In her book, Life Without Ed, Jenni Schafer shares a personification of her eating disorder, whom she aptly names "Ed." She compares Ed's tendencies to those of an abusive ex or someone of the sort. I found it so eye-opening and relatable that I shared it with two school counselors and a psychiatrist. I even bought … Continue reading Meaningless
I made a vow to myself today. For the sake of fairness, it's one that I've made many times and have broken in equality. I promised myself that I would be quieter around others, subdued in my interactions and reserved in what I reveal about myself- be it in orality or in writing. I'm too … Continue reading Can You Hear Me Now?
Cold winters and early sunsets can exacerbate depression (did you know that SAD is a real type of depression? It stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. #themoreyouknow) or even just a feeling of gloom and fatigue for many people. The fact that it starts to get dark by 4:30 PM makes me feel like my entire … Continue reading 10 Ways to Beat Winter Boredom
I have an inability to sleep in. No matter how hard I try, I always wake up before 8 or 9 AM, and can't comfortably fall back asleep. So when I woke up yesterday and saw that the top of my phone screen read "11:15 AM," I was relieved. I wish I could say that it … Continue reading No, It’s Not “Just Food”
Trigger warning: I will be discussing my own struggles with food, body image, and mental health. As a Zumba instructor, myself, I really enjoy attending a variety of other fitness classes- yoga, Group Power- I'll try anything. Last week, my sister and I attended Strong by Zumba for the first time. It's essentially a HIIT class where … Continue reading Why Teaching Zumba is the Hardest Part of My Week
In no particular order, here are my current favorites to follow on Instagram for daily inspiration. These accounts spread beautiful messages of body positivity, loving one's whole self, and rejecting diet culture. In one way or another, each has helped me to celebrate and strive for a positive body image and a healthy mind. I … Continue reading 10 Body Positive Instagram Accounts to Follow Today
My heels are swollen, my lower back doesn't quite extend like it used to, and I constantly smell like a combination of hand sanitizer and latex. I love my new job. I am now entering my third month as a mobility specialist on the Up and Movin' team at Deaconess Hospital here in Indiana. I spent … Continue reading Let’s Get Physical