Who Planted All the Cacti?!

Who Planted All the Cacti?!

I’m originally from Austin, Texas (yes, I know, I’m a unicorn) but I left for several years for grad school and stayed gone for a bit longer for love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we returned to Austin two years ago, my first reaction was, “who planted all the...
Trauma Informed as a Way of Being

Trauma Informed as a Way of Being

There’s a lot of talk about being trauma informed. And trainings. I’ve taken a lot of them.   By all means, a structured way to learn about common ways people feel safe or unsafe related to specific experiences is important.   However, I would caution...
Rethinking “No Boundaries”

Rethinking “No Boundaries”

The more I go along in this work, the more I learn that fundamentally changes the way I view so many things. This past year, I participated in an intensive training called DEEP. DEEP is a fusion of attachment theory, somatic approaches, trauma therapy and depth...
Great How?

Great How?

We say this word all the time. Great. And we often assume a positive meaning. However, in my recent trip to Rome, I was reminded that this word is mainly a qualifier of something else. It implies magnitude, not inherently positivity. On this recent trip we took a tour...
Creating A Life

Creating A Life

This past weekend, I got to hang out with several friend-colleagues that I absolutely adore and respect among the trees and mountains in Washington. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We danced, had sing-a-longs, played games, got lost in the wilderness and overall co-created a space for us...
To the Mothers Within Us

To the Mothers Within Us

Mother’s Day is not just for mothers of humans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s for all of us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our cultural relationship to motherhood is complex. In so many ways we put mothers on pedestals. This can feel good and empowering. It truly is amazing what our bodies...
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018

It’s almost the end of April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And instead of giving facts and figures, I want to speak directly to every person out there who is working hard to overcome this – whether you call it sexual assault, rape, molestation,...
Connection as Prevention

Connection as Prevention

Slowly, I am getting back into the swing of work life here. And the theme of the week I’m noticing is about #connection. ⠀ ⠀ Yesterday, we found out who’s responsible for the #Austinbombings and there’s so much to observe and so much to say. ⠀ ⠀ The...
Power Need Not Explain Itself

Power Need Not Explain Itself

Last weekend I was in the Somatic Experiencing Training and as part of the experience, we practice on each other and have 1-on-1 sessions with SE Practitioners. In SE, your body guides the experience. As you follow the body, you narrate the experience – both...
How to be More of Yourself

How to be More of Yourself

In my last blog post, I shared a little back story on how I came to view confidence through this lens of being and experiencing rather than as a thing to have. This post is all about tangible strategies you can practice to lean into and become more of yourself. While...