Needing a community space to non-verbally process my delayed grief response of my parents’ death, I recently attended a grief dancing ceremony.
Grief Dancing Ceremony
As a kid, I became the natural caretaker of my two amazing parents. My dad suddenly died from a heart attack in March of 2006 (I was 18). And my mom died from a long battle with breast cancer in December of 2008 (I was 21). It has been almost 10 years that I have been without parents in my life.
Soon after my parents’ deaths, I advanced my care-taking knowledge and skills by becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Initially I wanted to continue my 5 year long career path as a Public Health researcher, however becoming a mental health therapist seemed to be my natural next step.
I became dedicated to my successful and intensive professional path. As a result, I’ve also successfully avoided diving deep into my grief work until about a year ago. ...READ MORE...
Feeling overwhelmed by the recent violence in Portland, I wrote this poem to honor and remember the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.
Remember the Dream
a heart filled with hate
and eyes tunnel visioned
a brain filled with simplicities
and focused on division ...READ MORE...
My Brother My Brother and Me (MBMBaM) is a weekly comedy/advice podcast by the McElroy brothers. On March 18th, 2017 I wanted to do more than attend the Portland MBMBaM Live Show. Inspired by the amazing MBMBaM community the McElroy brothers have cultivated, I wanted to give back in a major way. And with only 2 weeks to plan, my seedling of an idea unexpectedly flourished into a bountiful success.
MBMBaM Live Show: A Portland Fundraising Success
With help from The Sweet Baby Sisters, the Portland My Brother My Brother and Me (MBMBaM) community raised $869 for Portland Homeless Family Solutions, had a successful letter writing campaign, and spread those good good vibes. This blog is to capture my incredible experience with the MBMBaM Live Show, describe The Sweet Baby Sisters’ origin story, and highlight many lessons learned during my whirlwind of an adventure. ...READ MORE...