How Hurricane Harvey Is Teaching The World What It Means To Be Texan

How Hurricane Harvey Is Teaching The World What It Means To Be Texan

But the thing I love the most about being a Texan is the size of our hearts. The kindness I saw through my friend's and family's social media over the past couple of days is the Texas I have always known, the Texas the media doesn't want you to see- the America the media doesn't want you to see. Texas is not separated by race, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, height, weight or status. To Texas, this was never about anything other than the fact that human lives were at risk, and our true colors came out bright and beautiful. 

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Ups & Downs

Ups & Downs

The truth is that things change, people move on and there are times in your life you will never be able to recreate or get back; but that is what makes life so amazing. Feelings, good and bad, are the most incredible part about being a human being. Coming to terms with the things I have lost may hurt like hell, but they are a reminder that I have a perfectly functioning heart beating in my chest. How lucky am I, are we, to feel? How lucky are we to have things that can affect us so deeply that we completely fall apart upon losing them?

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We're All In This Together : Kalvin, HIV and Erasing Stigma

We're All In This Together : Kalvin, HIV and Erasing Stigma

 I think the only thing I'd like to add is for those who are living with HIV or newly diagnosed. Listen, I can understand you feeling shame or that other's judgments and stigma are making you feel alone and hopeless. I've been there, but I worked through it and there is hope. There is a full long life for you to live and you aren't alone. We are all in this together, and whatever your HIV status we all have a part to play in stopping the virus. Get yourself tested, take an active role in your health, get treatment, but most of all love yourself because what doesn't kill you will absolutely make you stronger.

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Head in the Toilet: Annabelle's Story

Head in the Toilet: Annabelle's Story

In my heart, I know I am a good person. I love deeply, I try so hard and I care so much about those around me. Alcohol was putting a mask on my true identity, and it just pains me to know that is how some people are going to view me forever. I just want people to know that I wasn't some horrible person who didn't care about anyone or anything but themselves. I was just a girl in pain who didn't know how to deal.

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Industry Girl: Being A Woman In A Male Dominated Career

Industry Girl: Being A Woman In A Male Dominated Career

Lisa Ling described the struggles she had to face on her way up to becoming an extremely respected journalist, and they were all too familiar to me. She said she received incredible opportunities by men in positions of power, only for them to be retracted when she wouldn’t engage romantically with them. It did not matter that Miss Ling was one of the youngest reporters of her time, or that she would go on to become a published author with multiple documentaries and international reports under her belt. She was beautiful, and therefore was not taken seriously. Somehow, Miss Ling managed to get past all of that. If she can do it along with all the other respected women of the world, any woman can.

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'Till Death Do Us Part: Let's Talk About Arranged Marriages

'Till Death Do Us Part: Let's Talk About Arranged Marriages

Anyway, right before I left Sydney, Raj and I decided to hike the Blue Mountains. The train ride to get there took about an hour and a half, and I found we had a lot of time to just sit, talk and get to know each other. I didn't do much talking though, only because my story was nothing in comparison to hers. All I could do was just sit there listening intently to the struggles this woman had faced in her short life, and I was absolutely blown away. Even now, what sticks with me the most was Raj's heartbreaking story of her arranged marriage.

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Why I Cheated: Mia Opens Up About Her Infidelities

Why I Cheated: Mia Opens Up About Her Infidelities

I don't know exactly what I wanted to get out of having that conversation with Mia, but I actually feel like I can genuinely see the whole cheating thing from both sides now. Maybe I wanted to gain some perspective from someone who did the same thing my ex did, and it just confirmed everything I was already feeling. I don't hate my ex boyfriend and I don't think anyone should hate Mia. I have no idea what I would have done in her situation and until I do, I have no right to judge her.

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