Don’t Run Away

Life is filled with a number of wonderful memories and joy that we can’t contain, but it’s also full of pain and tough times that feel like they’ll never end. And when those struggles hit, don’t let them cause you to give up hope or run away. Quitting often seems like the best solution—it’s usually…

Just Like We Shouldn’t Slut-Shame, We Shouldn’t Virgin-Shame

Listen, I wasn’t in the “cool” circles when I was in high school, and everyone’s experiences are different, but when I was in high school less than 10 years ago, slut-shaming didn’t seem to be a thing anymore. Sure, even in my AP circles, there were rumors about if a couple had “taken it to…

Be Brave Enough to Pursue Your Dreams

It’s really easy to get comfortable and set in your ways—there’s safety and familiarity in the areas of life that you know well. But what about those places and situations with which you aren’t familiar but want to be? What about those dreams you have that seem pretty unattainable on many levels—the ones that you…

Some Advice for College Freshmen

As we close out our Fourth of July celebrations and the end of summer looms closer, many of you will be about to head off to college. College is an amazing—but sometimes horrifying—time to grow and figure out who you want to be in this life. As someone who didn’t enjoy or take advantage of…

Friendships and Growing Up

When I was in high school, I had a really fantastic group of friends. I felt so safe and comfortable with them, and the knowledge that we would all go our separate ways for college was really hard for me to come to terms with. Everyone told me we would lose touch. People grow apart,…