The man who sexually assaulted & raped me in January 2017 was a paparazzi at one time... ...who lost his driver’s license chasing after Britney Spears when speeding in his car. (which was exactly why for most of our friendship -- I drove him around.) His name was Mark Samala. He went to California State … Continue reading My Story About Surviving Sexual Assault – Mark Samala
Estela Maria Flores Briones, 1973, right before her death from liver cirrhosis My Chilean grandmother was a “nervous woman” who would shake profusely when she’d talk in front of people. ...at least, that’s what I was told recently. After my mom died, a family friend asked what she could do for me. I told her … Continue reading My Chilean grandmother, ancestral trauma & alcoholism.
This Mother’s Day I spent all day cleaning out my mom’s apartment to help her move into Assisted Living. …NOT something I thought I would be doing that day. When I was packing her stuff, I found a photo of her I hadn’t seen before. This is her, sometime in the late 1970’s / early … Continue reading Fried Chicken & Champagne
How does self-sabotage stand between us and enjoying success? 🤔 Self-sabotage is any action that gets in the way of what your intended goal is. It can come in the form of procrastination, numbing, avoidance and minimizing our capabilities. The truth is we all engage in self sabotage at different points of in our lives … Continue reading Is self-sabotage standing between you and enjoying success?
Why I still feel afraid to share my story even though I have shared so much already.
How I survived trauma, heartbreak, addiction, sobriety, breaking my leg on a first date and a failing corporate career.
Why half-assed attempts at our transformation fails and how recovery concepts can take on a new meaning outside of traditional paradigms.
How I went from feeling small and insignificant to going on a remarkable adventure of self discovery + playing bigger with my gifts.
How exploring my maternal roots allowed me to pursue a path of recovery and helped me realize my purpose.
I talk with filmmaker, photographer and artist Kate McCabe about self care and why you don't have to be suffering from addiction to learn from the tools and principles of recovery.