Self Care for Activists

One goal of Empowered Boundaries is to expand on mainstream notions of self care, which tend to be centered primarily on individual wellness and personal health. There is nothing wrong with focusing on individual well-being. However, individualist approaches often ignore how deeply interpersonal and interconnected care, healing, and recovery are. When I taught self-defense classes …continue

You’ve Got to Say NO to Say YES

By Cristien Storm and Kate Boyd Cofounders of If You Don’t They Will   In our workshops, we support participants in developing creative and fierce ways to identify, interrupt, and counter white nationalism in their particular contexts. Different groups develop different strategies to say NO. This includes: refusing to provide a platform for a white …continue

Reimagining Community Care

One of the things I loved about teaching self-defense at Home Alive was witnessing the creativity people tapped into when asked to share ideas, stories, and imaginations of fierce and even playful self-defense strategies. It was inspiring and humbling to hold space for people to let go of fear and move into possibility. Play is …continue

Coping in a Culture that Often Times Blames the Victim

It is astounding to me, as someone who has taught self-defense and boundary setting for over two decades, the myriad ways we find to blame victims of all kinds for the violence and abuse they survive: from tropes about revealing clothing justifying sexual assault, to calling people living below the poverty line “lazy,” to describing …continue

What is Prediabetes and How to Reverse it Naturally

Rates of diabetes are on the rise. As of a 2017 CDC report, more than 30.3 million Americans—or 9.4 percent of the U.S. population—live with the disease. An additional 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes. Fortunately, at this stage, there’s still time to turn it around by making healthy food and exercise choices and other lifestyle …continue