When we’re kids, we are constantly asked what we want to “be” when we grow up. Of course, the question is meant to ask how we want to toil for money once we are mature adults contributing to society and paying bills, but that would be overwhelming to a child, right? Asking them to define… Read More Defining success by happiness, kindness, and having a dog.
Ever feel like you have things completely figured out? You are ROCKING this life thing like a boss? Nah, me neither. I don’t know a damn thing. I question every decision I make, and blame myself HARD for every struggle. Do you know that for awhile, I was convinced I had an incurable illness, and… Read More On anger, guilt, fear, and shame. But most of all, faith.
I took a little time away from writing. I took a little time away from a lot of things. Some of them were due to a minor injury: yoga, running. Others were due to a general feeling of overwhelm (partially because I was missing the yoga and running), and that general feeling led to a… Read More A Love Letter to Me, from Me.
I like to look put together. I’m no fashion model, and my hair and makeup routine is pretty efficient, but I have the basics down. Earrings are a must. Hair wrestled into straight lines or pulled back, enough makeup to look even-toned and bright-eyed. Outfit pulled together and un-spilled-upon (at least to start). Ready to… Read More Pulled Together on the Inside
Welcome to the very first GUEST BLOGGER post on Starfish Diaries! I’m beyond thrilled to introduce you to the talented, brilliant, hilarious Emilie Castro, who I have been so lucky to know for the vast majority of my life. In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought it would be a good… Read More Guest Blogger Emilie Castro: In Honor Of Mental Health Awareness Month
“Stop worrying about whether you’re doing it right, because you’re probably not.” I heard some version of this quote on a podcast recently, in a discussion about the best advice one had ever gotten from a yoga teacher. I loved it immediately, not only because it rings comically true for my yoga practice, but also… Read More How to shake a bad case of the “shoulds.”
A few weeks ago, I finished up a 4 Week Food Plan with the intention of cutting processed foods out of my diet. For the first 3 weeks, I was writing weekly updates on my progress, and then, whether you realized it or not, I kind of let the subject drop. That was intentional, because… Read More Lessons Learned from 4 Weeks off Processed Foods, and My Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
I’m invading your inbox today not for a full length blog post, but to give you a sneak preview…a “taste” if you will…of some additions coming soon to Starfish Diaries! Numero Uno…Recipes! I’m certainly not a professional chef, but I have a lot of fun putting together creative, good-for-you, vegan recipes in the kitchen. My… Read More A Taste of What’s to Come
As a person with anxiety, I find that I have to be a vigilant gatekeeper for the information that I allow myself to digest. For example, I am very careful not to read books or watch movies that are very sad or very scary. Scratch that- even a little sad or a little scary. I’m… Read More The Vigilant Gatekeeper: protecting myself from anxiety triggers, and fun facts about popcorn.
I’ve been meaning to write a post on veganism for awhile, but struggled to find the right time. I know that any mention of a vegan lifestyle is an immediate turnoff for a lot of people, and it was important to me to establish myself as a non-judgy, somewhat normal (hmm, might’ve failed there) fellow… Read More Vegan is not a 4 letter word. And yes, I miss cheese.