PCT Preparation – Indigenous People of the PCT, Food Prep, and Gear

Hello friends! My first milestone has come - over $200 on the GoFundMe raising money for Indigenous Women Hike for each mile I hike on the PCT. As promised, I am writing my first post! I've been wanting to hike the PCT for at least 2 years, and in thinking about it I cannot hike …

Supporting Victims in the Aftermath of Mass Shootings

As a shooting survivor, I have an intimate view on victim support after a mass shooting. In light of the continuing shootings that occur around the country, I wanted to let communities know how victims are impacted, and how to move forward. This is a long post in Q&A format. I keep it long because …

Doing Something With My Heartbreak

This is my town. These are my people. My neighborhood. And I'm doing something like this because I believe in it. I have never been a person to just believe in something without putting action to my beliefs. This is my way to say, to myself and my community - "You are safe here. We're here with you."

Dear Congress – Sincerely, A Mass Shooting Survivor

I write you this letter so that you can see the face of a survivor. I write you this letter as someone who saw with my own eyes the horror of a mass shooting, a shooting that took the lives of my twin and younger sisters and injured my father in December 2007. And most importantly I write this letter to open a dialogue about the role that gun violence has played in our country.

Violence Doesn’t Solve Fear

The ways in which we approach our fear has got to change. It is so very very easy to approach fear with the mindset of wiping it off the face of the map, whether it be with drone strikes or with pointing a gun at innocent teenagers. It's so very very easy for me to approach fear with self-policing, obsessive thinking, and trying to eradicate it from my mind. Do they seem disconnected to you? They are very related. Outer change never comes without inner change, first.