Tips with Toni: Roadmap to a Healthier Life

Miss Independent: How did you initially develop an interest in Nutrition? Toni: I come from a Greek and Italian background so culturally food was always around me. Although I was very active, I was overweight as a child, in my teens, and even in my college years where I chose to study nutrition and dietetics … Continue reading Tips with Toni: Roadmap to a Healthier Life

Hidden Figures: A Mission to the Moon and the Fight for Parity

America’s “impossible” mission to the moon successfully took place fifty years ago this week. The mission was a complete and utter triumph, living indelibly in the minds of all who witnessed it, namely because they United States had utterly outdone the Soviets’ infamous Sputnik launch. Despite other alarming Cold War events, like the construction of … Continue reading Hidden Figures: A Mission to the Moon and the Fight for Parity

Maddi Niebanck: A Powerful Road to Recovery

Maddi Niebanck embodies the word resilience. She is the author of Passion for Fashion; leading the editorial portion of a new handbag line, Cara Benevenia; and is also writing a new book while simultaneously kick-starting a blog surrounding her experience with neuro rehab and stroke recovery. Yes, you read that correctly. Maddi is absolutely crushing … Continue reading Maddi Niebanck: A Powerful Road to Recovery

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: Reinvest Your Energy

Let’s start with a little meditation / self-reflection. Grab a writing utensil and something to write on (scrap paper, napkin, personal journal; whatever floats your boat). Now, jot down the 10 things that are perturbing your mind in this very moment. As little or small as it may be, write it down. Now, take a … Continue reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: Reinvest Your Energy

Lizard Is Writing: Hannah J. Shaw’s Perspectives on Blogging, Reading, Writing and More

Hannah J. Shaw was (and remains) my saving grace. As the author, writer, inspiration and creativity behind the impressive Lizard is Writing, Hannah provides advice to writers of all levels. From conceiving more enthralling or intricate plot lines to simply bettering a piece of writing or overall writing style, Hannah guides writers all over the world. Back to why Hannah is my favorite human … Continue reading Lizard Is Writing: Hannah J. Shaw’s Perspectives on Blogging, Reading, Writing and More

In Praise of Difficult Women: The Reinvention of “Acting Like a Lady”

Cross your legs. Quiet down. Hold your tongue. You need more makeup. Put on a nice dress. Don’t get dirty. Smile. Be more ladylike. We’ve all heard at least one of the above phrases, even if they aren’t directed at us. I know I have heard all of them, on numerous occasions. And most of … Continue reading In Praise of Difficult Women: The Reinvention of “Acting Like a Lady”