How My Anxiety Has Taught and Empowered Me

I struggle with anxiety. No, not in the “OMG I’m so stressed out and anxious about this test,” kind of way either. The clinical and constant kind of anxiety. I am being treated for anxiety. Generalized Anxiety Disorder was the label stuck on it, specifically. I’m open and expressive about my story. I don’t do it … Continue Reading

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A Letter to My Childhood Bullies: Here’s What You Taught Me

To My Childhood Bullies, You know who you are. Or at least I hope you know who you are. You came into my life quickly and suddenly. Before you latched on, I was an outgoing child. I made friends frequently and easily. I was bright and curious about life.  You are the bullies who have … Continue Reading

How I Decided to Ditch the Scale and Celebrate Self-Confidence Instead

With New Year’s resolutions rampant in everyone’s minds, many of us are worried about the number that we see when we step on the scale. After holiday indulging and being away from our normal routines, we have the tendency to feel like we need to fix ourselves. For many years I’ve looked to the number … Continue Reading

Using Fitness to Combat Depression and Anxiety

“Every day begins with an act of courage: getting out of bed.” -Mason Cooley The hardest part of the day is sometimes just starting it. Getting the momentum necessary to have a productive day is a battle every single time the sun comes up. Whether you suffer from a mental illness or not, a common … Continue Reading

5 Things People With Anxiety Need to Hear

I am no stranger to anxiety. I have had thoughts so crippling and debilitating that I would cry until I felt physically sick. I have had panic attacks so severe that I would have to pull over and wait ten minutes until I could resume normal breathing and for the color to return to my … Continue Reading

8 Ways My Life Changed When I Became a Vegetarian

When I was about 13 years old I stumbled upon an animal rights video on Facebook. The graphic video made me cry for an hour. I had never put much thought into exactly what was on my plate or how it got there. I knew my favorite food was hot wings and that was about … Continue Reading

Embracing and Thriving on Your Body Journey

“Eat clean. Stay fit. And have a burger to stay sane.” – Gigi Hadid   “My weight? It is what it is. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow. It’s about being content, and sometimes, other priorities win.” – Melissa McCarthy “What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make … Continue Reading

5 Acts of Kindness That Can Transform Even the Worst Day

I recently finished reading “The Happiness Equation” by Neil Pasricha and my biggest take-away was how completely random acts of kindness can make us happier people. Upon applying this principle in my own life, I have found myself exponentially happier by going out of my way to be kind to others. Here are a few … Continue Reading

The Love You’ll Never Find in a Magazine

It takes a lot for women in society today to feel beautiful, and that’s a shame. I have fallen to the media’s portrayal of how women should look too. I use the word should loosely, because women shouldn’t have to look a certain way to appease anyone. But why is the media telling us how … Continue Reading

13 Reasons To Swear By Coconut Oil

I am a firm believer that coconut oil can heal and cure almost anything and everything. I use it in my daily routine at least 4 or 5 times and have seen amazing results and improvement. The best part is, it’s all natural. I swear to you, this stuff is magic. If I could marry … Continue Reading