For the past 5 years I have been dreaming of a time when I can move to the South and begin my work as a therapist, social worker and budding doula within queer/people of color communities. The time is now. My love of NYC will never die, and I will always be coming back for periodic visits because well I love you. What I need in order to begin diving into my work in the South is money to move. I have been applying for at least 5 jobs a job to pay rent and trying to save up--something that is simply not possible in NYC. I am excited to explore the job leads I have in Atlanta while getting grounded there.
I am grateful and very blessed for the many ways that people and community have shown up for me over the years. I'm asking that you support me as I make this move to the South to actualize my dreams and improve my overall quality of life. I look forward to living in a city where I can slow down, attend to my health needs, and focus on healing work that addresses the trauma impacting our communities.
Please consider making a gift in support of making my dreams come true. Whatever amount you can share will be greatly appreciated. Every dollar counts and goes a long way. Check out the AMAZING perks that my brilliant friends have offered up. Details below!
And as always, once I get home set-up there will be fresh brewed tea waiting for you anytime you want to come visit. I'll even take you on a road trip!
Ways To Keep The LL Love Alive!
$10: love a fancy ringtone? well my laugh is one of the most infectious laughs known to all of people and animal kind. why not rock it when someone you love (or hate) calls you'll get an instant laugh! an LL ringtone is a must have and very few people will ever have this ringtone.
$11: want to hear about some life lessons i've learned as a brown, queer? here is your chance. you'll get a funny and poignant audio file of me sharing life situations. you might even get to hear my great laugh!
$15: you'll get a mix-tape of downloadable tracks of my favorite songs. you'll get to hear and understand me on a very intimate level as to what makes me tick because the song choices represent me to the FULLEST!
$16: original book of poetry by Casey Lynne Rocheteau. FIERCE. REAL. LEGENDARY. check her work and tell me the hairs on the back of your neck don't stand up. http://caseyrocheteau.org/work/
$20: Undesirable Elements T-Shirt: https://www.facebook.com/
$25: you'll get 1 life lession & the ringtone...a deal you can't beat!
$28: you'll 6 custom-made pie in a mason jar that you get to keep. gluten free? no problem! allergic to nuts? no problem! tell Elliot Fukui about your pie dreams and he'll whip it into action. Elliot Fukui is a long time baker and qtpoc organizer. Come get a taste of his skills at Azucar this Saturday (9/21).
$35: feeling like you wish you could ask your besties to send you daily messages of affirmation but their too busy or you're too afraid to ask? no problem! i will send you daily affirmations that are tailored to you for 7 whole days. the cheapest therapy you'll ever pay for. for reals.
$40: Signed copy of Kay Ulanday Barrett's Poetry, a recipe for the people and a personal creative writing feedback session! WHAT!? Kay is thrice talented.
$50: not sure what to do with your wardrobe and needing some revamping and sass? well i will have a session with you to look at what you have and recommend how to pair things in a new way and key pieces to buy. we all don't have hundreds of dollars to spend but we may able to buy a couple things that can make you feel like stomping on the runway EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. and we ALL deserve that.
$60: Ping Chong Theater Company is donating a video copy of the production Secret Survivor: stories of adult survivors of child sexual abuse in which I am one of the people sharing stories.
$65: every wanted a private yoga session because either yoga in a big group is intimidating or the yoga classes themselves are judgey cuz ur chunky or not flexible "enough" or are queer/trans or you just don't feel comfy? here is your chance. you'll get a loving and guided yoga lesson that will also be accompanied with a conversation about health needs. Avi Rose is an amazing healer and yoga instructor who is critical about her approach and believes that everyone should have access to caring practioners who can advise people on health, herbs and yoga positions that are body/fat-positive. You'll never feel like you in better hands than with Avi Rose.
$75: i'll make you a piece of art. i collage like woah and love to make them when i travel. I use unique papers bought at art stores, found materials, reciepts with fun emblems, paint, pencil and other materials that catch my eye. Artwork is colorful and done when in a contemplative state. I meditate while I create so love and reflections are the energy that go into making art.
$76: a bomber jacket from Marimacho check out their website to get a taste of what they are made of www.marimachobk.com
$85: want to impress that cutie on a first or second date but run out of ideas or think your ideas are not as wonderful as you'd like? have no fear LL is here for YOU! i have been told by all my dates that i make an amazing first impression and create a magical experience. And if you pick this treat you might even get a pep talk about any nervousness you might be having about your date.
$150: a 3 hour workshop on fatphobia that is queer/trans/people of color informed. materials & travel not included but negotiable. i have over 20 years of facilitation experience and feel that talking about issues of the body that look at the intersections of fatphobia, ableism, colonization and child sexual abuse are not only neccessary but life-saving. As a support group counelor who worked with queer youth questions of the body are informed by trauma and oppression. So lets talk about the chunkies and the fatties and how WE are harmed EVERY.SINGLE.DAY and what you can do to stop it.
$250: feel stuck? need a motivator or coach to help you pull your life pieces together? with 2 sessions (1.5 hours each) we explore what you want your life to be, what is blocking you and what you can do to unblock. you deserve all that you want and this will be the space to get affirmations and also document concrete ways to put things into action. Use my resources, networks, creativity and therapy skills to support you getting grounded in your life and passion. The only question is: are you ready to be to the BOSS of your life?
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