Five Things Being a New Mom has Taught Me

Image Description: Photograph of a pregnant person wearing black with their belly exposed, holding a red flower with a long green stem in front of their belly.

I am celebrating my second mother’s day this month. Happy mother’s day to all my fellow moms! Since giving birth to my child about a year and a half ago, I have learned a lot. Like, A LOT. I have learned about car seats and burping and the contents of diapers. I’m sure if you […]

Accepting our emotions

The person who’s wearing a purple shirt is showing both hands. Hands are filled with words that describe a variety of emotions and personalities and say “Just Me” in the middle.

When you think about depression or anxiety, what kind of image do you have about them? You may think that they are problematic or bad emotions that you would like to get rid of.

In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month, I would like to challenge that idea! I believe feelings of sadness, worries, and anger are all normal human emotions. What we may want to try is accepting them to manage them, rather than rejecting them.

‘Tis the Season for Self-Care

Leaves scattered in a puddle, some leaves laid out intentionally into the shape of a heart.

The year is coming to a close and it is time to prepare for the holidays. For many, the holidays can cause stress, anxiety, and sadness. Today I want to share with you how creating a self-care routine can help manage unwanted holiday feelings. Self-Care Routine for the Holidays: A self-care routine can look different […]

Creatives, Content, and Mental Health in the Deaf Community for Deaf Awareness Month

A person signs “I love you” with her right hand in American Sign Language. (S)he is wearing two silver rings and red nail polish on her hand.

It’s September, and Deaf Awareness Month is here again! As a hearing ally, I firmly believe that Deaf Awareness month should center on Deaf people and perspectives. As a creative arts therapist, I am combining my love of creativity and mental health to bring you Deaf creatives, content creators, and mental health resources. Please consider […]

Power and Control in Relationships

A young woman is facing backward on a young man. Both are holding both hands while their backs are towards each other in a sad tone.

To develop a healthy relationship, it is important for all parties involved to feel empowered, respect each other, and have equal power in the decision-making. On the other hand, an unhealthy relationship tends to have imbalanced power and control. Once one person takes away power and control from another person or takes over the relationship […]

From Center to Flow

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Accessing creativity is important for all of us in tasks as varied as cooking and gardening to brainstorming your next big career move. But it is hard to be creative when you’re stressed or frazzled. Sometimes, you need to let go of what’s overwhelming you and center yourself to find your creative groove.

How Do You Talk About Sex?

two women standing in the center wearing winter clothing in front of a snowy evergreen tree. One of the women is whispering into the ear of the other woman with her hand up to her mouth. The other woman looks surprised and is covering her mouth with her hand.

Sex is hard to discuss. Many people feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or ashamed when the topic comes up in conversation. Some folks think they can talk about sex with anyone but the person they are having sex with.

Love and Boundaries

Being in a relationship can be so much fun when you can be yourself and are free to communicate what’s on your mind. Love should be respectful, caring, and equal. Love should not be coerced, shamed, or painful.

Looking to the Wisdom of Nature for Healing

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. It brings me so much hope to the cycles of nature blooming again after the death of winter. It can also bring about feelings of sadness if one is in a dark place. The outer world may not match how we feel inside. 

What’s Right with You?

A Healing Centered Approach to TraumaI recently read an article by author, Shawn Ginwright, a leading expert on youth activism, youth development, and professor of Africana Studies. In this article, he discussed a healing-centered approach to working with trauma, which he defines as “ holistic involving culture, spirituality, civic action and collective healing. A healing-centered […]