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Happy Friday friends! This week has been a great one — a good balance of all my jobs so that I didn’t feel like a chicken with its head cut off. I had the opportunity to be a guest on Davida’s podcast That’s So Maven, which garnered a lot of support around the topic of mental health and how medication can be an asset in a healthy living world that preaches a lot of natural remedies and solutions. Sometimes you need both! This weekend is low key except for my decision to do an insane workout tomorrow morning in honor… View Post

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

I feel most comfortable when I’m writing. I’m normally not a very verbally emotional person simply because I don’t know how to do it and whenever I try I feel like it comes across as forced or insincere. It’s a work in process, but it’s something I never did well and struggle to do well presently. When I write, it’s a different story. When I write, it comes from a well of emotion. I’m not sure what it is about the act of writing, but I feel the most at peace and the most like I can actually change things… View Post

Happy Friday friends! I’m having a love–hate relationship with the weather right now in Chicago. I’m loving that it’s getting warmer, but I’m hating that my building controls the a/c and it’s not turned on yet. Neil and I have been sleeping with a sheet and a fan and it’s very glamorous. I think it should be turned on by next week, so fingers crossed. My weekend is looking pretty light aside from renewing my CPR/AED certification tomorrow morning. My training certification needs to be renewed by the end of this month, so this is the last piece of the… View Post