I grew up in a toxic faith environment and suffered the affects of self doubt, fear and internalized shame due to unchecked power and constricting beliefs upheld by the leaders. Through undergoing my own therapy, I have been able to grapple with the affects of being formed in an unhealthy system, and have tapped into my own voice and liberation. I now find myself on the path to be a Priest in the Episcopal Church, partly because I want others that have been trapped in constricting environments-- be it faith, societal, racial, family, or work--to be able to experience this type of empowerment, liberation, and self compassion in their own lives that I have found through therapy and spiritual direction. I believe so firmly in equity and liberation work that my feet have marched in many marches, and I have participated in community action events. As a side note, I think that if more people joined a Muay Thai Kickboxing Group less money would need to be spent on therapy.