Why Aren’t We Talking about Money?

Money makes me happy. And we don’t talk about it enough. It’s taken me a long time to talk openly about my feelings around money, and I often still feel like it’s an icky topic. But if we don’t talk about money or the stigmas we associate it with, we will never be able to…

Positively in Progress

Being body positive doesn’t mean we don’t get to work on improving ourselves. It does mean we get to love ourselves in the process. So often we think that once we lose ten pounds, run a marathon or look like a model, we will suddenly be allowed to love ourselves. What we say to ourselves…

Accepting the Love we Think we Deserve

If you had told fourteen year old Maren that in ten years she would be engaged, sharing a home and adopting a dog with her fiance, she would have straight up told you to f*ck off. The idea of letting someone that intimately into my life was quite literally laughable. I envied girls in high…

For All the Anxious People

I feel like my brain never shuts off.  It’s constantly whirling, thinking, planning, worrying, overthinking, and quite honestly its draining.  I try to think back on a time when I didn’t have anxiety, and I honestly can’t remember my life without my overthinking. Things that people don’t give a second thought about, I think about…

Balancing Your Inner Entrepreneur

In seventh grade I gave a presentation about being a neonatologist. I loved the idea of working with babies, helping to save lives. So I found a white coat, borrowed a stethoscope from lord knows where and snagged a baby doll from my basement for the perfect prop. I loved dressing up and teaching my…

Why Aren’t We Doing What We Love?

In 5th grade I wrote a lot of poetry.  I was sort of in the beginning stages of my angst, cute enough that my bitterness about some aspects of the world wasn’t all the way formed. So my poems were happy and filled with hope. For the 5th grade talent show, I wore all black,…

Simple Blessings

I love coffee. I love the simple act of waking up in the morning, pouring grinds into a filter and letting the hot water work its magic over those grounds to bring me a hot cup of life-giving java. Needless to say, you would be hardpressed to find me in the morning without at least…

What Our Parents Teach Us About the World

Our parents help to teach us many life lessons about life and love, but what do they end up teaching us about our careers? Let’s talk about some things we have learned to think through the lens of our relationship to our parents.

Start Being Uncomfortable

Recently, I’ve been on a TED Talk kick. It’s impossible not to find ten minutes in your day to watch something inspiring and good for the soul. This week I had the pleasure of stumbling upon Luvvie Ajayi, author of I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual. As a self-proclaimed professional troublemaker, Luvvie found her stride as…

I feel Fine

I didn’t feel like writing this month. So I didn’t. What a way to start this post huh? I’ve been in a huge funk this past month. Unsure what I want the next chapter of my life to be, where I want to go and how I need to get there. Overwhelming is an understatement….