Day one of my Adult Protective Services (APS) job: I’m pounding on the client’s door, and no one is answering. Come on, I think. I got through my 10-year undergraduate plan, my Master’s…program, I passed my clinical exams, and I got my clinical licensure. I have had years of social service jobs. I’ve read through the client’s file, and I have the correct paperwork. I’m ready, dammit. Ready to change the world, one client at a time, and yet there's Still. No. Answer. In fact, I can… >> Read More
Being a woman, especially a mom, seems to be under attack these days (hello, preexisting conditions!). But doesn't it seem like considering C-sections preexisting conditions, and not having federal…mandated maternity/parental leave, are counterintuitive to a better economy? Well, you aren't the only one asking that question (or worrying about how you're going to survive). Economists are looking into these questions too. According to an article Bloomberg, women's progress in the workplace has "stalled," and that "women's participation in the U.S. workforce peaked two decades ago. And… >> Read More
“I don’t really get Mother’s Day,” I told a friend. “It’s not as if a card or a flower can capture our gratitude and love–especially not when they’re prescribed!”
“You’re…taking it too seriously,” she answered. “It’s just an opportunity to acknowledge our moms and do something nice for them. It doesn’t have to encapsulate the entirety of our appreciation of them.” My friend’s words stayed on my mind as I went to university that day, the word "entirety" in particular. What is the full… >> Read More
This Mothers’ Day I want to acknowledge that each of us has at least two parts, and both parts are worth celebrating–the part that’s “Mommy,” and the part that’s not.
The day my…children were born, my world turned upside down (in the most wonderful way). People had warned me that my life would change forever, and I expected the physical aspects of it (the lack of sleep, the diapers, the physical presence of two small humans in my house)–but I had no idea how strong the emotional… >> Read More
Lindsey Payne, Elizabeth Triplett, and Ashley Opstad are all LA-based comedians who are in their third trimester of pregnancy. Lately, they have been performing weekly shows together, despite the…complications--and recently made a video discussing why they are doing this. This is amazing in itself, because it shows what pregnancy is really like--while also finding the humor in it. One of my favorite parts about this video is the fact that Lindsey talks about what makes their improv team different than others: Nothing. They… >> Read More