Everything I Needed To Know About Life I Learned Dancing

Photo by Scott Broome on Unsplash “Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.” — Don Miguel Ruiz Shadows flickered across the trampled dust, these figures moving rhythmically around the roaring bonfire. The pulse of the hide hewn drums… Continue reading Everything I Needed To Know About Life I Learned Dancing

Kissing Frogs and Red Flags

The Art of Missing the Warning Signs Photo by Esteban Lopez on Unsplash “Loving a person doesn’t make them who you desire; it makes you vulnerable to their reality.”― Abby Fabiaschi Trigger warning: Physical violation and assault discussed I was sitting there trembling, breathing deeply, my sense of self gone. This followed an emotionally exhausting conversation, that should have… Continue reading Kissing Frogs and Red Flags

It Happens To Little Boys Too

Not All of the Monsters are Men Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash “The child I was is just one breath away from me.” — Sheniz Janmohamed Trigger warning: Sexual trauma, hate speech, child molestation and abuse are discussed Note for updated article: I wrote this article almost a year ago, and it was the most difficult thing I’ve ever written.… Continue reading It Happens To Little Boys Too

Jealousy and Insecurity, Compersion and Confidence

How Not To Feed the Green-Eyed Monster and Tell Your Brain to Shut Up Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash “Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy — in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room… Continue reading Jealousy and Insecurity, Compersion and Confidence

Safety, Sanity and True Consent

Understanding When Yes Really Means No Photo by Bryson Hammer on Unsplash “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” — George MacDonald Trigger warning: Sexual trauma and rape is discussed Jennie whispered, “Yes, Daddy,” as she knelt onto the foot of her bed. She was completely nude, with a crosshatching of reddened skin across her back, painted by… Continue reading Safety, Sanity and True Consent