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… View Post

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… View Post

Every Product I Use in My Anti-Acne Skincare Routine

My skin is the best it’s been in months. I don’t have a single active breakout on my face (though I’ve got about a dozen marks from healing spots). This is coming after a 3 month period of lots of travel, little sleep, and more acne than I’ve had in my life. I’ve played around a lot with anti-acne products the past few months, and am thrilled by the results. My anti-acne skincare routine was a work in progress but I’ve finally narrowed down some of the best acne-clearing, radiance boosting products. My personal skincare routine requires a bit of a… View Post

How I’m Taking Control of My Mental Health

Long time no chat, friends! This is the longest I’ve gone without sitting down and blogging since I can remember and first and foremost: I’m sorry. First: I’m sorry for the ramble-y nature of this post. I’m writing stream of conscious and very heart-to-heart focused. I’m not aiming for polished. I just want to get my words out! Secondly, I do know that as of late I’ve definitely dropped the ball when it comes to blogging, and I’ve gotten a lot of nice emails and comments from all of you that have gone unanswered (it’s on my must-do to-do list… View Post

#WinterSkinProblems and 4 Tips for Solving Them

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. As far as skin goes, I’ve always been pretty lucky. I get hormonal breakouts on my chin, and I have some gnarly dark circles that have existed since I was born (thanks, genetics), but my real skin woes come in the form of dry skin. It could be 80 degrees and humid, and I’ll still probably have chapped lips and dry under eyes if I’m not keeping on top of my skincare, but in the winter, the problem is elevated. Fun… View Post