"That girl is super anorexic!" she proclaims in a whisper in a dark bar. I can feel the judgement excitedly spew from her mouth. The nugget of gossip hanging in the air, as she leaves our table to happily say hello to her childhood friend.I hate that women do this to one another.We point out other women's insecurities and weaknesses, and do so to seemingly strengthen our own self-worth. We preach female empowerment: lift each other...

1 "brand new" copy of Must Girls Love on Amazon is being sold for $2,128.01 8 people have 5-star reviewed Must Girls Love on Amazon 1 person wrote, "One of the best book I've ever read!" 5,652 followers on Instagram 1,444 likes on my Facebook Writer Page 10,000(ish) people reached monthly on Facebook Hotels, restaurants, and fitness studios host me for blog features Brands send me clothes to wear and promote 33,959 totals views on my YouTube channel ...

Sometimes, when I think about my sister and cry, I'm not crying for her, but instead for my 21-year-old self who didn't yet know how drastically her life would change. Who, months from then, would, without choice, be forced into a world into which no one wants to be forced. She was a young woman who had plans and dreams, and though uncertain and fearful about life and the future like many her age, she didn't...

I’m staring at a woman across the restaurant whose body is the size of a 7-year-old’s. Her arms bend awkwardly, her feet dangle, her big, sturdy wheelchair swallows her whole. The child in me wants to ask, “What’s wrong with you? Why is your body that way?” The adult in me shuts up, stays put. Interrupting her dinner, asking these things, drawing attention to what makes her different from me—those are things we’re taught to...

CRITICISM. We all hear it, from everyone, from every direction, from every outlet. Sometimes it's positive criticism and other times it's negative. We get it from those we ask and from those we don't. We get if from those we know well and from those we have never met."You should add sexier photos. Sex sells." "Your photos shouldn't be so scandalous. Let your writing speak for itself." "You should post more about fitness, like videos and healthy...

It's true. Living joyfully is all I want.I've had enough of the rest. All the sadness and anger and despair. I want it to never appear again. I want my joy to fill every cell and pour over, like the ocean waves breaking in front of me.I say to any person I meet: Feeling and expressing emotion is healthy and wonderful. When we aren't able to identify how and why we feel a certain way and then...

Do we wait for our partners to change?At night, as the sun sets, my go-to coffeehouse transforms into an intimate wine bar. Back for the second time today to write, with Monkey on my lap, many others converse, sip, and munch with their dates and close friends amidst candle light. It's Wednesday night.In front of me, a man sits alone, but soon enough another joins, and then another. The three, obviously close buddies, sip beer (instead of wine) and...