Visible in 2022

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I have been reading Dr. Valerie Rein’s book, Patriarchy Stress Disorder and recently read a section where she stated that women often wear a sheath of invisibility to protect themselves which simultaneously harms them.  For example, it’s risky for women to walk around this world fitting into standardized beauty expectations.  It’s dangerous for the patriarchy to consider women attractive because …

Disrupt your patriarchy-fueled creativity stagnation cycle today.

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I remember when I couldn’t write even when I had a brilliant idea.  I used to lament the times when I fell in love with a book, but wouldn’t finish it.  I’d feel too distracted.  My “to-do” list would magically pop into my brain.  Then I’d feel guilty and jump into something “productive.”  That was my patriarchy-fueled creativity stagnation cycle.  …

The cure for feminist laryngitis

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Feminist laryngitis can be a slow process of self-censorship as a form of survival in a patriarchal world.  It can happen over time when we stay quiet even when we want to speak up. It can emerge we apologize for taking up space.  It can take hold when we try to make our feminism feel warm & fuzzy so that the …

Patriarchy is one of our oldest shame teachers.

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Shame is feeling bad about ourselves.  It’s not about an action.  That’s guilt.  Shame is about US and our inherent value.  Shame tries to convince us that we’re flawed humans.  The messages that we receive throughout our lives, especially from the patriarchy, teach us that we are unworthy because of our sex assignment at birth, gender identity and sexuality. Shame entices …

Constraint is another way to say “yes.”

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“Constraint” is a gift of intention, freedom, and calm. I recently pressed “pause” on three important activities in my weekly schedule.  Here’s why.   Like you, my life operates in seasons and sometimes I want to slow down the pace to make space for new focus and intention.  I practice constraint to say no for the purpose of creating more …

You want to take a break but you can’t sit still.

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Think back to a time when you intended to relax, but you couldn’t sit still. Remember when you planned to take a vacation but started to worry about all sorts of unrelated things? This “unpredictable” negative self-talk happened to me recently when I stayed in Croatia for a month. (Ok. It didn’t happen TO me. My brain was an active …

My October Top Five – Croatia Edition

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Read all the way through to find out why I added a photo of paprika to the newsletter. Autumn is my favorite season an it’s NOT because of pumpkin spice everything in the U.S. Autumn has often felt like a season of reflection for me. I think it’s because I love the warm colors of the leaves before the Chicago …

100 Sunsets

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I’ve seen over one hundred sunsets over the last seven years while sitting at the Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia. Tourists from all over the world flock to the Sea organ, an art installation built into the Adriatic Sea. As you approach the Sea Organ, you see steps that seem to take you right into the waves and then you hear it. The artist …

5 steps to disrupt exhaustion

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Exhaustion is not a badge of honor to show how much we care or how hard we work.  It is, however, one of the ways that we deplete ourselves and prevent ourselves from taking healthy, meaningful action. What’s exhausting you today? We could each make a long list, right? Here are a few of mine: Whip wielding order patrol officers abusing …

Is it “true” or is it gender conditioning?

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Is it “true” or is it gender conditioning?  Here’s how to stop gaslighting ourselves into staying small.  Take self-doubt, for example. Sometimes we believe that we don’t have the answer or that we can’t trust ourselves with the answer we’ve come up with.Play along with me for a bit and remember a time when you came up with a new …