What If I Told You Your Anxiety Could Work to Your Advantage?

As you may or may not know, I’m currently studying Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. Last quarter, twice a week,  I and 200 other students would pack ourselves like sardines into one of the biggest lecture halls on campus for our introductory psychology class. We covered everything from the very basics of cellular brain structure,…

On Weight Gain, Body Ideals, Before-and-Afters, and More.

Recently on Instagram, I noticed a hashtag floating around called, “#gainingweightiscool.” Each picture under the tag displayed a different kind of before-and-after photo than you may be used to: instead of displaying weight loss, perhaps one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions in modern times, women were posting photos of their weight gain.  The participants…

Questions for a Recovered Anorexic

I recently agreed to answer some questions for a high school senior working on a project. The questions made me think, and I thought they might be helpful to others seeking to understand or recover from an eating disorder or mental illness in general.  How could your experience with an eating disorder affect you in…

Everyday Goddesses: Cailin Moore

Cailin is a powerful force for love. Her story of self-discovery, breaking open, and fearless authenticity inspires me every day, and I hope that it inspires you, too. Today’s everyday goddess shares a story that deals with careers that don’t serve us, embracing our sexuality, finding our place in the world, and making a difference…

The First Steps to Removing the Stigma From Mental Illness

Congress recently passed the first legislation to recognize eating disorders. The 21st Century Cures Act, which prevents insurance companies from denying support to sufferers of mental illness, is a huge leap in the movement to de-stigmatize mental illness and offer equal opportunity treatment to patients, but it is only the beginning. When I was a freshman…

“I Am Maris” Movie Fundraiser and Special Edition Tanks!

Click here to view the campaign page! I need your help. Friends, the filming for the documentary film “I Am Maris” is essentially complete, but the work has just begun. Editing, color correction, sound mixing, distribution, and more still needs to happen! This film is entirely funded by the filmmaker Laura Van Zee Taylor, because this…

Everyday Goddesses: Dr. Brandy Mychals

This has to be one of the most powerful “Everyday Goddesses” yet. I can’t think of a better introduction to Brandy than her own words. Tell us who you are. The “impressive” version: I was a real go-getter, graduated from the Honors College at Loyola Marymount University and then graduated as the Salutatorian when I…

What They Don’t Tell You About Having an Eating Disorder

There are some things in this world that you may never truly understand until you experience them. Until you experience true loss, you will never comprehend it. Until you experience true joy, you will never fully know it. Until you fall in love, you will never be able to put it into words. There are…

The Nourished Podcast

I’m honored to be a guest on The Nourished Podcast today! Go give it a listen to hear my thoughts on recovery, yoga, weightlifting, and more. I also offer up my best tips for those who are suffering, and those still feeling lost even after receiving treatment. This podcast is hosted by Meg Doll of…

What If I’m Wrong?

A quote from Mark Manson has stuck with me for the past few weeks: “It’s worth remembering that for any change to happen in your life, you must be wrong about something. If you’re sitting there, miserable day after day, then that means you’re already wrong about something major in your life, and until you’re…

You Have to Commit.

I have a very common fear: the fear of commitment. My entire life, I’ve struggled with decision-making. Whenever I had options, I feared picking the wrong one and regretting my decision. Although not having options stressed me out by backing me into a corner, it was an easier alternative to swallow than it was to…

You Can Be That Person

In one of my classes, we read an article about students who fail to complete college. In the article, they followed the journey of one young girl who was the first in her family to go to college. Raised by a single mother who wasn’t able to go to college after becoming pregnant in her teenage years,…