Illustration of a woman standing on top of a mountain overlooking the beach. She is wearing a backpack
Illustration of a woman standing on top of a mountain overlooking the beach. She is wearing a backpack
Travel

What backpacking solo for three months taught me about embracing fear

The tour package I booked through my hostel was supposed to make things easier. Instead…

Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in Mean Girls
Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in Mean Girls
Lifestyle

The awkward transition from homeschooler to public high school student helped me conquer self-doubt for the rest of my life

Boy Meets World, Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Boy Meets World, Sabrina the Teenage Witch
TV Shows

In celebration of my teenage Friday nights spent watching TGIF on ABC

TGIF. Thank goodness it’s Friday, right? Twenty-plus years ago, TGIF stood for Thank Goodness It’s…

Watercolor painting of woman
Watercolor painting of woman
Health & Fitness

Why I now celebrate going to therapy instead of hiding that I need it

Sometimes I’m still a little nervous to say that I see a therapist. When I…

Woman in pain holding her abdomen, lying in bed
Woman in pain holding her abdomen, lying in bed
Health & Fitness

Stage four endometriosis forced me to learn to take care of myself

That tricky disease that doctors can’t explain. The “retrograde menstruation” that affects one in ten…

Two adult best friends
Two adult best friends
Friends

Adult friendship may be more complicated sometimes, but that’s why it’s so meaningful to me

Author with her siblings
Author with her siblings
Lifestyle

How homeschool and grief created an unbreakable bond with my siblings

April 10th is National Siblings Day. Most people I know look at me confused when…

The Office
The Office
TV Shows

How “The Office” helped me through my depression in college

The Office first aired on NBC on March 24th, 2005. On its 13th anniversary, one…

Lifestyle

What I wish I could tell my childhood self about being single and leaving my 20s

I turn 30 this year, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been looking forward…