian
Zach and I wrapped up our Masters degrees from Johns Hopkins University and moved back to Lititz, PA. Energy rich but cash poor we bought a fixer-upper home.
Caleb David was born
Zach has been a football coach since 2013, and he was more than a little excited to introduce his 4 week old son to the field.
sold our first fixer upper
We did well, so we decided to invest in another fixer-upper home – a 3,000 sqft Colonial foreclosure.
bought fixer upper #2 – the colonial foreclosure
The basement flooded the day before we walked through this house, and it sealed the deal for us.
graduated with family medicine Masters in Nursing
Nothing says congrats like a urinal bouquet. #ERlifebelike
Lillian Elizabeth was born
Watching these two sisters love each other makes my momma’s heart so happy.
bought fixer upper #3 – the french country cottage
3rd time is a charm?
announced we were adopting
We surprised our kids and families at Easter with the exciting news that we were adopting a little boy from the Pacific Island of Samoa.
sold fixer upper #2
became a certified Faster Way to Fat Loss® coach
It was so rewarding to use my professional education and personal experience to help clients prevent disease instead of treat disease.
retired from hospital-based medicine
After 10 years in emergency medicine and 5 years of building 2 stroke programs and serving as the assistant medical stroke program director, I stepped away from hospital medicine to practice preventative medicine full-time as a virtual health & fitness coach and host of the imPERFECTly emPOWERed™ podcast.
my last shift as an ER nurse practitioner.
Hammers N Hugs became a legal business
My first professional photo shoot confirmed modeling is not my forte.
celebrated 10 years of marriage
mom life be like
launched the imperfectly empowered podcast
Rated in the top 2.5% of health and fitness podcasts in its first year.
sold fixer upper #3
We capitalized on the post-COVID sellers market and were blessed to find a house to rent until we buy property.
rebranded Hammers N Hugs to Ahna Fulmer
matched with our precious son
The day after my birthday we got the call that we were matched with our precious son from Samoa. Pray for us and our sweet boy as we wait 12-24 mos to bring him home.
meet the team
All my people doing all the things. Visit them below!