Celebrating Holidays During COVID-19

By ena ganguly The holidays are upon us this year! And though it is ultimately up to us to decide how we want to spend it, we still may be in our feelings about how this year is going to look different for our families than in recent years. This is especially true for those of us who are or …

Emotional Safety Planning for the Holidays

Photo featuring a close-up of a Black and Indigenous autistic non-binary person with pink ombré hair, black lipstick, black nail polish, tattoos, and bracelets using a tangle stim toy by Chona Kasinger for Disabled and Here, a publisher of free stock photos featuring and celebrating disabled BIPOC in the Pacific Northwest. By Bryan Garcia he/him/his Some folks tend to think …

Writing To Heal

By ena ganguly Writing is a tool for so many things to so many people. Amongst the many things writing can do for us, it can be an outlet to heal from past or present experiences that have hurt or disturbed us.  Putting words to paper can be an incredible way to realize what it is we are feeling and …

Sharing Healing Traditions

By ena ganguly Each of us has our ways of practicing the healing traditions that our elders passed down to us or that we found in community with those who have similar backgrounds as us, whether we realized it then or later. The ways we discover healing modalities may have a lot to do with our family’s culture and place …

Three Ways To Celebrate Halloween During COVID-19

By ena ganguly Happy October! This is one of my favorite months. Not only does the weather turn cooler (but not too cold, I’m a Texan, remember?!), but fall festivities begin! One of my favorite days to celebrate, which honestly should be a national holiday, is Halloween.  Like many other cultures who have their own calendars marking harvest time, seeding …

Feeling Stuck & Growing Through It

By Bryan Garcia he/him/his Have you been feeling like you are having trouble focusing in class or at work? Maybe you have done everything in your power to distract yourself and avoid doing that one thing on your “to-do” list. Do you feel extra tired despite having gotten 8 hours of sleep last night? Stiffness in your joints? No motivation? …

allgo Love

By Omar González, PhD I remember the calm voice of my future caseworker, Trish.  She called me at work to set up an appointment for lunch to discuss the services offered at allgo.  I had just recovered from a bout of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and did not see much of a point in trying to survive.  My self-fulfilling prophecy of …

Benefits of Walking

By ena ganguly Walking is probably one of the most beneficial types of movement for our bodies. So why not engage in it more often? The best way to get it in to our routines is to schedule it in. Designate a certain time and day of the week specifically for walking. Even 30 minutes of walking does our bodies …

Accessing Health Care as Queer People of Color

By Bryan Garcia  We all deserve to be able to take control of our wellness, advocate for ourselves, and find autonomy in our well-being. We deserve to feel welcomed with dignity and respect when we step into the waiting room at a doctor’s office and have a health care provider (HCP) that wants to know who you are so that …

Power of Morning Routines

By ena ganguly Many world leaders and savvy businesspeople cite their impeccable morning routines as one of the reasons for their success. Now, I’m not writing this with the intention to encourage you to be like these folks, because we know that they can be problematic, and oftentimes, approach their health in a capitalist sort of way, often shaking hands …