Writing is an art; in its purest, most honest form. As a writer, we somehow manage to find even the slightest amount of beauty in the world — even when we’re standing face to face with darkness; standing face to face with fear. As a writer, we overanalyze even the simplest phrase or concept, looking that much deeper and that much further into the world and our surroundings in order to find the perfect story…

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 The truth: I am a writer. And as a writer, I write what is honest and real, even if it’s painful to see, read, or hear.  The purpose: I write to encourage; I write to inspire. I write to let someone, somewhere in the world know that they are not alone. I write to be the voice saying it’s okay to hurt; it’s okay to be brave; it’s okay to stand on your own.  The…

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I am brave. I am honest. I am strong — at least, today I am. Sexual assault.  Two words that make people feel ill-at-ease to see, hear or say out loud. Maybe you’ve experienced it too. Maybe you have a similar story to share. Maybe it wasn’t you, but your best friend who had to experience it. Regardless of the situation, you are not alone. I am not alone. We are not alone. Growing up,…

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Change. It’s inevitable. It’s what happens to every single one of us, at one point or another. It’s something that we all experience, at one point or another. We strive for greatness. We doubt. We fear. We love. We learn. We fail. We succeed. We change. When you take a glance at where you are today compared to where you were five years ago, what’s different? What event(s) took place that brought such drastic changes…

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I used to dread the thought of being single and alone. I used to fear that emotions, actions, and vulnerability wouldn’t be reciprocated. I used to fear an unknown world or place that lacked comfort and familiarity. Correction: I used to. I entered into official single life status much later than the majority of people my age — in my early twenties — so of course, the concept and experience seemed completely foreign to me. It…

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