Growing Pains

I have found that I am growing. Some days I wake up feeling conflicted and anxious. Other days, I wake up feeling refreshed. In these moments, I hit a high reflecting on my progressions. But when I sit too long, I feel heavy. I have become more comfortable escaping my comfort zone. Maybe this is... Continue Reading →

Reflection Fuels Growth 

I spent time reflecting on a bonfire as music played in the background and day slowly faded into night. My heart was heavy as I reflected on many moments throughout my past. This time has truly brought out the depth within me that I sometimes try to suppress. I have enabled myself to look back... Continue Reading →

A Space for Growth

This past Spring semester I intended to take five classes. In the midst of life’s uncertainty, I desire to always be one step ahead of the game. When the Coronavirus began to make the news, I was finishing up my 3rd eight-week class and about to start my last two classes for the semester. I... Continue Reading →

Searching for my soul

Initially, I hesitated to post this. "What if I'm judged?" or "What if it's too personal?" The reality is there is normality in these emotions and if I withhold my thoughts on the basis of fear, I inhibit the ability for other people to feel understood. So here it goes... I want to feel free.... Continue Reading →

April Showers Bring May Flowers

A common saying is April Showers Bring May Flowers and boy did April bring some rainy days. I cried a lot more than normal this month. Shedding old memories and the death of self-sabotaging behaviors as I embraced the discomfort that accompanies the growth process. My times were filled with yoga, journaling, and maintaining and... Continue Reading →

Easter Sunday

I’ve always found peace in the rain and its many pleasures clearing the old tension, washing away one sin, and heightening the emotional release of Mother Earth. As the wind blows across the trees and the gentle sways become rough, my heart resonates with the strength of emotion and the restoration that comes along with... Continue Reading →

What I learned from a good “bro-hug”

This post is a recommended read! As someone who is majoring in psychology, I have taken classes that focus specifically on gender differences as a result of societal expectations and how harmful these expectations can be. I absolutely love creating an atmosphere that openly discusses the impact that “masculinity” can have on the way a man decides to portray emotion. Cheers to eliminating the perpetuation of toxic masculinity. 

John Eli

I wasn’t too keen on the exercise that I found myself participating in. To begin with, this was a new set of men that I had just acquainted myself with a few weeks prior. But there I found myself, staring eye to eye with a guy that I barely even knew. At that moment, all I knew is that I wanted to hug him…. and that simple desire brought me more shame than I had felt in a long time.

The exercise wasn’t the least bit complex. In fact, I didn’t expect it to trigger the emotions that it did. Yet at that moment, I felt safe and grateful, and I wanted to hug him…. and I wasn’t sure how to feel about that.

I had run across information about Everyman (a group that helps destigmatize men’s emotional processes and vulnerability) earlier that year on Instagram. Throughout my life, I…

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