Lessons from Yoga

Over the past several months I have been settling into my life in Chicago, which has been challenging at times. Within the last week, I have made the space to reintroduce practicing yoga into my life, which was a great life decision. Additionally, it has done wonders for my mental and physical health. Here are... Read more »

Zombie Apocalypse in Chicago

The day started normally, on that beautiful August morning. I could feel the brisk breeze encompassing my back, as I walked down Wilson Avenue. This instantly brightened my mood because it forced me to reflect on my recent move from Louisiana, which I did often. It was, and is, always the simplest things that remind... Read more »

It is all about Perspective

It is all about Perspective By: Garrett Shotwell I try and go to the gym every morning. I usually hate getting out of bed, hate putting on clothes, and packing my gym bag. I then continue to dislike the drive to the gym, and the visibly gay men that stare at you in the locker... Read more »

Feminism and mental health: A letter to Emma Watson

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Dear Emma Watson, I would like to formally thank you for your highly insightful words. They were not only inspiring; they were also truthful.  It is my hope that your speech enacts change through personal perspective.  I also pray that it encourages women and men alike to redefine the word “feminist.” One may think, “Why... Read more »

Chicago 2014 AIDS Run/Walk Results

Today I participated in the 2014 Chicago Aids race/walk.  The purpose of this walk was to raise awareness, and money, to continue supporting individuals who are impacted by HIV/AIDS. I love running. So much, in fact, that I often tell people it is my “church.”  I feel calm and grounded when I run, as it... Read more »

Chicago 2014 AIDS Run/Walk: Alexian Brothers

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Firstly, please watch the video before reading this blog post. Now that I have your attention, I would like to note that I do not, and will not, often post specific services within our beautiful city of Chicago.  Nor will I explicitly ask for donations– Both of which, I am doing today. It is also... Read more »

To Sleep is to Dream

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Sigmund Freud said, “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious,” but what does that statement really mean?  For the record, he noted that he was not the first to experience the unconsciousness, but he was the forefather in developing a scientific method to explore it. He was, and is, controversial. I appreciate Freud’s work... Read more »

Judging the poor and downtrodden, is a problem with self.

One Year Ago: “The only thing that separates people is resources.” This is what a presenter told my MSW class in 2013.  She was the creator of a home-based therapeutic program that serviced primarily disadvantaged populations, meaning poor people. Or at least what the majority of people would consider the “lowest class.” At the time,... Read more »

Understanding Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia can be a scary and very misunderstood psychotic disorder.  Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, thought and movement disorders, and a variety of cognitive symptoms.  For more information, check out the National Institute of Mental Health. I want you to close your eyes and play the above video. ______________________ About eight years ago a good friend of mine, Drew,... Read more »

Feelings and anxiety... it's for the birds

Anxiety.  Enough said, right?  A quick Google search will yield enough results to produce an anxiety attack.  So what is anxiety exactly? For most, and in acute cases, anxiety is feelings of worry, uneasiness, and uncertainty.  However, in extreme cases, it can lead to excessive uneasiness and panic attacks.  For more information from the National... Read more »
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    Garrett Shotwell

    I am a 28-year-old Chicagoan transplant from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I like running, good books, and being inappropriate. I am an observer of life, consumer of information, and advocate for the disadvantaged and misrepresented. I strive to live simply, impact greatly, and love fully.

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