Art by @stuffgracemade I want to talk to my white people about change-making. Specifically, I want to talk to my intensely creative, highly sensitive, empathic, spiritual white people, about change-making. I know this world can be a brutal place. I know you’ve learned to narrow your focus in order to survive, you’ve had to deliberately
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She asked me about feeling too old to go for her dream – feeling that it was too late for her. She was 45, just 3 years older than me, and her question felt so damn urgent. Who taught us women that it’s too late for us when we reach middle age? Who taught
One thing I get asked a lot is how I talk to my daughters about all the things I write about. Feminism, sexual violence, body image + all the rest of the patriarchal fuckery. And I get why you ask. It’s tricky. We want to help our daughters understand and handle this world, but we
Most creatives I know – including myself – are empaths. We’re highly sensitive people who feel the pain of the world acutely, and as a result we often feel like we don’t do enough to help relieve that pain. There’s always more suffering. There’s no end to the things that need our attention and our
It happened a few weeks into high school. I was thirteen, and I knew by then that others considered me pretty. Until then it had never been a big deal, it was just one of the many things my friends and classmates knew me as. Other things were: Very tall, a fast runner, a quick
Imagine if your body was your business, and yours alone. Imagine if you felt safe to desire. Not just dream, not just hope, No: DESIRE. Hunger and crave, Like some WILD THING. Imagine never having felt those unwanted hands touching, groping, grabbing your body, on the subway, on the dance floor, in the classroom.
What if the thought that you have to be anything other than what you are would never occur to you again? What if the need to prove or even explain yourself simply wasn’t there anymore? If you never adjusted your opinions or choices or looks in order to get their approval. If you couldn’t
I want to share some powerful reading with you today, books that have mattered a lot to me this past year. They’ve nurtured my creativity in different ways, and they’ve also nourished me as a woman. I’ve needed that. Because honestly, things are rough in the world right now. You’ve seen the news, there’s
- In search of a simpler life
- Why I ditched a beautiful career
- Live it before you preach it
- Why I write about sexual violence on a blog about creativity
- If you need permission to rest
- Confessions of an unprofitable human being
- How to burn a little brighter. Or, the end of a favourite myth
- The power of words – a letter from the Psych Ward