Find Your Afterglow

Are you on the struggle bus, looking for support and hope as you navigate life's shitshows? I'm here to empower you to cut through all the self-dev bullshit, and find what works for you. Find Your Afterglow is your guide to figuring out life when shit feels really fucked up.


From Sh!tshow To Afterglow

Hi, I'm Ariel! You may recognize me as the author of Offbeat Bride. I wish we were meeting under different circumstances, but here we are.

If you’re reading this, chances are that shit feels pretty messed up in your life. Life-crisis shitshows are like a freeway: there are a lot of different on-ramps, but once you’re on it, things move whether you want them to or not, and you can’t really slow down.

During the process of recovering from the triple-punch of medical crisis, turning 40, and my marriage abruptly ending, I decided that self-development would be my hobby, my art, my sport, and my best friend.

I'm here now to help you find your afterglow: that point when your new self looks into the gaping hole that used to be your life and realizes, I might be able to grow some amazing things down here if I really try.

Let's make this the best worst time of your life!


Putting life back together when it all falls apart

My third book is here to hold your hand while you cry, without sugar-coating how deeply it sucks to have your world shattered, and then gives you a reassuring plan to help you put the pieces back together.

Filled with raw, personal stories and practical, research-backed advice, From Sh!tshow to Afterglow will help you overcome personal trauma through creative self-development, helping you emerge stronger than ever.


New Course:
Mindfulness and the Enneagram

Learn how to combine two self-awareness tools to help you lovingly spot your ego's games, and let your life feel less sucky and more wide open to new possibilities as you find your afterglow.


Want to get up close and personal?

I launched my private publication The Afterglow as a members-only space to get balls-deep in personal development. 

If you're dealing with a shitshow (stuff like divorce, career upheaval, or oh, you know, *gestures broadly at 2020* ALL THIS ), I invite you to join The Afterglow for inspiration and guidance as your new life takes shape. 

The Afterglow is for readers of From Sh!tshow To Afterglow who want to know what comes next. It's for folks who want the stuff that's too raw, too personal, and too vulnerable for me to share in books or on social media.

The Afterglow is the inspo to help you get through your shitshow. Let's do this!

Get your copy today

Subscribing to The Afterglow grants you  exclusive access to...


Motivational emails

I email members biweekly with exclusive long-form essays, covering everything from self-dev, spirituality, sex, relationships, entrepreneurship, and more. Each essay ends with prompts for how to apply the concepts to your own growth and self-inquiry.

Member Portal

Exclusive content portal

Members get 24/7 access to my most intimate work, including several books' worth of writing to support your growth, erotic audiobooks to get you off, 15 deleted chapters from Shitshow, guided meditations, and so much more. This is where you can REALLY get to know me.


Online courses

Members of The Afterglow also get full access to all my current and future online courses, which cover topics like mindfulness & the enneagram, and healing anxious attachment patterns. Members get access to new courses before they're launched to the public.

Bonus for Annual Subscribers to The Afterglow

Luxe Afterglow Altar Set

I want your time with to The Afterglow to be a full sensory experience. I don't just want it to be words in your head, I want you to have these curated talismanic objects with you as we do this work together:

  • Luxe gold-embossed Moleskine journal
  • Handstamped raw brass Shitshow to Afterglow hoop earrings by Seattle jewelry Squirrel vs Coyote
  • Handmade Afterglow meditation candle by UNLAX Candles
  • Signed author's edition of my third book, From Sh!tshow To Afterglow

Annual members get this $200 set, and all the benefits of a monthly membership -- plus an annual discount (2 months free!).


I believe in you.

If you're coming through a shitshow, rethinking your relationships, career, heath (or all three), The Afterglow is here for you with consistent motivation and encouragement. My work is to motivate you, entertain you, inspire you, make you laugh, make you move.

If you're looking for more hands-on guidance, I work with a small number of clients for 1-on-1 mentoring. I ask the tough questions that help you find answers about what will work for YOU on topics ranging from small business development to spiritual growth to relationships and more.