Loving You at Every Shape and Size

TW: weight, weight loss, scale, disordered eating, restricting It's not an overstatement or exaggeration to say that I have struggled with my weight my entire life. In fact, I think I was in the 8th grade the first time I joined Weight Watchers and started dieting. I'm sure I was one of the youngest people… Continue reading Loving You at Every Shape and Size

Be less human and more human(e)

My mom raised my sisters and me to always say "good morning" to those we knew and to strangers on the street. She raised us to say "bless you" when someone sneezes. She raised us to follow the Golden Rule: to treat people with kindness and compassion. And somewhere down the line, I started to… Continue reading Be less human and more human(e)

Step Into Your Limelight

Ever since I was a little girl, I was obsessed with all things British. I listened to the Spice Girls on repeat, I had the Princess Diana Beanie Baby locked in a protective case, and I even perfected a British accent that I would force upon anyone who would listen. And not much has changed… Continue reading Step Into Your Limelight

Motivational Monday: Get Into Good Trouble

It's been almost two months since my last post. I never intend to take breaks, but it feels like every time I'm motivated and inspired to write consistently, a new societal shift occurs that knocks me off my feet and leaves me floundering for a bit until I start to feel more like myself again.… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Get Into Good Trouble

Motivational Monday: Be Like Mike!

Happy Motivational Monday and Memorial Day, friends! I hope you had a wonderful three-day weekend and did something that sparked joy or made your soul smile...even if it was sitting on the couch and binge-watching ESPN's docuseries The Last Dance like I did (so good, right?)! As a Chicagoan who grew up watching and rooting… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Be Like Mike!

Feature Friday: South Side Environmental Education Directive (SEED)

At the start of the quarantine, 19-year-old Iván did what so many of us did: embraced the novelty of the pandemic and binge-watched the latest Netflix shows to pass the time. Now that the novelty has worn off, Iván has worked hard to create structure, self-reflect, and find what brings him true joy. All of… Continue reading Feature Friday: South Side Environmental Education Directive (SEED)

Wellness Wednesday: Developing a Mindfulness Practice in Anxious Times

When I first heard about mindfulness a few years ago, I understood it to be a practice meant to help people relax when they felt stressed or anxious. And while that's not entirely untrue, years of schooling, working as a child and adolescent therapist, and developing my own mindfulness practice have broadened my understanding. Sure,… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Developing a Mindfulness Practice in Anxious Times

Motivational Monday: It’s OK Not To Be OK

Hi, friends! How are you? No, how are you really? It's been awhile, hasn't it? My last post was from March 16th when we were just three short days into quarantining. Businesses were just starting to close and schools were just beginning to prepare for what we all imagined would only be a few weeks… Continue reading Motivational Monday: It’s OK Not To Be OK

Motivational Monday: What’s Permanent? Love.

Wow! It has been 498 days since my last post, and to say things have changed feels like a bit of an understatement. Let's see. 498 days ago I was in my second year of graduate school, considering rekindling things with an old flame, and living and working in a place I love and surrounded… Continue reading Motivational Monday: What’s Permanent? Love.

Motivational Monday: Just Breathe

Last week was a pretty awful week. Zooming in on me, I had a really difficult few days at work, struggled with homework and quizzes, was unable to balance my personal and professional life (but what's new?), and found myself feeling run down and sick. I tried so hard to jump over hurdle after hurdle,… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Just Breathe