This was the subject of a presentation I gave at a mental health marketing conference back in 2016. For the purposes of that presentation, I wanted to explain the importance of both authenticity and transparency by companies and brands working in the mental health field. The distinction between the two was only one slide just for clarification purposes and went on from there. In today’s saturated social media world, these words get thrown around all the time — so much so, in fact, that they seem to have lost all meaning. On a lesser extreme, they simply feel diluted as… View Post

I’ve had this post idea sitting in my drafts since July, but never got around to writing it. At that time I was following a girl on Instagram who admittedly suffered with an eating disorder for many years of her life, but was apparently doing better. She never posted pictures of herself on her stories until one day she did and the image took my breath away. What I saw was not someone who was “doing better,” in fact, all I could concentrate on was the fact that I could count the number of visible bones she had because she… View Post

It’s holiday time again! I’m only putting together one gift guide this year, but it has items that I love from each important category: food, fitness, and self care. None of the items in this guide are sponsored, but there are a few affiliate links which means that I will get a small percentage of the sale while the price remains the same for you regardless. I’ve also worked with brands as I can to get you discount codes because every little bit helps! Happy shopping! For food lovers: 1. Sips By: This tea subscription box made my list last… View Post

As a recovering people-pleaser, understanding that it’s not selfish to take care of myself first has always been a bit of a struggle. It was something I heard early on in recovery, but something that my mind argued against accepting. I felt guilty for saying no to plans, creating boundaries that were healthy for me but kept other people out, and really just doing what I needed to do to heal. The holidays can bring an extra sort of guilt created by society, families, and just holiday stigmas in general. For those of us who struggle with mental health issues,… View Post

It took me roughly 26 years of my life to realize that I had been approaching my problems all wrong. When I was required to take a course that I didn’t like, I would constantly complain and ask myself why this was even necessary. When I was arrested and sent to jail, I pointed my finger at others and wallowed in my consequences. When I learned that I would have to change many aspects of my behavior in order to become a person that no longer relied on drugs and alcohol, I grumbled that it was unfair and that I… View Post