I'm happy to announce I've joined Patreon! For those who've supported my work and read my essays over the years, Patreon will be the space going forward to get the most up-to-date content from me. Weekly, you'll have access to essays, you'll get article round-ups with the week's less talked about news and really interesting … Continue reading Support me by becoming a Patron on Patreon
I've seen this buzzword come up a few times in feeds and on social (just glue my hand to my phone at this point). I think it's important to address, especially with my friends and family who hold positions of power and are capable of acting out institutional change. What does "performative activism" mean? It … Continue reading Performative Activism and why it’s not enough
Using your power to choose your fate can change your life. Are you making conscious decisions to direct your course? Read here.
As a married bisexual woman, sexuality was a complicated, messy question for me. Read why I think you don't need definitions.
What it's like to live with major depressive disorder. My experience handling major depressions and the life I get to live in between.
River Place Nature Trail 4998 River Place Blvd Austin, TX 78730 Shaded Throughout Tucked into the River Place neighborhood in the northwest hills of Austin, this shaded area is a gorgeous slice of hill country that stays relatively cool in the summer. Highest Elevation Change This trail is not for the faint of heart or … Continue reading ATX Life: River Place Nature Trail
Tucked into the back of the Oasis plaza is the cocktail room for the OXTBC. Reasonable prices and great views worth the trip.
I got my heart broken for my entire life until I met the guy who became my husband. Read my I'm okay with that and you should be, too.
Suicide is a process - not an automatic adaptation to circumstances. We as support groups and strugglers can undo those processes that allow for suicide.
Nestled along the northern part of 360 is the Bull Creek Greenbelt in Austin. We took a hike to give you the best tips on navigating the trail/swimming hole.
Hill of Life dam is nestled to the northern tip of the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Here are my tips on getting to and enjoying this gorgeous Austin swimming hole.
Austin is riddled with cool breweries and distilleries. This post has a few of my favorites: Family Business Beer, Live Oak Brewing and Austin Eastciders.
Thanks to everyone who has been super supportive of the site so far! I'm excited to announce the opening of MyInvalidLife - the Etsy shop. Special shout out to the woman who helped me fall in love with photography in the first place/my high school mom/my very first customer, Kari Riemer, whose canvas in the … Continue reading Photos for Sale: The Etsy Shop is Open!
I've always been really uncomfortable with my own happiness. Call it cynicism, cowardice - maybe call it self defense. When things are good my comfort zone is miles behind me.
One of the coolest things about Austin is the sheer number of trail miles nestled into the city limits. Near Laguna Gloria and Mount Bonnell is a little park where I just so happened to take prom pictures in high school called Mayfield Park. But the coolest part about Mayfield Park in my opinion is … Continue reading ATX Life: Mayfield Park Trails
I am not a crazy Plexus lady or someone who throws parties you feel obligated to go to spend grocery money on necklaces. But BoxyCharm has literally changed the way I buy makeup. And saved me a ton of money by doing so. Every month I get four to five full size products for $20. … Continue reading Happy Things: BoxyCharm
Sorry for the cliche definition beginning to a post, but I swear it's relevant: invalid: noun: a person made weak or disabled by illness or injury adjective: not conforming to the correct format or specifications I would say that the former definition describes me and the latter my life. I've been working for a few years … Continue reading Thoughts: My Invalid Life
To all my white friends and family who feel attacked right now, I want you to know I see you and I hear you. I don't think it's funny that you feel uncomfortable and I don't think the people taunting you are always justified. I don't expect your blind acceptance and I don't want your … Continue reading For my white friends who feel attacked:
Hi! Just wanted to say it is super okay if talking about race makes you uncomfortable. We are socialized against it using all sorts of nice sounding things like "kids should be colorblind" and "I don't see race." The next step for all of us is acknowledging that those remarks would only be helpful in … Continue reading A Very Very Small Start for Us
In Samantha Stratton's Spinning Out, compassionate storytelling weave the figure skating lives of the Baker women into their reality of living with bipolar disorder. Here's what I think the show did well, and why you should watch.
Anna of Glitter and Lazers hired Invalid Productions to help her create sponsored content for American Eagle. We share some of the behind the scenes tea and what we took from the experience.
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/stmarthas Buy or rent this content for less than it costs to get a cup of coffee these days. ($2/$3) St. Martha's is here and now available to rent or purchase on Vimeo OnDemand! Our first direct-to-consumer TV pilot, St. Martha's is a story about St. Martha's is a story about strong women trying to … Continue reading St. Martha’s
Written, directed and produced by Austin female filmmaker, Madie Riley, St. Martha's is the debut pilot for the direct to consumer model at Invalid Productions. We hope to become a shop where Austin filmmakers can enter the game at a lower price and get their work seen by large audiences at a fair price point.
You're not broken, you're just unhappy. Let's unpack that.
Working on a video with low or no budget? Check out these Austin outdoor venues for backgrounds with a great vibe.
After journeying through the last two years of breaking into film here in Austin, I'm launching Invalid Productions. We exist for two reasons: to tell stories that matter and to put Austin talent to work.
The last year of my life changed everything about me. For the better.