well, hello - delighted to meet you!
Hey friends! I'm Tori. I'm 26 years old and live in sunny Charleston, South Carolina with my husband and our three fur children: Nova (woof), Goose (meow), & Watson (meow). I'm a writer, content creator, and marketing professional whose greatest passion is helping others understand the importance of mental health and giving them the tools to empower themselves. I've also been teaching yoga for over four years now and truly believe in the importance of taking the lessons you learn on the mat off the mat as well.
I am a big believer in going after your dreams with all you've got. I probably curse too much. I'm fiercely feminist. I drink way more iced, black coffee than any human should. I am, without a doubt, the most type 3 enneagram you'll ever meet in your life. Laying in a field of sunflowers sipping rosé is my idea of a perfect day. I have three tattoos, all of which tell different stories about my anxiety disorder. Yes, my hair is naturally curly. No, I do not mind talking about my eating disorder recovery. Feel free to ask me all the things!
I created The Balancing Effect to help others discover their greatest potential through mindfulness and self-care. I'm really happy you're here. Let's have some fun!
"This. Girl. Gets. It. Tori is smart, witty, and fiery. I love that she not only shares her talents on this blog, but she lifts others up as well. Her work is inspiring and the kick in the butt I need most days. She is a #Girlboss, through and through - and will inspire you to be the same."
"Tori's blog posts always light up my day! She lifts me up when I'm down and kicks my ass when I know I need to step up my game. It's so meaningful to have someone be REAL about self-care, mental health, and the Charleston lifestyle. Tori inspires me to be the best version of myself and find my sunshine within myself."
"What I love most about Tori is that she is an everyday girl - down to earth and relatable…connecting with her peers through topics that all of us in our 20-somethings have faced at some point in our busy, hectic, and ever changing lives. Her positive energy is infectious, both on the page in her upbeat and engaging blog, and in person. Tori tackles topics in a way that inspires and motivates, fabulously reminding us to go after our goals, live positively, and drink a large cup of coffee before gearing up for a yoga sesh or a productive, kickass day."
- Dani Mushinsky
"Tori is a smart cookie and offers great advice. I love catching up on her blog and learning something new. Reading her posts is like having a conversation with that one friend who tells it like it is and is always a breath of fresh air. She's a great Buti teacher too!"
"I am always quick to read every post! Your blog is so relevant to my life - whether I need advice on how to handle some of those 20 something situations like moving in with your significant other ... or I just need a great book recommendation! Keep up the awesome work Tori - you’re killing it and I look up to you as inspiration!"
Tori candidly discusses common topics that twenty-somethings often struggle with and gives the kind of advice you’d get from a friend or mentor. Her posts have inspired me to improve upon myself and I'd recommend this blog to anyone who needs a dose of inspiration!"
- Molly Fitts
"I know I can apply whatever Tori has to say to my own life. She is so relatable. Her life isn't perfect, she doesn't have all the answers, but she can express her experiences way more eloquently than the rest of us. We are all trying to figure out life as young adults, and Tori is here to share the wisdom she has gathered through reading or yoga or her life in general. It's comforting to know I'm not alone."
- Kimi Hrivnak
"Tori is the go-to for every aspiring twenty-something. Endlessly inspiring, fresh, and funny this blog provides the perfect solution to ALL of life's challenges. Visit whenever you need a little motivation for your business, relationships, and health...or simply to feel less alone in your neurosis."
"Tori really is such an inspiration. Hustling and side-hustling and being the prime example of someone unapologetically going after what they want. All the while keeping it real online to give advice and support others. Keep being you, Tori!"
- Grace Hartley