I usually shy away from self descriptions because I have yet to master the feeling of representing myself via Internet without feeling embarrassed or fake. But in the name of "becoming part of the Pulse", I will attempt to describe myself to my future friends and sisters of this Pulse Wire community.
Here are some basics: I am from Salem, Oregon and now I live in Portland. I am studying Public Administration and Policy at Portland State University. I have a deep love for Latin America and have been able to live in Peru and Mexico since graduating from college. I feel that I have a family and second and third home in those countries.
I have three brothers and great parents. My family, like many American families, is mixed. My grandparents are immigrants from Ireland and Italy. I have lived my life intrigued by the cultural and social difference between me, my mother, my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. It is a constant reminder to me, that although change may seem slow or at times impossible, society can progress.
Being raised in a Catholic household with three brothers in the USA I was acutely aware at a young at that certain life options are not available for women and sometimes prohibited but at the same time that there exists a hope to defy oppressive belief systems. The feeling of being "invisible" or "less-than" has caused me pain in my life. As I grow-up and mature, I like to believe that this personal wound was placed there in order to harness change and empathize with women around the world. I want to use my pain for good-- to help heal the world. I do not want any woman to ever feel that they are "less-than". I want us all to feel great and like powerful forces of love, compassion and strength.
Social Justice, Empowerment, Community, Sustainable Development, Playing Outside, Laughing, Learing, Adventuring, Dreaming, Creating Consistent Self Acceptance, Finding Balance, Staying Focused, Finding Where and How I Can Make a Contribution Expertise, hmmmm... I need to contimplate think about this one
My Vision for the Future
Equality, Diplomacy, Equilibriam, Economic Justice, Commitment to Sustainable Growth