Removing the Stigma

Well, hello! It’s May, which in the U.S. of A, means it’s Mental Health Awareness Month. As someone who is quite human, and thus, has and/or will struggle with depression at some point, I thought I’d share a nugget or two of my experiences. **Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. My nuggets of advice … More Removing the Stigma

S.H.I.E.L.D.s Up!

Hey y’all. I totally played ya- this is not a post about Avengers: Infinity War. At all. Even though I did go watch it and did get my emotions played with like everyone else. Wow, Marvel. Wow. Chris Hemsworth, my husband, still keepin it tight. 👌🏾 Anyway this is a post about defensiveness. Going further and … More S.H.I.E.L.D.s Up!

Identity Crisis

In a previous post, I talked briefly about how Timor’s history of colonialism had drastically affected the meaning of beauty in this country. For about 500 years, Timor-Leste has been controlled by others, and this has influenced their language, customs, and perspectives of other peoples. Almost 20 years since independence, you could call the current … More Identity Crisis

My Dear Host-Mother

We have a saying here in Timor-Leste and it goes like this: “Feto forte, nasaun forte.” It translates to “Strong women, strong nation,” and is a popular phrase blurted out in meetings concerning women and the future of this young country. Many of my fellow Peace Corps Volunteers have heard me talk about my host-mom … More My Dear Host-Mother