When I was 10 years old, my mom dragged me to my first Weight Watchers meeting 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, I developed a healthier relationship with fitness when I started working out with a personal trainer who helped me understand women can lift heavy, cardio doesn't have to be boring, and exercise isn't just for aesthetics. I also met with a registered dietitian who taught me about quality nutrition and what a healthy diet should look like for a growing woman (hint: carbs are not the enemy!). That carried me through college, where I worked at MizzouRec while studying magazine journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
As a New York City-based professional digital writer and editor with 10 years 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. I believe in quality over clickbait, and I'm a pro at 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.