Alexandra Leigh

Bio

Alexandra Leigh is a contributing writer based in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in running and yoga. Alexandra’s favorite things include kale, sunrises and almond milk lattes.

I'm 1 Year 'Clean' From Self-Harming And I'm Stronger Than Ever

By Alexandra Leigh
Being a teenager is one of the most awkward, uncomfortable and confusing times of your life. This, combined with an undiagnosed case of depression and anxiety, can create a whirlwind of emotions and even more uncertainty. When I was 13-years-old I…

Why I Decided To Get Tattoos Over My Scars After Years Of Self-Harm

By Alexandra Leigh
For the past six years, I've been ashamed of the scars that line my arms and legs, and the burns that have left parts of my skin purple. Every time I looked down at my pale flesh, I would cringe. Those lines reminded me of the ongoing depression I…

The Scars I Got From Self-Harming Remind Me Of My Strength Every Day

By Alexandra Leigh
I've never been open about this. I've never come clean through my writing. I've never been honest about the self-destructive acts I started engaging in when I was a mere teenager. When I was 13, I discovered self-harm. I used it on a daily basis to…

7 Things I Never Would Have Learned Without Being 'The Other Woman'

By Alexandra Leigh
I met him when I was 16 while on a cruise with my family. The first night, I went up to the "teen club" without my sister, who didn't want to come. I was playing air hockey with a girl I had met when he walked in. As soon as I saw him, I couldn't…

How Taking Antidepressants For 6 Years Changed My Views On Mental Health

By Alexandra Leigh
The first time I slept over my first college boyfriend's apartment, I was hesitant to reach into my bag and take out my medicine. The clock was ticking, and I knew I had to take it, but I didn't want him to judge me for it. "I need to get…

How Social Media May Be Magnifying Your Depression Without You Realizing It

By Alexandra Leigh
Like many people, I enjoy scrolling through Instagram when I'm bored, and I go on Facebook when I need something to do. I never thought social media would contribute to the depression I was already feeling while I was away at school, but it did. I…

How Getting A Tattoo Gave Me The Positive Body Image I Was Looking For

By Alexandra Leigh
I've always wanted a tattoo. In high school, I spent countless hours on Pinterest scoping out ideas of art to decorate my body with. On my board called "Make the Mark," I pinned ideas of Harry Potter-themed tattoos, Van Gogh quotes, Hamsa symbols,…

20 Luxuries That Disappear From Your Life When You Graduate From College

By Alexandra Leigh
If I had a dollar for every time someone told me to “enjoy it while I can” in college, I may be able to afford the Whole Foods trips and Soul Cycle classes in which I convince myself I’m not too broke to indulge. I took the advice from my elders to…

5 Simple Ways To Stay Grounded In Gratitude In Times Of Transition

By Alexandra Leigh
Life is a series of phases, of changes and new chapters that ultimately shape and create our lives. With each change and new phase comes a time of transition — a time of unrest, general questioning and discomfort. As unsettling as the feeling of not…

5 Reasons We All Need To Remove Body Shaming From Everyday Conversation

By Alexandra Leigh
Body shaming: We’ve all been there. Whether happens alone, within a group of girlfriends, in a dressing room or poolside in our bikinis, at one point or another, we’ve sat around ruthlessly picking our bodies apart grabbing at every “extra” inch of…

A Numbers Game — Why We Need To Stop Letting Our "Number" Define Our Character

By Alexandra Leigh
Far too often, we gauge our happiness according to numbers: the number on the scale, the number of zeros in our salaries, the number of our age... The list goes on and on. Our focus — or more often, obsession — with these numbers allows them to…