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Tiana Dodson

With a decade as a body liberation facilitator and a lifetime of lived experience as a fat, biracial, queer, neurodivergent person, Tiana Dodson is well-versed in what it is to exist in a multiply-marginalized body. As an active co-creator of the Syllabus for Liberation, her work addresses how personal, community, and global liberation depend upon each other. Through her consulting services, group offerings, and public speaking, Tiana highlights the ways these systems of oppression are bound together and how we can push back against them.

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Hello there, Reader. I yelled "fuck off" had a moment of clarity this morning during one of my workday-opening routine activities. As many of you probably do, I start my workday by getting set up, checking my calendar and to-do lists (yes, with an "s" because I contain multitudes), and browsing my email inbox. For me, one of the biggest things that keeps my head together when it comes to email is to glance over the new stuff that has come in while I was off work and decide which ones deserve...

8 days ago • 2 min read

Hey hey, Reader! Cutting to the quick part, here's the question: What specific topic are you struggling with that you'd like to hear my take / advice / experience around? Hit reply and share! I'm really looking forward to your answer!!! In love, liberation, and solidarity, Sent with big fat love from a messy desk and a neurodivergent mind. If you loved what you read, share it with your friends! You are receiving this email because you subscribed at www.tianadodson.com, made a purchase from...

21 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader. I remember being in my kid's classroom during the delicious 2 hours of preschool parent visit time when the teacher used a cool strategy to get the childrens' attention. She said, in a totally normal and conversational tone, "If you can hear me, then clap once," and then clapped her hands. I'm pretty sure I was the only person who heard her (thanks to my anxious parent hyper vigilance), because not a one of the tiny people clapped with her. In that same tone, without raising her...

24 days ago • 2 min read

Hey Reader! Years ago, I got into the work of Gretchen Rubin. She's somebody who did lots of research around happiness and even published a book about it. One big thing I took away from her work (nothing about happiness, somehow), was that I was an Obliger. Here's what her quiz results say about folks like me, "Obligers meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet inner expectations. Of all the Tendencies, Obligers are the biggest group, and the ones whom people count on the most. They put a...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hey Reader. [read this with your ears by clicking here] Do you ever catch yourself sliding down the YouTube rabbit hole of videos that you're watching for "curiosity" or "entertainment" sake, yet are thinly veiled self-punishments because you spend the entire time judging yourself for what you aren't doing already but think you should be? No? Just me?? Well, that's fine. Because if you keep reading I'll tell you more about the wild landscape that is inside my brain and maybe you'll find...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Happy 44th unbirthday to you, Reader! (unless it actually IS your birthday today and then YAAAYYYY!!! Happy Birthday to yoooooouuuu!!!) I'm not a big birthday celebrator... I think it has to do with the fact that I put so much into producing birthdays for my child. But mostly it probably has to do more with the facts that I'm just mentally and emotionally busy right now and most of the people I really want to do stuff with live across oceans from me. Le sigh. Either way, I'm sharing my...

2 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! Tomorrow, Sunday, February 25 I'm trying out something new: a Co-Doing Session! I find that body doubling (also known as coworking, which is simply doing your stuff with other people present) is a magical way to keep me on task and get things done. So if you're like me and enjoy doing your stuff with other folks around OR you're just curious about how or if body doubling can work for you, then I invite you to join me for a free Co-Doing Session! Simply RSVP by clicking the button...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader. Has it ever happened to you where you think you're doing a really crappy job, but your friends are really positive and complimentary about that very same thing? This happens to me... a lot. Because I'm apparently in a super deep, self-doubting season of life. Can you relate? In the face of all that is going on in the world, where so many people are suffering in so many different (and similar) ways, everything feels horrible. I'm constantly criticizing myself about how much I'm not...

3 months ago • 2 min read

Hey Reader. Can you believe that it's already the end of January, Reader? Somehow this month has flown by. And in spite of my efforts to go slow and take the rest I need when I need it, I still trip up time and again. That's human-ing for you. But a conversation with a friend last week had us both commiserating about how we're struggling. We both know what we're *supposed* to do, and how we struggle to make that real. Because we're parents. We're partners. We're folks who work for ourselves....

4 months ago • 1 min read

Hey hey Reader! It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally dropping a new podcast episode!!! So many things happen away from the public eye, it's no wonder we all tend to enjoy when we get a peek behind the curtain. So I got together with my friend and co-facilitator, Greta Lax, to talk a bit about what a Fat Freedom Group Read even is, why it is so important to read in community, and how we chose the next Group Read book: Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey. Check out the episode here or...

4 months ago • 1 min read
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