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...
This is the first of four posts about my Adventures in India. This first post will focus on my experience with adjusting to Indian Culture.
Adventures in India: Adjusting to Indian Culture
In December 2016 I traveled around India for about 3 weeks with two of my close friends, my dude and m’lady. The primary motivation for going to India was to attend our guy friend’s 4 day traditional Indian wedding. My friends and I also took this opportunity to travel to various parts of India. ...READ MORE...
Through utilizing my ever growing collection of nature based metaphors, I will briefly reflect on my most recent camping road trip adventure.
Nature Based Metaphors and My Life
Nature based metaphors are a powerful tool to use when trying to understand the dynamics and behavior of something potentially intangible. Recently I turned off my cell phone for the weekend and escaped on a camping road trip around NE Washington. My ultimate goal focused on disconnection from the every day hustle. However, now reflecting back on my experience, I realize that I actually longed for a re-connection to nature. And, to highlight the complexity of my internal adventure, I will use nature based metaphors to explore my intense weekend journey. The nature based metaphor themes include: earth, water, wind, heart, and fire. ...READ MORE...
A list of camping life lessons I created in 2016 after a fun large group campout in Coos Bay, Oregon.
2016 Camping Life Lessons
Just Simply Alice’s Camping Preparations
-Always bring something to share. (Well, something that people would want.)
-You don’t need your wallet when in the middle of the woods.
-Bring lots of Q-tips if you plan to mud wrestle. ...READ MORE...
An airport adventure story about mindfully making the most out of being delayed for 4+ hours in the JFK JetBlue terminal.
Just Simply Alice’s Airport Adventure
While being driven to the JFK airport, JetBlue sent me an update email. My already slightly delayed flight was now going to be delayed by a few hours. This new change in my travel itinerary meant that I was about to have my second cross country red eye flight in less than a week. And, of course, I had work the next morning. ...READ MORE...