Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"...and what do you do as a social activist?"

I was asked the other day in the comment section of the blog, what I do as a social activist? I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by the question at first. My immediate thought was, "what if I don't answer it correctly?" Then, I gave myself a little nose-wrinkling and reminded myself that I get to tell my own story, speak my own truth and be comfortable in what I believe. That being said, this was my answer.

"I consider myself a social justice activist on many levels. Part of that is how I choose to practice in my professional life. I am a therapist and really try to operate from a place that there is not "one right way" to serve people. I try to continually look at/shake up systems that impact those I serve and the community I choose to live in. I strive to pay attention to where I have unearned power and privilege, and how I can try to share/give away that power to others. On a very personal level, as someone that often does not fit into societal standards, I try to live my life intentionally, taking up space and not ask for forgiveness for who I am. Short story long, that's how I feel I am a social justice activist in my life."

So, to all my social justice activists out there, what do you do as a social (justice) activist?

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's here!

Hope has arrived and is place around my neck!  It's even more beautiful in person.  I'll be rockin hope all the time, now.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Little Bliss List!

I believe I mentioned before falling in love with this website. I stumbled upon Liv (pronounced leeev, not like "Live Strong") when looking for ideas for Christmas. She creates some really positive and affirming art and has a store on Etsy. Anyway, on her blog, she has created a weekly post dedicated to recognizing the moments of bliss in her life. She invites others to post their own list and link with her. I wanted to do this last week, and didn't get it together in time. This week I figured what better way to wrap up my weekend than spend a few minutes recognizing my moments of bliss over the course of the last week. So here I go...

1) The smell of fresh brewed coffee on Monday morning and caramel mocchiato creamer.

2) Spending time with my bestie supporting each other through rough work stuff and celebrating the planning of her impending nuptials. I love that our relationship is deep, strong and marvelously complicated.

3) Weekly chats with my Grams. I am so very lucky to still have her in my life.

4) Sorting out my licensure supervision and finding someone I trust and respect to work with.

5) My wacky selection of Pandora Radio stations to fit every mood.

6) My first 10 minutes this morning enjoying the warm sun, double rainbow and feeding the wild bunnies that live in our neighborhood, before the rain returned.

7) Having this afternoon off to myself today!

What has your bliss been this week?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oh, and by the way...

There are some amazing gifts/ideas on Esty.com right now for Valentines Day! If you haven't checked it out lately, please do!

Holding hope...soon enough!

I have been (not so) patiently waiting for this since before Christmas. This piece and a "Hope Lives Here" print from Liv Lane were tops on my list. When Santa didn't bring them, I headed back to Etsy to find it and buy it myself. Sadly, she was sold out. The artist let me know that she would have one in early February. Yesterday, I got an email from her letting me know she had it in the shop. Today, I am the proud owner!

I can't wait for it to get here. I love daily reminders of who I want to be and how I want to live in the world. Life can get overwhelming on occasion, and a small touchstone like this can be a good reminder.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Here's to another year of growing, living and loving together!