5 ways to develop a more positive relationship with social media

My relationship with social media, like for many of you I’m sure, is…complicated to say the least. I feel like my opinion of it changes almost daily, sometimes hourly. I hate it, I love it, I want to get off of it completely. It simultaneously inspires me and leaves me drained. It feels completely fake and rehearsed one minute and then it feels vulnerable and authentic the next. Does anyone else feel this way about social media, too?!

Social media, like everything, has its wonderful qualities and it has its major flaws. It’s okay for our feelings about it to change – as long as it’s not completely draining us or making us so unhappy that we’re not able to function in “real life” (if that’s the case for you, I urge you to completely get off all of it as soon as you can, at least for a few days. It will do wonders for your soul)…

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How learning to cook made me happier + healthier

It wasn’t until my last few years in college that I realized I knew pretty much nothing about cooking. I grew up in a wonderful and loving household, but neither my mom nor my dad (nor either of my stepparents) would ever really cook on a regular basis. We had a lot of takeout and store-bought foods and simpler meals like pasta with tomato sauce, so I never had anyone who taught me the ins and outs of cooking – how to make a meal out of random ingredients in the fridge, how to use healthier substitutes, or how many store-bought items you could make from scratch.

In college I started to see how amazing and creative cooking could be. I lived with three amazing women in my senior year who are still my best friends to this day, and two of them also happened to be incredible cooks. I watched with awe and envy as they effortlessly threw together amazing and healthy meals right there in our teeny tiny apartment kitchen and I thought, “I want to learn how to do that!” The truth was, I didn’t even know you could make so many things from scratch – I had never even thought about it…

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The podcast you need to be listening to if you struggle with anxiety

I discovered the Awesome with Alison podcast through one of my favorite lifestyle blogs, Studio DIY, who featured her podcast on their blog because they are the LA guests for her Awesome with Alison IRL podcast tour! So that’s how I stumbled upon Awesome with Alison, and let me tell you…this is now one of my favorite. podcasts. EVER! And I listen to a lot of podcasts. This podcast has a special, magical mix of hilarity, vulnerability, positivity, and uniqueness that lifts me up every time I listen in.

Alison’s story is also a really interesting one, and she lets us in on a lot of those details through the podcast. Alison is an incredibly charismatic, successful, and creative entrepreneur who has been creating content online for over a decade, but she isn’t afraid to tell us that she still struggles with anxiety, feelings of worthiness and comparison, and mom guilt (she and her husband have three young kids)…

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How feminism has shaped my views on what it means to live a balanced life

Until I was in college, I honestly never thought much about feminism. I obviously knew the basic history of the women’s movement that I had learned in my history and English classes, but it wasn’t until I picked up Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg in 2013 that I really started to understand why feminism was still necessary and how far we still have to go. I know Lean In is divisive and while there are certainly issues with it, it opened my eyes to feminism in a new way. When I read it, I was newly in a serious relationship that I could see turning into marriage (spoiler alert – I’m getting married to him in a few months!) and at 21 I was starting to think about my future as a wife and mother. But that book came to me at the right time, because the real reason I became a self-proclaimed feminist (and have never looked back) was mainly because I was disheartened by how I saw femininity and masculinity playing out in fraternities and sororities when I was a college student…

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