Post BBQ Blues…

So you’ve eaten and drank all the things, and are currently questioning your life choices. What’s particularly rough about this year’s Independence Day holiday is that it fell on a Thursday. So maybe you’ve got leftovers today and you’re thinking ‘Well these can’t go to waste, so I might as well eat them up.’ And then the weekend rolls around, and doesn’t everyone cheat on … Continue reading Post BBQ Blues…

Within & Out

In an era of hashtags and highlight reels masquerading as real life, it’s normal to feel as if you’re the last person in the room to pull it all together. It’s normal to see people your age (or younger) in places doing/achieving things that you’d never conceptualized, let alone made plans to execute. It’s also normal – in the interest of fomo (fear of missing … Continue reading Within & Out

A Big Journey To A New Lifestyle: No More Self Hate

The day before Thanksgiving, for the first time in almost 20 years, I weighed under 350 lbs. This is usually where I would crack a joke about how big I am but I won’t. Over what I have deemed “the worst summer ever” (more about that some other time, maybe) I watched a Netflix stand up comedy special, “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette”.  I was struck by something that … Continue reading A Big Journey To A New Lifestyle: No More Self Hate

JoAnna Stephens: LOVE over FEAR

My name is JoAnna Stephens. I am a storyteller, an artist, a futurist, and I have brain cancer. My biggest fear has always been being perceived as crazy. Living in a world I am the only one in agreement with. Being completely isolated in my own brain with no one to share my experiences with. It’s funny how your biggest fear is generally the thing … Continue reading JoAnna Stephens: LOVE over FEAR