When I was 10 years old, my mom dragged me to my first official meeting for a popular weight loss program along with my teacher at the time (it was a small town... I should start a GoFundMe to pay for all the therapy I've needed since then). Succumbing to the pressure of diet culture led to a spiral of low self esteem, a poor relationship with food, and disordered eating.
Later in my teen years, as I played tennis and swam competitively, I developed a healthier relationship with fitness when I started working out with a personal trainer; I discovered women can lift heavy, and working out shouldn't be a chore. I also met with a registered dietitian who helped me understand proper nutrition for an adolescent girl (hint: carbs are not the enemy!). That carried me through college where I worked the fitness desk at MizzouRec while studying magazine journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
As a New York City-based professional writer, editor, and content strategist with more than a decade of experience, I'm passionate about creating health, fitness, and wellness stories in an inclusive and approachable way. Fueled by my own experiences with depression, anxiety, and an eventual bipolar II diagnosis, I'm also committed to erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness and eager to share stories that shed light on mental health. In 2019, I launched the now-annual POPSUGAR Mental Health Matters features hub for Mental Health Awareness Month in May to spread awareness and help those who live with a mental illness feel less isolated.
I believe in quality over clickbait. I'm also a pro at leveraging data for content strategy and optimizing articles for SEO and social media. I don't always make it to the gym, and sometimes I choose pizza over a salad, but I love learning about health and sharing that information with like-minded readers.
You can find my byline in: SELF, VICE, POPSUGAR, Men's Health, SHAPE, Thrillist, Eat This, Not That!, and more.