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Life is better when we laugh. I write about the importance of mental health & believe our weirdness is what makes us great. https://ashleyalt.substack.com/

Mental health writer on a hard mission to show people the incredible power that dressing up has on your mindset. My motto: Life is better when we laugh.

Hellloooo everyone. I’m Ashley, a freelance writer specializing in mental health + wellness + happiness content. With the ultimate goal of becoming a “Feel Good expert” (aka a happiness advice columnist for major magazines), I am currently a wellness columnist for a local lifestyle magazine. Other projects I’m working on include a memoir-in-progress, a weekly newsletter, and a soon-to-launch clothing line.

I live in Connecticut, about an hour north of NYC. So far I am loving my East Coast life — they have the best sandwich shops, pizza joints and bookstores around — not to mention the many beaches, wineries…


Protecting our mental health during this vulnerable time must be more than normalized

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Reee-er, Reee-er, Reee-er, Reee-er.

Do you hear that? That’s the glorious sound of the breast pump. If you’re breastfeeding and/or pumping, you know the horror I’m speaking of — raw nipples and ‘round-the-clock milking.

Ah, motherhood is beautiful. Isn’t that what they say? While that is true, it’s hard to see that new mommy glow when you’re in the throes of newborn caretaking — enduring sleepless nights, inconsolable crying, and unpredictable mood swings — on top of the mental and physical toll you’ve endured with labor and delivery.

Becoming a parent, whether it’s your first, second, or fifth time around…


It’s high time we start bringing inspiration to women instead of fixating on how hard parenting is

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I’ve written a lot about how motherhood shattered my identity. I realize now I was just having a difficult time adjusting to a life that was foreign to me — the same way all new mothers feel once their old identity is replaced with a new (less glamorous) one overnight.

Now five years into the parenting game (and five years mentally stronger), I’ve decided to look at motherhood through a new, more positive lens, and it’s working in my favor. It can work in yours, too.

While becoming a mom is earth-shattering, life is truly about perspective. And coming from…


The 2 minutes it takes to read this will improve your mental health forever. Yes, really.

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Wake Your Mind Up is a weekly series providing you with practical, no-fuss ways to get your mind right in the mornings, so you can be a better you throughout the day.

What is mental health, really? Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act, which means it determines our moods and behaviors, even our personalities.

Positive mental health allows us to cope with the inevitable stresses of life, work productively, make meaningful contributions to our communities, and realize our full potential — so we can be the best versions of…


Happiness is a fleeting manifestation of your own hard work.

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The pursuit of happiness is complicated, messy, and fabulous — sometimes all at once. I believe this is why the concept of “Getting Happy” is being reframed as The Happiness in the Pursuit, rather than The Pursuit of Happiness.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? “Getting happy” isn’t an end goal we reach once we have a beach house, a baby, and a dream job. Like Jen Sincero says, “You don’t just arrive at happiness, crack open a beer, and call it a day.”

Feeling happy is a daily practice, just like eating healthy is a daily practice. …


Improve the week with feel good habits guaranteed to reclaim your entrepreneurial spark!

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Let’s hop right to it. Being a solopreneur, aka an entrepreneur who starts and runs a business solo, can be lonely as hell.

However! There are ways to prevent those moments of creative darkness. By addressing the problem head on — the “problem” being writer’s block, self-doubt, or good old fashioned loneliness — we can step into our solopreneur journeys with more confidence, zest, and gusto than ever before.

If you’re wondering who I am to give entrepreneurial advice, I’m just like you. I’ve been cranking away at my solopreneur journey for the last several years, experiencing the highest of…


Styling your way confident is a thing, and it works like a charm

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Acclaimed American costume designer Edith Head famously said: “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”

And damn it, I believe that, and you should, too.

If you have yet to be bitten by the style bug (aka you haven’t found that thing to wear that screams YOU), I hope you find it soon. I’m here to show you the incredible power that dressing up has on your mental health.

Got a case of the Monday “Mehs?”

May you take inspiration from this post on how a spectacular pair of glasses gives me Lady Gaga confidence with each and every wear.

Give…


I’m awesome and so are you.

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Wake Your Mind Up is a weekly series providing you with practical, no-fuss ways to get your mind right in the mornings, so you can be a better you throughout the day. Each week we will give you a feel-good tip to carry out.

If you’re like me, you need constant reminders to feel good about yourself. It’s why I’m tattooing “Be You” on my wrist. It’s why I journal 3 things I’m excited about every morning, and 3 things I’m grateful for every night. It’s why I have colorful mood boards plastered on my office walls.

I have to…


Pregnancy is many things, but one thing it is for sure? Unpredictable.

The author, Ashley, 8 months pregnant

Currently pregnant with my second baby, I’m not afraid of the mental toll this will take on me, but the physical one. My first pregnancy was what doctors and fellow mothers would categorize as “easy” — no morning sickness, no false labor scares — a fairly enjoyable nine months of carrying a human.

Now that I’ve got 5 years of parenting practice under my mom mode belt, I feel much better equipped to do it all over again, mentally.


Here’s why I’m really looking forward to raising a daughter.

The first thing a woman says to another (pregnant) woman upon news that pregnant woman is having a girl — without fail — is some generic version of this: “I bet you’re so excited to dress her in cute outfits.”

I’m pausing here to take a deep breath.

If I hear this comment one more time, I think I may snap. And coming from someone who cares a great deal about fashion — who has gone as far as making a career out of fashion — that’s really saying something.

Am I looking forward to having Girls Days with my…

Ashley Alt

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