Personal Stories

How Having My Entire Body Painted in San Francisco Helped Me Make Peace with Myself

By Diana Denza--In kindergarten, my mother helped me put together an elaborate project about butterflies. When my turn arrived to present to the class, I cowered behind my teacher, absolutely terrified of the dozens of pairs of eyes on me.

Embodied: I Am Not Your Accessory

By Debbie Salazar--Trends come and go. Some trends are annoying, while others are bearable. A few get old quickly and really grind my gears. One trend that has caught on fire is the tremendous desire to inject or go under the knife to obtain an overly dramatic derrière. What I want to focus on is the obsession of BIG BUTTS and BIG HIPS.

Reclaiming Valentine's Day

By Shira Moskowitz--I still remember Valentine’s Day with my ex-boyfriend three years ago. I remember it because I had to specifically choose the restaurant I would let my boyfriend take me to because I knew the menu perfectly and it was safe.

Slow and Steady Toward Recovery

By Ellie Cahan--A turtle moves very slowly but steadily. It keeps moving toward its goal in small steps. Sometimes, it goes into its shell for protection or a rest and stays there for a while, regaining strength.

Unlocking My Potential in Recovery

By Amanda Jones--I don’t know that I can tell you exactly when “recovery” finally happened. I can only see where different pieces of the puzzle came together, linking with other experiences, and building on areas I’d already made progress in.

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