I haven’t written much yet on my struggles with depression in my teens/early 20’s. Those are perhaps my most real memories. They made me who I am; they prepared me for what came next. (After all, if I could make it through some of those dark times, I could definitely make it through physical pain). … More The way I wish I could write: Natalie Breuer, “On Depression”
In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions and goals, I thought I’d share this really great article I found recently on nutrition “myths.” Fitness Magazine interviewed registered dietitians on how their perspectives on healthy eating have changed over time. These RD’s talk about some of the conventional wisdom regarding nutrition coming out of recent decades, … More Out with the old: Saying goodbye to 90’s nutrition advice
“I have been away. I have often thought of how to begin this blog again after a long hiatus and then more time would pass and there it stood waiting for me to speak, write, and reach out. The reason for my silence is the same reason for beginning this blog. Living with chronic illness … More A Returning
So I’ve been clearing out all the old stuff from my storage unit. Finding so many reminders of all the plans I once had. The high-heeled boots I bought senior year of high school, right before the Halloween dance. My friends and I were all going to go as “sexy cops.” (I know). My running … More A Clearing
It’s so interesting for me to go back to San Francisco. As you may remember, I spent a few weeks in SF back in June, following a good friend’s wedding in Napa Valley. I actually just wrapped up another trip out there. I spent most of September in SF, staying with a friend and trying … More San Francisco, Revisited
A friend posted this article about the pitfalls of positive psychology on Facebook this morning, and gosh– it resonated. I’ve honestly been annoyed by the concept of positive thinking for a long time. It seems like most of the time, when someone tells urges you to be more “positive,” what they really mean is that … More The ‘Tyranny’ of Positive Thinking
I’ve held off on writing this post until I was absolutely sure, but the time has come for me to make my official pronouncement. In my post at the end of this past June, I explained how my SI joints were unexpectedly doing better following my 3 weeks in California. At first, I had thought … More The end of my SI joint problems is officially in sight.
I’ve been away from my blog for the past month, and I have so much to tell you all. I took what was supposed to be a five-day trip to a wedding in California, and turned it into an amazing, impromptu two and a half week stay. To be honest, I was really scared to … More Newfound possibility
I’ve realized something about myself recently– something that has implications for my ability to heal. I’m sharing it with you all, in case it can help spark a similar realization for anyone else out there. *** As many of you know, when I was in high school I had an eating disorder. I was very … More Inner Limits
Here is an amazing talk, given by social psychologist Amy Cuddy, on how the way we feel about ourselves can affect our physical experience of our bodies. I first stumbled upon it a few years ago, and every time I watch it, I find it’s still relevant to my own life. Dr. Cuddy’s … More Amy Cuddy on Personal Power, Posture, & Body Language
And one foot pointing toward my dreams… I haven’t been able to write as much as I’d like recently, because I’ve been busy focusing on my real-world exploits: specifically, earning money for grad school. It’s hard to find the right balance. Follow your dreams and the money will come, they say. But when your dreams … More One foot in the real world…
Central sensitization: the back story to just about every story I tell on this blog. I’ve written the phrase a million times, but always in passing, always with a link to an article somewhere else. I think it’s high time the topic gets its own post. Practice Makes Perfect We’ve all heard the phrase “practice … More What is central sensitization?
In Part 1 of this series, I explained how the learning the “muscle energy technique” from my physical therapist Paula marked a turning point for me in my SI joint journey. Above, I’m including a Youtube video of a physical therapist demonstrating this technique. (I actually use a few different variations on the moves she … More An Update on my Sacroiliac Joint Saga, Part 2
A frustrated family member asked me this question once, and it really stuck with me. As much as I believe in my own reasons for writing, it kind of freaked me out. What if other people are wondering the same thing? How can I have an entire series of posts about how my life was … More “Why are you writing about overcoming pain, when you’re still in pain?”