My Top 10 Food Rules

There’s an abundance of diets and rules about what you should and shouldn’t eat, and it was important to me to put something out into the world that would escape some of that diet-culture dogma that gets spread around on a daily basis.

Embracing the Seasonality of Life.

As I write this, I’m sitting in the UC Santa Cruz dining hall, watching new students filter in and out for their first meal away at school. Living in the dorms for a second year, I have a front row seat to the energy and buzz around freshman move-in, something that feels like a blur…

Grit & Tenacity

I’ve been thinking a lot about success lately. Namely- and without getting into the semantics of what “success” truly is- what causes a person to be successful? I’ve become fascinated with the work of Angela Duckworth, a researcher, author, and recipient of the “Genius” grant. Angela studies success, and what kinds of personality traits lead to…

The Way We Speak About Ourselves Matters.

How many times have you heard a woman say one of the following things? “I’ll take the dessert, I’m being naughty tonight.” “Oh, I can’t eat that- I’m not ready for bikini season!” “I wish I had your legs/abs/arms!” Chances are, it’s quite a few. This kind of language about our bodies and the food…

Happiness Is Created By You, For You.

There are many times I’ve paused during a conversation with my boyfriend to write things down. He sprinkles truth bombs as liberally as he seasons meat- and he’s frequently reprimanded me for under seasoning. “You can’t go wrong with more flavor,” he’ll say as we stand in the kitchen, grabbing the pepper from hands and…

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,…

My Top 5 Books to Change Your Life

I love to read. As a child, I was a voracious reader. I devoured everything in sight- powering through my community library’s shelves at a ridiculous speed, with little pickiness on the author, topic, or genre. I loved being able to immerse myself in any subject matter, being able to allow myself to slip into…

Feel: Questioning a Fast Life

Often in my classes, I ask my students to close their eyes. The first time I did it was almost out of frustration. I could see the room being almost hyper-aware of their surroundings; looking all over the room, fidgeting their feet, ignoring their breath. They weren’t feeling, they were thinking. And while I’m all for being thoughtful and…

Setting a Theme

Surprisingly, this post isn’t about theming your class. No, it’s about the idea of setting a theme for your life, as a way to guide your decisions and actions in a certain direction in support of a certain goal. I’ve heard this idea a few times, and it always sounded interesting. Theming is a powerful tool, and…

The Importance of Green Space

Think about how much time you spend inside. You wake up (inside), get into your car, drive to work, probably go inside an office building, and probably stay there the bulk of your day before getting back inside your vehicle, driving home, and spending a night in. If this sounds eerily similar to your day-to-day, it’s not because I’m a physic. It’s because the…