Making My Triumphant Return to Blogging!

So it has been quite awhile since my last blog post. This past semester was awful. My classes were fine, work was fine, but the amount of drama that erupted in my personal life over the last few months left me incapable of focusing on anything beyond school, work, and starting my post-undergrad job hunt. I even pushed my GRE back to June because studying for my original November date just wasn’t an option.

I’ve resolved for 2012 to be better. Even though I still don’t love the idea of resolutions, I am making a small resolution-type-thing… in 2012 I refuse to get caught up in anything that will drag me down in the way that this last year did.  My anxiety issues (which I will talk about more in a future post) have hit their peak in 2011 (seriously, I’m calling it) & 2012 will be the year that I pull myself together and become the calm, collected, kickass person that I can be 24/7, instead of just when I am out in public and my reputation is on the line. Part of this resolution means writing here (and elsewhere on the web) a lot more again, because I miss blogging & everyone who I interact with on here!

While I was missing from Imagine Today a TON happened elsewhere. The two most exciting things are…

(1) I got an article posted on xoJane.com!

(2) I also got accepted to present at Momentum 2012 alongside Maria Falzone! Check it out, check it out! I added the conference icon to my sidebar (FINALLY) so if you’re interested at all check it out and consider attending. Last year’s conference, the first ever, was fabulous, it was new, exciting, and experimental yet the organizers obviously knew what they were doing… the workshops were well scheduled, presentations ran smoothly and were well times, plenty of delicious and refreshing snacks were constantly available. I normally really enjoy conferences, but Momentum is on another level entirely. Check out the liveblogs & recaps I wrote of last year’s conference…

Maria and I will be co-facilitating a presentation called Selling Safer Sex to College Students: Tips and Techniques of the Trade. Click the linked title to check out the description! Maria is ridiculously funny & we are both committed to facilitating a session with plenty of dialogue and engagement, so I can promise you this will be awesome. I know my biggest issue that week is going to be choosing between so many wonderful looking workshops.

So I am signing off for now, but I promise this time it won’t be for nearly three months (sorry!) I’ll be back with new content (and a renewed commitment to writing here) soon! In the meantime, do any of you have resolutions? How do you stay calm and focused when life seems to want you to lose your mind? I always love having conversations in the comments!

Momentum Closing Plenary Videos!

I’ve been hoping and waiting for this video to be posted since the moment that Tristan Taormino and Susie Bright stopped speaking because they were both so awesome! Now you can enjoy their talk along with me! (FYI: These videos are probably not safe for work, unless you work somewhere as awesome as I do.)

If you’re looking for more click through to the poster’s YouTube channel for a few more short clips from this talk.

Momentum Liveblog Part Three

UPDATE: Just noticed that Heidi posted her fantastic Prezi slides from the presentation up here… check it out!  Also, I really intend to blog more in depth about my reactions to this workshop soon, because I feel that it was one of the most impactful ones I experienced… so keep an eye out!

2:46: After sprinting a few blocks to get Panera take out and get back in time to watch The Line (which is an awesome documentary) I am now plugged in and ready to liveblog my way through A Spoonful of Chocolate Makes the Vanilla Go Down with Heidi Anderson. The workshop is about applying the principles of kink to creating a more positive model of consent and sexual assault prevention. Get ready!

  • Okay, so this isn’t a real bullet but Heidi is awesome…  I don’t even have a specific reason yet, I’m just psyched to have chosen this workshop!
  • Her parents taught her that if anyone made her uncomfortable in any way, she didn’t have to be around them. How do you raise your children to be sexual beings who are ethical? She teaches her kids that they don’t have to hug or touch anyone that they don’t want to… mastery of your own body.
  • “The poly & kink world, once I got involved a little bit, I kind of got sucked in…not in a bad way.” “I realized the presentations I gave to high schoolers about sexual assault may actually be perpetuating some of the myths.”

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