My name is Margarita Tartakovsky. I’m an Associate Editor at PsychCentral.com, an award–winning mental health website that’s been around since 1995!

There, I pen pieces on everything from anxiety and ADHD to creativity and couples. (You can catch up on my latest writing here.)

I write a blog called Weightless, which focuses on loving our bodies and ourselves, at any weight, shape or size. Because, as Geneen Roth wrote in Women, Food and God, “It’s never been true, not anywhere at any time, that the value of a soul, of a human spirit, is dependent on a number on a scale.”

I also pen a blog called Make a Mess all about reconnecting to our creativity. Because, as Joseph Beuys said, “Everyone is an artist.” And indeed you are.

And my book by the same name, Make A Mess: Daily Prompts and Projects for Rediscovering Your Creativity And Living A More Playful Life (Viva Editions), comes out in February 2016.

Fairytale Beginnings

I live in Florida with my husband, Brian. It’s certainly a long way from Moscow, the city I emigrated from when I was six years old.

After living in America for several months and finally learning the language, I fell in love with writing. Full-on, head-over-heels, can’t-stop-thinking-about-you love.

The moment that solidified my adoration?

Composing my first-ever story in grade school, which featured Princess Margarita as the leading lady. (Thanks to my parents, I still have it!) And so I was — happily and hopelessly — hooked.

Educational Background

I received my B.S. in psychology from Florida State University and my M.S. from Texas A&M’s clinical psychology program. However, I’m not a therapist — and I don’t even play one on T.V. :)