Jacqueline Raposo is an expert interviewer. Her over 400 stories cross article, essay, and podcast production featuring humans in the fields of food, lifestyle, entrepreneurship, tech, art, medicine, and more. Regular publications include Food & Wine, Saveur, Cosmopolitan, Bust, Extra Crispy, Plate, and Tasting Table. She studies “why and how we love in all forms” as the producer and co-host of Love Bites Radio, and connects chronic illness/disability advocates with protest events as the co-founder of #MarchingWithMe.
At the age of thirty-four, Jacqueline finds herself sick, single, broke, and wandering in a fog. Despite decades of discipline, her chronic illness is getting worse. Despite hosting a radio show about dating, she hasn’t been in love in years. And despite a successful writing career, she’s deeply in debt. Weary of trying to solve her problems by adding things to her life, she attempts the opposite and subtracts some of her most constant habits—social media, shopping, sugar, and negative thoughts—for periods of thirty to ninety days over the course of one year. In this intimately curated search for self-improvement, Raposo confesses to the sometimes violent and profound shifts in her social interactions, physical health, and sense of self-worth. With the input of doctors, psychologists, STEM experts, and other professionals, she offers fascinating insights into how and why our brains and bodies react as they do to our habits. She also sheds light on the impact of our everyday choices on our mental state. Part memoir, part case study, her book offers you an inspiring example of how to forge your own journey, exposure your wounds, and help yourself heal.
You can find her at www.jacquelineraposo.com.
The Me, Without: A Year Exploring Habit, Healing, and Happiness