Body Shaming: Let’s End It Now.

Last week was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness), and it called attention to a few topics that are very close to my heart – body image and body shaming. I was debating whether or not to write this, and the week somehow passed by without me getting a chance to share my story. I didn’t write it last week, and I regretted it, so I’m going to do it now. Most people are too uncomfortable to talk openly and truthfully about weight. When I got sick last spring, the weight loss crept up on me quickly, stealthily, and dangerously,…

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5 Books That Kinda Changed My Life.

A good book can actually change your life. It sounds corny, but it’s true. Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes. It’s a way for me to escape from the annoying realities of everyday life and enter into a completely different headspace for as long as I want. I find that with a quality book, fiction or not, I always learn something new about myself. The type of books I tend to read shifts along with whatever is going on in my life. I’ve struggled a lot in the past year with my health and emotions, and I turned to books to find the…

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Why Single People Should Love Valentine’s Day

As the the middle of February approaches each year, I hear the same remarks without fail. “#ForeverAlone!” “Ugh, I’m single again!” “Valentine’s Day is just an excuse to remind single people that they’ll never find anyone.” “I hate Valentine’s Day.” Okay. I need to address this. Why all the negativity?! I don’t like it at all. Let’s talk about Valentine’s Day. It’s one of my favorite holidays. I really love it, and I always have. Coincidentally, I’ve only ever had a real “Valentine” once in my life. So no, I don’t love Valentine’s Day because I always have a boyfriend. Quite the opposite. This…

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It’s Okay.

Something I’ve been working on big time recently is telling myself, It’s okay. This is a big one for me. One of the most unfortunate parts of being a perfectionist is the tendency to be really hard on yourself. Put in only 100% of your effort instead of 150%? Not enough. Forgot to plan an extra way to go above and beyond? Inexcusable. Didn’t finish all 5 million things on your to-do list? Failure. I have these two inner voices in my head – one is the “devil me” and one is the “nice me.” Devil Me tells me I didn’t do enough, and that…

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New Year’s Resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR! How crazy is it that it’s already 2016? I’m still shocked it’s not 2002 anymore. I don’t think it will hit me until it’s 2020. No, probably not even then. That will be so weird. I want to talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Over the past week, that’s all I’ve heard about. “What’s your New Year’s Resolution?!” “I’m going to start eating healthier!” “I’m going to get 8 hours of sleep every night!” “I’m going to work out every day!” “New year, new me!” What is my New Year’s Resolution? I don’t have one. New Year’s Resolutions are hilarious to…

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