I Tried Acupuncture: My ORA Experience

Disclosure: I received my services free of charge through ORA’s PR agency. However, they did not ask me to write this review, nor did they tell me what to say about ORA. I paid for everything outside of the main service myself (i.e. cafe and shop purchases). All opinions are my own. I have always […]

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Taking Up Space

Below is the full piece I started to share on my Instagram today. It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with my body image for years. Between being a woman in today’s society and living in a chronically ill body that doesn’t give me much control over how I look or feel, my mind has become […]

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A Letter to My Nana

Nana. Nan. Virginia. Vee. Ma. You went by many names, but the one I feel luckiest to have called you is “friend.” Lots of people are close with their grandparents, but it feels like a rare privilege that I was able to call my grandmother my friend, too.  Nowadays, people in my generation seem to […]

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What I’ve Learned From a Year in Therapy

I’ve been going to therapy once per week for about a year now. It’s the first time I’ve been consistent about it, and the first time I’ve developed a real connection with a therapist.  The other day, my dad asked me if my anxiety was better. I told him that’s not really how it works. […]

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My Body Is Not My Worth

I’ve spent so many years battling my body. Let me put that another way. I’m only 28, yet I’ve spent more than half of my life critiquing the skin I live in.  When I type that out, it makes me so incredibly sad. Here I am, a strong, smart, kind woman—reducing my worth to the […]

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What I’ve Learned From a Year in NYC

I’ve been living in New York City for a full year. I never thought I’d say that! Well, that’s a lie. When I was younger, I always imagined that I’d move to NYC post-college and live out my fashion dreams. But once I graduated, I wasn’t so sure about it. Mostly, I didn’t know how […]

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Let’s Talk Diabetes

A couple of weeks ago, my therapist asked me if I wanted to discuss my diabetes. She noted that when we first met, I mentioned that it was—obviously—a huge part of my life and therefore had a huge effect on my anxiety and depression.  I told her that I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to […]

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As Told By Women

Recently, I had the honor of writing an article for the website As Told By Women. Their mission is to inspire and empower women everywhere by sharing stories of resiliency. When they reached out and asked if I’d be willing to share my story of living with chronic illness, I said yes immediately. If you […]

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