Grief Dancing Ceremony
Grief Dancing Ceremony

Grief Dancing Ceremony

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...

Nature Based Metaphors and My Life
Nature Based Metaphors and My Life

Nature Based Metaphors and My Life

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 Stale Marriage
A Stale Marriage

A Stale Marriage

I wrote this poem about a fictional stale marriage using inspiration from a Creative Collaboration. I posted on Facebook: “Look to your right, what do you see?” All answers to the question are formatted in the poem like *this*, and I wrote the poem within the goal of an hour.

A Stale Marriage

Me
Stuck between *dirty dishes
A red bed pillow
And the wall* ...READ MORE...

Amy’s Work Life Balance
Amy's Work Life Balance

Amy’s Work Life Balance

I created this fictional story about the work life balance by doing another “Creative Collaboration”. I posted on Facebook: “Before looking at your phone, what was the last thing you saw?” All suggested words were used in the order received, and are formatted in the story like *this*.

Amy’s Work Life Balance

Amy finally escaped the office after another 12 hour day of working like a *dog*, which involved mostly sitting in front of a computer. Though Amy’s mom encouraged the recent work transition that focused more on stretching Amy’s mental instead of physical abilities, Amy missed her *dancing* days. Amy’s English bulldog, Scallywag, also seemed less enthused by the new work schedule. ...READ MORE...

Saving My Heart
How a stressful relationship worsened a woman's medical heart condition.

Saving My Heart

A short poem written using a woman’s direct descriptions about her stressful relationship, and how this stress worsened her medical heart condition. I wrote this poem by rearranging my word-for-word notes of what she said.

This poem is evidence that we are our own best therapists, if only we could learn to truly listen to ourselves.

Saving My Heart

I show love by doing things for others
If I stop, then I feel I don’t care anymore ...READ MORE...