Jill Di Donato

Jill Di Donato is a contributing writer based in New York City. She is the author of BEAUTIFUL GARBAGE: A Novel. She has appeared as an expert on relationships on numerous TV and radio programs, and loves to act in indie horror films. You can see more of her work at www.jilldidonato.com.

Instagram's Most Popular Photos Of 2015 Show We Need More Diversity In Who We 'Like'

What is possibly the ultimate social media ranking is here: Instagram released its 10 most popular posts of 2015 this week, and all of the most-liked photos were from female users. That's pretty rad, right? Except for one thing: there's a lack of…
By Jill Di Donato

Shooting At Darien, Ill. Walmart Leaves Multiple Injured

One day after the deadliest mass shooting since Sandy Hook, yet another act of public gun violence has occurred. Thursday evening, at 5:41 p.m., a shooting occurred in a Darien, Ill. Walmart, according to NBC Chicago. Darien Police Chief Greg Thomas…
By Jill Di Donato

10 Ways To Handle New Year's Diet Resolutions When You Have An Eating Disorder

New Year's is always a difficult time. Why? From TV to your phone to subway ads, people are insisting you resolve to get skinny in the New Year. But bear in mind, ways to handle New Year's diet resolutions when you have an eating disorder are not…
By Jill Di Donato

8 Ways To Spend New Year's Eve When You're Trying To Conceive

There are lots of articles written for expectant mothers on how to spend New Year's Eve, but what about women trying to conceive? Resources on ways to spend New Year's Eve when you're trying to conceive are far and few between. Why? Maybe it's…
By Jill Di Donato

10 Infuriating Things My Partner Said To Me That Proved Our Relationship Wouldn't Make It

Whoever said all's fair in love and war never dated a journalist. The following infuriating things my partner said to me this year proved that our relationship wouldn't make it. Does the essential airing of my dirty laundry mean I'll die alone? Who…
By Jill Di Donato

8 Things You Realize When You Learn The Difference Between Self-Reflection & Self-Doubt

As the year comes to an end — and what a year it's been — it's only natural to take inventory of the good, the bad, and everything in between. After all, we live in a culture where listicles help us categorize information and process it on the way…
By Jill Di Donato

10 Ways To Survive The Holidays When You Suffer From Anxiety

There have been many times in my life when my anxiety kept me holed up in my bed — lights off, rubbing my feet together so ferociously I developed callouses. This was me, isolating as a way to stave off anxiety, before Netflix was even a thing.…
By Jill Di Donato

How To Survive The Holidays When You're Trying To Conceive

Holidays are a time for family, which can mean it's a time riddled with all kinds of unpleasant feelings, especially if you're trying to make your own and having trouble. I know, because this is my second holiday season without a baby bump, which…
By Jill Di Donato

I Had A Spouse With Mental Health Issues & Here's What It Was Like

On Monday, Nov. 21, Kayne West was taken to UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation shortly after canceling a leg of his Saint Pablo tour. While no details of West's psychiatric evaluation have been released to the public, multiple sources…
By Jill Di Donato

10 Ways To Survive The Holidays When You Definitely Don't Get Along With Your In-Laws

One of bonuses of flying solo during the holidays is, of course, that you don't have to deal with in-laws. I know, because I was in a romantic partnership for many years where I had a discordant relationship with my in-laws, and it added massive…
By Jill Di Donato

10 Ways To Survive The Holidays When You're Sober

Good, bad, and as ugly as a Christmas sweater, the holidays are filled with feelings. Getting the feels is part of being human, but for people who are sober, feelings can be triggers that fueled their addiction in the first place. At least, that's…
By Jill Di Donato

10 Ways To Survive The Holidays With An Eating Disorder

Here's the thing about recovering from an eating disorder: there's no way to avoid food. You need it to live and, in many ways, food is how we show each other love, especially around the holidays. From shared meals to gift baskets, parties centered…
By Jill Di Donato

8 Things Recovering From An Eating Disorder Taught Me About Motherhood

There's an adage about adulthood that goes something like, "You spend your adult years unlearning all the trauma you faced as a kid." Trauma is something that's not easily definable, but you know when you've experienced it. You feel trauma in your…
By Jill Di Donato

13 Signs Your Marriage Will Survive

When you say, "I do," you're not just committing to be there for your spouse during the goof days. You're also agreeing to stick it out when life makes relationships so uncomfortable that you'd rather crawl in bed and hide under the covers than deal…
By Jill Di Donato

11 Positions For Sleepy Sex, Because You Can Be Tired & Want To Get It On

When you're tired, it can be difficult to get in the mood. But whether you're in a longterm relationship or have a little black book of friends with benefits, there's no reason not to cash in your sex chip just because you're drowsy. And there are a…
By Jill Di Donato

3 Top Theories About What Causes Labor To Start

Although there are plenty of hypotheses regarding labor and delivery, no one really knows what triggers labor. It's one of life's mysteries, I suppose, and a pretty vital one at that. That being said, there are top theories about what causes labor…
By Jill Di Donato

The Fourth Trimester Is A Thing & Every Mom Needs To Know About It

When you're expecting, there's no dearth of questions running through your mind. But one that is making headlines of late had me scratching my head, and it might have you scratching yours as well. What is the fourth trimester, and how come I didn't…
By Jill Di Donato

7 Easy 'Hamilton' Costumes For Kids Who Love The Broadway Hit

If you were lucky enough to score Hamilton tickets, then not only are you the envy of your neighborhood, but you have a leg up in creating easy Hamilton costumes for kids, come Halloween. However, you don't have to have seen the hit musical to be…
By Jill Di Donato

How Long Does It Take To Heal After A C-Section?

Becoming a mother is a life changing event. In other words, it's a very big deal. You know what else is a big deal? Cesarian births. Yup, C-sections are major surgery, so if you had one or are planning a cesarian birth, you may be wondering how…
By Jill Di Donato

9 Easy Pun Costumes For Kids To Trick-Or-Treat In This Halloween

Puns are some of the funniest jokes around because they hinge on wordplay and the silly idea that words can have more than one meaning. If being clever is your thing, then when Halloween rolls around, you may want to consider some easy pun costumes…
By Jill Di Donato