Episode 6: Embracing Failure, Practicing Self-Care, and Being a Feminist with Renee M. Powers

006 Embracing Failure with Renee M Powers

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Renee M. Powers inspires us to embrace failure and let go of other's expectations. She teaches us how to prioritize self-care in the after affects of a traumatic experience. We talk about what feminism means to us, and if we think our husbands are feminists.

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Both Renee and I are currently burning our entire lives down..

”You Gotta Burn it To Build it Back up Again” -Alli

Renee is withdrawing from PhD Program

We talk about doing things for your parents, approval of others

How to explain decisions to other people that they might not understand

Prioritizing mental health

When you’re vulnerable and you admit that this isn’t a healthy choice for me, people will come to your support. And the ones who don’t come to your support are the ones you didn’t need in the first place. Click To Tweet

What feminism means to us

Leaving the phd program was the feminist choice because it allows me to stretch my wings and work with women who I want to work with- Renee Click To Tweet

What to do if the word feminist scares you-- how to know if you identify as a feminist

Share feminist resources:






How to explain to men what feminism is….and talking about if we think our husbands are feminists

Quotes from Belle Hookes - Ain’t I a woman, feminism is for everybody….

“Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. This was a definition of feminism I offered in Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center more than 10 years ago. It was my hope at the time that it would become a common definition everyone would use. I liked this definition because it did not imply that men were the enemy. By naming sexism as the problem it went directly to the heart of the matter. Practically, it is a definition which implies that all sexist thinking and action is the problem, whether those who perpetuate it are female or male, child or adult. It is also broad enough to include an understanding of systemic institutionalized sexism. As a definition it is open-ended. To understand feminism it implies one has to necessarily understand sexism.”

Transwomen of color is the highest minority murder rate in this country

The issue is not just equal pay and the #metoo movement, it’s life or death for a lot of people Click To Tweet

When those people feel safe in this world, everyone will feel safe in the world


Why self-care is so important- especially in times of “burning down your life” phases

We have to be firing on all cylinders in order to bounce back from trauma

Self-care is identifying your base needs and then prioritizing them.

There is no shame in calling in your troops

We rise by picking each other up

How to find your chosen family

Renee's favorite book: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys

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