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Anniversaries of Grief and Gratitude

Anniversaries of Grief and Gratitude

Personally, 2021 is a special year. I’d been looking forward to celebrating many milestones with my nearest and dearest. Last month, my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. My brother-in-law turned 50 a few weeks ago. Next week, it will officially be 10...

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Gaining Momentum

Gaining Momentum

Our Diversifying The HERD Virtual Summit at the beginning of February was a groundbreaking event. This was the first ever summit that was led and hosted by people of color in the equine facilitated space and I’m so grateful to my co-host for the event, Elizabeth...

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Stand Up, Stand Out, and Stand Strong

Stand Up, Stand Out, and Stand Strong

Our Diversifying The HERD Virtual Summit is almost upon us! I can hardly believe how quickly that has come together. From talking to Elizabeth McCorvey one day about how often we were the only people of color presenting at industry conferences, to deciding that we...

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The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

This year, in the lead up to the holiday season, I’ve been noticing two very different responses to the challenges that Covid-19 has brought. Many people are opting for a more low-key holiday period, foregoing large get togethers, Christmas parties, and holiday...

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Grace, Humility, and Gratitude

Grace, Humility, and Gratitude

I love this time of year of pumpkin spice lattes, autumnal leaves, cozy blankets, and wood burning fires. Of course, living in Florida, we only get the pumpkin spice, but I do love seeing pictures on my social media feed of everything else and daydreaming about...

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The Skin We’re In

The Skin We’re In

Last week, I absent mindedly reached down to pick up a bag of mealworms from the ground. I hadn’t noticed that the bag was covered with fire ants. Within seconds, I dropped the bag as I felt the unmistakable piercing stings all over my hand. I brushed the ants off as...

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The Double-Edged Sword of Anti-Racist Work

The Double-Edged Sword of Anti-Racist Work

To My Black, Indigenous, and Friends of Color: The world is appearing to wake up to calls for racial justice. I say “appearing”, because as many of you well know, some of it is simply a performative act to appease those in their audience who may take their business or...

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Gratitude

Thank you to each and every one of you who supported, attended, and presented at our HERD Virtual Summit this past weekend. Despite the technical glitches (of which there were many), the feedback we have received has focused on the high caliber presentations, breadth...

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Continuing Conversations

Continuing Conversations

We are now only 2 days away from our HERD Virtual Summit launch! We have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the summit and I’m so thrilled that almost 600 people have registered so far to attend. I’m giddy with excitement at the potential for new...

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Making the Invisible, Visible

Making the Invisible, Visible

This week, I have mostly been thinking about making the invisible, visible. I’ve been noticing the distinct differences in how my friends have responded to recent events. The past few months have changed the way we view the world around us in previously unimagined...

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More than the Minimum

More than the Minimum

A dear friend of mine and I had a conversation recently about what it means to be seen. Truly seen. Not the type of seeing that means that you notice another’s presence, but the type of seeing that is actively engaged and intentional. For me, this type of being seen...

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