Make like a Plant: On Choosing Joy

Plants always choose the light.

Houseplants are wonderful. They clean the air, purify the energy of a room, and brighten up the space they occupy. My grandma has three big, beautiful jasmine plants in her living room that fill the space with lush greenery and—a few times a year—the sweet aroma of jasmine flowers. She must have one of the greenest thumbs in the world; sometimes, I’m actually convinced she’s goddess of abundance incarnate. It’s incredible. She’s the reason that, about nine months ago, I decided to start nurturing some plants of my own. She really inspired me. Continue reading “Make like a Plant: On Choosing Joy”

The Solar Plexus Chakra: Signs of Blockage and How to Heal

The third piece in the Chakra Series

Welcome back to my Chakra Series for post #3—the solar plexus chakra! I’m extremely excited to be writing this article today. It has been a week of difficult but for-the-best change in my life, and I’ve felt my solar plexus chakra opening up and radiating with an incredibly intense energy. It feels like I’ve really come into my personal power, to the point where I’ve jokingly warned my friends that they are about to be overwhelmed by the love and energy that’s coursing through my veins, threatening to envelop everything within a 50-mile radius. Continue reading “The Solar Plexus Chakra: Signs of Blockage and How to Heal”

The Root Chakra: Signs of Blockage and How to Heal

The first piece in the Chakra Series

Welcome to my Chakra Series! Last week, I wrote an article called “Chakras: The Basics and How You Can Heal Yours.” There was quite a bit of positive feedback on the article (which I GREATLY appreciated), and to continue on the subject, I decided to begin this series, which will explore and discuss each chakra in greater depth, one at a time. We’ll be looking at the basic information about each chakra, as well as signs of imbalances and blockages and a variety of ways that each chakra can be cleared for optimal healing. Continue reading “The Root Chakra: Signs of Blockage and How to Heal”

My Struggles with Anxiety and The Best Ways to Cope

It’s important to own our stories.

This past Tuesday was World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of and shatter the stigmas associated with mental health issues. In honor of World Mental Health Day—and really, for the purpose of helping myself and others cope with all the crazy stuff going on in our beautiful minds—I want to give my take on mental health (anxiety in particular) and share some of the practices that have helped me heal and cope. Continue reading “My Struggles with Anxiety and The Best Ways to Cope”

7 Benefits of Listening to Music

Music actually does make you happier!

Hello, Sunshine!

So let me start this out by saying that I have always had a love for music, as most people probably have. As a child, I was a competitive dancer and loved to make music using my tap shoes, and later on, I played the piano. When I was in middle school and high school, I did choir and show choir, and over the years, I have often looked to positive, uplifting music to help me boost my mood. Continue reading “7 Benefits of Listening to Music”