Three-Month Wrap-Up: Graduations, Thailand, & Other Travel Adventures [Plus A Big Announcement!]

 

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I literally don’t even know where to begin this post. SO MUCH has happened over the past few months. My life has been wild.

So I guess I’ll just take you along on a little story ride. And at the end I have some big news to share with you!

In the past few months, I… Continue reading “Three-Month Wrap-Up: Graduations, Thailand, & Other Travel Adventures [Plus A Big Announcement!]”

50 Self-Care Techniques To Fill Yourself Back Up

 

13124695_1719328761658010_7663899864521665388_nLast year I worked with Holocaust survivors, who taught me a lot about life and love and humanity. It was incredibly rewarding – I was acting as a social worker, assisting my clients with obtaining services they needed and providing some basic supportive counseling.

But as you might imagine, the work was heavy. Traumatic stories from the past were the every day. Many clients faced troubles in their old age that weighed on my heart. It was a lot to carry. I did a lot of crying on the subway and holing myself up in my room away from roommates and friends because I was so emotionally exhausted.

Social workers talk a lot about the importance of self care, or the practice of taking time to recharge and reboot. It’s a necessary component of being able to pour out your all for the people around you who count on you to be full. I see it as being a pitcher of water. You can give and give to the cups around you, but if you’re not filling yourself back up, you’re going to run out eventually. Continue reading “50 Self-Care Techniques To Fill Yourself Back Up”

The Versatile Blogger Award Tag!

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Woah! Special thanks to Jen at BeautyLifeMom for awarding me with this tag! She’s a fun chick with an awesome site, so check it out!

As I understand them, the rules of the game are to share seven facts about yourself and then tag a few other bloggers to do the same. Hopefully I’m doing this right!

Seven Facts About Me:

1. One time I tongue-fed a wild giraffe in Kenya. I was in Nairobi and we stopped at a treehouse-like stand where you could put little pellets of food on your tongue and giraffes would come to lick them off. Yes, both tongues were involved. Basically what I’m saying is I’ve made out with a giraffe before.

2. The most exotic thing I’ve eaten is live termites in the rainforest. I was hiking through the rainforest of Puerto Rico with my best friend and a few of my cousins, and our guide pointed out a termite hive (do they live in hives? mounds? I have no idea. Basically large poop structures like ants have) where the little buggers were swarming. He said they were actually a good source of protein and we could eat them, so…you know. Do it for the vine, or whatever. Tasted like chicken.

3. When I went skydiving with my best friend, her parachute didn’t deploy. She lived, don’t worry. You can read all about it here.

4. I’m currently working on a few projects: writing one thank-you note every day for a month, taking a 1-second video every day for a year, and preparing for a half marathon, among others. Each one has been rewarding (and difficult!) in it’s own way. I’m learning a lot and I’ll definitely share all about it here!

5. I’m currently in training to become a therapist and advocate. My second year in my masters program for social work at Columbia University started yesterday, and next week I’ll begin my internship at St. Luke’s Psychiatric Recovery Center, where I’ll be the therapist for adults diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or other disorders associated with psychosis.

6. Two of my favorite jobs have been working as a social worker with Holocaust survivors and implementing a women’s empowerment program in a rural western Kenyan community. At the former job I learned a number of important lessons and felt I made a difference in people’s lives. At the latter I helped introduce a reusable feminine hygiene product into local schools that would keep girls from missing school, create jobs for women, improve health outcomes, and reduce environmental waste. I did this through a grassroots organization called Rafiki Africa.

7. Things I love include writing and reading poetry, social justice, feeling uncomfortable in situations that will help me grow, asking “why” a lot, making memories, going on mini-adventures, traveling, getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night, and trying new things. Things I don’t love include wet socks, running out of peanut butter, racism (or any ism, really), and the fact that I don’t have more than two hands. Seriously, why haven’t we evolved past our two-handedness? We could accomplish so much more.

That makes seven! That sure is a popular number, isn’t it? Here are my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award Tag:

Can’t wait to see what you ladies write!

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