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Lifting the Burden of Shame

A collection of essays written by people of color, which also highlights the voices of other marginalized and/or silenced groups about the role of shame in their lives. Examining shame through a prism of race, sexuality, religious beliefs, mental health, infidelity, marriage, body image, gender, employment, and relationships. These powerful stories illustrate the language and impact of shame and how it can be overcome.

Growing Love without Shame by Cristal Rojas

I like to think that love is a garden that I grow. It goes through its cycle. And eventually, I learned that it has to die and disappear in order for regrowth. He was that one flower despite all the dead love around him that produced a light that never allowed death in. For me, he was the rain that ... Read More »

Love should never hurt by Angy Abreu

I met him when I was 21, my heart had been broken for the first time. I was still in love with my ex, but we couldn’t be together. I say this to impart that I wasn’t looking to meet anyone. I was introduced to Jean via my hair stylist who was married to his brother. When we met, he ... Read More »

Born out of Infidelity by Sarah Gonzalez

“When the sins of our fathers visit us We do not have to play host. We can banish them with forgiveness. As God, in his Largeness and Laws”  August Wilson, Fences “Rose: I done tried to be everything a wife should be. Everything a wife could be. Been married eighteen years and go to live to see the day you ... Read More »

Unpacking my shame backpack by Nia Ita

Shame is the universal companion of women, nipping at our heels, feeding on our deepest fear that who we are is not enough. Shame is beyond annoying. It is debilitating. In order to unpack the shame that is immobilizing us from living our best life and from accessing our true power, we must analyze it like a glass slide under ... Read More »

Miscarriage is a special kind of heartbreak by Lucy Torres

Miscarriage is a distinct kind of heartbreak that cannot be defined. What do you do when you’ve miscarried a child you weren’t ready for? How do you get over the grief of a loss so profound, your heart can’t fathom it? And how do you consolidate two opposing emotions and console yourself through the pain? As much as I love ... Read More »

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