It Takes Guts To Love Yourself

My relationship with my stomach has always been unbalanced. From an eating disorder to digestive issues, my stomach has been the core to many of my struggles. I used to hide my stomach, never wanting to show the rolls it created when I sat, or the way it moved when I ran. I’ve always wanted…

How Yoga Healed My Body Image Disorder

I will always be a recovering body image addict. It’s not something that goes away with time or fully heals, it’s fluid, weaving in and out of my reality. Mirrors, food labels, portion and clothing sizes will always be a sensitive presence to me. It’s a daily battle to not care. My body image issues…

I Don’t Fit My Clothes and I’m Happy About It.

Over the weekend I tried on all my short and work pants that I wore last summer and I don’t fit any of them. My butt is bigger, my thighs are stronger and my hips are thicker with love. Instead of getting upset I accepted that my body has changed. I’m a woman. I have…

The Rabbit Hole of “Clean Eating”

Social media is a part of our daily lives. From news to a connecting with friends, we find ourselves hooked on the web of instant information and gratification. We struggle with comparing ourselves to others, filtering images and content to show the good side of everything. There are so many great movements happening on social…

Don’t “Forget the Self”

I came across this message when I was at the bookstore and I found it to be a false inspiration. “Forget the Self.” Sit with that. How does it make you feel? Hollow. Intangible. Uneasy. What would happen if you forget your Self? If you left it out of your daily routine? You would become…

5 Mantras for Your Fitness Routine

Fitness gets molded into this bundle of expectations, pressures to look a certain way. From workout videos to health magazines, we are fed the idea that we must section our body into parts. That only certain parts of our bodies are considered beautiful. When we have that perspective, we loose that mind and body connection, to ability…

An Interview with Julie

What is your personal mantra? One of my favorite personal mantras that I constantly repeat to myself is “I don’t know”.  If you go through life thinking you have things figured out, it prevents you from learning, and there is always something new being revealed at every moment. The Universe is constantly teaching and opening…

Seek Love Within

We look for beauty and acceptance on the outside, finding flaws in our body that leave us feeling uncomfortable in our own skin. Our culture has taught us to develop confidence in knowing others approve of us. From magazines to film, women are show how to look, eat, and behave. Our minds are influences by…

Amy Schumer LIVE

The comedy world is male*-dominated, women make up only a tiny fraction of comedians headlining shows. In the past year, female* comedians have risen due the publicity of the gender gap in comedy. Social media has been a platform for women in comedy to get their message and jokes out to the public. Amy Schumer…

A Yoga Workshop with Candace

It was a warm autumn morning, the city was quickly waking up as shops and restaurants opened their doors to wandering tourists. I made my way down Michigan Ave, catching glimpses of the rising sun enveloping the skyscrapers in light. I came to my destination, the Fine Arts Building, an old structure that left eyes…

Depression is a Part of Me

Our mind is a powerful. It has the ability to shift our perspective and cultivate endless thoughts. It has the power to change our mood within seconds and make us feel things we cant explain. Our mental health is what influences our choices and reactions to moments. We all have experienced forms of depression, anxiety, self-doubt,…

The Selfish Day

I connected with the mantra “I Embrace” over the weekend. On Sunday I took the time to savor a selfish day. Brandon left to do some studying at school and I had the day to myself. I started off eating breakfast while watching the British Baking Show, a cup of tea and pita bread with…