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My Bruises Are From Jiu-Jitsu

To The Woman Beginning Self-Defense Training Who Has Survived Abuse or Assault

Photo Credit: My Bruises Are From, taken at Queens of the Mat

Today you are beginning self-defense training. You have been considering this for quite some time. You still aren’t sure if you should. Or, if you can. You are terrified. You have lived through horrors that most cannot imagine. You know what people in this world are capable of. You want to be able to protect yourself. You want to live. But you know that self-defense training is going to re-open all of the wounds you have been desperately trying to cauterize. You are tired. You don’t feel like you have the strength for this, but you know that this is something you have to do. For yourself. To eventually help others if you ever can.

You are not alone. Continue reading

Solo Female Traveler's Safety Guide to Guatemala

The Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala

Traveling to a developing country can be intimidating, especially for women traveling alone. When I told people that I was spending half of my time in Guatemala traveling the country on my own, I was met with a lot of surprise and caution. As long as you stick to a few main tips that apply to nearly anywhere and anyone, traveling on your own can not only be safe but incredibly enjoyable. Continue reading