Body Acceptance Workshop

This past weekend I was able to attend Around the Plate‘s first Body Acceptance Workshop at Central Michigan University. This workshop featured three different presenters, breakout sessions in between presentations, and a yoga class at the end. Weight loss myths, looking at your body as perfectly imperfect, and finding a healthier approach to food were…

Inside the Mind of an Introvert

As a little girl, I was incredibly shy. People would constantly tease me because I was quiet, and directly ask if words ever came out of my mouth. Experiencing this on a day-to-day basis made me very insecure about myself. Looking around, I always noticed the outgoing and extroverted individuals being praised and looked at…

Beautiful Imperfections

We are living in a world that is hyper focused on perfection. Social media and individuals in the spotlight are the prime reason many of us cannot find contentment with our lives. We see these unrealistic images of bodies and lifestyles in the media that make our lives seem less than mediocre. As a result,…

My Mentor, Lianna Riley

As an incoming freshman, I was terrified of what my life at Central Michigan University was going to look like. Was I going to make new friends? Was I going to be overwhelmed with school work? Was I going to adapt well to the social aspect of college? Would I be able to handle the…

Leadership Requires A “Yes”

To me, a leader is a person who is always willing to help those in need. A leader is someone who wants to bring out the best in others, and will do anything to accomplish that goal. When a person comes to a leader for help or advice, a leader is always an open book. In that sense, a…

Leadership in the 21st Century

A leader, according to dictionary.com, is “a person who guides or directs a group.” The literal meaning of the word is pretty self-explanatory, but what makes a great leader goes beyond the literal definition of the word. In history, we have experienced a multitude of leaders, good and bad. In this post, I want to highlight a…

The Time is Now

Since I was a young girl, I was told college was going to be the best years of my life. Adults would put the idea into my head that college was where I would discover my true self, and meet some of my very best friends. After completing my first semester of college, my expectations…