We be Resilient

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Tina
Marie
Dominguez

My life changed the day Tina Marie Dominguez invited me to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe to hear her read poetry. I heard her truth, strength, vulnerability, and resiliency. Her unapologetic truth was a seismic shock to my soul, and thus began my awakening in my own artistic journey and self-awareness. Head to her IG to read some of her poetry which explores topics such as motherhood, latinidad, body image, self-love, and more. Have I also mentioned she’s THE most stylish guerrera faerie? #kawaiiaf

Dominguez’s work has been featured in the following anthologies - which is available for purchase:

1) Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement and The Muse: An Anthology of Women Writers
2) Peinate: Hair Battles Between Latina Mothers & Daughters 

Verbalizing and holding tight to our truth can be challenging when one has experienced trauma. I have experienced different forms of trauma in my life, which has prevented me to be unapologetic and stand by my truth. I can only speak about my experiences and myself and say that I’ve actively worked to get myself to this point. And what might work for me, might not work for you, but I would love to share just a few things that I’ve implemented in my life.

  • regularly seeing a therapist

  • surrounding myself with a tribe that cares for me

  • cutting toxic people from my life

  • increasing self-care

  • celebrating the smallest milestone

  • taking safe risks (Starting this blog to speak my truth!)

  • asking/reaching out for help (which for me is so difficult to do)

Whether it’s a space to create and self-express or mental health support, know that you’re not alone in this. I’ve listed a few resources below if you or someone you love needs support, help, or unsure of where to begin.

*Please be advised that this is a starting point and not a comprehensive list of resources. Any and all mental health and holistic treatments should never be a substitute from seeking professional medical advisement. Aka I’m not a doc.

National Suicide Lifeline We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255

National Alliance on Mental Health Top 25 Helpline Resources ranging from locating treatment, suicide and crisis, financial assistance, metal health conditions and more.

Washington Square Institute “Washington Square Institute and Training Center are integrated under an absolute charter granted by the New York State Board of Regents. Our mission is to provide excellent psychoanalytic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and continuing education, sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA), to mental health practitioners. WSI is a non-profit Institute⁄Treatment Center committed to providing affordable personalized mental health services by highly skilled clinicians to a broad and diverse population.”

Ali Forney Center “Our mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.”

HealHause “At HealHaus, we’ve combined diverse healing modalities and practitioners under one roof to provide people with an inclusive space focused on holistic health and wellness. We are committed to building a community that is dedicated to changing the stigma attached to healing.”

New Women’s Space “NWS is a vibrant and affirming community-led event space centered on gender equity, creative expression and celebration of identity. Our mission is to build strong relationships, create economic opportunity and inspire possibility for women, femme, queer, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals in an accessible, supportive, safer space.”

Eres. “intergenerational digital media platform | social collective | womxn, gnc & nb | empowering others | inspiring action”

Prompt #7

What is your unapologetic truth?

P.S. You are worthy.

-Sarah
@CantFightTheFro
#CantFIghtTheFroGetsLit