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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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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Feeling lost? This book can help!

How many times have we heard, “I just feel so lost”? Or how about “I don’t know what I’m doing or where I’m going in life”? It’s a particular human affliction to feel like we need to have every step on our path mapped out for us to feel comfortable, and I know I definitely fall into that trap much more often than I’d like. The truth is that life is not linear. We don’t ever know where we’re going, even if we think we do. As someone who tends to make decisions quickly just because I want to have some kind of plan and because I want to feel like I know what my future is going to look like, this is a particularly painful (and terrifying) realization.

But in the expert (and hilarious, and no-nonsense) hands of Maxie McCoy, feeling like we don’t have everything all figured out doesn’t seem so bad after all. I first discovered Maxie through instagram (@maxiemccoy) and I immediately loved her bright, bubbly, feminist aesthetic – intrigued, I quickly clicked over to her website to learn more about her and immediately devoured her story…

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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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My relationship with anxiety – how it started and where I am now

This post originally started as this post about mindfulness and meditation, where I briefly mention my struggles with anxiety and how that prompted me to begin looking into healthy coping mechanisms to manage it. But as I wrote the post, the part where I describe my journey with anxiety – originally just supposed to be a brief few sentences – began to stretch into many paragraphs and I realized I had a lot more to say than I originally thought. I wanted the post about mindfulness to be mostly about mindfulness, so I picked a few key points and saved the rest for later. So here, I want to share more a more in-depth account of my experiences with anxiety in the hopes that someone else who may be struggling with this feels less alone…

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