San Diego CityBeat - There She Goz <![CDATA[Trying to chill out at reiki yoga - My body has a way of ruining the mood for everyone]]> Reiki is a form of natural stress reduction, relaxation and healing invented in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist (thanks, Internet!).]]> <![CDATA[I broke up like this - Ending a marriage and seeking realness the non-Beyoncé and Jay Z way ]]> The tip of my pen fell upon the paper and I paused. Not because I wasn’t ready to sign the name I’ve hated writing or admitting is legally mine for the last six years, but because it reminded me of another moment.]]> <![CDATA[Thirty, dirty and striving - Revisiting my teenage dreams upon hitting three decades]]> I’m 30 years old. It’s official. That milestone birthday’s been lurking, and when it finally arrived I welcomed it as I’d welcome a never-ending nacho platter—drunkenly and without fear.]]> <![CDATA[Surviving womanhood - How Krav Maga empowered me to fight violence and misogyny ]]> I often find myself in situations where I don’t feel safe, not because I have a penchant for hanging out in sketchy neighborhoods, but because that’s the world women live in. That’s not paranoia.]]> <![CDATA[How Gozie got her groove back - Catching the clap at a dance contest was the best thing ever]]> The thing about most slumps is that they can be conquered, and the moment mine ended came in true Gozer fashion —shaking dat ass hard on a dance floor.]]> <![CDATA[Gooping like Gwyneth - Consciously uncoupling and self-improving, Paltrow-style]]> Breakups blow, especially when there are hurt feelings and disappointment involved and that bitch Gwyneth Paltrow steals your breakup thunder.]]> <![CDATA[Floating in heartbreak - Looking for answers in a sensory-deprivation tank]]> Fans of floatation therapy do it for a number of reasons. Some go for stress relief and to achieve total relaxation, others do it to help with pain. I was there for the third reason floatation therapy has become popular: to allow your brain to be completely clear and focus on something with zero distractions.]]> <![CDATA[A hot date with my vagina - Treat yourself—and your lady business—to some good lovin’]]> I’ll admit that my masturbation sessions usually involve lying in bed in a slovenly fashion with Parks & Recreation paused on the TV. It’s not the sexiest thing in the world.]]> <![CDATA[Women aren’t funny? Bitch, please! - Standing up to tired gender inequality with dick jokes]]> "Women aren’t funny." How many times have we heard that? When I hear it now, it’s like seeing a laserdisc player. I think, This still exists?]]> <![CDATA[Confronting fear by consulting the stars - An astrologist told me to trust my wine-soaked gut]]> Fear is very hard to overcome when you feel vulnerable. Should I even trust my gut? That thing’s probably pickled in wine and high-fructose corn syrup.]]> <![CDATA[Barefoot and stoned in Hippieville - Boulder and my college roommate are delightfully kooky]]> "That one looks like an elephant doing ballet. Or wait, no. It’s playing a guitar. Hold up. I was wrong. It’s a T-Rex smoking a joint. Dude, I’m super-fucking-high." This is a direct quote from an incredibly stoned version of me.]]> <![CDATA[Hunting g-g-g-ghosts with a juggalo paranormal investigator - My mom and Jay Willard keep me curled up at night]]> The spirit world is an integral part of Mexican culture. I grew up listening to creepy ghost stories, terrified but unable to keep from asking, "And then what happened?"]]> <![CDATA[Recharging my toughness with a female fighter - We women have to learn to punch back]]> I’m not just talking boyfriends here. This isn’t some Sex and the City shit. It’s our bosses, our dads, our brothers and some asshole who called us a fat bitch for not crossing the street fast enough. It’s other women who are determined to Regina George us.]]> <![CDATA[When in Rome, jump out of an airplane - Skydiving and triumphing over barfing]]> I’ve never seriously considered skydiving. I get mildly anxious on airplanes, and I regularly have nightmares that involve falling from great heights and landing with a bloody splat onto concrete. Plus, I tend to be a worst-case-scenario type of person.]]> <![CDATA[We are all asking for it - Hanging at a rap concert, the Filner scandal hurt my heart]]> Imagine how conflicted I felt at the Under the Influence of Music festival, which featured a line-up of rappers—including A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James and Wiz Khalifa—who turn chronic pot smoking and objectification of women into club bangers so catchy that a feminist can’t help but twerk that ass.]]> <![CDATA[Ladies and gentlemen, Mary Kay Guitarneau - Rocking out of my 20s at the U.S. Air Guitar Competition]]> What better, more unabashedly juvenile way to begin the end of my 20s than by ripping into a hair-metal jam with nothing but my miming skills and a lack of shame.]]> <![CDATA[Confronting body shame, ass-naked - The day I faced my demons and modeled for a nude-drawing class]]> Fourteen years later, it’s still a daily fight to maintain a sense of empowerment and self-possession over those body issues. Hell, I own multiple girdles and use them regularly.]]> <![CDATA[My guide to summertime binge drinking at local parks - Or, how to be a kid and an adult at the same time]]> It was at a birthday party recently over craft beers and pizza at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach where I heard the woe of many late-20-somethings expressed with sullen nostalgia.]]> <![CDATA[Spirit guides and past life readings - Getting to know myself with a professional healer]]> It’s strange for me, in particular, after years of what felt like stagnation in my personal life. There’s a charge in the air that led me to ask the universe a simple yet important question: What the fuck is going on?]]> <![CDATA[Great women in history - Why witnessing a UFC match in Anaheim brought tears to my eyes]]> The culture surrounding UFC has always felt like a strange cult to me, like Heaven’s Gate, Jonestown or that other brutal yet freakishly fascinating cult, child beauty pageants. ]]>