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It hurts to grow up and everybody does
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be an adult and how it feels very different from what I imagined it to be when I was a kid. As a kid it felt like all adults must have things figured out, but I’m beginning to suspect that I assumed incorrectly. I recently had a moment where I looked around and realized that my friends—and I, too—are working adult jobs at reputable companies and I didn’t really feel it happening. I knew at some point we would be adults and become the ones running the world, but I thought it would feel different. Or feel like something at least.
Running my way through a season of change
The last few months have been full of change for me—and historically I have not been the greatest with change. My best friend Christina moved away in July and I quit my job the same week. I didn’t plan for things to go quite like that, but I knew in my heart that it was time to quit and the universe gave me an opening. I had another few weeks of work after giving notice, but I was faced with the immediate question of what to do next.
For years I told myself (and everyone I know) that I wanted to get back to graphic design, but I never actually made the move. It was what I’d been planning to do since I was 14—and what I went to school for, but after college I fell into working in reproductive rights and then stayed because I knew it was important work. But after years of just sort of floating along, I realized if I didn’t make a change, I would keep floating away from my dreams.
The thing is making a change is hard.
In-flight skincare: how to make a long flight feel more like a trip to the spa
My friend Shanna has been saying for a while that I’m very into beauty. I always denied it because I pretty much never wear makeup and I’m sort of a dunce when it comes to my hair (my daily styling product is just water), but finally had to admit that if skincare counts as “beauty,” she might be onto something. When I was on vacation over the summer and looked at all the tiny skincare products and mask samples stuffed into my toiletry bag and had to face the truth. So, fine! I will admit that I’m very into my skincare routine and keeping it up on the go.
When I travel, I always make sure to bring all of my usual daily products (or at least ones I’ve used before and like) to use while I’m away from home. During my last international trip, though, I decided to step it up and do some skincare during the flight as well.
How working out changed my relationship with my body
8 ways to create a consistent workout routine
Summer Reads: 5 books I read and loved
Self Care Sunday: the transformative power of being alone
Reclaiming my title: how identifying as an athlete changed my life
13 things I learned from spinning at Peloton
How I set big—but attainable—goals for the New Year
10 things to help you live your best hygge life
Finding the courage to rest
Training for life
How the Election Forced Me to Prioritize Self-Care
I'm Melissa, an Art Director and everyday athlete. I started blogging to share my personal wellness journey—from coping with depression to using fitness as a vehicle to practice taking up space, facing my fears, overcoming perfectionism, and recognizing my accomplishments.