Wyoming, Women Warriors, and Wellness

Wyoming, Women Warriors, and Wellness

The past several days have been joyfully FULL.  Thursday night, I lead a workshop in Denver at the Freyja Project for CRAVEfuel (Stylish Women Entrepreneurs) about Fueling Your Creative Rampage. I opened with pranayama, shared part of my story of my journey to wellness, provided nutrition and lifestyle tips and techniques, then closed out with a lovely vibration-raising chant which everyone, with their heart wide open, participated in.  (Gosh, that was beautiful and inspiring to witness!) It was a late night as passionate conversations and connections continued well after the workshop and networking time slots. I met some amazing women here in my new home town, and am excited about our opportunities for future collaboration and support here in Denver and beyond. On Friday, I drove Bailey (my amazing three-legged wonder dog) and I to Casper, Wyoming. On Saturday, I had the honor of conducting three 75 minute workshops on “Feeding Your Mind, Body, and Spirit” for the third annual Promoting Our Women Warriors of Wyoming conference (with two media interviews in between).  Click on the image below to watch the 2.5 minute interview with News 13 to hear a few thoughts I have about the legal proceedings of military sexual assault cases, parallels to these similar crimes on college campuses, and wellness for our women warriors. Further thoughts: 1. I support the Military Justice Improvement Act because the bill supports impartial and unbiased legal proceedings. 2. Wellness begins with small choices that continue to build on one another.  Change doesn’t happen overnight, and we don’t have to do it ALL, all today.   You can, however, choose to take one step at a time toward...
Pass the Military Justice Improvement Act

Pass the Military Justice Improvement Act

Today, RIGHT NOW, the Military Justice Improvement Act is on the Senate floor. I received the following schedule from one of Senator Gillibrand’s staff members: The military sexual assault time agreement will be executed on Thursday, 6 March 2014 – there will be up to four votes, beginning at around 2pm.- Roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1752 (Gillibrand). – If cloture is invoked on S. 1752, all post-cloture time will be yielded back and the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on passage of the bill. No amendments, points of order, or motions will be in order to S. 1752 prior to a vote on passage of the bill. – Following disposition of S. 1752, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1917 (McCaskill). – If cloture is invoked on S. 1917, all post-cloture time will be yielded back and the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on passage of the bill. No amendments, points of order, or motions will be in order to S. 1917 prior to a vote on passage of the bill. In November 2013, along with an Active Duty Soldier, Navy Veteran Brian, two Army veterans BriGette and Ayana, and an Air Force veteran, Marti, I, a Marine Corps veteran, testified before a Congressionally-appointed panel in regards to three main areas: 1. The inadequacy of the military system to support victims throughout all phases of the incident reporting process. 2.  Recommendations on the role of commanders in military justice system. 3. Victim Services If you feel like...
MSNBC Jansing & Co: Sarah Weighs in on Senator Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act & More

MSNBC Jansing & Co: Sarah Weighs in on Senator Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act & More

The debate continues about whether the historic reforms offered by the Military Justice Improvement Act will be fulfilled.  Cheers to Senator Gillibrand for her continued efforts, as well as the efforts of the supporting Senators, to create a more judicially sound environment in which some felony level cases – such as rape –  can be handled by the military. Furthermore, a Politico article released this morning shared an internal Army email that advised personnel to use less attractive women in marketing because “in general, ugly women are perceived as competent while pretty women are perceived as having used their looks to get ahead.” Yes, seriously. Listen through the end of the segment to hear about it. * In case you’re wondering why I look confused initially, it’s because I didn’t know I was live/on camera at that moment!  Just Roll With It 😉...
NPR Morning Edition: Senate Considers Ways To Address Military Sexual Assaults

NPR Morning Edition: Senate Considers Ways To Address Military Sexual Assaults

Summary: Members of Congress are unlikely to adopt one measure that many victims say is essential: taking away from commanders the ability to decide whether to pursue assault cases. Members of Congress say that step would undermine order and discipline in the ranks, and the Pentagon agrees. You can listen to the full 4min 15sec long segment HERE, on NPR’s website. Around the 2:45 mark, a sound byte of my testimony from a hearing in DC last week was inserted into NPR Morning Edition’s segment. Of all the fall-out I experienced, what I explain in the sound byte that NPR used is perhaps the most tangible of all examples. As always, thank you to those of you who provide support, encouragement, and sound advice.  On a personal level, I’ve very much moved past – healthfully so – many of my previous traumas.  Retelling portions of my story to large, public audiences is difficult, though, to say the least.  I keep pressing forward, though, because I hear from people like YOU who say it is helpful. And you know what? You help ME, too.  So thank you. And please, whatever struggles you may be facing, whether day-to-day stressors, or battling events from your past, please don’t give up.  Health and happiness really are possible.  Yes, the rape I experienced effectively “ruined” my career, but I had the choice of which path to will walk afterwards because as Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” My path has never been “perfect,” but I do my best with where I am....
NBC Nightly News (again) – in response to Senate Armed Services Committee Hearings June 2013 – VICTIMS MUST REPORT

NBC Nightly News (again) – in response to Senate Armed Services Committee Hearings June 2013 – VICTIMS MUST REPORT

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy I just discovered that NBC Nightly News repurposed parts of our interview a couple weeks ago (from an interview about a month ago). I was glad to see that they showed more of my response, though, because 1. It doesn’t make sense to have CRIMINAL cases directly within the Chain of Command and 2. Although often life-crushing, I maintain my stance that VICTIMS MUST REPORT. *** Where would we be if not for the steps our foremothers and forefathers took to speak out? They suffered worse injustices than we probably have, but spoke up. Believe me, I know it is hard (that’s an understatement) but we MUST, because slowly but surely, I believe it chips away at the system and puts light on a very dark subject. There are so many layers to this… and rape is a WORLDWIDE problem. I hope the military can lead the way and effect positive change on a larger scale. 3. On a happier note, I’m so stoked my three-legged, wonder-pup got lots of coverage this time!   *this is a 3:30 minute long segment with Brian Williams and Jim Miklaszewski. My statements are made beginning at...