• Be Lovely,  Bright Places

    NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

    In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, I took a look at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, an organization dedicated to building better lives for those who have been affected by mental illness and their loved ones. Established in 1979, NAMI has been working hard to help the millions of people who have been affected by mental illness. One way…

  • Life,  Personal Life

    Four Parents but One Family: My Story

    I’ve always been told that I am lucky to have incredible parents, and it’s something I’ve always believed, too. I have two moms, two dads, a not-so-little half-brother, and a little half sister, who is ten years younger than I am. One set of parents doesn’t live together, but the other set of parents does. My little sister Amanda lives with one mom…

  • Be Lovely,  Bright Places

    In Search of Joy

    Hey, you with the broken smile, the half-hearted laugh, the one with the question “Why me? Why now of all times?” — and those of you who are struggling to find joy and happiness — can I tell you something?  Smile; it shall pass. I know you feel lost and feel like the world won’t ever bring you happiness and joy…

  • Life,  Safe Life

    Remembering the Girls and Boys

    Remember the girl to the left. Seems like a simple sentence, right? But a story behind it can change your views on that simple sentence. I had watched an inspiring video by Michelle Phan on YouTube about girls and human trafficking called “Remember The Girl.” She told a story about a girl that was put through this horrible experience, having her innocence…