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Category : Praxis of Persistence

14 Aug 2017

Thoughts on Charlottesville

Because it must be said… Because your words and actions matter… Because it’s not business as usual… • Despite peacefully falling asleep with JJ last night, I was startled awake. I was called to read the various perspectives, to take note of who has spoken and who chooses to remain ? Then I couldn’t sleep. • I share this not to guilt or shame you into action, yet simply to publicly share your words and actions matter. I’m leaning into […]

02 May 2017

Identity: Why the focus?

As Dimensions Shift, Embracing Love & Compassion:  A Flashback to August 2014  “If you bring forth that which is within you, what you bring forth will save you.” ~ Gospel of St. Thomas I can no longer deny or postpone the fact that my job is ending in two and half weeks, transitioning me to full-time self-employment. While I’m trying to enjoy these last weeks of perceived “stability” with the freedom and responsibility ahead, I’m also struck with the simultaneous transition […]

02 Feb 2017

Turning My Angst Toward the Lovelution #WhyIMarch & 3 Steps of Intentional Justice to Speak Y(OUR) Truth

As I sit to write this post about #WhyIMarch, I am aware and acknowledge that I have been silent on this platform–the place I call home to connect my current musings for all things love + intention when it comes to loving, learning, and living in Berkeley/Oakland, CA since my Post-Election Invitation. Short on time?! Scroll down to…3 Steps of Intention Justice™ to Speak Y(OUR) Truth Beloved community is formed not by eradication of difference, but by its affirmation, by […]

29 Mar 2016
26 Sep 2015

Molding My Mama Mindset

Jaylin, As you sleep in my right arm so soundly while resting your hand gently on mine, our 10 months together feels like an eternity and yet it’s truly just the beginning. The gift of each breath you take inflates my desire to love you with every cell of my body the only way i know how–completely and forever. Our journey as mother and daughter has already had its ups and downs (I’m sure nothing from the contrary that many […]

14 Aug 2014

Identity: Why the Focus?

As Dimensions Shifts Embracing Love & Compassion “If you bring forth that which is within you, what you bring forth will save you.” ~ Gospel of St. Thomas via @Jillian4Justice Launching a lovelution is just the beginning. Who we are (how we show up in the world to ourselves and others) and the experiences that result have an impact, often defining us. Identity is the lens that has helped me make sense of who I am and how I view the […]

31 Jul 2014

Intersectionality: Let the Dialogue Begin…

 “Our desired impact… people begin to recognize our social and cultural identities are intertwined…” @jillian4justice   Today I had hoped to share how my mindset shift—5 Keys to Embracing Your Own Personal Lovelution (in case you missed it)—is expanding to a shift in my identity. However, I’m still exploring this new found awareness and how to share it with you. What I know for sure (thanks Oprah for this phrase!) is…that in a few weeks time, I’ll have a better handle on […]

09 Jun 2012

Why I Started a Business…

In preparation for launching my online store—Jillybeads 4 Justice, my partner kindly asked for a reminder of why I was doing this. I can’t lie, my first reaction was to get defensive and then I realized, she’s the one person who should know without hesitation the extent of my vision and dreams for this new venture as it will involve her and our family. Then came the decision that I wanted to share it with the universe as well to […]

06 Apr 2011

What I Have Learned from a National Model of Praxis: The Core Values of NWP

As I fly back to the Bay Area from the National Writing Project’s (NWP) 2011 Spring Meeting, my mind swims in thoughts about the impact NWP has had on the tens of thousands of teachers we at the national office serve. For these amazing educators and leaders, I write today to show my support and solidarity for the #blog4NWP effort. Although I was in Washington, D.C. supporting the event as a national staff member, I also co-facilitated a segment of […]

17 Jan 2011

My Dreams on this MLK Day

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. I Dream… I dream of a world that truly provides freedom & justice for all. I dream of true equity for women where we are no longer exploited for pleasure, power, or profit. I dream of learning all I can from those around me. I dream of becoming a better daughter, sister, friend, colleague, and partner in the year ahead. I dream of committing my heart & soul […]