The Anatomy of Change

Originally posted at HeArt for Brains Over the past year, I have experienced more major life changes than during any other single year of my life. Some of these changes are so new and raw, I am not yet ready to share them with any but my most intimate circle. These changes are tender new shoots, barely peeking out of the soil, … [Read more...]

In Gratitude for Claire Vaye Watkins and my own Fatherlessness as a Woman Writer

Written By Aya de Leon on AyadeLeon.com, cross-posted with permission.  I am deeply moved by Claire Vaye Watkins’ brilliant speech-turned-essay published on Tin House, “On Pandering: How to Write Like a Man.” She begins the long essay with reflections on teaching that include being sexually harassed and utterly dismissed as a … [Read more...]

Teens and Workplace Sexual Harassment: What It Means, and What You Can Do

According to a recent survey, one-third of teenage employees have been sexually harassed on the job. While this is similar to the rate adults experience harassment at work, younger victims are less likely to report their harassers or take legal action against them. And trauma inflicted at such a vulnerable age can cause serious … [Read more...]

The Bare Minimum is Worthiness

By Vanessa Leigh for BlackGrrrl, cross-posted with permission I have been out of traditional employment for years now. And every year it gets harder to be considered for gainful employment. I have been depressed for quite a while.  I have chronic moderate depression. When times are good I am highly functional, when they are not, … [Read more...]

The Selfie Project: Staying in the Picture

By Jessica Roberts (Intern 2015) When I was still pregnant with my daughter, I made three goals for myself as a new parent. First, I would tell my girl that I loved her, out loud and unprompted, every single day. Second, I wanted to make play a priority — something that didn't come naturally to me but I was willing to practice. … [Read more...]

Why We Compare Ourselves to Others on Social Media and How to Stop

By Emily Holland for Tiny Buddha, cross-posted with permission "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." –Steve Furtick We all have certain triggers that can cause our confidence to take a sudden nosedive. For some, it's a trip to the gym. If … [Read more...]

How Julia Child Taught Me to Stop Being Perfect

By Pia Guerrero, Founder/Co-Editor; cross-posted with permission at SheHeroes "When women were supposedly acceptable on television only if they were young, pert, beautiful, thin and without an accent, Julia ousted everyone even though she was lanky, with a voice that bellowed its New England regionalism, and didn't begin her video … [Read more...]

Go Barefaced to Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders on Feb. 27th

By Valerie Martin In December 2011, The Renfrew Center Foundation – a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to advancing the education, prevention, research and treatment of eating disorders – commissioned a study of nearly 1,300 women ages 18 and up. Their goal was to capture women’s feelings about and motivations behind … [Read more...]

The Choose Love Project: Inspiring Words of Wisdom to Love Ourselves

A couple weeks ago, on a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles I picked up Southwest Airlines' inflight magazine, Spirit, and was moved by what I found inside. Several celebrities and entertainers published letters filled with wishes, knowledge, comfort, and advice to their younger selves. Seth Green, Rita Rudner and Bill T. … [Read more...]

For Spirit Junkie Gabrielle Bernstein, Body Acceptance is Essential for Self-Love

By Valerie Martin “For twenty years, I kept a journal. I wrote about heartbreak, anxiety, and eating disorders. I wrote about trying to quit drugs while high on drugs. Pages and pages are filled with self-loathing and self-doubt. My journal was my only outlet from the turmoil and deep-rooted pain I felt every day. I’d release my … [Read more...]