How I Conquered my Eating Disorder - A Ballet Dancer's Story

From a very young age, I was exposed to the world of ballet, in which creativity meets high discipline. Nothing compared to the rush I felt after winning my first ballet recital, and so my love affair with dance began. Most of my afternoons as a child were happily spent in tights and leotards. I ended up trying every kind of dance from ballet and contemporary, to modern and jazz; I just couldn't get enough....more

Team NutriBullet - Round Two

To those who applied... The Team NutriBullet Round 2 Questionnaire (R2Q) went out to all the Alumni yesterday, and to new applicants today! ...more

What I Learned About Myself When I Grew Out My Armpit Hair

When the whole armpit hair thing became all the rage this summer, I thought I'd give it a try. Unless you've been under a rock, there's a good chance you've been reading about women growing out their armpit hair for a variety of reasons. For some, it's bucking the patriarch and taking a feminist stand; for others it's all about being natural and parading about with hairy armpits just as a man would. ...more

You Weight Does Not Define Your Self Worth

A few weeks ago, something happened to me. Something unexpected. Not something goofy or crazy but for once, something good. Something really good. I realized my weight does not define my self worth....more

Kerry Washington Isn't Stressing Over Her Post-Baby Body, So Why Are You?

Editor's Note: In a recent interview for SELF magazine, actress Kerry Washington, 38, said this about getting her pre-baby body back, "I've been really focused on not being 'back' to anything, but being the best version of myself right now. My body is the site of a miracle now. I don't want to be pre-miracle." And here's another take from a BlogHer Member on post-baby bodies and how women feel about them. The admonition that we should love our bodies is oddly authoritarian. Nonetheless, I tried. And, for the longest time I couldn't figure out why this advice irked me, or why it was slightly suffocating. Shouldn't I want to love my body? Shouldn't that be the ultimate body image goal? Not necessarily. Love in and of itself is lovely. But telling women they need to love their bodies is not. Why? Because body love assumes our thoughts should fall at the extreme end of the emotional spectrum. ...more

7 Non-invasive Cosmetic Procedures for the Every Day Woman

When people think about plastic surgery many people cringe as some procedures seem like they would be painful. In fact, there are quite a few procedures that are minimally invasive that can have you in and out of a doctor’s office in a matter of hours. With this being said, the non-invasive procedures are still very effective to the patient’s end goal....more

Running Without a Tampon... What If People Can Tell We're Menstruating?

I’m fairly brave. I let my roots show. I routinely socialize with family members while sober. I attend formal events while wearing a “Will Commit Sins for Chipotle” t-shirt.Mad brave.But fellow runner Kiran Gandhi recently took bravery to a whole new level....more

SCHOOL DRESS CODES: FOLLOW THEM OR GET THEM CHANGED. THE END.

Originally posted August 17, 2015 on CaptainOptimist.com...more

The Day I Stopped Caring About My Offensive Boobs

We’re just back from (partially) summering in Buenos Aires, which probably sounds a lot fancier than it actually is.  I’m still in a sleep-deprived fog and feeling lots of the feelings these days.  I actually blame it on the Spanish-dubbed version of “Inside Out” that we saw while we were down there.  P.S.- In case you were wondering, the Spanish-speaking version of Lewis Black sounds EXACTLY the same.  He should definitely consider calling himself Luis Negro…...more