Feeling With

Feeling With

Culture tells us that emotions make us weak, soft or broken if in abundance. This narrative will have us believe that there is something wrong with us when feeling emotional and it can lead us to disconnect from ourselves. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I used to really believe this and...
Be Fabulous & Vote

Be Fabulous & Vote

Everyone is saying to vote right now and I think it’s hard to feel motivated to go vote when our political system is so complex and you might not know where to start. ⠀ True story – despite going to social work school and being super passionate about...
Reality Check Regarding Power

Reality Check Regarding Power

While hanging out in turtle mode, I realized that perpetration has actually been in power for a long time.   At the time, I felt pretty defeated by this idea. It made me feel sad and a bit hopeless.   However, I sat with it and digested this idea and now I feel...
Emerge

Emerge

I’ve been quiet lately. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve needed to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The last several weeks have been really hard. And alongside my fellow survivors and allies I’ve felt disheartened, rage, betrayal, concern, triggered, etc. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, I went inward...
Legacy of Trauma: It Didn’t Start With You

Legacy of Trauma: It Didn’t Start With You

We repeat what we do not heal. Trauma is like a legacy. Any trauma that happens now is a reflection of another hurt that happened before. Many times even generations before. When we grow up amid trauma and oppression, we do our best to cope. And sometimes that coping...
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...
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...