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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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You Belong

You Belong

My post last week spoke about the importance of recognizing our unconscious biases. I also want to recognize the intersectionality of privilege and oppression. While I may have experienced sexism and racism in my life, I am also privileged by being a cis-gender,...

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Resilience, Recovery, and Reconnection

Resilience, Recovery, and Reconnection

***WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU DON’T WANT TO ENGAGE IN A DISCUSSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS. DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR THE VOICE OF A PERSON OF COLOR. DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE STATUS QUO. DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE TOO EXHAUSTED...

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A Whole New World

A Whole New World

By now, we will all have been impacted by the global pandemic of Covid-19 in some way. Cancelled conferences and workshops, school closures, social distancing, and self-isolation are becoming the norm. Bars and restaurants, theaters, and other public gathering spaces...

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Gratitude in the Here and Now

Gratitude in the Here and Now

As I write, it’s an unusually cold and blustery day in Orlando, Florida. The trees are swaying from the strong wind, the air is damp and drizzly with rain, and it’s the first time that I’ve felt cold in a while. The view from my window is reminiscent of the cold and...

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#4 Questions

#4 Questions

Happy New Year from The HERD! The beginning of the year is always a time when I feel called to re-evaluate how I want to live my life. The new year opens up infinite possibilities, and as I reflect on the changes from the year before, I want to step into this liminal...

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Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions

As we approach the holidays, I’ve been thinking about how and what traditions are passed on from generation to generation. What survives, thrives, or dies? What effort do we put in individually to create or sustain traditions that are important to us, and what makes...

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What Are We Giving Thanks For?  

What Are We Giving Thanks For?  

When I first arrived in the USA, I reveled in the All-American tradition of Thanksgiving. I loved the idea that this was a holiday dedicated to our ability to feel gratitude, rather than one of commercial gifts and gains. I felt humbled by the spirit of abundance and...

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Kumbaya

Kumbaya

Last month saw our first hurricane preparation at The HERD Institute. We are incredibly thankful that Hurricane Dorian spared us a direct hit. I cannot imagine the horrific devastation that this storm has caused for all those in its path, and my heart goes out to all...

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Marvelous Mistakes

Marvelous Mistakes

As a beginning therapist, I remember being terrified of making mistakes with my clients. What if I did more harm than good? What if my interventions missed the mark, and my clients left our sessions feeling misunderstood and more alone? As part of our training, we...

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Holding Space

Holding Space

The group stood in a circle outside the stable block, in front of the classroom where we had spent the past three days. There was a gentle breeze that swirled around us as we prepared to say farewell to each other, both horses and humans, holding gratitude and...

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Embracing Our Imperfections

Embracing Our Imperfections

I’ve just returned home after delivering an EFL Level-One Module, and am basking in the joy and gratitude I feel for having the privilege of doing work that I LOVE. I feel deeply honored to be able to be part of how our students and graduates go out into the world as...

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