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    6 New-To-Me Workouts I’ve Tried in Madison This Winter

    After being injured for most of the fall, I was so excited to get back into working out this winter. I have my usual favorite workouts here in Madison (Dragonfly’s Power Up and Flyght), but I wanted to mix things up and try some new classes. ClassPass was doing a free month deal in January for Madison folks, so I jumped on there and have been trying new classes like crazy. I always like hearing people’s opinions of workout classes, so I thought I’d share some thoughts on the studios I’ve tried here in Madison over the past couple of months. Peter Kraus Fitness – If you’re looking for a…

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    Wear Red for Women Today (with the AHA)

    Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women? I had absolutely no idea. I’ve never seen a woman have a heart attack in a movie. I was never taught about heart disease in health class. I’ve never really even thought about my heart health as a twenty-something woman. So, I was floored to learn that cardiovascular disease claims more lives of women each year than all forms of cancer combined. I consider myself to be an advocate for women’s health in all forms, so when my friend and photographer Liz reached out about helping the American Heart Association spread the word about women’s heart health…

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    How I Get the Most Out of Therapy

    When I posted on Instagram last month that I was going back to therapy, I was totally blown away by the response – it was my most liked photo almost immediately and y’all shared such honest and insightful comments. So, I wanted to continue the conversation and share a little bit more about my journey with therapy, since I really think it needs to be talked about and normalized a lot more! I started going to therapy when I was 19. I had just gone through my first real breakup and was struggling with disordered eating, feelings of depression, and just generally didn’t feel like myself. At first I felt…

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    Happy 2020! Here’s a lil’ life update!

    It’s 2020, y’all! I have to say it feels pretty weird because I remember the night it turned 2000 like it was yesterday (anyone remember these glasses very distinctly?). But here we are and honestly, I’m actually really excited about 2020. Not in a ‘Thank God 2019 is Over’ kind of way, although there are quite a few things I don’t mind leaving in the past, but because I have a renewed energy for 2020 that I thought I’d never have. Ever since I got out of school in 2016, I’ve been looking for The Thing. You know – the dream, the ambition, the career. To me this is especially…

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    What I Learned Training for (and Not Running) a Marathon

    The last time I checked in on here about my marathon training I was just starting out and so excited about it, but a lot has changed since then! I still love running, I’m excited by the prospect of running a marathon, but unfortunately that won’t be happening this year. I made a promise to myself at the beginning of my training that I wasn’t going to let the excitement of one race ruin my longterm health – if I got injured, I was done. I love running way too much to risk a major injury. So when I pulled my left hamstring as a result of overcompensation, it was…

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    A Little Wine-Induced Essay About Adult Friendship

    Psychologists say that if a friendship lasts longer than 7 years it will last for a lifetime and I especially believe that if those years are in your 20’s. Priorities, personalities, and lifestyles all change so much in these years and it can be tough to navigate all of those changes and stay close. That’s why as I get older, I appreciate my friendships more and more. I feel really lucky to have a couple core groups of lifelong friends that have ridden the seas of change with me and show no signs of drifting away any time soon. In fact, I feel like our friendships are even stronger now…

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    I’m Training for a Marathon!

    Guys! I’m finally doing it! I’ve been talking about running a marathon for years and I’m equal parts excited, terrified, and somehow already exhausted. This is a huge step for me on my running journey and I can’t wait to share all the ups and downs (oh so many downs lol) of my marathon training process. I thought I’d start with the basics, so read on to learn about which marathon I’m running, how I plan on training for it, and why I got myself into this mess in the first place. Wish me luck! Which One: I’m running the Madison Marathon on November 10th! I chose this one for…

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    My Experience Getting Off Birth Control

    Buckle up, y’all. This one’s a bumpy ride. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I got off birth control for the first time in almost 7 years in early February. I’ve read studies and listened to testimonials from other women that felt profound emotional differences after getting off birth control and it’s immensely improved their mental health. This was my main reason for getting off of it: I wanted to know if it was making me depressed and anxious (or if I’m just naturally depressed and anxious). It’s been so long since I’ve known myself without hormones, so I wanted to see…

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    5 Fun Things I’ve Done This Spring

    If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve been dealing with some mental health stuff lately (I’m gonna share more a little while), so instead of dwelling on how awful all that shit’s been I wanted to share some fun, wonderful things that I’ve been up to. I was listening to a podcast recently and on it songwriter, Emily Warren, was talking about sometimes when you’re depressed you want to write the song that fits the mood you aspire to be in instead of the one you’re in. That’s basically this post. I’m definitely feeling a lot better now, but things were rough for a few…

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    My Digital Detox

    A few weeks ago, I hit a social media WALL. I woke up one day and had absolutely no interest in it anymore. I felt burnt out, uninspired, and totally drained by social. I understand where it came from: I was doing way too much at once. I was working overtime at my full time job, working a second job nights and weekends, and fitting in networking events or coffee dates in wherever I could. Oh and I had a birthday, two weekends of family in town, and the rest of my social life. At first, I thrived on being busy. After being laid off twice and having been unemployed…