FLOAT Away from Domestic Abuse: San Antonio’s Sensory Deprivation Specialist throw event to bring awareness to Domestic Abuse on International Women’s Day

We’ve heard about it in stories, movies, religion, and philosophies. Love. This state of being that can bring us freedom, but what is not often talked about is how we can become a slave to it. How our beloved Prince/Princess charming can turn into our torturer, and in many cases, executioner when it comes to domestic abuse.

 

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is the mistreatment, (mental, physical, or emotional) by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Also known as intimate partner violence. According to a report released by the Texas Council on Family Violence, 1 in 3 Texas women will experience domestic abuse.

 

Victims of Domestic Abuse and Mental Health? The Connection…

As more studies and awareness is brought to the public on mental health, new connections are being made between mental health and victims of Domestic Abuse. Researchers at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Bristol conducted 41 studies around the world, and the data show an alarming find. Most victims of domestic violence, male, and female,  suffer from a wide range mental health disorders.

FLOAT away Domestic Abuse.

Float Tanks (also known as sensory deprivation tank or isolation tank) are soundproof pods in which the user floats in a zero-gravity like state, with their body floating halfway submerged in water and Epson salt. They are used for a wide range of healing from Pain ReliefPTSD  and more. Taking care of your health is both your ally in leaving domestic violence and in the healing after. Individuals who develop PTSD may have gone through domestic abuse.

FLOAT is one of few Float Tank practices that we have here in San Antonio, Texas. They even have massage services as well. Also. they offer the Weightless Warrior Program, which gifts a free 60- minute float session to Veterans and Active Duty military!

SA HAVEN event Presented by FLOAT

Last night at the Paper Tiger, FLOAT held an event to bring awareness to domestic abuse. 100% of all profits will go to non-profit causes in San Antonio that raise awareness about domestic violence.

 

There is help available.

FLOAT & Paper Tiger did an amazing job on International Women’s Day by delivering a successful event that brought attention to domestic abuse, in which women are impacted by the most. LiL BO WEEP, ambient singer/DJ from Australia headlined the event. Local support provided by LloronasILa Minori, and Canyon Lake Trip-Hop duo Voodoo Boogaloo. All the acts brought a peaceful dance of pain, hope, and unity.

In astrology, Jupiter (Larget planet in our solar system, the planet of expansion, Masculine energy) went retrograde March 8th at 23° Scorpio (Zodiac sign of deep healing, Evolution, Feminine energy) and ends on July 10 at 13° Scorpio. These next few months offer an interesting balance of healing from both energies in the most nurturing way.

Take advantage of this time and heal.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, Men, and Women, or know someone who is, don’t hesitate to reach out to the many organizations available for help.

 The Rape Crisis Center – provides care for those impacted by sexual violence through counseling, crisis intervention, and prevention education. Also offers FREE counseling for trauma, abuse, and couples.

If you would like to learn more about FLOAT, check out their website:

https://www.floatsa.com/ and follow them on Instagram @float_sa

 

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All photos below shot by @dabtrollcreations

 

@ilaminori merch table.

@float_sa booth.

Crowd during a set change.

Local Musician Ezra & @lilboweep talking.

@voodooboogaloo merch booth.

@voodooboogaloo performing

The crowd during @voodooboogaloo’s performance

Damien of @TheMoySA

@lilboweep & fan.

Damien of @TheMoySA & @lilboweep

Damien & Travis of @TheMoySA

@voodooboogaloo performing.

Damien of @TheMoySA art magazine.

 

@ilaminori Performing.

 

 

 

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Alesia Etinoff blends Afrofuturism, Mental Health, and Black Empowerment in new Web Series

Hollywood would have us thinking that the narratives of blacks stop at slaves, thugs, and crackheads. We know that isn’t true, but entertainment depicting alternate narratives are few and far between. LA-based Comedian, Writer, and Actress, Alesia Etinoff, is helping to narrow that gap with new web-series, “Avant-Guardians”.  In this Afrofuturism series, Etinoff plays guardian angel, Razz, who watches over 12-year-old future third black President, Charlie, whom she refers to as “Creepy Charlie.” Razz is instructed by God to attend therapy after a recent accident Charlie had.

Watch the first episode below:

 

I also had the pleasure of doing a group podcast with Kinyo (host, poet), Franque Michele (blogger), & Chauntel Logan (author) interviewing Alesia Etinoff about the creation of Avant-Guardians, Mental Health, and more!

Listen below:

 

You can watch all 7 episodes of ” Avant-Guardians”

via https://avantguardianstheseries.com/episodes/

and follow Alesia Etinoff on Instagram 

 

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Should I read this book? How I lost 100 pounds

The Beginning
You cannot beat a river into submission. You have to surrender to its current and use its power as your own. – The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, Movie 2017.

A little over three years ago, I was overweight, dealing with depression, having suicidal thoughts, and battling my demons, as well everyone else’s it seemed. The news displaying dead black boys, terrorist threats, and political climate didn’t help as well. Veils started to fall, from the people I thought I knew to what I thought I knew about life. Reality came crashing down on my oblivious perception. I was 22, going on 23 and I felt like I was holding in more than I showed to the world.

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My go-to form of expression since middle school was music. At the same time, as my world was crashing down around me, I was making strides with my music in spring of 2014. SXSW just ended, the single I had just released was making noise in a few hip-hop blogs and websites, and that momentum carried off into the summer and the fall. It was right before graduating school for medical billing and coding in September 2014 that I looked at my life feeling discouraged and insecure. The hype I had from the months earlier with my music died down. I hadn’t been in any real relationship with a woman since my split with an ex years prior and I didn’t feel wanted by anybody. Getting sudden attention for something I created and then having it disappear like it never happened left me defeated.

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I felt I needed to do something drastic to counter the feeling of depression and wanting to end it. Even though I hid behind a big chunky smile, I was miserable. Around November 2014, I did the unthinkable. I stopped eating meat. A friend (now girlfriend) at the time had been vegetarian for a little over a year and she said she felt great. I decided to try it out. To the people who know me, know that was no walk in the park because I LOVED MEAT! Bacon on everything. Meat on everything. Every year since I was maybe 17 or 18 my mom and sister would make homemade hot wings for my birthday. Burger wrappers filled my car. Meat was an everyday part of my life. Little did I know, giving up meat was only the beginning.

The Journey
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
– Toni Morrison

January 2015, I decided to do something else drastic: Start the 10-day master cleanse and stop smoking cigarettes during that time. “Master Cleanse is a juice fast that permits no food, substituting tea and lemonade made with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Proponents claim that the diet detoxifies the body and removes excess fat,” says Wikipedia. As you might tell, I have incredible willpower to do this for ten days. As we all do, which is what I started to discover.

During the master cleanse, days went by not having any physical food. Only the master cleanse recipe. Doing this while working a call center job was challenging, to say the least. I started to discover more about myself and my surroundings. All my senses were heightened. I realized there were strengths I didn’t know I had. I was healing my mind, body, and soul. Weight was falling off. I didn’t just feel lighter in the sense of I just dropped all this weight at once and I don’t physically feel as heavy, but it felt like I was lighter in my heart. I wasn’t as attached to things that didn’t matter. In less than three months I had stopped eating meat, stopped eating physical foods and stopped smoking cigarettes. I loved it. I still made music, and I started doing the things I did as a child again. I began reading a lot of books, researching ancient history, creating, and writing stories. After the cleanse I had a new direction in life. I felt reborn. Not only was I going to make music, but also to write stories, and create whatever it is that I wanted.

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My first attempt at writing a book was a dramatized story of me and an ex-girlfriend. Boy meets girl in middle school, until one day he moves away. Fate brings them back together when they are juniors in high school. They start talking only to find out that they had met once before a few years earlier over an online forum, and didn’t realize it. God brought them together three different times over the years; it must be fate! Right? Wrong. They graduate high school and tragedy strikes repeatedly, ripping them apart. He tries to move on, only to have her try to prevent him from moving on, sometimes in violent ways. Never finished it, but I have a 30,000-word manuscript written!

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During that time I was reading books like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, and (my favorite) The Stranger by Albert Camus. All these books are deep, full of adventure, self-discovery, and fairly short reads. All incredible reads that moved my soul, but it didn’t speak to it. At least not in the way that I was yearning for. There is a quote by Toni Morrison in which she states, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So I did. Thus the start of my first completed book, Ideas of Illusion.

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By July 20th, 2015, I had a 26-page rough draft. I was creating a story that fused my depression, suicidal thoughts, personal tragedies, conflict and contradictions within religions and our government, and turned it into a futuristic psychological-thriller that places the reader in the deadly space between letting go and taking control. The first official full draft of 80 pages was complete in August 2015.

The Climax
He who gives away shall have real gain. He who subdues himself shall be free; he shall cease to be a slave of passions. –Buddha

Years went by of edits. Bless my girlfriend’s soul and eyes. February of this year, it was finally released.

Ideas of Illusion

What happens when your dream becomes a nightmare and your nightmare becomes your reality?
This is the case for business owner & software developer Daniel King. Once on top of the world of online security with his program Bubble, he finds himself watching his hard works crumble beneath his feet. A life-changing encounter with a mysterious woman sends off a domino effect for Daniel’s life, bringing more business than he can imagine. Now financially secured, he wants to use his money to change the world for the good of everyone. He maps out a seemingly impossible plan that undermines the government, but finds out the cost for such an idea, could be everything Daniel loves. What price is worth paying for an idea of a better tomorrow?

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Now ask yourself, “Should I read this book?

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“Those who release control, have it.” – Ideas of Illusion, Novella by Kevin Prince

IDEAS OF ILLUSION (EBOOK) NOW AVAILABLE.

What happens when your dream becomes a nightmare and your nightmare becomes your reality?
That is the case for business owner & software developer Daniel King. Once on top of the world of online security with his program Bubble, he finds himself watching his hard works crumble beneath his feet. A life-changing encounter with a ‘mysterious’ woman sends off a domino effect for Daniel’s life, bringing more business than he can imagine. Now financially secured, he wants to use his money to change the world for the good of everyone. He maps out a seemingly impossible plan that undermines the government, but finds out the cost for such an idea, could be everything Daniel loves. What price is worth paying for an idea of a better tomorrow?

My book Ideas of Illusion is now available for reading on your mobile devices!

Order your E-Book here, and read today!

A Gripping Novella! – One Minute Book Review, London 4/5 stars!!! (Listen to review)

This book is full of twists and evil tactics that make you question if your good is only preparation for evil in the end. -BiblioBeautyReviews, Canada 4/5 Stars!!! (Read full review)

You can also read the first three chapters here.

‘Those who release control, have it.’

-Ideas of Illusion