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It’s official- I’m back!

Ugh. Life is messy. There’s this idea that we are supposed to grow up, get a degree and a career, find a husband, make some babies, and live happily ever after. I did it wrong. No- differently. I dropped out of college, married as an escape from an abusive childhood, had beautiful babies, grew up [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News

A Sad Announcement

As many of you know, these last few years have been a challenge for my family. As a single mom of two kids with special needs, I have been worn thin for a long time. Managing health care in the US, particularly for those who are low-income such as myself, and especially managing mental health [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News

A Brand New Profession

Hello from the other side of my first official tabling event! THANK YOU to those of you who donated to help get me here! Hello to all my new readers from BabyFest! It was a fun day, connecting with other local birth workers. Everyone who stopped by the table was supportive of the concept and [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News

What’s New at SOAM?

Hello, dear readers! I’ve been hard at work here updating the website and working towards growing SOAM into something new and bigger. For one thing, check out the new logo that is (FINALLY) up and running. Brenda is an incredible graphic designer, a pleasure to work with, and someone I’m proud to know. Throw some [...]

Categories: News

A primer on Fat Phobia

A few years ago when I was enrolling my oldest child in middle school, I had to drop off some forms at the school nurse and I saw this poster. It made my blood boil because the very first thing listed for harmful effects due to overeating and overweight was “Psychological problems.” I want to [...]

Categories: Activism, My Own Ramblings, News

Mothers/Parents and Mental Health

This is a really important article from NPR that I shared on our Facebook page a few days ago. It talks about postpartum psychosis, which is when a new mother has a break from reality. This illness is rare, but not as uncommon as you would think, because most women are too afraid to talk [...]

Categories: Activism, Depression and/or Mental Illness (Unrelated to Pregnancy), My Own Ramblings, News, Postpartum Psychosis, PPD – Postpartum Depression

The Poetry of Our Bodies

Inspired by a project I had in my digital humanities class this past semester, I created this word cloud from your entries here. For this particular cloud, I pulled the top 10 posts under the category of “Positive Body Image/Words of Encouragement” and fed them (anonymously, of course!) into the processor at Voyant. It gave [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News, Poetry, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement

Happy New Year!

Hello my readers, guess what? I GRADUATED! I went back to school five years ago and after much hard work and many struggles, I have completed my bachelor degree in English with a minor in Women’s Studies (although I won’t don my cap and gown and walk until next May). I will have more to [...]

Categories: News

We Believe Survivors

TW: Sexual Violence These past two weeks have been awful for so many survivors of sexual violence. To not only hear these triggering things being spoken of so often in the media, but to hear them being denied and erased, and to hear these survivors, particularly Dr. Ford, absolutely torn apart both in the media [...]

Categories: Activism, My Own Ramblings, News, Political, Sexual Abuse/Violence

You know my life has been hard recently. This is the most difficult year I’ve had to live though, actually. And I think that in times like these, we forget certain parts of our normal self-care, self-talk, or other skills we’ve learned along the journey. It’s a strange sort of growth I’ve been doing in [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News