My Favorite Blogs: Comedy, Health, Beauty

Today I continue the 22nd day of WEGO’s National Health Blog Post Month.  As I’ve previously blogged, I’m a firm believer in the sustaining power of laughter to survive life’s trials, which brings me to today’s WEGO prompt: Favorite Fridays
:  What are your favorite blogs to read and why? 

nhbmp-logo-300x83MY ANSWER:  My favorite blogs fall into these categories:  comedy, health, beauty/style, and music.  There is overlap between many of these blogs.  Just click on the hyperlinks to visit them.

A.  COMEDY

One of my favorite bloggers is Dean Obeidallahhe’s an attorney turned comedian and frequent CNN commentator.  He’s able to make me laugh while discussing politics, social issues, and pop culture.  In short, he’s brilliant!  And the few times I don’t agree with him, I still enjoy reading or hearing his opinion because he always has valid points and still makes me laugh.

A great friend I met through Block Nation (the official fan club for New Kids on the Block fans is Bettie Stiletto).  She has a hilarious blog called That’s What She Said | Yes…it is.  Her life is always fascinating, filled with funny stories.  Recently she blogged about Halloween—she saw two women dressed as a Bumblee and Whoopie Cushion who kept knocking on their neighbors’ door in the frigid cold.  Having compassion on them, Bettie and her roommates invited the trick-or-treaters to their house.  What ensued was a hilarious Halloween evening.

B. HEALTH 

I write for Ask a Bipolar.  We were voted the third most popular bipolar blog.  Readers anonymously ask any questions they have about bipolar disorder.  I recently answered a question a college student asked, was it a mistake to tell her friends she has bipolar disorder?  You can read my response here.

I love reading the award-winning blog, Bipolar Burble, by health activist, Natasha Tracy.  This is one of the most insightful and well-written mental health blogs I’ve ever read.  She talks about the latest research in addition to blogging about practical tips like how to apologize for overreactions during depressed episodes and types of therapies for patients with bipolar disorder.  She also gives advice for caregivers.

photo.jpgThrough participating in WEGO’s month-long challenge, I’ve met other great bloggers like Tammie who runs My Cup Lifted.  It’s an inspiring blog filled with Scripture and stories about her journey taking care of her ill daughter (diagnosed with WAGR as an infant).  It’s a great source of encouragement for caregivers.

I also follow Healthy Her: Because Women Are Soldiers.  I stumbled upon the blog because the author (@TheAmandaLittle on Twitter) and I are “cysters.”  We both have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS.   Her website also gives women practical tips on staying healthy from workout routines to recipes.  She also tweets about mental illness.

C.  BEAUTY (MAKEUP BLOGS)

I follow Focal Point Beauty, which is run by a former student of mine, Kristine.  Kristine was the captain of my Mock Trial Team a few years ago.  Kristine is a cosmetics prodigy.  Her blog gives pictures of looks and step-by-step instructions that are easy to understand even if you’re a makeup novice.

Another beauty blog I follow is Beauty And the Bullshit.  Brilliant title, isn’t it?  Rowena, who used to have a high-profile position in the cosmetics industry, writes it.  Rowena unveils the dirty secrets of the industry while making you laugh.  She tells you what products are worth it and what products benefit from misleading advertisements.  Rowena deconstructs advertisements, revealing insights about society’s obsession with perfection and how we’re influenced by less than truthful propaganda.  When I read this blog, I saw cosmetics in a different light.

D.  MUSIC

The last blog I follow is Mike’s Daily Jukebox.  I’ve previously blogged about the power of music to help us survive life’s trials (here and here).  What fascinates me about Mike’s blog is that he reviews music of all genres—he’s not a niche author.  He gives every artist a fair chance with analytical reviews.

What blogs do you enjoy?  Stay tuned as I continue to blog for National Health Blog Post Month answering a different question each day.

–Your Stylist,

Jessica Gimeno

JessicaGimeno

Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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