Growing up, I never quite felt like I "belonged." This is partly a personal problem (hello therapy!), but it was also the result of being in spaces and around people who had very different priorities and interests from my own.
It wasn't until I became an adult and felt like I could choose who and what I surrounded myself with that I came to understand the concept of community... and that I most definitely did not have one. I spent a lot of time trying to find where I belonged, and continued to feel like I was grasping for something out of reach. Something that I had yet to earn my place in.
This feeling led me to create a community of my own. A place where intimacy and connection reign supreme, prerequisite knowledge isn't required, and you immediately feel seen for who you are and what you bring to the table (which is a lot, I might add).
And during a time when community is more important than ever, I wanted to share some of these insights with you. So, I wrote a blog post about 5 different ways you can create the community that you might be searching for.
Let me know if it resonates and if there's anything I can do to support you, your community growth, or your well-being during this time.
It's really cool to hear how wellness providers are adapting to the new virtual space and still serving their clients. This essay by a doula helping people give birth over FaceTime on Healthyish shows what that virtual support can look like.
Herbalism as a form of a resistance? Hell yes. This article about herbalist Sade Musa, who leads the community education and healing project Roots of Resistance, is a helpful guide on how to approach herbalism in an informed and non-appropriative way.
"You need to give yourself permission to grieve if you want to be creative again." This is the advice journalist & author Andrea Bartz got from her therapist after having a less than successful launch of her new novel during the pandemic. In this My Therapist Says segment on Elemental, she explains why throwing ourselves a pity party (aka feeling our feelings) is most definitely encouraged during this time.
We've now compiled all the COVID-19 resources and ways to help into this blog post. If you have something to add, send us an email and we'll update the post!
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