About Ariel Meadow Stallings


Offbeat Bride


From Shitshow To Afterglow


My latest writing

Lapdances4god: my dance course

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Hi, I’m Ariel! I’m the author of three books, including From Sh!tshow To Afterglow, PROS BEFORE BROS, and three editions of Offbeat Bride.

My writing likes to poke at the soft places of overlap between culture, identity, relationships, and personal development.

I got my start in the mid-’90s editing a rave magazine, graduated from the Columbia Publishing Course in 2001, and then spent most of the ’00s doing marketing for corporations like the Seattle Times, Microsoft, and Amazon.

Since 2009, I’ve been dedicated to my bootstrapped digital media company, Offbeat Empire LLC. My work has reached about 60 million people through the Offbeat Empire’s web and social media properties like offbeatwed.com (formerly offbeatbride.com).

So yeah, that’s the career stuff. (If you want more, that’s what Linkedin is for!)

However, like you, I contain multitudes…

I’m a 47-year-old small business owner. I’m middle-aged and middle-class. I live in Seattle with my 13-year-old son. I’m an independent researcher obsessed with business fields like digital publishing and the passion economy, psychological topics like attachment theory and secular mindfulness, and spiritual stuff like non-duality and the Enneagram. (I’m a 3w4 or 4w3, depending on the day.)

I’m a dance teacher with a daily devotional dance practice. I’m a daily meditator, weekly weightlifter, and nascent trail runner. I’m bisexual and currently flying solo as both my own trophy wife and femme daddy. I’m a spiritual adolescent and a chameleon and a projection screen for your own internalized battles with aspects of yourself.

This is all to say, I’m just one more finger of the same divine hand as you. (Hello, my fellow fingers! 👋)

If you need to reach me, you can find me on Insta as @arielmstallings or email me here.

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