Hey, I’m Joel. I like to talk about myself and I love people. I grew up in the church; I’ve worked for myself and I’ve worked for other people; I’ve started my entire life over before and had sleepless nights wondering who the hell I am now; I’ve had my heart broken and I’ve broken hearts; I grew up in an abusive home, so just know now that I’m the king of daddy issues; one of my dearest friends killed himself…. so I’m close to how hard life is sometimes.
Being human is tricky… and complex. Sometimes it’s just downright complicated. Relating to each other can be hard, but I feel we’re still all worth knowing and being loved and feeling understood. Relating to ourselves can feel even harder.
I’m a Nursing student, currently working in the Trauma Center in South Austin. This practice of Circling helps me stay balanced and focused, helps me take care of myself so I don’t burn out, and helps me to stay present with people through life and death. Circling plays a BIG part in me staying sane and feeling fulfilled.