I’ve been pretty open about the things I’ve been through and one of those is my problem with exercise addiction. Here’s a look at how I found my balance and some tips on how you can too. 🙂 One thing I’ve learned through my recovery from drugs and alcohol is that addiction is addiction and it simply manifests itself in different ways for different people. For me, it’s a way to control things that are outside of my control. When things in my life seem uncomfortable or unmanageable, I would seek to exert control by controlling those things I could.… View Post

During one of my workshops last year, our focus topic was on body image. We discussed the obvious sentiments of how we felt with the way women were (and are) portrayed in the media, things that make it more difficult for women to accept and love themselves, and our own personal struggles with body image and what we do to help overcome those issues (hint: we are still working on them). One comment stood out and this is why I love discussing things in a group of diverse and varied individuals. I learn things. I approach them from a different… View Post

The holidays are a double-edged sword. On one hand, there’s the excitement that comes from holiday traditions, getting together with family and friends, and having some time off of work. 🙂 On the other, those who struggle with things like depression or the lack of family traditions can find it a harder time to enjoy. My first Christmas in recovery was spent in jail. I was 30 minutes away from my family as the sun rose and they were able to come downstairs to presents under the tree, some as an addition from Santa because it’s a tradition that we… View Post

(Ok, I know the title and the picture don’t really match, but bear with me.) 🙂 As I did some research for this post, almost immediately I was annoyed. I was doing some keyword research and first looked up “exercise makes me happy.” There were tons of articles on popular websites touting the happiness-inducing effects of exercise. These articles were filled with exclamation mark-laden paragraphs emphasizing that as long as you exercise, you’ll be happy for “days on end!” ( <– actual quote) I then countered with the search “exercise doesn’t make me happy” and found significantly fewer results. Almost… View Post

    Guys, I love food. If you follow me on Instagram, you obviously know my love of both eating AND photographing food. If you don’t, then I’m sure you still have a pretty good idea by reading my weekly favorites posts since they’re usually more than 50% food products. The only reason this isn’t a food blog is because most of the time I have no idea to actually create food aside from following someone else’s recipe. Ok, that’s an exaggeration. I don’t wish that this blog was entirely dedicated to food because then I would also have a… View Post