Hi! Welcome! I’m so excited you found my blog. Wellness blogs are a saturated space right now. It means a lot to me that you’ve made it this far and are still reading.
So let’s make this worth your time. Why follow me on A Fiery Peace? Because 1 in 4 people will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Maybe you’re that 1. Maybe it’s your mom, or your best friend, or your partner. Maybe you’re like me and your mental illness is a chronic condition.
What you can expect to find on this blog:
Real talk about life with mental illness
Meditations on gratitude, appreciation, happiness and the finer emotions of life
Explorations of anger, resentment, guilt, and shame - because that’s real life too
Recipes that I'm jazzed about and their original sources
Musings on fitness, body image, and what strength means to me
Open minded, (mostly) non-judgmental thinking
My goal is to share openly and honestly about my own lifelong journey with mental illness in hopes that you’ll read these posts and feel less alone, less stigmatized, and less shame. I have had times of ease, I’ve found happiness, but I’ve also been to intensive hospital treatment programs, suffered a 6-week manic episode, and have learned that trauma has its grip on my anxiety and depression.
I like to think that the work that I do to achieve health and wellness can help inspire you as well. I'm here to support, motivate, inform and guide my readers to greater physical and mental health (you guys, they are SUPER connected). We’re in this together.
I'm a writer and marketer who has been immersed in the wine and restaurant industries for the good part of my professional life. I had a MONSTER episode with mental illness in 2018. It took a 2-month disability leave, an intensive outpatient treatment program at a hospital, a psychiatrist, medication, a therapist, and a strong community to help me stabilize.
This episode was the wake up call I didn’t know I needed. I left the wine industry and committed myself to writing - for this blog, for local publications, and for business clients.
I've learned that wellness is built upon active decision making every single day. It looks like different things to different people. We all have our own unique formula. And sometimes, (it’s ok guys, like really really ok) our magical formulas simply aren’t enough. And during those times, we need professionals to piece us back together again.
What has become very clear to me is the importance of fitness, nutrition, spirituality, and psychology in forming my healthiest self. I am in constant pursuit of physical and mental health. I actively practice kindness and acceptance. It takes a lot of work. But, with every decision I make that is fueled by wellness, I get that much closer to my aspirational self. By the way, she is an earthly goddess who never has suicidal tendencies.
To get all marketing on you, I want to be transparent. I am not a nutritionist. I am not a personal trainer. I am not a psychologist. I am not and cannot be your doctor. I am a regular human woman. I have a therapist and a psychiatrist gluing me together. I run, practice yoga, and cross-train with barre classes. Health magazines and the internet are my nutritional guides. I journal and charge my crystals when the moon is full. I maybe place too much value in astrology and numerology.
Writing is my creative outlet and my career. My undergraduate degree is in Literary Journalism. I write the Locavore Lowdown, a Napa Valley restaurant review column, and contribute other pieces on local Napa news. I also work as a ghostwriter. Some of the more interesting ghostwriting projects have been encyclopedia articles on the American West (this probably makes more sense if I tell you I have a Master’s degree in Early American History), forewords to books, and a celebrity chef’s blog.
I think of myself as a human aggregator (I told you this was going to get marketingy). I eat, sleep, breathe holistic wellness. This blog is a collection of information on wellness based on my personal experience practicing the tips and tools I acquire from my therapist, readings, and daily life.