Museums have an inclusion problem, meaning, many don’t feel welcome in museums. It’s tough to get into the museum field to begin with, lack of representation in the field and exhibits, and lack of accessibility. But many museums are trying to change. The Palo Alto Jr Museum and Zoo is redesigning their place to be... Continue Reading →
Museums can be such a powerful force in their local communities and in creating community. I was moved by this display in the Oakland Museum of California exhibit Queer. California. Visitors were encouraged to share friends, resources, organizations etc that helped them in their journey. Such a moving display of community and a reminder that... Continue Reading →
World Mental Health Day
I struggle with mental health. I’ve learned the hard way the connection between mental and physical health. Invest in your mental health because you’re worth it. I remind myself of this every day. And we really need to end the stigma around talking about mental health. Stigma causes people to suffer and for others to... Continue Reading →
Another Day with Arthritis 9/28/19
When your knee decides not to work today. Another day with arthritis.
Getting Gas: How Arthritis Affects Me
I hate getting gas! For one it’s difficult for me to get the gas cap off so I have to use a wrench to give me some help. Also I usually go to Chevron since they tend to have newer stations so the pumps are easier to handle for me. I want to cure arthritis... Continue Reading →
Past 12 Months (Day 20 of Museum 30 Challenge)
Day 20: the last 12 months. Professionally, the last 12 months have been difficult for me. I have experienced setbacks at work but this quote has really helped me. These career setbacks are temporary and have helped me plan for my comeback. I can’t wait to see whats next.
Thank You Doctors!
It seems like there is a special day for EVERYTHING! While others are made in jest, there are many days set aside to remember important things. One of these days is Doctor's Day, which is each year on March 30. With my health struggles I am no stranger to doctors, doctor rooms and doctor visits!... Continue Reading →
Finding Inspiration in Vincent Van Gogh
(All information gathered for this post came from the Van Gogh Museum). Happy Birthday, Vincent Van Gogh! Gogh was born today (March 30) in 1853. I was going to write about Van Gogh's life at first, but I thought it too generic of a post. Instead, I have decided to focus my writing on what... Continue Reading →
Mental Illness and Gun Violence
Below is information that I am sharing from the NAMI Silicon Valley April Newsletter. It lists information regarding mental illness and gun violence. In short, there is a low correlation between a person having a mental illness and an increase risk that they will harm others with a gun. A person with mental illness is... Continue Reading →
Advocacy in 2017 and Beyond
2017 saw the end of a major advocacy chapter for me. This past year I stepped down as the president of the ActiveMinds Club at West Valley College. This is a mental health club on campus in which I had been the president for the last three years. I am happy to say that I... Continue Reading →
Think About Your Thoughts
Each person can start ending stigma against mental illness by first evaluating how they themselves perceive mental health, mental illness and people who suffer with mental illness. What does mental health mean to me? Do I prioritize mental health? How do I view others who are open about their mental health? How do I view... Continue Reading →
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. As cliche as it sounds, this simple sentence has helped me greatly with dealing with depression. For almost two years I suffered with an aliment that I had no idea what it was. I was trapped in my own world of pain. What was the cause? Would I ever get better?... Continue Reading →