How I Manage My Painful Endometriosis Without Birth Control

This post was originally published on September 18th, 2018 and updated with new information, links, and anecdotes in February 2021. This post details my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice. I’ve talked a lot about my struggles with mental health in the past, but I’m less vocal about one of the root causes: endometriosis. I’ve been living with endometriosis since I was twelve years old, though it took nearly a decade of condescending, dismissing remarks from doctors to get a diagnosis. The first time I complained to a doctor about the pain that came along with…

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22 Easy Ways to Get Fit (Even if You’re Busy)

I’ve seen a concerning trend with friends in real life and in the blogging world. It seems that everyone is on a diet but nobody is dieting ‘right.’ (And I should add, “diets” really shouldn’t be the solution, but many people consider eating healthy to be a “diet.”) I understand that figuring out how to get fit is hard because most of us are stressed, we are busy, and ordering a pizza is so much easier that cooking. But make the commitment to yourself and to your health to not take shortcuts when it comes to getting healthy! A lot of people are sticking…

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6 Ways I’m Reducing My Footprint in 2018

I’ve proudly embraced my status as the hippie in my friend group: I’m the veggie munching, plant loving, trying-to-save-the-world mom of my friends. And lately? I’ve really been focused on the “trying to save the world” portion of my personality my reducing my environmental footprint. My dad tries to protect my bleeding heart by always telling me, “You can’t help everyone,” and I’ve made it my mission to prove him wrong. (Love you, dad!) The truth is, there are ways that I can help everyone and I’ve been trying to be really conscious about making choices that not only make my own…

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How I Use Aromatherapy for Self-Care

Fall always means a few different things for me: Switching from iced lattes to hot, promising myself I’ll get ahead on holiday shopping (but waiting until last minute like always), and having to pay a little extra attention to my mood. I tend to get the fall blues. There’s a fancy and scientific name for it, but basically each year as the summer fades to fall I have to work a bit harder to stay upbeat. It used to be a problem before I recognized the pattern, but now it’s something I’m able to combat by coming at it with…

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How to Help Women in Your Community ft. Tampax

As bloggers, we’re always celebrating silly and fun “national holidays” like National Donut Day or Batman Day with fun Instagram posts and themed round ups on our blogs. More important holidays often go ignored, though. Case in point: Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th.  While it didn’t come with photo ops like posing with pastry-shaped pool floaties, MH Day has a bigger mission and one that can actually make a change for the better. Every year on Menstrual Hygiene Day people come together to raise awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights…

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