It's easy to hide our shame and hurt in the shadows as we grow accustomed to wearing masks to convince others that we're "fine." All the while, we're carrying pasts of abuse, suicidal thoughts, and mental illness. But Ka'Lyn Banks-Coghill isn't silencing her pain any longer. Check out her interview about how she addresses her childhood trauma and leads a full life with mental illness.Read More
Amanda Nicholson, a licensed therapist specializing in sexual trauma, joins AFFIRM to give a Sex Ed Crash Course on everything we missed from our awkward 'abstinence only' health classes. Amanda shares her knowledge about consent, different forms of intimacy, and steps to begin healing from a past sexual assault. Take a listen.Read More
How easy is it to forget our genuine selves when we we’re consumed by the presence of another?
We’ve all watched a friend lose herself as she fought to maintain the interest of a suitor. She made herself smaller to accommodate the life of someone else, making her dreams and desires less of a priority. Unconsciously, she made the decision that his worth was more valuable. She became someone to be molded, shrunken, and changed at a moment’s notice. She forgot that she was her own… that she held the power to be the woman she desired.Read More
Breakups are life changing. No matter who initiates the end of the relationship, we’re affected by the loss, for better or worse. Some breakups are easier than others, requiring less emotional energy to regroup and move on. But some will shake you to your core and leave you questioning your worth… which is why Crista Gambrell penned “Healing through movement: Getting back up after a broken heart.”Read More
Early on, I learned that having someone’s attention does not equate to having their respect. A few failed relationships taught me that the hard way. I only wish that I knew it when I was younger. In all honesty, I heard similar sentiments when I was younger but those words never stuck to my heart. Partly because no one ever took the time to discuss healthy relationships. As a consequence, I stumbled as I tried to figure it out.Read More
According to Gary Chapman, there are 5 love languages: words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time, and touch. According to Chapman, these "languages" communicate the way in which we give and receive love. For some, they need to be told they're beautiful while others may desire a gift. No love language is better than any other, it simply informs us that everyone has different needs.Read More