• self care

    World Mental Health Day 2018

    World Mental Health Day

    Today  I jumped online to post a selfie for World Mental Health Day. It’s a decent snapshot, and it shows me on one of my good days. I’m camping on the beach in Oregon with my partner and my dog, enjoying the sunshine, taking hundreds of photos, and enjoying life.

    But this picture doesn’t tell the whole story.

  • giveaway,  health,  self care,  summer,  workout

    Giveaway: Naked Nutrition protein powder

    (Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Naked Nutrition.)

    Naked Nutrition

    Happy Monday everybody! How’s this for some #MondayMotivation: a giveaway for your choice of protein powder from Naked Nutrition!

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    Now that summer is here and I’m more active—heading to the beach, hiking, or just running errands around town on my bike—I’m trying to be more mindful about what I’m eating. Mixing protein powder into a smoothie or baking it into breakfast cookies helps me ensure I’m fueling up with a healthy snack, even if I don’t have a lot of time to eat. The lean protein supports my muscles through all of those summer activities (and let’s face it, I need the help after a long winter spent indoors doing much lower-impact workouts!). Plus, it helps keep me satisfied so I’m not tempted to nosh on unhealthy treats while I’m on the go.

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  • health,  self care

    Old ends and new beginnings

    Old ends and new beginnings

    I posted this quote on my Instagram almost two years ago, at the start of 2016. 2015 had been a very rough year for me, the latest in a string of ups and downs that had left me physically and emotionally battered. I was extremely unhappy with my life but with the start of a new year, I was determined to change everything for the better. I had big plans for new beginnings in my career, my relationships, and my fitness goals. 2016 was going to be my year. I was going to OWN THIS!

    Boy, was I in for a rude shock.

    2016 turned out to be the year my life fell apart in every way. None of it was truly sudden; looking back with honesty, everything that happened was a long time in coming and some of it was much needed. But it didn’t feel like it at the time. By the end of the year I was absolutely miserable in my job, I was broke, my house was flooded, my marriage had dissolved, and one of my best friends was no longer speaking to me. Stress was making it difficult to stay healthy and so I pretty much felt like garbage 24/7. I thought I had had some all-time lows before, but this was the worst. For the first time in my adult life I didn’t even decorate for Christmas. As the year ended and 2017 rolled around, the last thing I felt like doing was posting positive quotes; I had been dealt so many blows at once that I didn’t see how I was supposed to put my life back together and get to a better place, and I was too overwhelmed to even think positively.

  • Beauty,  feminism,  health,  self care

    I’m over the body positivity movement

    I feel better than ever about my body, but I'm over the body positivity movement. Here are five reasons why.(photo by Patrick Hendry via Unsplash)

    Ooh, unpopular opinion time. Because if there’s one thing that seems to have really become “in” over the past few years, it’s body positivity: loving your physical form exactly as is, basically giving a big ol’ middle finger to society’s established norms of acceptable beauty, weight, and body shape. It’s a nice idea on paper, but IRL, although I now feel better than ever about my body, I’m over the body positivity movement. Here’s why.

  • blogging,  self care

    Starting a new chapter

    This past year has been so full of change for me. My life last summer versus my life this summer are completely different, though in all the best ways possible. Even so, sometimes life seems to really sucker punch you in the stomach, and even good changes don’t feel very good at first.

    That’s also why I kind of stopped blogging over the past year: because I was physically and emotionally overwhelmed. It’s not that I fell out of love with blogging, it’s just that I was so drained that sitting down to write became a chore. Lots of days, I barely had the leftover energy to flick through Netflix, let alone put together a coherent blog post.