A Los Angeles based writer, editor, storyteller, and mental health advocate, Brandi is a weekend Lifestyle Writer at Bustle. The editor of two anthologies, her writing has been published in more than a dozen magazines and journals. She enjoys wearing hats, all things related to Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Lauren Graham, and Carrie Fisher, and spending time with her special-needs dog who has to eat all of her meals in a dog high chair.
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8 Old Fashioned Self-Care Tips That You Can Still Use Today

In today's uber-connected world, taking care of yourself often feels like the last thing you have time for. With eleventy-million commitments and no cash to spare, spending a day at the spa is an elusive dream. However, there are some old fashioned s…
By Brandi Neal

Why Does It Feel So Good To Cancel Plans? Experts Say This Is The Reason You Love To Flake

So, you make plans to grab coffee/dinner/drinks with a friend at some seemingly far off date (next week), but when the day arrives you can't think of anything worse than actually going through with it and you cancel. Instant relief. Why does it feel …
By Brandi Neal

Yes, You Can Get A Menstrual Cup Stuck — Here's What You Need To Know

Remember that Sex and the City episode where Carrie gets her diaphragm stuck in her vagina and Samantha has to help her get it out? Well, this can happen with other things too. If you've ever wondered: Can you get a menstrual cup stuck? The answer is…
By Brandi Neal

21 Roommate Horror Stories On Twitter That Will Definitely Keep You Up At Night

I once had a roommate who didn't pay rent for three months and then barricaded himself inside my house when I asked him to move out. If you've ever had roomies, then you likely have a few tales like this, and you're not alone. These roommate horror s…
By Brandi Neal

Our Hangovers May Be Getting Worse Thanks To Evolution

While you might feel like a dishrag after one shot of liquor, you likely have a friend who can drink nothing but tequila and wake up totally fine the next morning. Well, you can officially blame it on your genes because human evolution could be makin…
By Brandi Neal

Olympian Jamie Anderson’s Secret To Success Is Something Everyone Should Practice

What's better than taking home a gold medal at the inaugural women's slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? Simple: Winning a second gold medal at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang. Olympic Snowboarder Jamie Anderson did just that …
By Brandi Neal

How Olympic Snowboarder Kelly Clark Is Inspiring A Whole Generation Of Athletes

You may remember the quote from Tom Hanks in A League Of Their Own: "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard [...] is what makes it great." Five-time Olympian, three-time Olympic medalist, and Team USA snowboarder …
By Brandi Neal

This School District Finally Changed A Rule That Students Had To Say "Yes" When Asked To Dance

It's one thing to ask kids to bring a generic Valentine for everyone in their class, but it's quite another to require students to accept all dance invitations from their classmates. Weber School District has said it will change its policy that previ…
By Brandi Neal

People Are Discovering That The Snow At The Winter Olympics Is Fake & They’re Shook

It's no secret that a lot of ski resorts make their own snow because weather is not something humans can control. However, The Weather Channel reported that the snow at the 2018 Winter Olympics is fake, and not everyone is happy about it. If you feel…
By Brandi Neal

Here’s Everywhere That Will Be Closed On President’s Day This Year

Monday, Feb. 19 is the day when many people will celebrate 44 out of 45 U.S. presidents. However, not everyone gets the day off for this presidential holiday, and you might be wondering what's closed on President's Day 2018. President's Day is what's…
By Brandi Neal

Amazon’s New Plant Store Is The Online Shopping Site You Never Knew You Needed

If you can't have a pet, plants can also give your mental health a much-needed boost, and the new Amazon Plant Store now let's you order your all-natch-plant medicine right from your phone like a boss. "Active interaction with indoor plants can reduc…
By Brandi Neal

A Man Who Found THOUSANDS Of Tapeworm Eggs In His Eye Probably Got It From This Common Meal

If you thought that the fact humans can get parasitic tapeworms in their stomach was bad, I've got a story for you that is so much worse. According to Live Science, a Florida man found thousands of brain-eating tapeworm eggs in his eye — along with a…
By Brandi Neal

This Is How To Tell When Someone Is Lying To You, According To Science

I consider myself a pretty intuitive person, and I'd like to think that I can tell when someone isn't being truthful. However, research indicates that most people can't tell when they are being lied to. The good news is that there are ways to tell wh…
By Brandi Neal

Two Athletes Have Contracted Norovirus In PyeongChang & Here's What You Need To Know

Stomach pain, diarrhea, headaches, sweating, fever, chills, vomiting — yep, it's the dreaded norovirus. If you've ever been struck down by this bug, then you know it's no joke. No one is immune, and norovirus is spreading among athletes at the 2018 O…
By Brandi Neal

7 Common Misconceptions People Have About Self-Care That Are Actually Toxic

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time putting my own needs before the needs of others. While intellectually I know that self-care is important, I have simultaneously bought into secretly toxic ideas about self-care that aren't true. Sound fa…
By Brandi Neal

Scientists Are Working On A Drug That Could Kill The Flu In Just One Day

If you've been sidelined by the flu, then you know there's nothing to do except curl up with Netflix and chicken soup while you wait for the sickness to subside. But, what if there was something to cure the flu instantly? A new experimental drug coul…
By Brandi Neal

Hard Work Will Pay Off In 2018, According To Chinese Astrology

With the Chinese Lunar New Year fast approaching, you've likely been hearing a lot about the year of the dog, which is the 11th animal in the Chinese zodiac. But, what's the significance of the year of the dog? If you're unsure what this canine astro…
By Brandi Neal

There's A Specific Coach To Help Olympians Stay Focused Before Competing — Here's What They Do

If you've ever wondered how Olympic athletes are able to perform flawlessly under extreme pressure, it's because they have a secret weapon — a mental skills coach. These professionals help elite athletes psychologically prepare for major events like …
By Brandi Neal

Here’s How Much Of The Sun You’ll See Blocked Out During Tomorrow’s Partial Solar Eclipse

Between the super blue blood moon lunar eclipse Jan. 31, the Chinese Lunar New Year, and the upcoming partial solar eclipse, 2018 has already been a busy year, cosmically speaking. While the sun was totally obscured during the August 2017 total solar…
By Brandi Neal

A Couple Sold Everything To Sail The World, Only To Have Their Boat Sink After Two Days

Perhaps you've dreamed of selling all of your material possessions to cruise around the world in a boat. If you have, who can blame you? It's a pretty boss idea. However, just make sure you have insurance — because things can go bad super fast. Case-…
By Brandi Neal