I AM ALIVE! I am so sorry for not posting last week! I should make no excuses, but it was finals week and I was moving into my first apartment (!!!!), so I had very little time to write or film anything. But I am back and super excited to dive into Honesty! This week, we examine how honesty is a much more personal experience than most people realize. We lie to ourselves when we start making excuses for other people's behavior; by making other people feel comfortable, we depri
Hey ya'll! Today I talk about what no one wants to talk about on the internet: my latest love life fail. As I state in the video, I have nothing but respect for "Drew". He was incredibly kind to me through the entire thing, and continues to be someone I look up to. Making this video is not an attempt to get revenge on him or make him look like a bad person--because he's not a bad person. This video is solely for you, to help make sure your next relationship is magical the ent
Welcome to Week 3 of Imperfection, in which we talk about the myth of happy endings.
While I do believe it's possible to have beautiful, perfect moments, I don't believe in happily ever afters. For people dealing with mental illness, happiness is a state of being, and it's rarely permanent. This video explains how teens and teachers can help each other understand that mental disorders cannot be fixed with a band-aid. My TEDx Talk explains my experiences with men
Welcome to month 2 of A+ Life! As we talked about last week, this month we're focusing on Imperfection, and today we'll be starting with talking about physical imperfections. I have always been insecure about the way that I look. Learning to do my makeup has taught me that I have control over my insecurities--and that even though we should confront our fears, self-esteem is a process. It's okay to need assistance. But today, I'm doing something I've never done before, as a wa
Welcome back! For the final chapter of our Relationship series, we're discussing how to form and maintain healthy friendships. For teens, finding great friends can be very challenging, especially when they're experiencing insecurities while simultaneously trying to impress people. This video shares my experiences with that dynamic, as well as how I rebuilt my reputation after being a Grade-A frenemy. For adults, being aware of who our teens hang out with is important to ensur
Welcome back to A+ Life! Today we continue our discussion about relationships by talking about the benefits of being single. In the media, single characters are often portrayed as being weak or evil. This sends the message to teens that to be single is to be less than, or wrong. But there are many benefits to being single--in fact, to have strong, healthy relationships, learning to love yourselves is the first step towards being #RelationshipGoals. Editing is slowwwwwwwly ge