spotlight series: an interview with cydney irby, DREAM ON YOUTH boss lady

Editor's note: The following interview briefly discusses topics including suicide, self-harm, and depression. If this is something you find yourself struggling with, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It's safe to say that we aren't born knowing what our purpose in life is, and that many of us must conduct an extensive internal search … Continue reading spotlight series: an interview with cydney irby, DREAM ON YOUTH boss lady

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navigating a conversation to ensure solidarity does not bleed into narcissism

Bonds between individuals are most often rooted in and solidified by shared experience*. This does not refer to instances that are lived through simultaneously; rather, possession of the ability to resonate with our peers by taking our own lived experience and using it as a lens of understanding when approaching theirs. It’s comforting to know that in times of … Continue reading navigating a conversation to ensure solidarity does not bleed into narcissism

spotlight series: an interview with shannon willis, guitar player & cool girl

One of the first times Shannon Willis played her guitar "publicly", she was nowhere to be seen.  Rather, her soft yet powerful voice and the mellow strums of John Lennon's "Imagine" provided what was supposed to be background music to a performance for a dance class.  The tune captivated the audience and stole the show. This … Continue reading spotlight series: an interview with shannon willis, guitar player & cool girl

nine things guys say when they find out you are chronically ill

Dating is hard enough by itself and having a chronic illness adds an additional level of complications. So yes, I’d like you to accept my normal "crazy girl" stuff, but I also need you to understand, accept, and deal with the chronic illness I face everyday. That’s a super awesome elevator speech for dating if I’ve ever … Continue reading nine things guys say when they find out you are chronically ill

four ways to practice self-love today & every day

This time of the year, there is a special emphasis on celebrating your significant other.  Whether it be through flowers, chocolate covered whatevers, or a sappy Instagram post, people are encouraged to tell those they love exactly that. I think that people often forget to celebrate themselves, not only around Valentine's Day, but in the every … Continue reading four ways to practice self-love today & every day