Write Your 2019 Into Existence: Seven Day Writing Life Roadmap Challenge for Women and Non-binary Writers
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Three years ago, I invited four phenomenal women to a new year intention setting workshop in my home.
I guided our group through activities that helped us all reflect on our 2015 and set our course for 2016.
We started the day off not knowing what to expect, and ended the day feeling a strong sense of community, purpose, and direction.
I dubbed 2016 my “Year of Procreation,” and — I kid you not — that same night, after the women had gone home, I took the pregnancy test that told my husband and me that we were expecting our first baby.
I’ve wanted to create the magic of that kind of deep reflection and intention setting in community every year since, but having a little one has made coordinating a little trickier...
Puerto Rico on Our Minds: One Year After Hurricane María
What's your Hurricane story?
Where were you when Irma and Maria hit?
How did you experience the aftermath of the storms?
What do you think about when you think of Hurricanes Irma and Maria today?
Those are a few of the questions on my mind as September gets underway and the one year anniversaries approach.
If you have a hurricane story, hit reply and share it with me... I'd love to know if and how Puerto Rico is on your mind these days.
I returned from my first post-Maria visit to Puerto Rico a few weeks ago. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw my photos from the trip (if not, be sure to check them out!).
Here is one of my favorites from an amazing community art project in Yauco called Yaucromatic 2 created by artists and community members working with the nonprofit Arte Para Unir.
Returning to Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria is hard to describe. I’ve traveled to Puerto Rico since I was two-months-old, so returning is always so familiar and I always have an amazing time with mi familia...
And yet. Everywhere I looked there were quiet or in-your-face reminders of what happened on the island almost a year ago. Everyone I spoke with had their own Hurricane María stories to share.
Case in point, when I asked my cousin about her experience with the hurricane, she answered, without skipping a beat, "I'll say this much. My daughters (ages 3 & 5) got over their fear of the dark."
But also. Our Isla del Encanto is as enchanting as ever. And its gente? As committed to Puerto Rico and its future as ever. Alongside the pain, challenges, and ongoing recovery efforts, there is hope and art and joy and laughter.
As we approach September 6th and September 20th, I hope you’ll join me in thinking about Puerto Rico, amplifying Puerto Rican stories and voices, and supporting organizations leading the way on recovery efforts—recovery efforts that will last for years.
I’m supporting Taller Salud and hope you will join me by supporting my campaign on behalf of Taller Salud today.
Read all about this campaign and learn more about Taller Salud by clicking here. And keep an eye out online and in your inbox for updates about the campaign throughout the month.
Thank you in advance for sharing your stories with me and for showing Taller Salud and Puerto Rico some love 🙏🏽
PS Before you go, please Read More below for publication, blog, and event updates.
Breastfeeding Mechanics, Logistics & Resources, Oh My! (Part 3/3)
Happy National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!
& Happy Black Breastfeeding Week (8/25-8/31)!
This post is Part 3 in a 3 part series.
Read Part 1:
Fed is Best, but Breast is Freaking Awesome, so if Your Goal is EBF, Don’t Give Up Too Soon
Read Part 2:
Honor Your Cuarentena and Build Your Support Network
In this third and final post I’ll discuss certain aspects of the mechanics and logistical juggling—including the unglamorous parts like pumping in airports (see pic below) — that went into our family reaching our breastfeeding goals. (Our goals included feeding him exclusively breast milk and making sure he was open to the occasional bottle of breastmilk).
It's not always easy to share the difficult side of breastfeeding. I'm not going to lie, I hesitated when thinking about sharing the picture below, but I think it's important that we share--and normalize--all aspects of breastfeeding and pumping. That, I believe, is one way we can support each other and help future Mamas as they wade through those crazy first weeks.
Once again, I share my experience to encourage you to learn as much as you can about the mechanics and some of the logistical issues you might have to tackle before giving birth if at all possible.
But if, like me, you have to learn while in the trenches, I hope these posts lead you to some valuable information that will help you on your own journey.
Like I mentioned in the last post, if there is one piece of advice I would give to new Mamas who wish to breastfeed it would be this:
Put together a team of knowledgable and supportive people ASAP, preferably before birth.
This post and series only touches upon a handful of logistical or mechanical issues that our particular family had to address. But every family is different! So again let these posts inspire you to find what your particular family needs.
Once again, happy Breastfeeding to you!
And if it's not so happy at the moment, hang in there and read this now:
“When Breastfeeding is Hard”
Honor Your Cuarentena and Build Your Support Network (Part 2/3)
Happy National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!
This post is Part 2 in a 3 part series, so be sure to read Part 1 where I discuss why I’m writing these series of posts and where I make my case that: Fed is Best, but Breast is Freaking Awesome, so if Your Goal is EBF, Don’t Give Up Too Soon!
And once you read this post, check out Part 3: Mechanics, Logistics & Resources, Oh My!
In today's post I’ll discuss honoring your postpartum period and building your team so you are fully supported on the road to achieving your family’s breastfeeding goals.
Li Yun Alvarado
Puerto Rican Poet, Scholar & Parent
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