Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know

Eating disorders come in many variations, and many go overlooked. An eating disorder goes far beyond skipping meals. Eating disorders affect people psychologically and lead them to self-harming behavior; They are characterized by a person’s distress, and subsequent actions toward their body weight or shape, or efforts managing weight or food intake (National Institute of [...]

Five Times Demi Lovato Taught us How to be Strong

Demi Lovato shows strength and confidence in much of what she does. As females of all ages, we can definitely learn a few lessons from her self-confidence, self-love and inner strength. Here are five times Demi Lovato has taught us about these all-too-important qualities:  When she released the newest girl power anthem: Demi Lovato’s newest [...]

Get Smart About Your Body: Yours is the Only Opinion That Matters

I am a fat girl. Strictly speaking from the perspective of the fashion industry and mass media, of course. If there is anything I’ve learned from being a young woman living in this society, it is that there are a plethora of meanings and implications assigned to the way a body looks. There are size [...]

Drop the Term “Plus Size”

Personally, I have struggled with the way I perceive my body from the time I was allowed to choose my own clothes. This loss of confidence occurred the moment I couldn’t fit into the popular clothing that all of my friends were wearing. There had to be something wrong with my body. The way the [...]

Eating After Your Eating Disorder

When I was in college (British college, that is—Americans, you'd call it your junior and senior years of high school), I started vomiting from stress. For a few months, I would regularly have to run out of my classes and exams, be sent home early, and take mildly effective anti-nausea tablets. I was very lucky. [...]

Find, Know, and Embrace Yourself

Sitting in my cozy corner in my favorite donut shop, sipping on hot chocolate and munching a double chocolate cake donut, I stop for a second and appreciate all of the people around me doing the same. There are the love birds, giggling and feeding each other (who does that?). Hiding behind my laptop screen, [...]

5 Reasons Why Skinny Shaming Is a Real Thing

Unfortunately, skinny shaming is a real thing...and here's why: 1. Because telling someone who’s skinny to "eat a cheeseburger" is the same as telling a heavy person to "put down the fork." An insult is an insult, and referring to someone’s body, as "a stick" isn’t pleasing to hear. Telling someone, “if you turned sideways [...]

You’re Beautiful! A Get Smart Guide to Loving Yourself

There's a quote that I always used to read when I needed something to inspire me. A woman named Ilana Donna Arazie once said, "No one is ever going to love you more than you love yourself." I became a true believer of that quote. I wish a lot of young women would think the [...]

In My Body – A Get Smart Guide to Beauty

“We get to choose what defines us.” ~The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen We are the only ones who understand, with complete certainty, what it’s like to live inside our bodies. Now it’s not often that the thought of living in our bodies crosses our minds. Normally we think of the [...]

Get Smart and Take a Breather

Sometimes we all need to be reminded to step back and smell the roses. This is your reminder.  It is so easy to fall into the traps the world sets for us.  However, we all deserve some fun in our lives! In fact, it makes us better at our jobs.  Whether it be school, work, [...]