Hi. I'm Juana.
I write about my personal experience with sexual and domestic violence. I really, really dislike writing my bio because I know a lot of people think I'm weird and they don't know what to do with me. The people I want to work with and spend my time with are similarly weird, defiant, and atypical. I love the "outcasts," the "rebels," the people who don't give a fuck. I love those people because they are bad. ass. I've been told I am badass, but I don't know if that's true.
I don't feel like a badass when I sit alone in my room and type from behind this computer screen. I don't feel like a badass when I cry five times over four hours while I write one article or blog post. But when I share my words, my friends say I am. They've called me "Queen." They say I'm "powerful." They tell me I inspire them. They say that I'm brave. I like that one a lot. "Brave." When you do something even though it scares the shit out of you. Yep, that's me.
Speaking my truths with my true voice terrifies me. But I do it anyway. Because I think it matters that we, the people, heal. It matters to me that we build community, that we recognize our strengths, that we stop hiding in shame, that we see the beauty we carry.
Here's a toast to the rule-breakers and the black sheep, the ones who change the world and stand up for what they believe in, no matter how unpopular it might make them.
If you're reading this and saying, "Yessss," you are my kind of people! You are the people who inspire me and keep me going. And I would love to get to know you.
A selection of some of my proudest moments.