How to Spend Ten Days in Europe

Five countries. Ten days. How did I do it? Lack of sleep, for one thing. But it also took careful planning, spontaneity - and more than one wire transfer, if we're being completely honest. Still, those ten days were some of the most memorable of my life. I ordered muesli at a German Starbucks after…

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…

I Got a Gut Health Test – and Now It’s Being Investigated by the FBI

Earlier this year, I got a strongly-worded email from my parents with a question about my health insurance. Immediately, I called my mom - and she explained that a company called UBiome was trying to bill us for thousands of dollars worth of medical tests. My heart sank. I knew exactly what she was talking…

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Fake Service Dogs’

Once upon a time, I knew I wanted a dog to help ease my depression and anxiety - yet I also knew my apartment normally would not allow dogs in my unit. So, what did I do? I did what any mentally ill person would do: I asked my therapist for advice. Fast forward a…