Isabel Calkins Mata Isabel Calkins Mata is a neurodivergent writer, producer, and director who is passionate about normalizing mental illness through the stories she shares. Her work has appeared in a broad range of national magazines, newspapers, and online outlets, including Cosmopolitan, CNN, Elle, Travel & Leisure, and more. She is passionate about fighting the stigma of mental illness and regularly reports on the topics of health, wellness, lifestyle, beauty, and sex. Isabel is originally from Rochester, NY, and is a proud alumnus of New York University's School of Global Liberal Studies. She currently lives in Seattle, WA, with her husband Richard and their three cats. Highlights: * Former global brand marketer for L'Oréal USA (with Maybelline and Urban Decay) * Currently CEO of Rumination Storytellers, a creative marketing agency focused on building brand love * Work has appeared in a broad range of national magazines, newspapers, and online outlets, including Cosmopolitan, CNN, Elle, and Travel & Leisure About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.