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7 Lifesaving Tips for Getting Off ADHD Meds, especially Vyvanse

7 Tips for Getting Off ADHD Stimulant Medication:I will tell you right now: You will feel sick and achey. You will feel depressed. You won't want to do anything. You will be mad at everyone and everything. You will crave your meds. Even with all this ahead of me, I felt prepared for it. I am lucky to have summers off which gave me plenty of time to adjust without the stress and responsibilities of work. But even if you are working full time while trying to stop ADHD meds, there's still ways of making it a more manageable experience.

Last month, after about seven years, I stopped taking my ADHD medication called, Vyvanse. The last post I wrote was all about my journey of starting up and being on Vyvanse. I promised readers a part 2 about getting off the medication, but I would like to wait a while longer before writing it. I …

Getting On and Off Vyvanse: My Personal Journey With ADHD Medication. Part 1

My Personal Journey Getting Off Medication: It wasn't until graduate school that I got an official diagnosis of ADHD. This more professional and prestigious environment drove me to see a psychiatrist. Again, I felt I was missing marks, but this time the marks were much bigger and more important. More was at stake, and I noticed that distractions got the better of me while my peers seemed to easily make deadlines and follow directions. In grad school, I had to partake in professional meetings where I struggled to sit still. The challenges I could once skirt or overcome before were now tougher and unavoidable in this rigorous academic environment. Lisa Brandes of Yale University explains that for people with mental illnesses or disabilities, "the stress and structure of a graduate program can exacerbate their issues or [overwhelm] their coping skills" (American Psychological Association).

I was in the fourth grade, the grade when everyone slowly switched from writing in pencil to pen. On the very last day of classes, I realized I still had not been given the “okay” to write in pen. My little heart fluttered nervously; I could feel my face grow hot as I imagined entering …

Friday Favorite: THE BEST Women’s Surf Movie

Leave a Message encompasses my whole female surfing vibe. These athletes rip while maintaining their personal identities and styles. The video profiles each surfer before showing them carve out. They’re styles are super diverse. I personally love Laura Enever’s sequence. She fits in fashion to her surfing somehow. The soundtrack is a total upper. Leave …

What It’s Like To Be Stalked in Graduate School

When I was stalked in graduate school, at first, I didn't realize it. The stalker was a classmate in our program. This complicated the situation because as students we are all forced to work together and share contact information for group projects and school events. Initially the flood of emails I was receiving from this one person arrived enmeshed with all my other emails, camouflaging the oddity of his behavior. When his next avenue of communication became texting, I really started to feel the burden of being stalked.

Being stalked is like getting locked into a room that no one knows you’re in. It can feel incredibly isolating because it’s a solitary experience. The stalker, obsessed with you, only affects you, making it difficult others to fully empathize. When I was stalked in graduate school, at first, I didn’t realize it. The stalker …

How Fowler Gives Me Power: Reflections on Susan J. Fowler’s Reflecting on One Very Strange Year at Uber

In line with Fowler though, I am writing from a place of reflection. I'd like to write an honest and open letter about my past experiences with certain companies and institutions. In other words, I'd also like to tell my story, and I'd like it to come from a place of truth not judgement. Fowler doesn't "badmouth" Uber; she discloses and informs.

Last Sunday, Susan J. Fowler, a former employee of Uber, published a post on her blog revealing numerous counts of sexual harassment and discrimination she experienced while working for the company. Her post is straightforward and pretty bias-free; her tone is calm, but frank. While some of her experiences at the company might appall readers, …

6 Game Changing Tips for Shopping on Amazon

Like Tarzan, I explore Amazon's deepest jungles for the best deals and one-of-a-kind products. It's an endless expedition that leads shoppers into paths with names "Customers also bought," "You might also like" or "Sponsored related products." Take a wrong turn in this jungle, and you might end up miles away from the item you were looking for. It's hard to stay on track when you're shopping on Amazon. It's easy to spend too much money. It's impossible not to feel overwhelmed by the millions of brands (most you probably haven't heard of). 6 Game Changing Tips For Shopping on Amazon

Like Tarzan, I explore Amazon’s deepest jungles for the best deals and one-of-a-kind products. It’s an endless expedition that leads shoppers into  paths with names “Customers also bought,” “You might also like” or “Sponsored related products.” Take a wrong turn in this jungle, and you might end up miles away from the item you were …

The Woman Behind the Red Gloss: Marilyn Monroe, The Business Owner

Impressively, before her early death at 36, Monroe got the chance to produce and act in her own two films after she founded Marilyn Monroe Productions with her photographer friend, Milton Greene. Finally free from her strict and sleezey contract with Fox, Monroe could choose her own roles and design her own movies. Without the obligation to please directors and colleagues, MM Productions made Bus Stop, which many critics claim to be her strongest role, and The Prince and The Showgirl

So few know about the woman behind the red gloss. I forget that to most she is a sex symbol for the male gaze. When I describe Marilyn Monroe as one of my biggest heroes, people get confused like seagulls trying to decipher bread crumbs from plastic.  Unbeknownst to the many that continue to sexualize her, …

10 Things You Definitely Don’t About Audrey Hepburn

10 Things You Definitely Don't Know About Audrey Hepburn

A talented elite actress, a fashion icon and a humanitarian champion can all describe the Hollywood legend, Audrey Hepburn. She summed up the depth of her life eloquently when she said, “If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look on all the pleasures, excitement and worthwhileness I have been lucky enough to …

How to Buy an Original Art Piece

Her comment about the art "connecting with you" echoes in my busy head. The process of purchasing art has nothing to do with home decor trends or aesthetics or color schemes; it's a highly personal experience. You can't google the question, "is this sculpture a good investment?" Buying art embraces spontenaity and self-confidence. It's a strategy that we aren't used to.

A wall of art blocked my view of the green sand dunes and beach volleyball courts; live music rode each beach breeze with excitement. My husband and I meandered through the artists’ booths and arepa stands. Each white tent hosted a myriad of imagery. We admired a few items here and there, a necklace with …

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