We all know kids can be mean. All of us have experienced bullying on some level, whether we’ve witnessed someone being bullied, been bullied ourselves, or even been the bully. Bullying isn’t only a problem for the one being targeted. It’s a problem for the school, the office, and the entire community.
My friends at Kind Campaign speak out about being the anti bully. An anti bully is someone who stops and prevents this behavior by raising awareness, providing guidance, and being supportive to everyone involved. I want to share with you an inspiring story about an anti bully and a brave boy.
Sixth grader Julian had a pretty big surgery last spring to correct his scoliosis. That fall, Julian started a new school, in a new state, with a fragile back, and two new accessories: a big ol’ brace, and a roller bag. Being the new kid in middle school can be awkward in itself, I can’t imagine having to wear a back brace and haul around a roller bag on top of that. Julian began getting teased almost immediately. A group of older kids were laughing at him, and while an adult might shrug this behavior off and move along, when you’re a kid, being different can be really hard. Suffice to say Julian was not having the greatest school experience. Continue Reading
Every day I strive to be the best version of myself I can be. I’ve been wanting to create a morning mantra to remind me of the importance of being well rounded, but this has proven difficult to define!
That means I’m calling on you guys for help — what do you think it takes to be an all around awesome person?
The winning answer will receive a special feature on my Instagram and the winner will receive a gorgeous Roundie from The Beach People. These picture-perfect towels are wonderful for lounging in the sand, picnicking on the grass, or cuddling anywhere.
Here’s how you enter the contest:
1. Send your original “morning mantra” — what inspires you to be a well-rounded person — to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Awesome All Around” in the subject line.
2. Your answer must be 80 words or less to qualify.
All submissions must be received by August 29, 2016, at midnight EST. Only one submission will win.
Having healthy self-esteem is something most of us have to work on constantly. Nobody feels 100% fantastic about themselves all the time, I’m pretty sure. There’s plenty of propaganda out there to make us feel like we can improve in some way, and it’s always in our face. Magazines, movies, television and especially social media can make us feel as if we should have a better body, more money in the bank, a smoother complexion, a cooler wardrobe, a more exciting social life… you get the idea.
Learning to accept myself and find happiness within wasn’t the easiest thing to achieve when I was a teenager. I can only imagine how much harder it must be today with the constant pressures that stem from social media. I can’t say what it’s like to be a teen today, but 13-year-old Kylie Rose sure can.
Kylie is a beautifully honest young lady on a mission to inspire others. In her YouTube video, Kylie eloquently discusses the challenges of finding self acceptance and self love in a world of selfies. Despite our age difference, Kylie’s wisdom and honesty moved me — and I hope it will move you, too. Continue Reading
Some of the bravest emails I receive come from people who, ironically, aren’t feeling very confident. On some level, we are all at least a little insecure about something. Whether it’s physical, mental, fear based, or otherwise, nobody on the planet is 100% confident on every level — and that’s okay! The important thing is that we work hard to accept ourselves for who we are, and allow ourselves to make mistakes. I think the best way to battle our fears and anxieties is to be positive, and above all else be kind to ourselves.
No, not your ex. Your x! As in, your fill-in-the-blank. Allow me to explain…
Every day when we look in the mirror, we give ourselves a quick assessment. Sometimes it’s while we’re washing our face and noticing those dark spots that just won’t go away, or when doing a once over in the full length mirror and thinking, “If only I could change this part of my body!”
For so many reasons we tend to over criticize and focus on what we wish was different. On a certain level, it’s okay to recognize what we’d like to work on when it comes to our health or appearance. But let’s give ourselves a break already! Continue Reading
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