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“Just As You Are” is now an audiobook!

Just As You Are is now available as an audiobook on Audible by Amazon, narrated by Samuel Dunstall. We’re so excited that our book is now accessible to even more audiences this way! I know how popular podcasts and audiobooks have become over the past few years, especially with young people. I enjoy listening to audiobooks while I walk around my neighborhood. So, if you’re not a big reader, or prefer to listen to content, I hope you’ll check out the audiobook version.



“Just As You Are: A Teen’s Guide to Self-Acceptance & Lasting Self-Esteem” is published in Estonian

I’m excited to share that our second book has been published in Estonian! I look forward to reaching more readers through this translation.



Making “Just As You Are” Yours

I love seeing readers post about Just As You Are on their social media pages. This creative “shoefie” from @bookfacemagazine on Instagram brought a huge smile to my face. How do you style your book? 



Seventeen Article: A 15-Year-Old From Oregon Is Making a Huge Difference in the Black Lives Matter Movement and You Can Too

Below is an article from Seventeen that highlights the work of Kellen, a teen from Oregon who set up a petition that demands justice for the murder of George Floyd.

A 15-Year-Old From Oregon Is Making a Huge Difference in the Black Lives Matter Movement and You Can Too

Her petition, Justice for George Floyd, has over 10 million signatures.


Seventeen Article: “A Guide to Finding Your Self-Confidence and Dealing with Negative Thoughts”

I’m so excited to share that our book, Just As You Are, was recently featured in Seventeen. Check out the article, written by Carolyn Twersky, here!

“Everyone struggles with self-esteem issues. Some deal with it every day, while others find those bad thoughts creeping up every once in a while. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to realize that you can gain control over your self-confidence.”


Check out my feature on this radio show!

This past week, I was a guest on my mom’s radio show, Relationships 2.0 with Dr. Michelle Skeen–check it out here!


Flying out of my comfort zone

When I was 11, I sat up at the top of a zipline for forty-five minutes, refusing to slide down. I shook, I cried, and eventually I had to be pushed off the platform. It was very scary, and I never did it again.

I’ve always been afraid of heights, and sometimes I’m also afraid of trying new things (that I worry I won’t be good at!).

Recently, I went to a flying trapeze lesson with my good friend Jackson to celebrate his birthday. I chose this particular activity for Jackson’s birthday because I knew he would love it (he is a dancer and he loves adventure) and I hoped that I would love it too—11-year-old me would be proud!


Jackson went first and wowed the trainers and other participants. “You’re sure it’s his first time?” they asked. I laughed.

It was my turn—I began climbing the ladder and started to feel more and more nervous. “Maybe I should just watch Jackson instead,” I fantasized. Once I reached the platform, I told the trainer how I was feeling. Tears welled up in my eyes. She instructed me to take a few deep breaths.

I closed my eyes and imagined how I would feel once I landed in that net—accomplished and confident. I slipped off the platform (not very gracefully) and flew through the air. I was surprised that it was actually fun!

By the end of the lesson, Jackson and I were having such a great time that we decided to continue learning trapeze art. On our second lesson, I performed a “catch”—I was swinging while hanging from my knees, one of the trainers grabbed my arms, and I let go of the bar! It was exhilarating.

So what? Jackson’s birthday celebration ended up being a great opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone and experience something new. And I really enjoyed it…I’m already looking forward to the next time we go!


Women’s March on Washington

I was lucky to participate in the Women’s March on Washington with one of my closest friends and my mom. It was such a special, moving experience–I will cherish the memory forever. The friend whom I marched with, Carolyn Twersky, wrote an article for Seventeen about the #womensmarch which featured me and a few other awesome women. Check it out here: 4 College Women Explain Why They Joined the Women’s March On Washington!

My mom and I at the march

My mom and I at the march. So proud of her for traveling across the country to do this with me!


Carrie and I were all smiles on Saturday as we marched on the National Mall


Practicing Mindfulness in the New Year

Last week, my mom and I talked with Holly Rogers–author of The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else. I had a great time getting the chance to speak with Holly about how mindfulness can benefit “twenty-somethings” like me. Her book is great–I even sent it to my friend Erin as a Christmas present. Find the podcast here!

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A few great podcasts you should listen to this week!

Hi, everyone. Happy Sunday! Recently, my mom interviewed a few fascinating authors on her radio show: Ann Marie Dobosz, author of The Perfectionism Workbook for Teens, and Andrea Wachter, author of Getting Over Overeating for Teens: A Workbook to Transform Your Relationship with Food Using CBT, Mindfulness and Intuitive Eating. You can listen to the interviews by clicking here!