I am so often asked, "But what about the boys??" Obviously our work is girl-focused, but changing our culture isn't a girl or woman's job - it's all of our responsibility! We were so grateful to see so many people of so many different ages, genders, new parents, grandparents… and especially so many dads at our Teen Wisdom Panel! But what about the teen boys? There was ONE!
One young man bravely attended our event. One. Were all the other teen boys too intimidated? Unwilling? Uninterested? Did their parents assume this wasn't for them, or that they wouldn't want the inside scoop on teen girls? What were all the other teen boys so busy doing with their Friday night, while we were having our hearts opened wide by the inherent wisdom of teen girls? I am so curious.
What happens when you mix 250 teen girls with #realtalk?? An awesome workshop sharing our powerful work with teens from all over Marin County - woo! Our focus was "Stress & Anxiety" and "Body Image & Self-Esteem", with a mini dive into discussing sexism on the side. We were honored to meet such courageous girls this weekend... hope we see you again! Thank you to the #marinteengirlsconference for having us, see you next year!
I am LOVING this response to a parent letter by Marin parent coach Polly Ely of the LAB METHOD, on the importance of dosing kids (and I'll add teens!) with awe, play and wonder. Such good medicine for all of us.
I have a really anxious 10 year old..
Happy Lunar New Year of the Earth Pig!
Shaye is talking up a storm and has found his love of dancing, hugging and kissing... still getting the hang of napping! Mama Emily is remembering who she is as a person and is finally figuring out how to find time for starlit hot tubs, friends, and cooking again... at least once in a while! (For the first time in almost 2 years my wedding band fits and I am wearing real pants) There is hope!
Things must get messy before they get better. A "woke" life is NOT a less messy life. (Pigs=Messy, remember;) Waking up is inherently messy. Just keep going, keep growing ~ beauty and grace will reveal in the unexpected, and in living the belief that you are more worthy of these gifts than you remember yourself to be. Consciousness is not about achieving perfection, keep a watchful eye for "shoulds" in disguise.
Praying for guidance, sensuality, understanding and compassionate inspiration.
* Happy New Year to all *
~ Thank you Marisa Aragón Ware for the artwork, and all those dear to me offering your wisdom towards the new year qi
how do you create community?
i do not know
a hundred ways
a thousand ways
how do you kill community?
I can tell you one
sure to do the job.
always have enough
always have it together
always be a giver
always have all the tools you need
never need to borrow a sewing needle
never need a cup of sugar
never tell anyone you're breaking down
never need anyone
your insistence on competency
your unwillingness to be a burden
when it is the proper time for you to collapse
may be the end of us all
knowing what time it truly is
or knowing how to know the time at all
needing our help
being unable to continue without it
how to do everything
creates the occasion
for the village to reconstitute itself
and know itself again
--From Tad Hargrave
EMILY FROST is an artist and mentor working with youth and families in the Bay Area. She is the founder of LOVE YOUR NATURE, a movement devoted to girls and women awakening to their inherent wisdom, power, and purpose.