Hi! Welcome! I’m so excited you found my blog. Wellness blogs are a saturated space right now. It definitely 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: 

  • Honesty

  • 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.

Ok, but what do I know? Where do I get off naming myself an authority figure in the wellness community? (Man, was that your suspicion or my depression? It’s so hard to tell).  

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 took a break from a high stress job to detox, re-center and pick the next great career path in 2015. Then I went right back to my old ways in 2016, until 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.

I'd like to say that finding health and wellness is this organic, natural process. But clearly, based on the evidence above, it’s not. 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 I’m hoping it will also become my career. My undergraduate degree is in Literary Journalism and my writing has been published under my name in one extraordinary circumstance, and under other people’s names, the rest of the time. Some of the more interesting ghost-writing 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.