This topic is another one prompted by my request for posts you’d like to see on here. If health and nutrition are of interest to you, then you’ve no doubt been inundated by the 2125457 different diet trends and “advice” from people on Instagram and other social media avenues. It can be hard to know if you should be intermittently fasting, only eating a majority of fat, or any number of the conflicting messages that we see 24/7. I’ve obviously had my own struggle with these things and I finally reached a point where I realized that I needed to… View Post

I’ve been complimented at my ability to get everything out in the open and talk about things that others might want to keep to themselves. It’s not something I was always capable of doing and I’m not good at it in all mediums. For instance, I’ve always been able to better convey things through writing than speaking. I’m able to convey emotions better and can selectively choose the vocabulary I use to paint a scenario in your mind. I love writing about tough topics on here and I enjoy sharing my story and what I’ve learned through speaking engagements (which… View Post

Last month I received a message letting me know that someone I used to know had been addicted to heroin for awhile. I don’t get as many messages like this as I used to — phone calls about friends dying from overdoses or emails about how to help a loved one with a substance problem. Because I’m not as closely intertwined with addiction after being clean for almost eight years, it was a story I wasn’t entirely prepared for. I worried about her family, I worried about her job, and most importantly I worried about her. I wondered what she… View Post

I’ve written several posts about being diagnosed with depression a couple years ago and how starting on an antidepressant helped me immensely. What I haven’t done is really detail my experience with it. When I first started taking my antidepressant (I take Lexapro), I scoured the internet to read stories of other people’s experiences. It’s something I continue to do after many years of doubting myself and my own feelings on things. Not the best trait, but a post for another day. I found very few positive reviews and loads upon loads of complaints and negative experiences. Thankfully I was… View Post

This month marks one year since I’ve been regularly attending Crossfit and strength workout classes. I love the progress I’ve made, the skills I’ve acquired, and the community I’ve joined. I feel more confident in a lot of areas and the past two weekends of moving around furniture with Neil has been tiring but also a piece of cake. What I haven’t learned to love is how it has changed my body. There’s a popular myth that lifting weights will make you bulky. The truth behind this myth is that women don’t have the testosterone levels that men do to… View Post