Giving Back!

Volunteering at My Local Food Bank


I volunteered at my local food bank this week.  It felt wonderful to give back. We packed food for people struggling with hunger and homelessness in our local neighborhoods.  The team that I met were made up of some of the most incredibly kind hearted and inspirational people. Its an honor to be a part of their amazing team that help battle these great causes.  Every little helps so feel free to get involved today in your local neighborhood!

#betterYOUdaytip: Want to get involved?  This is how you can start!  Find a local food bank near you and grab some friends and start volunteering.  Just click on the link below and put in your zip code and it will find the closest food bank near you! :-)

Here is the link:

*When you volunteer...please take a picture and e-mail it to me and I will gladly post on my website the successes of everyone making a difference in their neighborhoods!



My heart is torn after reading this story.  My prayers are with Michael and his family.  Michael was bullied in school because he liked "my little pony".  It was so bad that he attempted to kill himself.  His mother found him and after weeks in the hospital he now is on the long road to recovery. To everyone who is at a vulnerable age where they may believe the negative crap people may tell them... Listen to me please...IGNORE THESE FOOLS THAT MAY BULLY YOU.  Be yourself.  I was bullied as a child all the time.  People bullied me for always singing everywhere and for the way I talked and also because my parents were poor and would drop me off at school in their beat up old car!  Kids would always make jokes about me.  It was really bad when I was in elementary school and middle school.  This one time, my mom let me have a birthday party/sleep over at my house and I was SO EXCITED because it was my first time!  Well the day of my party I was outside waiting for all the girls to show up and only one girl did.  Her name was Desire.  I will never forget it.  I was so grateful she showed up but was so broken hearted no one else showed up.  I later found out that the girls ganged up on me and purposely discussed not coming to my party.  I was devastated.  DEVASTATED.  I honestly never had another birthday party after that.  But you know what, I just got tougher inside.  I studied hard, worked hard and went on becoming class president for two years in high school, president of peer mediation, Miss West Hempstead and even got a scholarship in music to Adelphi University.  I honestly became so focused on my dreams!  I still got made fun of here and there but the older I got, the more I didn't give a crap.  The opinions of others who I did not respect had no affect over me what's so ever.  

My point in telling you all of this is that never ever feel alone and never ever think that the only way out is by hurting yourself.  Please's their problem not yours.  Be proud of yourself and the choices you make in life.  Thank goodness somewhere inside myself I heard my inner voice and I just ignored them and kept saying it will get better. It does! I am now 29 years old and I look back and laugh about all the things they would say to me or even do to me. They were insecure.  They had the problem, not me.  

I beg you please stand strong and remember u are never alone.  This difficult time will pass...please stay strong and never resort to hurting yourself.  You are your number one.  You are your own best friend...remember that...!  And may we always think of this 11 year old boy and pray for his recovery... Here is a link to his website if you would like to donate something or keep up with his recovery!

Here is a few quotes that always give me strength: 

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt

"I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody."  -Abraham Lincoln 

"Nobody can hurt me without my permission."  -Mahatma Gandhi