7 NATURAL WAYS TO COMBAT PMS DEPRESSION AND MOOD SWINGS

It has taken me decades as a menstruating woman to finally realize that my intense mood swings and depressive dips were a result of not this particular incident at work, or that particular relationship conflict, or the fact that I’m just a crazy and emotional woman who has no control over her emotions, but instead, my hormones. For years, I truly thought I was an overly dramatic, emotionally immature, overgrown little girl, when it came to my emotions; and I look back now, over all of those years, and I wonder how much of that was hormone-related.

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WHAT I EAT IN A DAY TO DETOX FROM THE HOLIDAYS

I know the 2020 holidays seem like a far off memory. So much has happened in the course of the first few weeks of January 2021, and the warmth and magic of the holiday season–even though the season was spoiled by virtual gatherings and socially distant gift exchanges–seems so in the past.

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MY TOP 8 FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OILS

[I am not sponsored by any essential oil company and I mention Stillpoint Aromatics throughout this article because I just happen to love them, and have been working with them for years. Feel free to choose to work with whatever company you feel comfortable with.]

I discovered essential oils over five years ago when I took a weekend workshop introducing me to this wonderful world of nature magic. A group of about fifteen complete strangers spent two intensive days together, sharing intimate personal stories with one another as we learned about essential oils, how they can be applied to the body and used in meditation, and how to work with them safely. I have been working with them ever since and really use them as my first go-to for alternative medicine.

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WHAT I LEARNED DURING MY YEAR OF BEING 40

I will be turning 41 in four days and have been reflecting back on the last year, noticing all of the changes and attempting to mentally compile a list of things I have learned. I feel like I’m coming up a bit short, but I am going to take an honest stab at this anyway.

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MANAGE FEAR LIKE A GODDESS

I’m frenemies with fear, and have been for my entire life.

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Every part of this definition incisively describes my lifelong relationship with fear, with the exception of describing fear as a person. Also, I would replace the word “friendly” with “familiar,” but other than that, razor sharp accuracy. Although I suppose everyone feels this way about fear. And as much as I hate to admit it, the term “friendly” in some ways is in fact accurate, because I would not be a goddess without fear as my “friend”…I just threw up in my mouth a little, but it’s true. Continue reading MANAGE FEAR LIKE A GODDESS

100% TOXIN-FREE, ANTI-AGING, BEAUTY REGIMEN

I took a trip to Las Vegas in January of 2019 with my bestie, Matt, to see Lady Gaga in concert, and to just enjoy time away from the East Coast.

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TURNING 40

I recently celebrated my 40th birthday (September 19th) and I thought it might be nice to compile a list of things I have learned thus far. Forty years is not immensely impressive, but it’s also not nothing. It’s four decades (holy crap) and includes childhood, puberty, and the terrible twenties (I was miserable in my twenties). Once I reached my thirties, things markedly leveled off. I can recall a moment (I was living in New York City, despairing, and searching for relief from the darkness I had been feeling for the extent of my entire life, reading Happiness by Matthieu Ricard) when I was hit with the thought that maybe there is hope after all and that my life isn’t going to continue to be a series of dramatic passageways through various versions of hell. I still don’t know if this realization came from the book or from the fact that I was finally through my twenties, but either way, that moment became a turning point for me. To know that life might be something more than just struggle upon struggle felt like such a relief and kept me motivated to continue on my path.

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DOCTOR SCHMOCTOR

I don’t really like dealing with doctors. I have never really liked dealing with doctors and have never felt comfortable putting my body and my health in the hands of another human being. I am not saying I don’t have trust and control issues and I can completely admit to having minor to moderate hypochondria tendencies. But I still believe the points I intend to bring up in this post are completely valid regardless of any neurosis I may be responsible for. Continue reading DOCTOR SCHMOCTOR