Mariah’s Six Super Stellar Ways to Beat Getting Sick

It happens to everyone, you are going about your life and bam, you catch it. The common cold, the flu… it happens to everyone, and it always seems you get sick when you need to be healthy and have lots going on! Most people can heal on their own and quite quickly… my circumstance is a little different. When I was 18 I had to have my spleen removed due to seven or eight cysts making a home in there.

So what does that mean?

Basically anytime I would get sick it would be a huge deal. If I caught a sore throat, it would progress to a full on double ear infection and throat infection the next day. If I caught the flu, it would be much worse. There were times in my life when I was so stressed out from school and friends and then I would catch something minor that would progress into something terrible, which would freak me out even more. I have felt like I was dying on multiple occasions. After going on round after round of antibiotics and having my body feel like it was going to fall apart, I decided I had to make a change. 

I started doing research into holistic remedies as I have been on countless rounds of antibiotics, which are terrible for your gut and rack havoc on your system. A lot of this was trial and error, but I can truthfully say what works and what doesn’t, as my system is a lot more sensitive than the average person’s.

1. Sleep
This goes at the top of the list because it’s the most important. When I was in college I was sick almost all the time, and I couldn’t figure out why. I started analyzing my habits and realized that my sleeping pattern was way off balance. I was staying up way too late and sleeping in, or sometimes waking up early to make it to class after staying up to finish a project. Long story short I started regulating my sleep so I could get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. This has worked wonders as your body heals while it is sleeping.

2. Kombucha
That weird fermented tea everyone is talking about? Yeah. This stuff works. I love kombucha so much, it has kept me healthy, cured hangovers, cut colds in half, you name it, kombucha does it. I have made it before and it is super easy, although I have been buying it recently. It is kinda weird and for a newbie to kombucha the scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) can be disturbing for some, but I promise its good for you.  

3. Hot beverages
Tea and chicken noodle soup. Heat up and repeat. Who knows why chicken noodle soup is so good when you are sick, but it really does work wonders. Also, keeping hydrated and ingesting as much tea as you can will really help your cough and relaxes you as well.

4. Hydrate before you Die-drate
Drink as much water as you can, even though you don’t want to when you are sick. All the nose blowing and snot dripping is water leaving your body! We are more than 75% water, so when you are not feeling your best, its essential to keep yourself hydrated so your body can heal.

5. Wear socks
I know it seems silly but you lose so much body heat from your head and from your feet. Wear socks and beat that heat loss! Plus it feels oh so good to be all warm and toasty when you are getting those chills. So stay warm even when a fever hits. Its the key to getting better.

6. See a doctor
Sometimes, you have to suck it up and see a doctor if your symptoms progress really fast to something worse than the common cold or flu. The last thing you want is to catch an ear infection or something worse because you didn’t want to fork over the cash. Getting sick costs money. To have a quality life you have to put your health first, and that means forking over the cash.  

In closing, getting sick sucks! I know. As I’m writing this I am getting over a cold. I’ve applied the tips in this post and my cold is way less intense than it could have been, and I am getting over this sickness on my own without antibiotics! Huge deal for me. I wish you luck and hopefully you will add kombucha to your daily diet for a health boost, its that great. Beat the sickness blues with some laughter too, I promise you will get better soon!

Mariah's Top Ten Tips for Daily Success

Throughout my hectic life, I'm always trying to find ways to make things easier, quicker, and more efficient. Here are some tips that have helped me along the way.

1. Clorox Wipes
Keep Clorox wipes under every sink in your house, in your car, keep some spares in your pantry. Use them to wipe down your bathroom sink after you get ready in the morning, clean your cup-holders, even remove stains from upholstery. Wipe down your stove too, you nasty.

2. Create an Imminent/Pending List
This tip has changed my life. After reading one of Bethenny Frankel's books, this updated To-Do List has helped my life get in order. Things that need to get done right away go under Imminent, and things that will take a little longer go under Pending. For example:

Pay gas bill
Call Client about comission

Fix record player
Go to a yoga class
Donate clothes

3. File Folder on the Go
Keep an empty file folder in your car. This has saved me so many times. I'm busy, running errands, picking up documents and receipts. Now I keep them neat, clean, and organized while I'm on the go. I've also started using a pad-folio. Professional and organized.

4. Allow Yourself to Relax
You heard me. Take the time to chill out. I know you have a job, maybe you have kids, are in school, are supporting a family. How can you do these things well if you are tired, stressed, and pissed off? That is not fun for anyone. Create the time and space to do your favorite chill. Mine is veggin out in front of the TV with mad food.

5. Invest in Quality, not Quantity
A tale as old as time. Girl sees shoe sale, buys 5 pairs of cheap shoes. These shoes are adorable but fall apart after a couple wears. Not cute. Girl buys 1 pair on expensive, well-made, high quality shoes. Girl gets compliments on her style and the quality of the leather on her shoes. These shoes last a year and the Girl resells the shoes once they start to wear. A Savvy Girl is a Smart Girl.

6. Invest in yourself
I hate to say it but people DO judge you on your appearance. I'm not saying you have to look like you are stepping out on the runway everyday, but take pride in your body. Show it some love with exercise, yummy and nutritious food, vitamins, and really great sleep. I always, and I mean always, have a layer of nail polish on my toes. I recently started doing my fingernails with gel polish and I haven't looked back.

7. Download Google Calendar, Drive, and Photos
If you haven't done this yet hop on it fool! Computers DIE randomly. Your phone could fall into the toilet RIGHT NOW. Install Google Calendar, Drive, and Photos. It does everything for you. Don't lose all your files, freak out, Google how to get your photos back, find a website, pay some hacker to "fix it" and then be scammed out of your hard-earned money. You are not a senile 85 year old. Get it together and back up your shit!

8. Write it Down
I write everything down. Lists, ideas, stories, blog post ideas, if I am driving I will even record a voice memo. I send emails to myself, I am always jotting down ideas.

9. Enjoy your Life
Life is way more than going to work and receiving a paycheck. More than dishes, the laundry, cleaning the house. Do what you love and don't apologize for it. You only get one chance on this planet. Make it count.

10. Be Kind
The most important tip. Be nice. Be generous. Be humble. In any difficult situation I have encountered, when I am nice and calm the outcome will turn towards my favor. Karma is real. Use it wisely.


Food in Chicago


 Coming from a town of 11,000 and where finding a restaurant open past 9:00pm is literally impossible unless you want pizza or McDonald's, moving to Chicago has been amazing. There are plenty of different restaurants to keep myself entertained when I happen to have the extra green to eat out.

That being said, I have noticed the local Chicagolanders have terrible manners when it comes to food. Nearly every person, adult, and child chews with their mouth open, which annoys me to no end. Messes are made and not cleaned up, and food eaten in the car is a normality (I'm guilty of this one).

Luckily Chicago has enough brains to ban food on public transportation, thank the Heavens.

I've tried the deep dish pizza, truthfully I like the normal pepperoni pizza I could have gotten in my hometown. I don't get the hype of the hotdogs, it's just a dog yo. But I do like the gyros, Big Boy Gryo has the best, hands down.

My advice to all ya'll big city kids:

Clean up after yourself and CHEW WITH YOUR MOUTH CLOSED.

Jackson Hole, Wymoning

View of Teton Village.  

View of Teton Village.  

I am taking a break from reading "The Art Instinct" as I drink a hard cider to write about my experience in Wymoning. When I got off the plane I was amazed at the mountains that surrounded the airport, and everywhere I have gone has been in the shadow of these majestic natural beauties. I've been staying at the Hostel in Teton Village, and it's been alright. My allergies have acted up from all the musty wood, but I'm surviving. The food out here is great, very hearty and organic. Of course, every bar boasts locally brewed beer and Buffalo Trace Whiskey has been everywhere. I definitely miss the roar of the ocean and my dog, but this trip has been fun. This terrain is more suited for the climbing, crunchy, Northface wearing type, and I'm ready to take my stiletto wearing ass back to the East Coast and resume my studio practice, but it's been great hanging with the family. 

The cousins: Quinn, Madora, Linnehea, Clara, Will, and myself.

The cousins: Quinn, Madora, Linnehea, Clara, Will, and myself.

We visited the downtown of Jackson Hole, and it was adorable. Filled with Asian tourists and tacky Western Galleries, I was entertained for a few hours. Moo's Icecream is delicious, you have to try the Huckleberry. I love that they have tons of chocolate candy options as well (my favorite). The bronze sculptures that surround the downtown area are gorgeous and made by extremely talented craftsmen, and are frequent throughout Wymoning. 

Check out this bronze Moose sculpture we found by the airport at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. 

Check out this bronze Moose sculpture we found by the airport at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. 

This area boasts several outdoor sports during the summer months such as mountain biking, white water rafting, kayaking, and hiking. I went on a white water rafting tour today, and it will be the last time I'll do it. I'm not a fan of getting splashed in the face with 50 degree water, but more power to you if you like that kind of thing. I'll stick to roller coasters for my adrenaline rush. 

View of Teton Village and the mountain bikers.  

View of Teton Village and the mountain bikers.  

At the end of this adventure, I found myself at Bar J's Chuckwagon. They served a cowboy style dinner with steak, baked potato, beans, applesauce, cornbread, and lemonade paired with old fashioned tunes and light comedy. Great if you have younger children and a hungry family.

As I sit in the airport in Jackson Hole, I'm enjoying a Jack and Coke and thinking of the ocean in Fernandina Beach. Overall, this was a nice little vacation, and I am ready to resume my painting practice with some new inspiration. 

Exhibition Review: Endangerment, Extinction & Decay

By Mariah Lynn Howington

Endangerment, Extinction & Decay Exhibition    2014

Endangerment, Extinction & Decay Exhibition

The Endangerment, Extinction & Decay Exhibition was hosted by the Twelve Tribes in their Yellow Café on 401 E. Hall St. in Savannah, GA, and is going to open as a café and gallery in a couple months. Holly Broderick, a Savannah School of Art and Design student, and the Artist’s for Science SCAD Club organized a fabulous evening on Friday, May 23. The exhibition showcased SCAD student’s art works from the painting, illustration, fibers, and graphic design departments of SCAD.

 The handcrafted features of café were showcased alongside of the art on display, and the exposed walls of the building created a dynamic backdrop for the art works while corresponding with the theme of the show. The Twelve Tribes made their signature drink, Matai, including many other homemade refreshments. 

Holly Broderick  Decay  Pen and ink 17” by 11” 2014

Holly Broderick
Pen and ink
17” by 11”

Holly Broderick’s artwork showcased animals, while utilizing her graphic design background to draw impeccable fine details. Sarah Geraci and Sumo Morgan’s weavings were reminiscent of nature, and contained elaborate patterns and colors. The art on display contained themes deriving from life, death, animals, sacred geometry, and captivated the viewers to investigate their own mortality.

 Interviews from attendees:

 Jake O – “It was pretty interesting, it had a different atmosphere. The artist’s had some pretty sweet art, and the building was beautiful.” 

Austin W – “I liked the use of the unique space and how it was utilized with a wide variety of art.”

Holly Broderick and Bob  Endangerment, Extinction & Decay Exhibition  2014

Holly Broderick and Bob
Endangerment, Extinction & Decay Exhibition

Overall, the Endangerment, Extinction & Decay Exhibition was a success and the participating artists sold several art works and prints. The Artist’s for Science Club excelled at pulling together a fabulous event that had a great turnout, with beautiful and inspirational art as the star of the evening.