I'm a loud and proud hedonist. Here's why you should be too…

Hedonists are labeled as greedy pleasure-seekers with no moral compass. But that's such an archaic stereotype! In fact, the Church's Seven Deadly Sins (lust, pride, sloth, greed, envy, wrath, gluttony) are basic human feelings that, as a hedonist, I feel we shouldn't be shamed for.

The unexpected essentials for moving into your first apartment

Most of that is my experience as a young (and broke) kid, freshly moved out of my parents place (with generally only the clothes on my back, and a couple of books I had brought with me). So I'm going to list a few "essentials" (some of them may seem weird) for the first few weeks. You will probably need these asap, and everything else can come afterwards…

There were no books for an African American girl in a wheelchair, so I wrote one

When I went looking for a bedtime book that I felt my child could relate to, I came up short. Actually, I came up empty. I searched local independent bookstores, well-known chain bookstores like Barnes & Noble, and even online looking for a book that had an African American girl in a wheelchair on the cover, and quickly discovered there was nothing. It simply did not exist.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands…

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Woman walking strong: I stopped giving way on the sidewalk and found my power

I decided to experiment with what I thought of as "walking strong." It felt unfair to be constantly vigilant and pre-emptively moving out of people's way. My hypothesis was that holding my ground would be much less stressful. I walked as if in tadasana (mountain pose) and immediately felt more powerful.

On the sidewalk, I had a constant buzz of adrenaline, feeling like I was playing chicken with every person coming at me. I quickly noticed something…

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4 hacks for floor-baring plus-size closet organization

For most of my life, I envied my friends' neat, tidy closets. I kept wondering why, no matter what I did, my closets always seemed to be absolute black holes.  

Plus-size clothing is fundamentally different than straight-size clothing (more fabric, bigger necklines, etc.), so I don't know why it took me so long to realize that our clothing storage needs would be different, too!