The Importance of Rest

Rest is important. Yet we live in a world where the masses worship at the alter of busyness. We try to appear productive, so others will perceive us to be important. In a society where worth is tied closely to output, rest is often placed on the back burner, sometimes forgotten entirely. I'll be the... Continue Reading →

Lay Low and Go Slow

Over the last several months, my emotional state has been cycling through periods of relief, anticipation, dread, and hope. In the last nine months, doctors have presented me with the good, the bad, and the uncertain. However, it's only in the last week or so that I've been able to apply the wisdom I have... Continue Reading →

My 5 Favorite Vegan Cookbooks

Five years ago, I admittedly had no idea what vegetarians ate or how they met their nutritional needs. When I met my boyfriend, he had been a vegetarian for over 13 years, so I immediately began my inquisition. What do you eat? Where do you get your protein? Do you feel satisfied after plant-based meals?... Continue Reading →

10 Lessons From 10 Years of Yoga

I began yoga at age 19 after a car accident caused some damage to the muscles around my scapula. After a year of physical therapy did nothing to resolve the muscle weakness, my mom suggested we try yoga. I reluctantly agreed. Together, we attended private lessons, where the instructor worked with our unique bodies and structural... Continue Reading →

Disease is a Messenger With Good News

Lately, I've been trying to wrap my head around why I became sick. Was it that candy bar I splurged on? Was it that week I skipped my workouts? Is it because I've been dissatisfied with my career? Why would I--a healthy young woman who meditates, exercises, and eats organic foods--succumb to a rare and... Continue Reading →

What is Valley Fever?

Valley fever is an infection caused by inhaling the microscopic spores of a particular fungus that lives in the arid soil of Arizona and California. For some, the infection is completely asymptomatic, while for others the disease can be fatal. My Story I was first diagnosed with valley fever 3 1/2 years ago. The fungal... Continue Reading →

The Infection That Never Went Away

I've been to over 50 doctors’ appointments so far this year, all of which inevitably involved a blood pressure test. The physicians typically just scrunch up their face ask if I've been tested for anemia. I reply, "I think so," and we move on. Last month, a new doctor took my blood pressure and was... Continue Reading →

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