About Ariel Meadow Stallings

Hi, I'm Ariel! I'm the author of three books, including From Sh!tshow To Afterglow, PROS BEFORE BROS, and three editions of Offbeat Bride.

My writing likes to poke at the soft places of overlap between culture, identity, relationships, and personal development.

I got my start in the mid-’90s editing a rave magazine, graduated the Columbia Publishing Course in 2001, and then spent most of the ’00s doing marketing for corporations like the Seattle Times, Microsoft, and Amazon. I've dedicated the last 13 years to managing my bootstrapped digital media company, the Offbeat Empire LLC.

My work has reached about 50 million people in the last decade through the Offbeat Empire’s web and social media properties like

So yeah, that's the career stuff. (If you want more, that's what Linkedin is for!)

However, like you, I contain multitudes...

I'm a 46-year-old small business owner. I'm middle-class and middle age. I live in Seattle with my 11-year-old son. I'm an independent researcher obsessed with business fields like digital publishing and the passion economy, psychological topics like attachment theory and secular mindfulness, and spiritual stuff like non-duality and the Enneagram. I'm a dancer with a daily devotional practice I call "lapdances for god." I'm bisexual and currently flying solo. I'm a daily meditator and weekly weightlifter. I'm an Enneatype 3w4. I'm my own trophy wife. I'm a spiritual adolescent and a chameleon and a projection screen for your own internalized battles with aspects of yourself. This is all to say, I'm just one more finger of the same divine hand as you. (Hello, my fellow fingers! 👋)

You can find me over on @findyourafterglow on Insta... but if you want to really want to get to know me, join my private publication, The Afterglow.

Wait, a private publication... whaaa?

My most recent book From Shitshow to Afterglow is all about my shitshow... but if you want to know how things are going now, I invite you to subscribe to my private publication, aptly named The Afterglow.

Members get instant access to my most intimate work, including three online courses, an audiobook, daily conscious embodiment videos, and a massive library of my most personal essays. Members also get instant access to 15 deleted chapters from Sh!tshow ... the stuff that was too weird, too raw, too dirty for mainstream publication.

The Afterglow your inspo as you bounce back from a shitshow.