Author: Stephanie

Breaking (a meditation on motherhood)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvh60euHbwfqrYQvOz5bK-hv9Jt9kSMimVrS080/ Motherhood is a constant extending of the boundaries of the self, a constant process of becoming someone else. To paraphrase the poet Andrea Gibson (who was talking about their dog, Squash), it’s having your heart walk around outside your body. It’s a constant breaking down....

On “Work” and Motherhood

The following post/rant feels incomplete, but I am posting it in its incompleteness and imperfections as something I need to get off my chest and something I need to say. Right now I am a full-time mom and full-time doctoral student, doing consulting and online teaching...

My Life In Water

My Life in Water: An Ecopsychological AutobiographyAs I approach the end of my doctoral coursework, I am going over old papers and I found this one that I really loved as I read it with fresh eyes. It was written in 2017 during my first...

An Ode to My 30s

Dear 30s (April 24, 2009-April 23, 2019), You were the best of times and worst of times (and maybe that’s true of all times). You were more about taking things - life - more seriously. I dedicated my life to peace. I studied it deeply and...

“Logic” Model

Recently for a class assignment, I had to complete a personal/professional logic model. I found the model difficult to complete for a few reasons. My life has not necessarily been "logical." In hindsight, all of the steps make sense, but at the time, I would have...

Sitting just to sit (An ode to mornings, part 2)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Buko2FFn4OH/ This morning I got to sit. My teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, talks about the pleasure and joy of sitting just to sit. And I don’t think I fully understood this until I became a mother. Or maybe I just appreciate it now on a whole new...

I heart books (books I love)

A few of my favorite books and authors - just seeing this stack makes my heart smile! “A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another.” - Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby Books are one of my favorite parts of life, my most...

Inspiration: A running list

One of my favorite roles is that of curator. Here are words and people that keep me inspired on a daily basis (a non-exhaustive list I will continue to update). I highly recommend going to the sources and reading them more fully! On Love "My work is...

From Yoga Mat to Peace Studies Classroom

What does it mean to take yoga “off the mat”? For me, it means taking the lessons we learn on our mats — cultivating balance, equanimity, nonviolence and compassion, for instance — and bringing them into our daily lives, allowing them to guide the way we take action in...