Bloated Wardrobe Picks for Summer

As someone with IBS, summer style makes me nervous. Gone are the slouchy sweaters of winter -- now, it's time to usher in a season of crop tops, short shorts and itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka dot bikinis. Yikes! When bloated from the delicious spoils of a summer vacation (or birthday celebration, if you're a Cancer…

Cozy Candles for Self-Care Junkies

I'll be honest with you: writing about chronic illness and mental health recovery is tough. Recovery is hard enough on its own, but being frank about my journey? Some days, it takes even more out of me than my own recovery. For years, I identified as a lifestyle blogger. Depression and chronic illness robbed me…

How I Turned Social Media Into a Career

In my recovery journey - from both IBS and mental illness - I've witnessed the transformational power of social media firsthand. These days, the world is full of critics bashing social media, claiming it's robbing us of genuine connection or manipulating us with targeted advertising. But I believe social media can be a powerful force…

What’s On My Bookshelf?

I like big books and I cannot lie....just kidding. I'll take a 150-page novella over a brick of a book any day. (Trust me: I've read Victor Hugo's Les Miserables cover to cover, and you're not missing out on anything but endless descriptions of the Parisian sewer system. And I do mean endless.) But in all seriousness,…