Chapter One of “And Now I Speak:” 1,000 Paper Cranes

Listen to the episode here. Chapter One has arrived. This is a Christmas story, a story of a gift, a story of healing, and a story of growth. I’d love for you to give it a listen.  Music Podington Bear, “Up, Up, Up” and “Pounded Piano” Julie Maxwell, “Labyrinth” Frank Guerrero, “Fui Yo” People Like…

Announcing “And Now I Speak”

I’ve written, and written, and written. Writing and the written word itself was my first love in this world. I spent hours pouring over books and penning my own scribbles. I wrote a short story in fourth grade about a girl named “Robin” who was going into middle school on my parents’ slow, old desktop…

A Spiritual Journey.

The following piece was written for Professor Ralph Quinn’s Psychology and Religion course at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Fall of 2017. Butterflies. I was sitting on that terrible paper when I got the news. You know the kind; the crinkly, waxy, white stuff you’re forced to sit on every time you go…

The Privilege of Eating Disorder Recovery.

I want to say something right off the bat: my recovery was not easy. I will never pretend that any part of living with and overcoming mental illness is effortless. My journey out of the heart of an eating disorder began many years ago and continues, albeit in a different form, to this day. My…

An Update on Death Anxiety

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about my experience coping (or rather, my inability to do so) with death anxiety. I view everything I write to be a direct line to the Universe. Sometimes I picture it in an almost cartoon-esque mental image, like I’m picking up a cherry red 1950s telephone and…

Year in Review: 2017

As with all years, 2017 had its ups and downs. It was magical and it was painful. It was filled with fun and hard work. It was, above all else, a time of change: something that is as necessary and exciting as it is terrifying. The hardest part, as with most things, is in the…

Everyday Goddesses: Alyssa Cristadoro

Alyssa Cristadoro is a twenty-year-old college student, blogger, and yogini who has found her way to recovery from an eating disorder. She now strives to inspire and uplift others through her writing, and hopes to help guide others along their own recovery journey. What I love about Lyss is her dedication to portraying a “real”…

Everyday Goddesses: Shelly Wilcoxen

Shelly is someone you know is special from the first time you meet her. I’ve only met Shelly a handful of times, and have had the honor of having her in my class, but each time she leaves me with a smile and a full heart. When I asked Shelly to be an Everyday Goddess, she responded…

Taken Care Of.

Sometimes I think people believe I have it all figured out. I’ve always been characterized as an “old soul.” I’ve been called wise-beyond-my-years, “the most self-aware teenager” someone’s ever met, and more than a few times been assured that I must be at least 500 years old if we’re counting past lives. When I was…

Everyday Goddesses: Jessica Seid

Today’s Everyday Goddess has a story that a truly believe will change people’s lives, and possibly even save it. I met Jess through the creator of a podcast I was a guest on a few months back, Danni Pomplun. Jess describes herself as being “functional, real, and fun,” and I couldn’t agree more. Her humorous…

Mindful Eating In a Modern World.

There are few things as polarizing as the topic of food. Perhaps part of this struggle comes from the fact that we inherently seek black-and-white answers to things, and food doesn’t fit into narrow boxes very well. Food isn’t just for physical nourishment and it’s not just for emotional joy. Food isn’t just about getting stronger and healthier, and it’s not just about…