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!)

Like you, however, I contain multitudes...

I'm a middle-aged middle-class white woman. I live in Seattle, but spend a lot of time in San Francisco. I'm the mother of a 10-year-old son. I'm a dancer with a daily devotional practice I call "lapdances for god."

I'm an independent researcher obsessed with business fields like the passion economy, psychological topics like attachment theory and secular mindfulness, and spiritual stuff like the Enneagram and non-duality. I'm bisexual, poly-leaning, and contentedly partnered. I'm a daily meditator and weekly weightlifter. I'm an enneatype 3w4. I'm my own trophy wife. I'm a projection screen for your own internalized battles with aspects of yourself.

Really, 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 The Afterglow.

Find Your Afterglow

My latest book is all about my "Shitshow"... if you want to know how the "Afterglow" part is going, join my private membership program, aptly named The Afterglow. Members get access to my most intimate work, including daily conscious embodiment videos, and weekly writing about NSFW self-dev, entrepreneurial ennui, and spiritual growth, plus deleted scenes that were too weird for mainstream publication.

The Afterglow is your permission to get weird, get deep, and really dig in. If you've made it through a shitshow, I invite you to join The Afterglow and feel supported as your new life takes shape.