A little mad, a whole lot of magic.
Beautiful day to all my fellow beautiful humans. It is my pleasure to know you, and have you know me.
My name is Kimberly Martin. I am a graduate student finishing my Masters of Women’s and Gender Studies, with plans of pursuing my doctorate next fall. I obtained my BA of Psychology, with minors in Religious Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, from Guilford College University in 2015.
My current research centers carceral studies, criminal justice reform, trauma, and women’s autonomous rights and holistic well-being (mind/body/spirit).
I am a complex, nuanced, diabolical, misunderstood, enigmatic phenom. I am the unexplainable, yet quite simple all the same. Occupying various liminal spaces in life, I have been many women in my short time on earth. For much of my life, I struggled to make sense of them all, to explain and justify them…to excuse and apologize for…to carry on in a world that says you must be this or that, all things while no thing…never realizing they all simply needed integrating, not changing or disposing of. When I finally accepted who I was and the life I had been given as a gift, not a burden to carry, but a space to share with and uplift others, everything shifted.
There are those who think trauma is a burden of consequence, but in fact it actually be transformed into crazy superpowers. My goal in life is to highlight the positive aspects that can come of living with and managing PTSD. While it’s no simple task, I am learning every day I have ways of seeing and engaging the world that have the potential to change my world. I hope to help facilitate that in others.
Additionally, I am fascinated with East Asian religious practices, philosophies and culture. I routinely spend time abroad in SE Asia, both academically and for personal enrichment, to better understand deeper spiritual practices and a way of life I feel has the potential to transform hearts and wars. I have recently returned from a summer abroad in Sikkim, India where I researched the humanity of their prison system. Currently (outside of writing a thesis), I find myself drawn to ancient Egyptian religious practices and the Cult of Isis, once the greatest threat to early Christianity. Alchemical secrets of the universe and goddess worship–gets me every time.
It is my desire that something I have lived and shared here will serve you. I harbor radical thoughts and quiet expressions, and sometimes none of it makes sense. Everyone won’t understand, and now I realize they don’t all have to. I have no wish to be anything more, than in service to the world, in whatever way spirit guides me– intoxicating the world around me with light and love. Along the way, may we all touch that experience of freedom we all so deeply long for.
“What is it that never changes even though everything is changed? It is love.” (Soren Kierkegaard, Three Upbuilding Discourses, 1843)
In Light & Love…