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…

IBS and Your Menstrual Cycle

Alright folks, I'm only going to say this once: if you're squeamish, click away. This is your last opportunity to GTFO before I say something disgusting. Okay, here goes....when you're on your period, are you sometimes unsure whether you're having an IBS flare or if you've just got cramps? Because sometimes, menstrual cramps feel a…

The Case for ‘Boring’ Self-Care

If self-care feels like another item to tick off of your to-do list, then you're doing it wrong. Yet I completely understand why you feel that way: the media loves to promote its fluffy, commercial definition of self-care. But to me at least, thousand-dollar silent meditation retreats and Goop-endorsed vaginal steaming sessions don't speak to…