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,…

Everyday Goddesses: Kenzie Nguyen

One thing I absolutely love about writing this blog is being able to make connections with people from all over the country (and sometimes the world!) One of these connections is Kenzie Nguyen– a twenty-one-year-old college student who is fiercely passionate about helping people love their bodies and repair their relationships with fitness and food. Kenzie enjoys almond butter,…

I’m Afraid to Admit That I’m Happy

It’s no secret that I do things differently. It’s different to be a yoga teacher at 16. It’s different to start a blog about your deepest secrets. It’s different to live in a single dorm at college and openly admit that you aren’t seeking the “normal” college experience.  Clearly, I have no qualms about living…

Mental Illness is Not a Fatal Flaw

Before leaving for school, my friend gave me the book “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson. If you’ve never read it, you absolutely should. It’s a hilarious woman’s take on navigating life while dealing with the effects and struggles of mental illness, taking something usually ostracizing and scary and making it accessible, understandable, and relatable in a…

Introducing Real Food Renegades

Every week, I send out a newsletter filled with personal reflections, interesting articles, and things that inspire me. It’s a great way to stay connected, and a great way for me to share the things that lift me up. One of the weekly constants in my newsletter is a healthy recipe, sometimes by me, and…