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"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." Maya Angelou

Welcome to my site! I'm Melody, and I'm here to help you find a better, more colorful way to live.

I started out practicing optometry full time for several years but eventually became burnt out due to stress and a heavy workload. (If you're interested, I wrote an article about my experience here.) I developed back problems, stomach problems, my skin broke out like crazy, and I just felt tired and low on energy all the time. I saw a doctor who, after running several tests, confirmed that my stress hormone levels were through the roof! She told me, "You are way too young to be feeling like this!" She was right, I just blah, so dull. I wanted to put some more color back into my life.

At the same time, I was ashamed to talk to anyone about this (especially my colleagues), because I didn't want people to think I was complaining about my job or that I couldn't handle it. But, after I decided to open up to others about my burnout, I got so much positive feedback, even from colleagues. I was so surprised!

Then I thought about it. If I feel burnt out, surely other people do too. If I can find ways to improve my own life and health, other people might find this information valuable too.

So I started looking for ways to improve my life, to reduce stress and get my health back on track. It's an ongoing journey, and I'm here to share what I learn along the way. With my background in science and medicine, it's in my nature to research and find out if a new beauty product or health fad is backed by scientific research. And I'll share all my knowledge with you!

L.A. Vida Color features health, wellness, beauty, and skin care articles. But what it's really all about, is helping us feel better about ourselves, inside and out.

Here's to a more colorful life!