I find it unacceptable when one's patriotism and one's love of country is called into question when one advocates for peaceful means of conflict resolution, for it is also an act of patriotism to work to keep our brave and courageous troops out of harm's way, and to work to create conditions and understanding that ultimately make war less likely.
I let go of my 9-to-5 and I finally went to nutrition school with the hope to naturally change this world. I was in college at the time for psychology and Christian counseling. I didn't want to give my future patient's prescription drugs and that led me to nutrition school to learn about a holistic approach to healing.
From day one, I knew that it was going to be a different kind of mindfulness class. But I was ready. I could handle this. I had years of teaching teens under my belt, a number of which were in inner-city schools. But I was an experienced-enough teacher to know that I was going to have to be on my toes--the whole time.
For most of my life I have wanted to be invisible, I have been very insecure about my physical appearance being so overweight. I have very few photos of me during childhood through to well into my late 20's. Being in front of a camera would mean that there was actual evidence, proof that I looked the way that I did.