Reach Higher and Dream Big

Let your soul go free. Don’t conform to standards of society. Don’t be a cookie cutter version of what everyone is. Be yourself, literally means do what your heart desires without questioning it or thinking what others will think of you. Chase the vision in your head that won’t stop appearing not the vision others think you should chase. Being creative is not WRONG. Being different is not WRONG. Telling people they have to all be the same when we clearly are not is WRONG. Don‘t explain your differences to people, instead embrace them and be true to them by loving yourself. The truth is people always have a reason to talk about you, so that shouldn’t be the reason you stop being yourself because sooner or later their chit chatter will die out and you are left with yourself. And the question you will be asking yourself is, why did I let those “people” stop me from being my true, wild, authentic self? Don’t worry, it happens to us all. Be lucky when you wake up from society’s hypnosis to conform and start spreading your wings and FLY HIGH. Higher than you can imagine. Our limitations were instilled in us, and taught to us by people who lived in fear from breaking the box. Don’t be that person. Break the box. Want to be the next president? Do it. Want to own a store or a corporation? Want to be a brain surgeon at the age of 40 due to a career change? Go do it. Nothing is ” too late” . No dream is “Too Big” because we were meant to dream and achieve. Now go out there and make me proud.



So what? Things haven’t been too gravy or mac and yummy..lately. It happens to us all. Whether it’s related to work, school, family, friends or love. Life can be quite a shaker upper!! BUT come back like a boomerang. It’s okay to fall what’s not okay is to think you belong there and don’t deserve another chance with life. This time around you will be stronger to deal with whatever ocean wave comes your wave.  Every fall is a teaching lesson, and if we take the time to reflect and listen to our inner voices we will know what that lesson was.  Besides, we weren’t born to know everything, we were born to experience and grow from those experiences.  That’s why we are all so unique because we all fall in our own way and develop our own ladders of how to climb back up. Perhaps you have a good friend that can help you in that process, or a therapist..maybe a sibling…doesn’t matter who it is or if you are doing it completely alone. Keep in mind there is always a NEW DAY which means NEW YOU.

Stronger Alone

She is stronger alone than carrying dead weight,

She is stronger alone because she doesn’t need a mate,

She is stronger alone because she can wait,

She is stronger alone and believes in her good fate,

She is stronger alone and doesn’t feel alone,

She is stronger alone and will find a new throne,

Stronger alone, she will fight,

Stronger alone, she will give all her might,

For this girl was not afraid,

She got off the ground where she was laid,

None of his hurtful words could break her down anymore

Because she found the secret to her sanity and that was to be alone.

My experience of “LIPS with V-Day Coalition at UCLA” by Ms. Danielle Taillieu




A month ago I attended the production of a show of “LIPS” at UCLA. One year ago I was finishing my undergraduate degree at UCLA and I had heard that student producers were inviting writers and actors to collaborate on a unique version of the renowned show “The Vagina Monologues.” Eve Ensler, who created “The Vagina Monologues,” had long been an inspiration for me in my own interests pertaining to gender issues and feminism. I had first seen the show many years ago in Sydney and had more recently learned that she was the pioneer of “V-Day” – a global movement to end violence against women. Her efforts were made known to me through a moving and memorable documentary I had seen in a women’s studies class. Therefore, when I was selected as an author for a monologue, I was truly honored.

“LIPS” was to become a modern day vision of “The Vagina Monologues” as the show’s creators realized that the original monologues, written in the 1990’s, had focused on white, heterosexual, cisgendered women and they wanted the new show to represent the intersectionality of inequalities. I could not have been more inspired to hear about a diverse range of struggles and triumphs pertaining to sexuality, gender identity, racial inequalities, domestic violence, body image and eating disorders. There was humor, vulnerability, courage, anger and tears and all of the actors did such an incredible job in making the intimate monologues come to life.

The next day I found myself reading an educational book to my children about the differences between boys and girls and human sexuality, and I was suddenly so conscious of one of the monologues I had heard that illustrated pansexuality – the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction toward individuals, regardless of their gender identity or biological sex. Through that monologue I became conscious of the binary world we live in, pertaining to gender, and I started to question what I was reading to my children. This, to me, is art at its best. It had instantly educated and enlightened me and forced me to view the world in a completely different way the very next day.

The show concluded with a standing ovation and I just hope that the producers, writers and actors will continue to bring awareness to us with their talent and vision for sharing personal experiences in such dynamic and provocative ways.




Why does she always have to explain?

When she smiles…

When she laughs…

When she is as quiet as a dark silent night…

When she is hurt…

When she is confused…

When she is afraid…

Why does she always have to explain?

When she is hungry…

When she is in pain…

When she needs money…

Why does she always have to explain?

When she doesn’t want to…

When she wants to…

When she is content…

Why does she always have to explain?

When she wants to isolate…

When she wants to not marry…

When she wants no friends…

When she has no interest…


Because she is a she. That’s why she always has to explain.



Because… Because …Because…

Now she doesn’t explain anymore. She does what she wants and she likes it that way.

Her Soul. Her Life. Her Rules.


Fitness, self-love, and positive body image: A blog by Heather M.

First of all, thank you WAC for letting me write this blog. Second, let me just say that I LOVE CROSSFIT, however, this blog is not going to be about that, IT IS HOWEVER, going to be what I learned while being part of the Crossfit Community. SO LETS BEGIN!
I never felt comfortable in my own skin or body, I was insecure, and went through phases where I was either unhealthy, overweight, or overly skinny. I often compared myself to other women. WHICH WE ALL TEND TO DO! Let’s stop that, okay ladies? According to the objectification theory, as women we are socialized to compare ourselves to others and more than often we are objectified by society or our culture. BUT GUESS WHAT?!? Research also shows that women are the most common perpetrators in objectifying other women. I can say this because this is a huge chunk of my dissertation and I have research to back this up. Isn’t that sad? It’s natural for us to compare ourselves to other women because why not? WOMEN are like unicorns, we are majestic and unique creatures. Sometimes though, we don’t see each other as that, we look at other women as our competition. We objectify women by how they dress, how their body shape looks like, where they are in their academic and or occupational career, AND if you perceive them as slightly better than you, and I to am guilty of this, we tend to get NASTY! We start putting other women down, instead of empowering them. We start to draw conclusions about them before getting to know their story, and we isolate them because why would you want her around? So this where Crossfit comes in!
Every day, I go to my gym in Pasadena, where I am surrounded by incredibly strong and hardworking women who come from all walks of life. We have nurses, lawyers, social workers, accountants, pharmacists, students, moms, sisters, aunts, and grandmas. We all come in for the same reason, to distress, to work on ourselves, to become better and stronger. We also come from different fitness backgrounds, however, the one thing that stands out the most is that NO ONE is trying to compete with each other, but instead we empower and push each other. We push each other during the last burpees, we push each other during the last stretch of the run, and we encourage each other to GET BACK UP and KEEP EVERYTHING TIGHT so we can get back up during a heavy squat. So why am I saying all this? LADIES, let’s stop bringing each other down but instead let’s encourage each other TO GET BACK UP! Let’s empower, support, and push each other to become better, stronger, and be the MAJESTIC creatures we can be TOGETHER!
Shakas! Heather M.


Interview with Dr. Debra F. Glaser: AKA L.A.P.D SHEif Police Psychologist.

Thank you so much to Dr. Glaser for being so open to being interviewed by the #WomensAdvocacyClub. It was such an honor to collaborate with her to find out more about her professional background in the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D) as the SHEif (AKA Chief) Police Psychologist.  Please read below the questions we asked and her authentic responses.


  1. What is your background in education and how did you decide you want to work for the LAPD?

I have a Masters in Social Psychology from New York University and a Masters and Doctorate in clinical psychology from CSPP-LA.  I started working for the LAPD ‘by accident’; at the time that I went to graduate school LAPD had a practicum program. When I was not offered a position at the site that I wanted, I was given an interview with LAPD and got the position. I stayed at LAPD for 26 years and went from practicum student to staff psychologist to Chief Police Psychologist. I retired from LAPD as Chief Police Psychologist, a position that I held for 9 years.

  1.  What steps would someone have to take in order to have an opportunity to work in the LAPD as a Psychologist?

 The psychologist position for LAPD is a staff position as an employee of the City of LA. A good  clinical background is essential. Some experience working with law enforcement is helpful, but not essential.  Someone looking for a staff position should check the City ofLos Angeles website for job openings and requirements as the latter can change.

  1. Can psychologists have other positions in the LAPD? If so, what are they? And have you done them?

 The LAPD has staff psychologists who work for the Behavioral Science Services Unit.; there is also a psychologist who works at the Police Academy training site.  The City of LA has other psychologists who perform pre-employment screening for first responders as well as fitness for duty evaluations; these psychologists work for the Personnel Department.

  1.  Did you face any challenges as a women working in the LAPD? Were you always taken seriously or  did you needed to establish a serious tone ?

 When I first started at LAPD in 1980 women were just starting to be hired as police officers; prior to that they were “police women” and went to a ‘modified academy’ and couldn’t hold all of the positions on the Department that they can now.  When I was promoted to Chief Police Psychologist in 1996 I was the first woman to hold the rank of Commander. Since the psychologist positions are civilian and not sworn, that achievement was pretty much ignored by all.  But not by me.

  1. What did your most challenging day at the LAPD job look like?

 I’m not sure that I had a most challenging day; there were several. I can remember my first formal meeting with the Chief and the Command staff; I was the first woman to attend that meeting who wasn’t taking notes or getting coffee.  It was awkward for some of the ‘guys’ as they weren’t sure how to treat me while I was in the meeting. They were all helpful and friendly outside of the meeting, but the protocol for how I should be treated in the meeting hadn’t been established. The experience reinforced for me the need for a ‘thick skin’ or the ability to work within an existing system, a predominantly male system, and slowly become an accepted member of the team without taking things personally.

  1. What was your most memorable day at your LAPD job?

Again, I had many memorable days. Some were good, some were challenging and some were difficult. As the Chief Police Psychologist I was also the supervisor of the Employee Assistance Unit which housed the Peer Counseling Program and Chaplains Program and was in charge of line-of-duty-death funerals. I can recall helping to set up funeral services for officers killed in the line of duty; nothing was more difficult than dealing with the emotions that surfaced for everyone during those situations.  I can recall being at a hospital with an officer on life support and being there when the family had to disconnect him.  While my being a woman in a man’s organization had it’s challenges not all challenges were gender related.

  1. What type of personalities do you suggest go into the LAPD mental health department?

I don’t think there is a personality type that would be best suited for the job. Having traits such as flexibility, compassion and an ability to think on the go would be helpful.  An understanding of the law enforcement culture is essential if one is to navigatethe world of law enforcement.

  1. Have you considered teaching a course on mental health and the police department?

 I have taught several policy psychology courses at Alliant for the clinical forensic program: introduction to police psychology, the police psychologist as a field consultant to SWAT and the Crisis Negotiation Team, and stalking.

  1. How important is it for police to seek mental health services?

 Anyone in a  stressful job should have mental health services available to them. The LAPD was perhaps the first law enforcement agency in the world to create an in-house Behavioral Science Services Unit in 1968; many other departments have followed that model and created their own version of the psychological services section. Police and other first responders are often put in life and death situations with but a second to make a decision; they are scrutinized by the media, the public and their own Departments to ensure that policing is fair, unbiased and appropriate. All of this on top of the actual job creates stress for officers and therefore having access to mental health services is essential. 

  1. Have you ever been on a crime or crisis scene and provided your services?

I have been at many crime scenes, seen dead bodies, injured police officers, grieving police families. I was a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team which deployed with SWAT in the event of a barricaded suspect, hostage taker(s) or jumper. I have participated in negotiations and the debriefing that followed.  Anytime a psychologist is deployed they are expected to assist, it is part of the job.




Love All Unconditionally


How do we love ALL unconditionally?

You ask so fiercely.

How do we love ALL unconditionally?

When all were taught is to hate.

How do we love ALL unconditionally?

When people want to label.

How do we love ALL unconditionally?

When people only see the us versus them.


How do we love ALL unconditionally?

If all we enjoy is gossiping.

How do we love ALL unconditionally?

When there is no room for positivity.

How do we love ALL unconditionally?

Well, that’s a great question. Let’s start with using our heart instead of our eyes.

How do we love ALL unconditionally?

Perhaps we can not spread lies.

How do we love ALL unconditionally?

Maybe by starting to just be nice.

How do we love ALL unconditionally?

Glad you asked and are open to my advice.

How do we love ALL unconditionally?

JUST DO IT. Practice makes perfect. 


-Lena, Founder of WAC






She is Ready to March. By Nicole Gautier

She took 53 days to gather her thoughts and emotions. She looked at the world around her and choose to take her power from the bottom of defeat to the top of empowerment. Most importantly, she decided that she would not take this cloud into another year, to another generation, or into another chapter. She said that segment will be a chapter that will teach us and be one of the great historical story. She said that short chapter will not be our defining moment. For she knew that they are all part of one larger story. She remembered that nothing worth celebrating does not come from obstacles, effort, and the hardest work which will make our achievement of rise to equality the sweetest (non-artificial sweetener) equal taste that has ever entered our palette.
As she glanced around at her fellow members of equality advocacy she felt inspired by those who refused to be torn down. Those members said to her (to everyone), let us do what we do best, use our powerful voice and communicate non violently. For advocates refuse to participate in ignorant aggressive name calling or generalizations.
She collectively gathered the facts and observations of the world around her. What she saw was women and people of color in fear of losing the freedom that was already theirs and disgust in the hate coming from “the opposition”. She saw members and allies of the LGBQT community hurting from absorbing freshly renewed prejudice from others. She saw people feeling let down by their fellow humans. From there, she felt frustration and despair. She felt that these observations were detrimental to basic needs. So she said, we need: love, autonomy, respect, EQUALITY. What she requested, seemed so obvious and simple. She asked her conflict opposition, could you allow us our basic needs?
So, in her new reformed attitude what did she choose to do? She prepared to march to communicate non violently all she observed, felt, needed, and requested. She found her next effort to resolve conflict was with all of the others that want human basic needs met, and they do NOT want to do so with aggression. She knew the march would give multiple opportunities to resolve conflict, the conflict with others and also within herself. She realized she was ready, and she continued to prepare for the days ahead.
She emphasizes that all of you too should get ready, for there is more to come. If we are being honest as well, we know quite possibly darker times lie ahead. Be prepared to collect your actions, thoughts, and feelings and convey them non-violently. Use the communication template, and share what we have been exposed to; share your requests. We need all of us to be voice of advocacy that rings loud, beautiful, and strong.
What we saw was ___________.
From that we feel ___________.
What we need is ____________.
Could you ________________?
She knows she is ready to march and you are too, trust her. Find your local march.
“Woman, open the door, don’t let it sting I wanna breathe that fire again She said I don’t mind, if you don’t mind ‘Cause I don’t shine if you don’t shine” -The Killers

I am a WAC Barbie. Are you?


I am a WAC Barbie and here is why.

I am a WAC Barbie even if I don’t try.

I am a WAC Barbie because I have never seen my kind of doll.

I am a WAC Barbie somewhat lean and somewhat tall.

I am a WAC Barbie because I represent my generation.

I am a WAC Barbie because I can build her a new reputation.

I am a WAC Barbie because she is now diverse.

I am a WAC Barbie because little girls need to know more about her then just her pink purse.

I am a WAC Barbie because now I have a voice.

I am a WAC Barbie because I represent women who have no choice.

I am a WAC Barbie because I am loud.

I am a WAC Barbie hear me sound strong and proud.

I am a WAC Barbie but I don’t need a “Ken”.

I am a WAC Barbie and I feel great, I am a TEN.

I am a WAC Barbie and that is enough.


WAC Barbie Lena.