Category: Empowerment

Reproductive Health: 7 Reasons to Try FEMM

One of the strategies I have found most useful in caring for my health is charting my cycle. I have been charting my cycle—using one method or another—for 6 years. Pure curiosity is what initially drew me to this health strategy. I was struck that my body reveals so much to me if I pay attention... read more

Emotional Health

“Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” —Unknown A Comatose Heart Suppress, repress, hide, mask, avoid, numb, bottle up, explode – these are words that describe what we do with our emotional pain more often... read more

Why you deserve a healthy relationship.

You shouldn’t settle for anything less than a healthy relationship with your partner. Our lives are full of all kinds of relationships—not just with romantic partners, but with family and friends, and even with coworkers and neighbors. It’s important to cultivate healthy relationships in all... read more

What does it mean to be an empowered woman?

What does our society tell us about being an empowered woman (and are they right)? What is empowerment? Are women in today’s America empowered? What does our society expect of empowered women? These are significant questions being asked today. We wanted to know what real women in Ann Arbor think... read more

Going against the grain: what happens when you run counter to expectations?

You want to disregard society’s expectations and just be YOU. What does that look like? Every day, each and every one of us receives a big dose of opinion on who we should be, what we should look like, how we should behave. All of this unsolicited input comes at us so constantly, that we absorb... read more

I’m so embarrassed by the person I used to be…

­When we go through a huge change, it’s easy to look back at the person we once were and feel shame or regret. We obsess over things we said, decisions we made, ideas we held. We look back and say “how could I have done that? Why was I so stupid? I should have known better.” So how do we... read more

How do I support someone when I barely know what I’m doing myself?

Sometimes, we find ourselves in a situation where we’re the best person for a job we don’t know how to do. Life hits hard, we’re in way over our heads, and it’s time to be an adult. But how do we know what to do? Accept that you’re going to have to learn as you go. You aren’t going to... read more

How do I ask for help?

Somewhere along the way, as we experiment with who we are and what we can do, we’re bound to face “new” or unknown circumstances, question some of our decisions, or make mistakes and find ourselves in a tight spot. Should we ask for help, or try to handle these situations ourselves? Most of... read more

What does it mean to be “proactive”?

Is it busyness? Just for extroverts? Not for me? When people say to us “be more proactive,” it can feel like we’re being shoved in a direction we don’t want to go. And to a certain extent, that’s true: inertia has set in, there’s a routine to break, and we’ll probably need to... read more

We Are Powerful

When you feel life dragging you down, do you let it? Many forces are at work in our lives to disempower us. They can be single events, or ongoing struggles: the loss of a loved one, an illness or injury, or some form of assault. The society in which we live can make us feel coerced and... read more