Heroes aren't made in a mirror, they're made instead by allowing the inner beauty of their heart to reflect light to a world absolutely starved for it. Today, and as we move through this New Year, my challenge to us it to follow Alex's advice; to see ourselves as "just right." Let your inner beauty ignite hearts and reflect light into the world.
I first read about Meathead Movers in September when LA Weekly wrote about their free moving services to those fleeing domestic violence. As the founder of a corporate social responsibility and cause marketing firm, I was inspired. Curious about their program's origins and operations, I met with Aaron B. Steed, co-founder and CEO of Meathead Movers, while he was on a trip to NY.
Yes, after 31 seasons I am more obsessed than ever with the granddaddy of reality television shows. Long after giants like Idol have fallen, Jeff Probst is still out on a deserted beach somewhere, standing around painstakingly rustic looking props, filming a group of people competing to win a million dollars.
Rico's health problems started in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. His doctors diagnosed him with a weak heart muscle (CHF) and an enlarged heart (cardio myopathy). After the initial diagnosis, his health gradually declined until 2009, when Rico fell into a coma and was hooked up to a ventilator for 30 days.
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five gets the James Franco treatment on Audible Studio's audiobook version of the classic. Vonnegut's breakthrough masterpiece brought him international praise and cult status, and Franco's read personalizes the adventures of Billy Pilgrim with a mix of innocence and eventual world-weariness.
There are some things I wish I would have known; things that would have allowed me to see the possibility of the future without how it relates to the past me. These things would have allowed me to let today in, and tomorrow, and the next day. If I could go back to before cancer and tell myself what I didn't know I would feel, this is what I would say.
Awareness of the impact that trauma can have on an individual is spreading, however there is still a lot of misinformation and stigma that many survivors experience. Although everyone copes with trauma and the healing process differently, the following are some universal truths that I wish every survivor of sexual trauma could hear.