From Sh!tshow To Afterglow: The ultimate offbeat breakup book

The new book from Offbeat Bride author Ariel Meadow Stallings is here to hold your hand while you cry, and then help you put your life back together. 

Filled with raw, personal stories and practical, research-backed advice, Sh!tshow will help you overcome personal trauma through creative self-development.

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


An irreverent guide to rebounding after loss, grief, and all the other cruel crises life throws our way

Sometimes your foundation crumbles. Sometimes you realize there wasn't a foundation to begin with.

Maybe your relationship ended in a breakup or divorce, or you lost your job, or a loved one died. Whatever crisis showed up to screw with you, it brought everything else crashing down, and suddenly life became confusing, disorienting, out of control.

A total shitshow.

You. Need. Help.

Therein lies the problem: Traditional self-help guides just aren't for you. You're an individualist, an iconoclast, a follow-your-own-drumbeat kind of person. The typical sunshine-and-rainbows, "live your best life!" books in the "personal growth" aisle aren't going to speak to your worldview–you need an embrace-your-weirdness vision for growth and rebuilding.

Enter Ariel Meadow Stallings, who has experienced a few life catastrophes of her own and emerged from them with newfound clarity and strength.

In From Shitshow to Afterglow, she offers a lifeline of support and outside-the-box thinking for times of crisis and confusion, sharing plenty of tactical tips for getting your shit together.

While this is the ultimate offbeat breakup book, it's not just that.

Ariel never lets readers forget that sometimes a life has to be taken apart before it can be put back together better than ever.

Without sugar-coating how deeply it sucks to have your world shattered, From Shitshow to Afterglow gives readers a reassuring plan to for putting the pieces back together and emerging stronger than ever.


What other authors are saying...

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Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Calm the F*ck Down

Look: I’m not saying anything bad will happen to you, but if it does, From Sh!tshow to Afterglow is the only book you’ll want to see on the bedside table.

Ariel Meadow Stallings is no-bullshit—and all kinds of funny, frank, and smart. I’m glad this book exists to help readers pick up the pieces.

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Kristen J. Sollée, author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists

Ariel's compassionate insights, wicked sense of humor, and sharp, self-deprecating writing make this book a balm to soothe even the most raging of shitshows. Deftly addressing the mental, physical, and metaphysical impacts of trauma and heartbreak, this book is a raw, honest, and accessible tool for healing in these wildly uncertain times.

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Buster Benson, author of Why Are We Yelling: The Art of Productive Disagreement

This is the perfect book for anyone who's been metaphorically thrown from the horse of life. With intense honesty and wit, Ariel Meadow Stallings guides us through the darkest shadows of her (and our own) fears while sprinkling in just the right amount of scientific research and practical tips in every chapter.

Photo by Jenny Jimenez

Read the introduction of 
From Sh!tshow To Afterglow...

It’s a good setup for a bad joke—did you hear the one about the divorced wedding expert? Did you hear the one about that offbeat lady who wrote a book about her offbeat wedding and then spent a decade supporting other people planning their offbeat weddings, who believed in nothing more than offbeat love, who then had her offbeat marriage abruptly end in the most on-beat way possible?


So yeah, hi. I’m Ariel, and I’m the butt of that joke. I’m also the ventricles and bile and tear ducts and open palms and broken eyelid capillaries of that joke.

That joke was part of my crisis, but just one part... 


Get your copy of From Sh!tshow to Afterglow

The book is now available wherever you like to buy your books, including an author-narrated audiobook edition through Audible.

Bookstore Edition

Bookstore Edition

Hardcover, 288 pages, sold wherever you prefer to buy your books.

$28 USD


Author-narrated Audiobook

This irreverent guide is the perfect anti-self-help book. 8 hrs and 18 mins long.

$14.95 USD from Audible


Find Your Afterglow

This book is about my "Shitshow"... if you want to know how the "Afterglow" part is going, purchase THE AFTERGLOW BUNDLE. You'll get instant access to my most intimate work, including three online courses that dovetail with the work presented in the book, my private monthly vlogs, and my most personal writing -- including deleted scenes from Shitshow that were too weird for mainstream publication. THE AFTERGLOW BUNDLE is your permission to get weird, get deep, and really dig in with me. 

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