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 with my 10-year-old son. 

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 a dancer with a daily devotional practice I call "lapdances for god." I'm bisexual, poly-leaning, and contentedly unpartnered. 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.

And wait, what's this about a private publication?

My latest book is all about my Shitshow... 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 access to my most intimate work, including daily conscious embodiment videos, bi-weekly exclusive writings, plus a massive library of over 50 essays, audiobooks, online courses, and deleted scenes from Sh!tshow, that were too weird for mainstream publication.

The Afterglow is here to be your inspo through this shitshow.