This month marks two years since my biological father passed. I’ve been caught off guard with how I miss him at times. For those new to sharing my journey with me, my father took my mother’s life with a gun when I was 5. He was in such rage, he blacked out and doesn’t remember…

It takes conscious effort to make something great, and then keep it great over time…It can be easy to give up when something isn’t going the way you think it should, when you make a mistake, or a mountain gets in the way. But it’s how you face the challenges that make something great. What…

”Ruin is the way to transformation.” I remember losing my job, losing my adoptive family, my biological father getting out of prison, all at the same time – and I was fully alone. I had an emotional breakdown and was depressed and anxious for a loooong time. I had to wait a month for my…

We can always choose how we respond to hardship, challenge, and adversity. In times like this, we get an opportunity to choose to practice and strengthen our resiliency, self-improve, become more aware, stay disciplined in perseverance, help others, and appreciate the small things. We can choose to give up, or we can choose to grow…

Our health is so important, yet we take it for granted until it’s compromised. The same way we take breathing for granted since it’s something we do instinctively. I caught a really bad flu this past week, and not that a reminder is needed, but it’s nice to have. In case you need one…take care…

Stairs are symbolic to life. We take steps forward as growth and we take steps backward as lessons learned. Each step offers an experience, so whether it’s forward or backward, the journey itself will teach you.

When my father took my mother’s life at age 5, I had no idea the mountain of emotional complexity I’d be climbing for years to follow, all the way into my adulthood. I lived with about 4 different families by the time I was a young teen with many different identities; conforming myself to fit…

I remember the first time I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, on a mission to eat cheesecake at Juniors…it was my first trip to New York, I was in my mid 20’s, naive to city life, and thought I knew who I was and what I wanted in life. I had always dreamed of moving…

Yoga gives me something I can work towards, everyday, for myself. It’s taught me to do the work. It’s taken years for me to open my body and gain flexibility and strength, just as it’s taken me years to work through my trauma and abandonment (a constant work in progress). It teaches me patience, perseverance,…

There’s a direct correlation between trauma, addiction, and depression. Substance abuse, most often, is a coping mechanism to escape the reality of traumatic experiences and PTSD that can follow. For most of my adult years, I minimized the trauma I experienced in life, as a child and adult. On the outside I presented as healthy,…

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