Speak Your Struggle: Why Young People Are Afraid to Ask For Help.

Recently, I was reflecting on some of the experiences I had during my teacher training. It was what now feels like a million years ago. So much has happened to and around me since then: graduating high school, starting college, the documentary…my life is entirely different. And, in fact, I am an entirely different person than I…

I Can’t Do The Work For You.

A few days ago, I stumbled across this poem by Yung Pueblo: In just a few short lines, this poet gave a voice to something I’ve felt in my heart for a long time, and struggled to articulate in a sensitive, empowering way. Over the past few years, it’s been my honor to help support…

“And Now I Speak” Chapter Two: The Loaded Gun.

Listen here. What makes someone “evil?” Are we destined to one, specific storyline? Can we change fate? I want the final point to be one of hope, of autonomy and power over what can feel like a powerless situation. It’s easy to ask why things happen to us, or to want the answer to just…

Living with Mental Illness.

The following was originally published as a guest post for YogaByCandace.com.  If you met me on the street today, you’d never know that four years ago, my life was teetering on the edge of absolute destruction. Today, I’m known as the passionate and energetic yoga teacher, the girl who writes from her heart, the yogi…

Everyday Goddesses: Kylie Lange

As a teacher, I’ll sometimes walk into a class, land my eyes on a new student, and think to myself, “It’s no mistake that they’re here.” Kylie is one of those students. From the moment I met her, I was captivated by the intention, gratitude, and excitement in her presence. Every movement on her mat…

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week this week.  My life, like so that of so many others, has been affected by an eating disorder. Eating disorders are not only life-threatening, startlingly prevalent, and often undetected, but also taboo. So many people are afraid to talk about eating disorders, that many go without ever seeking or…

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…