Mercy

  Edvard Munch: “Death and the Child” Most people say “When my time comes, I don’t want to be hooked up to machines! Pull the plug, just let me die!” Oh, but it is not that easy when you, as the family member, have to make the decision for your loved one. In my case,…

The Gifts of Darkness: An Invitation for Self-Care and Connection

During the Winter Solstice we experience the shortest day and longest night of the year. This time of extended darkness (the longest of the year) can bring about mixed feelings depending on your situation. For some, having longer nights brings about little disruption to daily life. However for others, this time can brings discomfort on many levels.  In either case, the Winter…

Colposcopy Pains: What I Wish I Would Have Done

This post is going to talk about gynecology stuffs, specifically: the colposcopy. If you don’t want to know about this fucked up vagina procedure, feel free to skip, or better yet, pass this on to someone who you love who has a vagina. A colposcopy is done when your have an abnormal pap smear that…

Stepping Into Body Love

Every few years I grown into a new awareness, and as a result, a new self. Reconnecting with my Mexican and Indigenous heritage in my early 20’s, becoming vegan in my early 30’s, and growing into my spiritual and mental health in my late 30’s are all major turning points of growth and reconnection that…

Will I Hate My Body or Love My Body?

I attended an event last night that excited and empowered me like very few events have. Jes Baker (creator of The Militant Baker blog and many other amazing things) gave a talk at Curvy Girl Lingerie in San Jose, CA. Her presentation wasn’t just on body acceptance or loving yourself. Her talk, “Change Your World…

A “Mourning” Person. Get It?

I have been restless all week. I usually LOVE this time change as I am a morning person and I feel like I am getting more “morning” to ease into my day. But not this year. This year I am as so restless that I know something more is going on. This morning I decided…

Body-Mind-Spirit: A Tale of Disconnect

First, I want to be clear that, although some of this may sound like a pity-party, it’s far from it. If you decide to read through this, you’ll see what I mean. Now let’s begin. When I chose to live a vegan lifestyle in 2006, I felt like an outsider for the first year or…

“The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen”

Last night I had the great pleasure of meeting Talya Lutzker during a cooking demo and book signing for her new cookbook “The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen”. I found out about this event from an article in the Santa Cruz Weekly, and was really excited to see how Ayurveda and veganism would be presented. I wasn’t…

Ouch

Last week I physically was starting to feel better and was feeling really excited about getting back into derby practice. I could still feel pain and discomfort, but it was to a lesser degree. I was also noticing an increase in my range of motion, although it was still limited. As I skated the track…