I am surprised, humbled and honored for this recognition alongside these amazing Latina veterans. A big thank you to Bill O’Connor and HipLatina! Xiomara A. Sosa
For service members, veterans, and their families living in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria has been catastrophic. Jeffrey Yee, an Iraq War veteran who served eight years as an infantryman in the Army, relocated his family to Anasco, Puerto Rico in July 2017. He was on the mainland before the hurricane hit and was able to get a seat on the last United Airlines flight into San Juan, only to have it turned around. With his wife and 13-year-old son still on the island, Yee could do nothing but wait for word. In the storm’s aftermath, internet and cell phone signals were down all over Puerto Rico, and Yee spent a harrowing week trying to get a flight back to the island. Eventually, he was able to talk his way onto a humanitarian aid flight from Miami. He still had no idea what was happening at home. http://militaryoneclick.com/puerto-rican-military-community-feels-forgotten-weeks-after-devastating-hurricane/
TRADITIONAL PSYCHOLOGY – INNOVATIVE HEALING AND WELL-BEING
National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPCI)
Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Healing and Well-being Consultant. Positive Psychology Coach.
Just another way that the universe sends me reminders that there can be a little pain in everything that brings us joy. Lately, after discovering that my Mami’s cancer has returned, I’ve been even more inspired to start the little Bojo Healing and Therapy Garden in the yard. She lives in the cottage back there and I am creating it where she can look out of her window and see it and also see the birds and squirrels that come to visit it. I’ve been working on it for about 2 weeks now, and this morning I realized that I have many small abrasions and rips in my skin. They are mostly on my hands. Small, like paper cuts, but I can feel them. There are many minor irritations and I feel little stabbing stings all over my hands. They are small reminders that most things that bring us joy or give joy to the ones we love also leave small bruises and pains. We can’t stop doing the things that bring us joy because there is some semblance of pain that comes along with the work involved in what brings us what we ultimately want, need and deserve, joy. Joy often comes accompanied by pain and both work together to build our resilience to survive and be well.
Counselor Xiomara A. Sosa
If, as historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich noted, well-behaved women seldom make history, we’re happy to live in an era of so many female miscreants. You’ll find a whole host of boundary-pushing, noisemaking young ladies at the International Women’s Empowerment Summit, hosted this fall by the Ministry of Tourism of The Islands of The Bahamas in partnership with StartUp Woman and in collaboration with UN Women. The annual conference focuses on developing tomorrow’s leaders from around the world.