Whispered secrets were the chains that held me,
Internal lies built a wall to shame and
Piercing through the darkness, through the pain came the truth. No walls can contain this hope, no chains will restrain this spirit.
Because in the pain, I had to look inside,
because in being lost, I had to search and find
in april 2016, stephanie & i went to the mercury cafe in north denver for the first time. we watched a poetry slam, something i was totally unfamiliar with, & i heard stories of redemption, of triumph, of recovery. i can only think that the universe knew i needed something like that. the six months after that were some of the most difficult in my life, & one of the only things that carried me through that time was slam poetry. yesterday, i competed in my first slam ever in the place where i first fell in love with it. it was the greatest honor to be able to project my own stories of healing & strength into the same space that was so conducive to my own healing. surrounded by power & love & friendship & organic food & tarot cards & the thumping of the swing dancers upstairs & the jazz musicians in the red room next door, i conquered my own fears. i advocated for myself in three-minute increments. i proved myself to be resilient & strong. these words are holy & i am so honored to carry them inside of me; to take part in the art that is healing. thank you endlessly to the mercury for being such an essential element to my growth. thank you to slam poetry for being one of the most powerful coping mechanisms i’ve found. i am forever changed by this art form & by this incredible space.
Exam season is finally over and I survived the storm! That means it's time to explore some more of the world
Tomorrow, I'm heading to Moscow before flying off to Azerbaijan on the 25th, which will be my first visit to the Caucasus region! I'm so excited to discover a new part of the glorious globe
This image still cracks me up every time because if you know these two, you know they deserve points for managing to go this long holding a serious face without laughing Bonus points for the fact they had antlers on the garage wall too