The Juice- Befriending Strangers, Selling Everything I Own, and The Queens Gambit

Hello! I hope the new year is treating you well. I hope you are finding joy even though the world is upside down. I hope you are giving the finger to white supremacy and making strides in your New Years Resolutions, and forgiving yourself when you aren't. I hope you're finding cash in unexpected places,…

How to Make and Keep Your New Years Resolutions This Year

Ah, New Years resolutions. We make them, break them, and keep coming back for more. Some avoid them altogether, while others dive headfirst into lofty goals and then face inevitable disappointment when their goals are impossible to meet. 2020 has been an exceptional year. As a self proclaimed optimist, I have struggled this year to…

16 Ways to Find More Joy and Feel Happier During The Pandemic

This pandemic can be overwhelming. This winter feels like the last leg of a long run. We’re tired, tempted to give up, and yet we know how much better we’ll feel if we just stick to it and finish.  Many of us won’t be seeing family this holiday, and while we see the light at…

15 Ways to Beat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) This Winter

*obligatory disclaimer that I am not a doctor or licensed psychologist, and the following information is based on personal experience and research If you dread winter because you associate it with a particularly low mood, you might be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or, SAD. Most people in Northern climates experience some version of the winter blues.…

30 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 30 Years

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." -Maya Angelou If only I'd known then what I know now... As I reflect on my twenties, which are officially behind me, I don't regret the mistakes I made. The wasted nights, erm, wasted. The guys dressed head-to-toe in…

2020 Is a Disaster. Here’s Why I’m Thankful For All of It

Luke Bender via Unsplash This year I’m thankful for the pandemic. I’m thankful for the political climate, for the stress, for the economic uncertainty, and for having limited time with loved ones—truly, I am. Hear me out. I’m thankful for the pause, the upheaval, and the wake up call. I'm grateful for the at times…

6 Reasons Why Learning to Love Being Alone Helps You Find Your Purpose and Live a More Fulfilled Life

Learning to love and embrace solitude is a gift that will improve your sense of well-being, your creativity, your productivity, and will help you truly know yourself so you can live more purposefully. When we are constantly bombarded with the messages, words, values, and opinions of others, it’s hard to hear our own. We need…

11 Tips to Stay Healthy and Fit During the Pandemic

Dainis Graveris/Unsplash It's a common coping mechanism to load up on comfort food and queue the Netflix when life is stressful, and hey, there's nothing wrong with that from time to time! In fact, I often enjoy the routine a couple of times a week. With that said, it's easy to overdo it and before…

3 Things You Can Do to Move On and Stay Focused When Life is Frustrating

Some people say anger and frustration are secondary emotions, and argue that they are not emotions on their own. I used to believe them. Anger is sometimes an emotion that needs feeling and expressing, even if it is wildly unpleasant. You can't will it away, and years of suppressing it often leads people to have…

10 Things You Can Do to Stay Sane and Reduce Stress During Election Week

Tonik/Unsplash If you’re stressed about the US election this week, you’re not alone. Cities are preparing for post- election violence and unrest. As if that wasn’t enough, crisis lines and counseling services have been seeing an increase in demand. So, your election anxiety is justified. Whatever you are feeling, just let it pass through you. Don’t fight it.…