Hi, I’m Aarti!


I was inspired to write this blog because after learning more about myself in college, mental health, and in that, access to self-care, became a matter that is very close to my heart. Creating access is the way I hope to make a difference in the world around me.

Handmade Hearts is centered around the idea that mental health care, or even health care in general doesn’t have to be as inaccessible as it currently is. Taking care of yourself is something that everyone can do easilyย if we are given the right tools to use.

My blog is my way of contributing to that tool kit. If I can use this blog to add relief, positivity or even just one smile to someone’s day, I would consider it a job well done.


When I’m not writing, I’m a busy college student buried under piles of books and papers. At university, I study Psychology and Global Health and consistently struggle to keep a straight face in pictures (as you can see above). Photography is probably my next favorite hobby, but I also enjoyย reading, letter-writing, blogging, doing art projects, trying D.I.Y’s from Pinterest, cooking, traveling, and trying new things.

Other fun facts about me include my goal to visit Iceland one day to see the Northern Lights, the fact that I have a weak spot for yogurt-covered pretzels, and my favorite Disney movie is Tangled.


This is the second blog that I’ve worked on. My first, which I started in my freshmen year of college, is no longer available to view. However, the travel blog I started as part of that blog can be accessedย here.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about me or HandmadeHearts, I can be reached at handmadeheartsblog@gmail.com

Also, feel free to follow me on social media!

Like my pictures? These were taken for me by a close friend of mine, Elleyce Pahang. Elleyce is an absolute gem of a person, and as a friend. Her work is amazing and you can check out some of her other photos here, on her Instagram.

Insta: aarti.party
Twitter:ย @aarti_bodas
Tumblr: handmadeheartsblog