Your “Hard Life” Is Your Gift | Why some people’s lives are harder than others – What you need to read today

Why are some people’s lives objectively harder than others? Yes, “everyone has their shit,” but still, since the dawn of time this question has plagued philosophers, clergymen, doctors, artists, and yes, even us mere mortals. I myself have looked at those around me and pondered this great mystery. But isn’t it funny. The answer isContinue reading “Your “Hard Life” Is Your Gift | Why some people’s lives are harder than others – What you need to read today”

8 Lessons I Learned From Professional Failure

In 2018 I began working in the US branch of an international public affairs and association management consultancy. By 2020, the US office would be closed and operations dissolved.In November of 2019, knowing my current job would soon be obsolete, I accepted a new role working for a small, family-owned, DC-based organization focused on earlyContinue reading “8 Lessons I Learned From Professional Failure”

How To NOT Snap – My String Strategy | Harnessing Indifference To Stay Centered

Imagine a string that comprises all aspects of mental health: mood (positive and negative), emotion (happiness, sadness, anger, joy, grief), stress, anxiety, and of course, illness. At rest, the string is stable with weight distributed equally. Then something happens, a trigger. Maybe an incident at work or a fight with a spouse. Add a weightContinue reading “How To NOT Snap – My String Strategy | Harnessing Indifference To Stay Centered”

Three Ways to Cope With Uncertainty | by Christine L. Carter, Ph.D.

What should we do when everything feels so out of control? Living with so much uncertainty is hard. Human beings crave information about the future in the same way we crave food, sex, and other primary rewards. Our brains perceive ambiguity as a threat, and they try to protect us by diminishing our ability toContinue reading “Three Ways to Cope With Uncertainty | by Christine L. Carter, Ph.D.”

VIDEO BLOG – Mental Health & Relationships | From getting ghosted to finding love, how to navigate the messy bits

Today I’m talking all things love. When, how, if ever to discuss your mental health within the context of a romantic relationship is, well, confusing. There’s no blue print to follow on navigating the conversation with a love interest, whether new, after a few dates, or even after a few years. That said, I’ve assessedContinue reading “VIDEO BLOG – Mental Health & Relationships | From getting ghosted to finding love, how to navigate the messy bits”

Books & Baguettes | Read These Now To Feel French Girl Chic

HOW TO BE AS FREAKING FRENCH AS POSSIBLE Finally good news: some of our favorite hotels in Paris including Hôtel de Crillon, Hotel Lancaster, Hôtel Splendide Royal Paris, even Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée are preparing to re-open by September 1, which means we are one step closer to a very Parisian getaway. WillContinue reading “Books & Baguettes | Read These Now To Feel French Girl Chic”

Harnessing Positive Vibes | 6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Mental Health “Good Days”

“…use your disability to be more clutch, not as a crutch.” When we talk about mental health in the news, social media, medicine, so often the conversation has a tendency towards “doom and gloom.” I too am guilty of focusing on the challenges of living with a mental health disability, as if every day isContinue reading “Harnessing Positive Vibes | 6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Mental Health “Good Days””

VIDEO – Early Warning Signs | My Mental Health Diagnosis Journey

Only my second video so I am still getting the hang of it but I hope you find this helpful. My ‘Early Warning Signs’ video is about my Diagnosis Journey. I’ve never talked about the path to my bipolar diagnosis, a journey that took over 15 years. Here I am going into detail about theContinue reading “VIDEO – Early Warning Signs | My Mental Health Diagnosis Journey”

No-Vacation Nation | No, You Still Can’t Cancel Summer

Although taking a vacation in 2020 may seem unattainable — which is completely on brand for this insane year — there’s significant scientific evidence to prove taking time off is more important now than ever. The 2008 article “No-Vacation Nation” authored by my fellow University of Florida alum, John de Graaf, explores the workaholic U.S.Continue reading “No-Vacation Nation | No, You Still Can’t Cancel Summer”

I Didn’t Think I’d Be Doing A Part II So Soon | The Silenced Grief – Miscarriage

Video post. Last week I wrote about my struggle with “complicated grief” after the death of my grandmother. This weekend my family had another major loss. I promise to return to talking top travel and skincare tips soon, but first, this.