Well Wild Women – Interview with my mother, Cynthia Charis

It’s fitting that my first “Well Wild Woman” in this feature is none other than my own mother, Cynthia Charis. I truly would not be the badass woman I am today without her (she was my first example of a well wild woman, after all). My mom has run her own business since I was young, and has always been an incredible example to me of “having it all.” I’ve watched her closely as she has navigated parenting me, running her own business, being an amazing wife, and pursuing her own pursuits and interests. She always made it clear that she loved me and would always be there to support me, but that she was her own person, too…

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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”…

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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…

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How I overcame my sugar addiction, and how you can, too!

Oh, Halloween. One of my very favorite holidays when I was a kid. Why, you ask? Was it the costumes? The scary movies? The changing of the seasons? (Well, sort of – I am from LA after all!) Nope – it was the candy that was my absolute favorite part of Halloween. A holiday where I got to walk around my neighborhood and get free candy?! That was better than Christmas for me. Because I. love. sugar.

I’ll take sugar in almost any form, but I LOVE candy. I love it so much that I would make myself sick – I remember one year when I was younger where I ate so much candy after Halloween that I my body literally rejected it all and I got really sick because I had had too much – whoops. I was, and have been all my life, addicted to sugar…

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Why I love CBD for sleep, stress, and anxiety!

So far on this blog, I’ve mentioned a lot of mental strategies to deal with anxiety. But, as we know, anxiety can have a lot of physical effects as well as mental effects. For me, one of the most difficult physical symptoms of anxiety that I struggle with is trouble sleeping. It’s like the moment I lay down to sleep, my mind decides it has to both a) run through every single event of my day and analyze everything I said and did and what other people said and did and b) start thinking about everything I have to do tomorrow/this week/this year, what my five-year plan should be, what I need to pack for that next trip, what I need to get next time I go to CVS, and…you see where this is going. My mind just seems to explode with thoughts at bed time, making it difficult for me to sleep even when I’m tired…

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