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

Wellness Wednesday: Self-Care When the News Is Difficult

Happy Wednesday, friends! If you've been watching the news or endlessly scrolling on social media, then you're probably feeling just as overwhelmed, stressed, and weary as I am. With every news report and social media post that sparks an array of feelings, I hope you are taking the time to both acknowledge your emotions and… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Self-Care When the News Is Difficult

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

Friday Findings: My 10 School Essentials

  Happy happy Friday, friends, and what a glorious day it's been! Today I had a chance to stop over at my old school and see some of my favorite former students as they prepare for their first day of school this coming Tuesday. So many bright faces and so much energy filled the halls as… Continue reading Friday Findings: My 10 School Essentials

Thoughtful Thursday: Reclaiming My Time

By now you've likely heard about Congresswoman Maxine Waters famously and appropriately interrupting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during last week's House Financial Services Committee meeting. If you haven't seen the video, I've linked it here, but essentially Maxine (we're now on a first name basis) asks a very clear and direct question that Mnuchin "responds"… Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Reclaiming My Time

Wellness Wednesday: Getting Headspace

Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! Yesterday marked ten straight days of guided meditation with the mindfulness app, Headspace. Unfortunately, ten days of Headspace also means my free trial is up. Great! Now how am I supposed to find clarity and focus and also reduce my stress and anxiety (sarcasm)? While I think of new, free ways… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Getting Headspace