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International Women’s Day

Alissa Santiago

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Happy International Women’s Day from the Girth Radio Family (#GirthFam). We want to celebrate the women out there that have stepped outside of the societal norms and created spaces, movements, started conversations about women, for women or just for like-minded creators and makers.

To them we say thank for going against the grain, thank you for creating a safe space, thank you for nurturing other women to step into their light.

8 March 2017 Sweat & Salt Read more

House Cleaning – Creating Space

I cleaned my home today. I know this doesn’t seem like something which anyone should want to declare but for me, today, it is a metaphor for what’s going on internally. For years, these past two years especially I have been shedding aspects of my life which did not serve me in a positive way. Some of this shedding had to do with toxic relationships both romantic and platonic, these were painful but very necessary in order to realize I have not been living my life. I have been living the life other people wanted me to live. I had made myself small, quiet, obedient. To my amazement, this is not always what other people would see. They would see a person with a lot of light and love inside her that is passionate about creating and expressing herself;  it’s these people that are my tribe, they are encouraging and nurturing. When I told them I’m taking a year off to write and figure things out, they were both scared and excited for me. Which is how I feel most of the time, lately more excited and whole then scared, well actually who am I kidding I’m terrified most days but it doesn’t last long. I’m more than halfway through my year of discovery and I finally feel like the windows and doors have swung open for me not just creatively but on a very deep level. So this afternoon after my coffee and writing session I came home with the intention of napping but noticed dust bunnies and dusty base boards, I suddenly remembered I should dust under my couch. I took out the vacuum, moved around furniture, remade my bed and then all of a sudden I felt this energy around me I’ve been waiting for – openness. Starting a business, following your gut, having the ability to be creative everyday is truly a gift to yourself. There is self-love in it or at least I think there is. I want to try this new way of living my life and it is through experiencing rather than judging.

My question to you on this glorious September day is how do you make space to be open, to create? To allow yourself to step through whatever judgment your ego brings and to be your sweaty and salty you?

21 September 2016 Girth Radio Blog  Sweat & Salt Read more

Sweat & Salt: Invincible Summers

Alissa Santiago

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“I can make out the pile of books on the floor across the dark room and I wonder if there’s a book in the pile with the answers I need. From the rafters above, I hear a fluttering, like wings beating wildly, of something trying to find a way out.” (Robin Gaines, Invincible Summers)


Invincible Summers by Robin Gaines is an inspiring read. Robin’s phrases are so thoughtfully crafted I could not put this book down. The novel takes you through 11 summers of Claudia’s life from age 6 to 23. Set in a middle class suburb outside of Detroit, Michigan starting in the 1963 to 1980.

The novel shows her coming of age during a time of assassinations, riots and the Vietnam War. Each chapter of her life is full of texture, insight and emotion.

What I enjoyed about this book with the voice of Claudia. The book starts with her at age 6 and through her voice you see the world through her eyes. The guilt a child carries is heart breaking and I saw echoes this as the summers passed. For me this story was about letting go and growing into the person she is.

There are very few books that I would read again but this book will become part of my summer indulgences.

Robin Gaines

This is Robin’s first novel. She is also an award winning journalist and fiction writer. Her work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines and anthologies.

Buy it here. Follow Robin here and here.

Alissa Santiago @ W • T • I

26 July 2016 Girth Radio Blog  Sweat & Salt Read more

Sweat & Salt: White Tour

Alissa Santiago

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Love yoga? Hey me too! I attended the Lolë White Tour last year at Garrison Park in Toronto. This year the outdoor yoga event will be held at sunset at the Exhibition Place.  The Lolë White Tours will take place in Toronto on July 28 and in Montreal on August 18.

19 July 2016 Girth Radio Blog  Sweat & Salt Read more

Sweat & Salt: Introduction

Alissa Santiago

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My 21 year old self was wrong, I didn’t meet my great love at the Temple d’Amour in Versailles. I’m not surprised.

5 July 2016 Girth Radio Blog  Sweat & Salt Read more