May is mental health awareness month, so I wanted to make sure I talked about it before it was over. I feel like the past several posts have been about mental health in one way or another — my seven year clean date, my decision to make more time for this blog, and my announcement of my writing sabbatical in September. I’ll be sure to get back to fitness, food, and other helpful wellness posts, but this is always a passion of mine so we’ve got one more for you for now. I struggle with depression and anxiety, as do… View Post

May 20th lands on a Saturday this year. I don’t post on Saturdays and many of you don’t read on Saturdays. Therefore, this post is coming a few days early and I’m breaking a┬árule of recovery rooms — don’t celebrate before it’s time because you never know what tomorrow may bring. I’m pretty sure, however, that after (almost) seven years I won’t pick up a bottle or use said bottle to wash down a handful of pills, so here goes. Obligatory warning — this post contains talk of depression and drug use, so if you find those things triggering, come… View Post

I feel like I could use this topic to spin off all kinds of posts ranging from learning to say no to how to tap into your intuition. Maybe I still will. ­čÖé I’ve mentioned here and there that I’ve been feeling overwhelmed for at least a good month or so. My problems are all good ones to have — too much work with not enough hours in the day. As much as I wish it weren’t true, there is too much of a good thing. I gave up one of my teaching jobs at the end of March. While… View Post

I think it’s interesting how people in the social media space often speak about similar topics at similar times. Whether it’s because someone else brings it to light or a┬ámention helps solidify another person’s opinion, I find that there’s a lot of overlap in what people postulate online. I have a running┬álist of post topics that I add to as I think of something. Sometimes there are concrete ideas, but other times it’s a huge run on sentence with parentheses and question marks because I haven’t quite narrowed down what it is I’m trying to say. ┬áThis post was one… View Post

A couple weeks ago I got a massage. It was part of Neil’s birthday present and I didn’t think much of it aside from the fact that my body could certainly use one. As a personal trainer and someone who works out pretty aggressively, rest days and active recovery are something that need to be incorporated into my schedule. I’ve got the rest days down, but I don’t do much for active recovery. I know well enough that things like yoga, massage, and other forms of holistic treatment can sometimes elicit emotional responses as well. It’s why I don’t do… View Post