shifting self


Art has always offered the opportunity to not only be honest and bold in order to make sense of the world around us, it has always nurtured a fundamental space to challenge and resist it. 

Jay Katelansky, the beautiful soul that created what has now come to be our banner, remains a woman who pushes through her art. In the bid to shift and navigate race, gender and sexuality in America, her work can often render audiences uncomfortable, forcing them to critically think about blackness, representation and the body in a white supremacist capitalist patriarchal society.

I was privileged enough to see her phenomenal BFA Thesis the need to ADORN  when i was in Philadelphia earlier this year and was moved by the necessity of her work. The Body Narratives looks forward to watching her closely and supporting her journey in continuing the dialogue and discourse through her art. 

Jay Katelansky is currently an MFA candidate at The University of Wisconsin Madison. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design.

Her work has been exhibited in the Goldie Paley Gallery in 2012 and 2011, Society Hill gallery in 2012, Moore College of Art’s student show in both 2011 and 2012, and “We Make Art Part 2”, a group show of emerging artists. The summer of 2012 she completed an internship with Shani Peters a video, collage, printmaking, and social practice public artist and was the assistant to San Francisco based illustrator Hannah Stouffer in her solo show at Kinfolk Studios.  

You can follow her Tumblr Shifting Self.


this movie will change your whole perspective on life - it’s really inspiring! if you want change, you need to change the way you think. so please watch this if you’re open to experience new things. 

What you resist persists.

Change is inevitable. Growth is a conscious choice and also something we are often forced into by the universe. This blooming of the heart and soul is necessary for us to shift out of self destructive habits, and the limiting belief systems, that prevent us from doing the things and being the people we wish to be today. And yet we resist what is. We resist healing, growth, love and awakening. We resist our bodies and each other.

We’d rather hide away and do the things we’ve always done. Be unhealthy, miserable, and stuck. We’d rather stay in our safe secure controlled box when in actuality there is no box. There is only perceived security and control.


Because it’s “hard” and “painful” to face ourselves. To sit quietly and feel our hearts burn. To feel the pain of self doubt, guilt, fear and frustration.

So most of us numb ourselves throughout our existence with a variety of addictions and distractions that take us out of this moment. Out of reality and into a fantasy world of past stories and future projections.

It’s quiet insane don’t you think? If you didn’t have a tomorrow how much would you do today? How much would you step up to the plate? How resistant would you be? Your full presence is that critical. You matter. Never forget. I’ll keep reminding you. What are you resisting and why? 🙏🏼✨ (at Playa Manuel Antonio)


Tagged by klaudia2646 to write six facts about myself.  Let’s see what I come up with this time.

  1. I will draw on pretty much anything.  Napkins.  Notepads I find in your home (with or without your consent).  Dust on dirty cars.  In the snow/sand.  Boxes.  Bags.  Paper cups.  Whiteboards that look like I should prolly not draw on them…
  2. Despite my current anxiety overload, my overall style seems to be shifting and my personal self acceptance and confidence is going up up up.  Watch as my wardrobe gets a slow overhaul and I become hot enough to compete with the sun.
  3. I used to be an annual passholder at Disneyland Resort.
  4. When I was fairly young (like 4 or 5) there was a commercial for something and Barbara Bush would come on and say, “Hi, I’m the First Lady.” and I thought, “Wow, she must be REALLY old.”
  5. I buy stuff that has dogs on the package/cover and then get disappointed when no dogs are in the thing.
  6. There is no six because Jerome has disappeared and I need to go find him because he is generally up to something when this happens.
Loki: Let’s Get Physical

Below the cut are a list of physiological differences between Loki’s usual, Asgardian form, his natural Jötunn form and his body as Loki Svensson in his Shifted Priorities ‘verse. I do talk about Loki’s bits though, so please note a little NSFW at the end of each section, but I did try and keep it fairly clinical. 

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lionsroar83 replied to your postSARA u r gorgeous!! oh God u could be the favorite…

Tbh if I were near you I would be breaking down your door to model with you. Your shoots are SO FUN and gorgeous to look at. Also you’re such an enneagram 4 in this moment and I adore it

I should be so blessed as to shoot you tbh!!!! God that would be so fun. *______* lmao I am literally SUCH an Enneagram 4, which seems impossible because how can it be a type when I’m so unique and special??! And no one understands me?!!? sob

Does Your Name Really Influence Who You Are?

Have you ever noticed people change when they change their name such as when getting married?  Have you ever felt like you were someone different that what you were named?  Have you ever thought about changing your name legally?

Now, I am very aware that every word that we use including names have a strong vibration to them.  Numerologists will assign numbers to each letter and find that to indicate various energy patterns or personal traits within them.  There are even those that are able to look at a name and understand what is encoded within it, showing the tendencies towards blessings or harm in a lifetime.

Sharita Starr is someone that shows some of those very things in her book “What’s In A Name?”.  Here she looks at many celebrities to show how their names spelled out within them their rise and fall during their lives; such as she did with Princess Diana.

For many cultures, names are picked with specific intent to align with the planets, to honor a diety, to add a variety of blessings for a good life, to honor the family and bring rise in the world.  I always found this an interesting practice for people to have such names; and have always felt the name to have a strong influence on people. However, what if you are given a name that doesn’t feel like you?

I am one of those people that chose to change my name legally, and not because of marriage.  I was not running away from anything, or trying to escape anything; but simply did not feel like my birth name.  Eventually, I learned that the name I felt like was what I was originally supposed to be named.  In changing my first name I also chose to adjust my last name to embrace both my matriarchal and patriarchal heritages.

What I have learned is that our vibration does shift, how others view us in the world shifts.  We most often see this when someone changes their name due to marriage.  A few years into the marriage there is a sense of “this person is not the same person that I married”.  Besides the obvious of maturing and being a few years older; there is a lot of truth in this statement.

It takes about 7 years for the energy of the new name to come together. Is it any wonder that this is when the “7 Year Itch” happens in the marriage too?  Obvious shifts happen within 2 years – which correlates with the “honeymoon” period of the marriage.  Working with a variety of things in my work, including numerology and astrology and Nordic coding; it is interesting to see how the different energies shift with a name.

Now while I acknowledge that vibrational energies do influence or shape us. I also believe that it is up to us how we use those energies and what we do with them.  In other words, we don’t have to be a victim to the cards we are dealt with.  I also have noticed that people that do not feel like their name, are often best to make a legal name change; as keeping a name that does not feel comfortable for you creates stress and tension that sends conflicting information through your being each time you are referred to by a name that you don’t resonate with.

I also find it important that if one chooses to change a name that they take caution in selecting a name and date to change it that will assist them instead of inhibit them.  Selecting a name that creates balance or offsets challenging aspects of what they were born with can be very useful.  However, selecting influences that are not balancing can create greater challenges.

Do you feel compatible with your birth name?  Have you noticed changes in yourself or others when their name was changed legally? Have you ever really taken a look at what energies reside in your name?

Jesse Ann Nichols George

Integrated Development Specialist

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This is where I will allow my alters to freely represent themselves, their similarities and their differences, their thoughts and beliefs and and opinions, etc. And what better way to start than by telling you about them!
Now other than myself ( “Toasty” the host. I’m the main personality and will seldom use this blog. ), there are six other individuals that live in this body. Like different beings, they all react differently in situations and problems. Dissociative identity disorder is not having “the angry personality,” “the sad personality,” etc. It is having different, usually fully functioning beings inside of a single body, working together known as a “system.” And this here, is mine:

Scarlett Evelyn - The other most dominant personality, and my fursona. Scarlett is asexual, agender/non binary/demi female, and is the most .. sociopathic of them all. They often spend most of their time angry and protective of the system, and fronts when it is in trouble. When the other alters first cane out, Scarlett was not a fan, and initionally wanted to kill them. But over time, I believe Scarlett’s grown accustomed to having them around. As have I.

No Name - The shy, the timid, and the anxious. No Name is the only alter we consider a “Little” in the system. She often teeters between having the innocence of child and the reservation of clinical depression. Don’t get me wrong; sometimes No Name can genuinely act like a child and smile and laugh at the little things, and just be a kid. But it’s only when one of the others gets her out of that little shell she’s encased herself into. She often uses sleep as a coping skill.

Jekyll - Male. His name is pronounced “Jeth-rill.” He is the most laid back of all my alters, and tends to be the “comic relief.” Jekyll prefers to talk, rather than argue. But if he had to, he’d fight for where his loyalties lie.

The Shifter ( a.k.a. “Shift” ) - Non binary/demi male. Shift often carries himself as arrogant, or the “know-it-all.” But underneath that hard exterior is an individual hiding their insecurities. Being blind, they absolutely cannot stand when they’re sympathized with, and want nothing more than to prove that they aren’t helpless.

Alias - Non binary/demi male. Though Alias takes on a leadership role, they are not an entirely dominant personality. ( Maybe sub dominant? If that’s a thing? ) Alias is very fair and just, and often takes control when things become out of hand. He is very fair and equal in both reward and punishment. But push him too far ..

Glitch - Androgynous female. Very rambunctious and outgoing. Glitch loves to stick her nose in where it doesn’t belong and cause trouble; especially with her good friend, Jekyll ( she brings out the wild in him. ) She’s ambitious and could make an excellent leader one day, if she could just learn how to harness that abundance of energy she has. Loves to make others laugh and very big-hearted.

You think it’s so easy to change yourself. You think it’s easy, but it’s not. True, things don’t stay the same forever: couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred. And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions - but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor. Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable. And isn’t that - just you - enough?
—  Elise Dembowski, This Song Will Save Your Life