Ode to My Body

Ode to my body I have my mother’s body, no doubt. Her dark features. Her thick, brown hair and olive skin. Her small chest and Curvy hips. Her cellulite thighs and varicose and spider veined legs, her big feet and hands. I have my mother’s body.   Growing up I was aware of her dissection…

My Wish

Freeze time. Stop, rewind. If life were a movie, I’d replay the things you used to say To me. Pause. On the smiles. Play. On the laughter. Fast forward. Through the trials. Skip all the tears. But pause. Stop. Just in time, To keep you here.

Woman

I feel it in the tightening of my chest the shortness of my breath the quickening of my step the back of my head as I try to look forward  but also  feel what’s behind me woman I feel it like lightning in my thighs  as my muscles  prepare for  fight  or flight I feel…

On How to Love Yourself

It sometimes helps To step outside of yourself For a moment And say If this were my dearest friend How would I love and support them And then do that   Have you ever caught yourself in the middle of a negative self talk rant? I sure have. Sometimes I catch my mind going through…

On Self Love

If you choose To put off Loving yourself Until you’re more (fill in the blank) You will always be waiting The love has to come first Without conditions Self love with the condition You’ll only love yourself When you are perfect Or almost perfect Or when you’ve become Your ideal self Is a moving finish…

It’s Time to Speak Up & Stand Up

I was, and still am, conflicted about sharing this photo and story with everyone. While it is personal and makes me feel vulnerable to talk about, I believe that we have to start speaking up and standing up to sexual harassment. Earlier Today, in the parking lot of Target, a man sexually harassed me. I…

Mental Illness: My Story

For those who know a little about my life story, it’s probably no surprise that I have struggled with mental health. For those who don’t know, both of my parents have passed away from cancer. My dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer) when I was 11, and he died when I was…

The “F” Word… Why I say it and you should too

Of course I’m talking about Feminism. I recently read an article by college student and blogger on The Odyssey, Amanda Jayne Sankey titled “I Am Not A Feminist, And That Is Okay.” I would like to directly address the concerns she expressed that others may also share about feminism. “We are currently in what is called the fourth wave of feminism. I don’t…

An Open Letter to the Men Who Have Objectified Me:

  To the grown man in a drunken stupor Your glances at my pre-pubescent body taught me That because I occupy a space marked female I was designed for the male gaze I laughed off your drunk advances as you commented on my legs At thirteen I knew what the stench of alcohol smelled like…

Self Care: Looking Inward

In a society where we are moving at a faster pace than ever, we rarely stop and take the time to look inward. What is Self Care? Self care is the practice of taking intentional action to care for one’s physical, mental, or emotional health. Why is it important? It’s no secret that our mental, physical,…

Why July 4th Isn’t for Everyone

About a week ago, I was talking with a friend and casually asked if she had any 4th of July plans. She laughed and said, “I don’t celebrate July the 4th. My ancestors didn’t gain  independence on July the 4th 1776.” I was reminded of a course I took in college that covered American history…

10 Life Lessons From Cats

1. The Importance of Friendship Ever heard the phrase, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours?” It’s pretty obvious (at least to me) that this phrase originated from cats. Cats know the importance of giving when it comes to back scratches, because the favor is usually returned by only the best of cat friends….