A Los Angeles based writer, editor, storyteller, and mental health advocate, Brandi is a 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 true crime, 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.

What To Say To Someone Who's Grieving A Death By Suicide, According To Experts

For those who are grieving the death of a loved one by suicide, feelings of isolation, alienation, and guilt can be crippling. And just when they're needed most, friends can disappear because they're unsure what to say to someone who is grieving…
By Brandi Neal

Alcohol Deaths Among Women Are On The Rise — But No One’s Talking About It

While the opioid crisis is rightfully getting attention for the destruction it's caused, alcohol use among women has quietly risen in the background, USA Today reports. Citing a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the…
By Brandi Neal

10 Iconic Times Lady Gaga Spoke Up About Mental Health

While a decade ago Lady Gaga was best known for wearing a meat dress and arriving at the Grammy Awards in a giant egg-shaped contraption, these days she's also lauded for her relentless pursuit of mental health equality. In fact, Lady Gaga's quotes…
By Brandi Neal

If You’re One Of These 4 Zodiac Signs, Your Mercury Retrograde Will Be Pretty Chill

It's here, just in time to make your Thanksgiving holiday go sideways. That's right, the little red planet that causes big disruptions begins its backspin Nov. 16. However, the zodiac signs Mercury retrograde winter 2018 will affect the least —…
By Brandi Neal

The CDC Says Tickborne Diseases, Like Lyme, Are At An All-Time High

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tickborne illnesses are at a record high, according to numbers from 2017. The CDC revealed that while reported cases of diseases related to ticks increased from 48,610 in 2016 to 59,349 in…
By Brandi Neal

Science Says These Supplements Actually Won’t Prevent Heart Disease

When it comes to your health, the old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is definitely a motto to live by. However, if you've been taking certain supplements in hopes of preventing a future heart problem, stroke, or cancer…
By Brandi Neal

Lady Gaga Talked About How Burnout Affects Your Mental Health & Her Advice Is So Relatable

Lady Gaga is the mental health hero we need in 2018. Lady Gaga's comments on burnout and the importance of mental health care offer an important lesson for those among us who never say no because we were taught to always say yes. For herself, and…
By Brandi Neal

Lyft Is Launching A Rewards Program & It’s A Total Game Changer

It's pretty great to get rewarded for the things you're going to do anyway, which is why companies try to entice you with everything from airline miles for using your credit card to discounts at the drug store when you shop. But what about free…
By Brandi Neal

Here’s How This Month’s Full Moon Will Mess With Thanksgiving Weekend

November is kind of like the intense astrological energy of the entire summer packed into 30 days. There's already been a super extra new moon, Jupiter has exited Scorpio and started its year-long journey through Sagittarius, and Mercury retrograde…
By Brandi Neal

Florida Banned Greyhound Racing — Now, Groups Will Help You Adopt These Dogs

Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer brings home the greyhound dog Santa's Little Helper after he can't race anymore? You might not know that you can do that IRL. Interested? Then you're going to want to know how to adopt greyhounds…
By Brandi Neal

This Nickelodeon Sock Advent Calendar Has All Your Fave ’90s Cartoons On Them

All I want for the holidays this year is to go back in time before all of this adulting, pour myself a bowl of sugary cereal, and plop down in front of the TV for some Saturday-morning cartoons. Same? Nickelodeon’s Sock Advent Calendar From Kohl’s…
By Brandi Neal

Mercury Retrograde Is Back Just In Time For The Holidays — Here's What To Expect

If you thought you thought you had a couple of weeks to relax before the chaos of the winter holidays, the cosmos have a different plan. That's right my friendlies, Mercury retrograde returns Nov. 16, 2018 in Sagittarius, just in time to muck up…
By Brandi Neal

Why It’s Important To Be Explicit When We Talk About Substance Use

On Nov. 5, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office announced that singer Mac Miller died from a lethal combination of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol in his Studio City, California, home. But as America's opioid crisis continues to claim the…
By Brandi Neal

Someone Made A CBD Bath Bomb Specifically For Mercury Retrograde

We're barely a minute into November and it's already a doozy. Between the end of daylight saving time, the midterm elections, and impending cosmic chaos, you might be feeling extra bajiggity. Fear not my friendlies, because Life Elements'…
By Brandi Neal

These Predictions Will Help You Make The Most Of This Month’s New Moon Vibes

November is a big month. Daylight saving time ends Nov. 4., the midterm elections are Nov. 6, and the new moon in Scorpio happens Nov. 7. It's going to be a difficult week, and being aware of the November 2018 new moon astrology predictions can help…
By Brandi Neal

This Is What Having Your Holiday Decorations Up Super Early Says About Your Personality

The days are getting shorter, and if you're beginning to descend into your annual winter melancholy, there's a quick fix for feeling better. Just what could combat this malaise? Having holiday decorations up early might just make you happier,…
By Brandi Neal

If You’re Having Trouble Sleeping, Try One Of These 7 Meditations

Insomnia is kind of like an uninvited house guest who takes up residence on your couch indefinitely. It overstays its welcome, and there are few things worse than clock-watching your way until the sun comes up because you can't sleep. If you've…
By Brandi Neal

5 Creepy Things Your Pet Can Sense — Including Ghosts

Whether it's an earthquake, drugs in someone's bag, or an otherworldly spirit, chances are Fluffy and Fido know what's up before you do. The creepy things pets are able to sense might freak you out. However, if you think about it, it's actually…
By Brandi Neal

Here's How This Month's New Moon Will Bring Change To Each Zodiac Sign

The November 2018 new moon is all about you, but not in the way you might think. Scorpio's dark sky isn't about being the star of the show; it's about spiritual self improvement. This knowledge, along with other November new moon spiritual meanings,…
By Brandi Neal

These 4 Zodiac Signs Won’t Feel This Month’s New Moon Vibes That Much

On the heels of the end of daylight saving time comes the Nov. 7 new moon in Scorpio, and it's bringing with it ample opportunities to practice and receive forgiveness. While everyone will feel the energy of the first new moon after fall back, the…
By Brandi Neal