I knew very early in my pregnancy I didn't want to post any (overt) pictures of my child online the way most people do. I'm not writing this to condemn any parent because I understand firsthand parental judgment is real. If anything I'm on the other side of the screen like a glutton loving all … Continue reading Posting Kids Online
Why? Why vaginal birth? Many articles casually suggested getting a c-section, but I knew I was too healthy for such a thing. Plus, vaginal made the most sense because it's natural though I had many ignorant fears sold to me by the media. Once I was educated, it was still a little scary to imagine … Continue reading My Vaginal, Unmedicated, Homebirth
The more I share my opinions and thoughts, the more self conscious I feel. My mind is always telling me how much of a conspiratorist and extremist I appear to be in other people's minds. Off grid living? Natural birth? Veganism? Unmarried and pregnant? Pro unschooling? My mind tries to convince me I'm a total … Continue reading Conspiratorist, Extremist
I'm one of those women with a sort of... in between body type. I can’t claim fat or skinny though both have been pushed on me. For most of my life, I've mostly been, let’s say, average. Labels, Labels, Labels. Many people are worried about correctness of body labels. There isn't a word for us … Continue reading The Weight of Body Positivity
Read part 1. The Cover. My idea was to portray a carefree young black girl. Cheeno did a cool job. My eyes are closed to imply unabashed innocence. My mouth is open and all but shouting into the world "wah gwaan?", which is written on my tongue in the picture and means "what's up?" or … Continue reading About “Jamaican Accent” (2/2)
I've long misunderstood aloneness. I've gone through periods of being alone and thought I truly got what it was about: being by myself. My most alone time was living in my own apartment in my early twenties for about two years. I loved my place, especially when I looked back at all my former living … Continue reading Alone | AllOne
Did you know aloha means hello, goodbye, as well as love, compassion, peace, and much more?! It is truly a beautiful word encompassing the spirit of Hawai'i, which means the breath (ha) and water (wai) of life from god. I didn't get far into Kona, a.k.a the Big Island, before I knew this island was … Continue reading Big Island, Aloha!
Aloha. There were chickens. Chickens and roosters everywhere. From gas stations to restaurants, these feathered birds roamed freely and would walk up to you for food. I also saw wild cats running across the street to ones living in the state park by the beach cozying up to humans for food. There were more white … Continue reading Maui? Wowie!
Ever shared a big secret? A secret you felt would tarnish the self created image you've curated? I've been sharing my self altering secrets over the course of almost 2 years with my partner. There aren't many, but they were real enough I felt embarrassed to keep them hidden. Like almost all of us, we … Continue reading Your Secrets’ Keeper