Crystal Medina

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Crystal Medina

Strongest Woman Alive

Hi, my name is Crystal Medina, I currently live in the state of Connecticut and I am 19 years old. I’m currently studying computer information in college. I’ve always be interested computers since a very young age. I love spending time with my family and making them happy.

  • I have a twin named Carlos and I was born with a disability that has prevented me from being able to walk since birth. Sometimes it hurts me because a lot of people just walk right past me and stare at me instead of just asking me what happened to me, asking me why I’m in a wheelchair. I had multiple surgeries in almost spot on my body you could possibly think about. It makes me sad and often times I wish I wasn’t different.

  • Everyday that I wake up I thank God for waking me as I know he has a purpose for me. I want whoever is reading to never be scared to accomplish anything as sometimes I feel as if what’s the point.

    Sometimes I wonder if I should just end it all. Then I realize I was given the gift of another chance at life waking up today. I know God is with me through it all so I can’t give up!

And you won’t either. You got this!

Instagram: @crystal_sweetheart

Adriana Hernandez

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Adriana Hernandez

Phenomenal Artist

Hey I'm Adriana! I'm 22, and I live in Indiana. The most boring place in the world. But when I find something to do besides sleep the day away, it's usually painting or drawing, listening to music, doing some sort of yoga, or taking a little drive somewhere to relax or check out new places. I also enjoy birding which sounds kind of lame, but it's always exciting for me to add another one to my list.

  • Life hasn't been the worst to me, but I know I've experienced some harsh situations in my life. The harshest I would have to say is having an unexpected miscarriage in 2017 when both the father and I were preparing and getting really excited about it. The fact that I did all of my research to make sure I ate right and did the all right things, we were already planning ahead, we told our families is what really hurts. Then one day I went to the doctor… and they couldn't find a heartbeat. It broke my heart and I'm still trying to heal from it today. I've only allowed myself to hold a baby once since then and that's been as of recent.

  • But life still hasn't been horrible, I can think of the best times of my life. I would have to say the best would be going to Colorado the summer I found out I was pregnant, but right before. Ironic right? Being away from everyone and just being with the love of my life on a road trip was awesome and it was so much fun. Colorado has awesome views, I would love to go back one day or on another road trip at all. The hiking was the best and the weather was perfect, much better than Indiana haha.

I know that was probably a bit to read, but I'm not ashamed of my story and where I come from, what I've been through. Neither should you. Everything you go through allows you to grow if you let it. At the moment it may seem like the end of the world, but give it time and you'll see how much better you can take life on now that you've experienced things. Go out, see the world, enjoy your life the best you can, take each lemon life throws at you head on!

Instagram: @art.with.red

VJ Belekdanian

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VJ Belekdanian

Future Veterinarian

My name is VJ Belekdanian! I’m from NJ, and I’m 22 years old. I love watching nature documentaries and reading books on zoology and paleontology.

  • The hardest thing I’ve ever been through was working towards getting into vet school. The waiting period after I had applied was pretty long and taking classes like Organic Chemistry, Biology, General Chemistry and so on. The classes were really hard because that was one aspect that vet schools really focus on. Grades usually are intended to be the most important thing. Being a pre vet major, it’s pretty hard to get great grades for vet school, so i always had that pressure of having to do well in each of my courses.

  • The happiest moment of my life had to be the day I actually got in! I was ecstatic and beyond belief! I felt like I had accomplished the biggest goal in my life so far. I’ve had a passion for learning about animals my entire life; as well as learning about better ways to protect wild species from human interactions. The day I got into vet school, I was ecstatic because at that moment I saw all my possibilities open up to me. It was like I know had a chance to fulfill my dreams in caring for domestic and wild animals.

Instagram: @the_beast_guide_

Destiny Konieczny

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Destiny Konieczny

Animal Educator

Hey guys, my name is Destiny! I am 21, born and raised in the state of Indiana. Once I turned 18 I moved to the east coast. Connecticut! 

  • Interests: I have this weird obsession with art, I am not good at drawing or painting but I really admire other people’s work. I also love caring for animals and just being around them brings me so much joy! Yes I may be a crazy old lady with a bunch of animals! As of now I have 2 cats 3 bunnies 2 bearded dragons & 2 betta fish! I also love horse back riding but since I moved to Ct I don’t get to ride anymore because it is so much money here. 

  • Struggles: I would have to say right now the hardest thing I am dealing with is my emotions. I am a very sensitive person, especially in my intimate relationships. I take everything very personal, and am working on telling myself I am being the best me! 

  • Hardest thing I’ve been through: 2016 had to be one of the worst years of my life. A lot happened in 1 month, I lost my papa, my uncle, the doggy daycare I worked at I had found my favorite dog dead in her bed, and I was having relationship issues. The hardest thing about all of this was my uncle passing. He had taken his own life; this just had me lost for words. He was like a father to me, the jokester in the family! Him passing isn’t the hardest part about it, I think not understanding why & not being there for his service has made me suppress the fact that he is actually gone. I miss him so much but still haven’t accepted he isn’t here with us. 

The happiest time of my life would have to be when I was in high school, ya I know what you are thinking so corny right?! Haha Well the reason is because my sister is my best friend & her and I would be together everyday because neither of us were in relationships yet. We would do the most random fun things together, horseback riding, Dairy Queen after school everyday, yes I gained about 20lbs lol. Singing in the car on a country road until we couldn’t sing anymore. Right now the happiest thing I am doing would have to be going to farms and sanctuaries! Animals are the best therapy to me. I not only go there to be around them, but to educate people on social media around the world about the species and their care! 

No matter what you are going through just know it doesn’t last for ever, you CAN & WILL get through it & someone loves you, I LOVE YOU!!! Do what you love & don’t let anyone tell you what you want to do isn’t good enough. Love every day like it is your last. 

Instagram: @kaylasencounters

Andrea Arias

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Andrea Arias

Humble Bumble Bee

Hi, I’m Andrea!

I am 18 years old and I’m currently living it up at the hotel California! Just joking, I currently live in Thousand Oaks, California.

  • Im really interested in shark conversation. You know like… Great White Sharks!? I have a passion for traveling, animal activism, veganism, skateboarding, working out at the gym and practicing yoga.

  • My currently struggle is actually trying to find a place to live.

  • Although this may be a very touchy and personal subject, I want to share this with you just incase you’ve experienced a similar devastation. The darkest moment of my life was when I was molested by a family member. I am doing much better now; but that is something I will never forget.

The happiest moments of my life has to be segments of Family Thursdays my family and I would have back in Mexico. Everyone would get together, we’d eat together and at the end of it all… we had sleepovers.

Instagram: @aanddrea_

Emma Peercy

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Emma Peercy

Mental Health Advocate

Hello! My name is Emma Peercy.

I am 19 years old and I am from the state of Kentucky. I really enjoy writing poetry, 2D art, photography and helping others in anyway that I possibly can.

  • Throughout my entire life I've dealt with depression, anxiety, borderline personality and an eating disorder. So I decided to become a mental health advocate to help as many people as I possibly can.

  • The hardest thing I have ever done was to continue fighting with myself inside when I believed my only choice was to give depressive thoughts.

  • The happiest moments of my life involves anything that has to do with sharing with others.

For anyone who may be reading this story, please know that there is always hope. Even if you may feel as if you cannot see it, it is there.

Instagram: @emmapeercy

Lucy Cruz (Future Esthetician)

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Lucy Cruz

Future Esthetician

Hey Guys! My name is Lucy Cruz. I am 24 years old, currently living in New Jersey.

I am here to share my story with you. So here we go!

  • I am a new YouTube blogger, I love to review skin care products and love to talk about skin care. I have a passion for skin so I decided to make a career out of it. I enrolled in school to become an esthetician, which I'm super excited about. I strongly believe you should do what you love and follow your dreams no matter how hard or impossible it might seem. Throughout my years I've had ups and downs, its been a roller coaster. Some days harder than others, it’s just part of life. The hardest thing I've been through has to be the time the doctors came to me and told me my father was dying and it was merely impossible to save his life. My whole life fell before my eyes. He was diagnosed with leukemia. Never in my life did I imagine someone so special and so close to me would suffer of cancer. Seeing him get weak, lose his appetite, and just look so sick fighting for his life each day was definitely the worst thing that ever happened to me. The happiest moment of my life is now, the present.

  • My father has been In remission for almost 2 years now, and I am so grateful for that. As I mentioned before I'm going to school for something that I love. Also I've been blessed with an amazing boyfriend. 

The best part of it all, I've learned to love myself and find peace within me. After all the struggle, pain, and everything that has gone wrong in my life I've gained so many lessons & for that I am blessed.To you whose reading this, I'm sure you are an amazing person and I thank you for reading my story. I hope that if you haven't already...you find the peace you're seeking for. I hope that you follow your goals and dreams. I hope that you don't ever give up. Life is beautiful and there is so much to live for.

Love,

Lucy Cruz  (Future Esthetician)

Instagram: @lucmelii

Sam Padreddii (a.k.a) Solar Sam

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Sam Padredddii

(a.k.a) Solar Sam

Hi! I'm Sam! I am 24 years old and grew up split between South Florida and Northern California. Environmentalism and travel are things that matter the most to me, but like most people, music, and yoga make me pretty darn happy as well. 

  • As far as stuff that's happened in my life, let's start with the good. The happiest moment of my life so far couldn't possibly be nailed down to one time. I have worked really hard, and am extremely lucky to have seen so much beauty in the world, and these small moments each fill me up in ways I can't explain. Travel and working in sustainability can sometimes be confrontational and rough, so, when I find myself in moments of beauty and success, there are no words to explain the joy that brings me. 

  • The hardest thing I have gone through is probably the countless times I have moved in my life. Seven moves in 24 years have been exhausting, but each time, I learn so much about myself. I don't think I would have the courage to live the lifestyle I do if I hadn't moved at a young age. Also, special recognition to trying to save the planet, which is constantly being exploited by people who don't care. This is not easy. 

Thank you for listening to my story! I'm so happy to meet you, welcome to my family :) Keep up the good fight!!!!

Instagram: @sampadreddii

Ariana Arias (Outreach Leader)

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Ariana Arias

Outreach Leader

Age: 23 years old

From: California

Interests: Paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, exploring new beaches, working out, practicing meditation, reading fictional books and I’m very interested in renewable energy.

Hardest thing I’ve ever been through: Gaining the ability to love myself after obtaining enough confidence to let go of a 7 year long toxic relationship.

Happiest moment of my life: was holding my niece Isabella for the first time in my arms in the hospital and looking down at her innocent face after she was born and loving her unconditionally.

Instagram: @universe_child22

Adrian Aria

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Adrian Arias

Shredding the rails!

Age: 20 years old

From: Thousand Oaks, Ca

Interests: Skateboarding, filming, hiking, cliff jumping and traveling

Current struggle: I suffer from anxiety that often makes me view most things in a negative way at times. For example, whenever I am forced to interact with individuals who I believe may already know each other, I may feel a bit overwhelmed as I sometimes feel as if I am the outsider to the group.

Hardest thing i’ve ever been through: I’ve tired my hardest to give up my pot addiction; but somehow I always seem to relapse. Weed always makes me seem less productive.

The happiest moment of my life: Was when I had jumped off a plane when skydiving for my 18th birthday and landing tricks on a skateboard I’ve been practicing for a very long time.

Instagram: @Adrian__sb

Shayna Steiner

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Shayna Steiner

The Lovely & Infamous

Hey! Shayna Steiner! I am 18 years old and I currently live in Thousand Oaks, CA. I like to do a lot of things such as drawing, photography, hiking and hanging out with my friends.

  • As of lately I’ve been struggling with saving all of my money. I sorta kinda got a thing for spending money on little things such as going to thrift stores and finding stuff second hand for a lot cheaper than usual. Plus, I love expressing who I am through clothing and weird outfits so it’s hard not to get something new. I also find myself spending a lot on food, cameras that I collect and gifts for loved ones

  • So far the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with was attempting to commit suicide when I was around the age of 13-14 years old. This was around the summer of freshman in high-school. The hardest part of attempting suicide was my family’s reactions, some were angry, some were deeply affected, and some just didn’t know how to react. I didn’t feel better afterwards and I had to spend a three day stay in a mental institution during fathers day. My best friends at the time would visit me in the hospital and talked to me, played games to distract me, etc. It really helped especially when people treated me the same as before. I’m not friends with the people that I was at that time but I still appreciate what they did. I always thought of how time is always carrying me away from the pain I felt in the moment, and how eventually it would carry me away from the pain I felt wanting to not live anymore. I have worked on my mental health significantly since then and the improvements are noteworthy. It was an awful experience but one I am grateful for today.

  • The happiest moment of my life so far has to be the moment I turned the age of 18 years old. This was literally the moment I’ve gained my freedom! I no longer had to listen to my mother who I’ve had a terrible relationship with due to the fact that she suffered with an alcoholic addiction.

Instagram: @shroogies

Liv Taber (Project Leader)

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Liv Taber

Project Leader

Hey guys! My name is Liv Taber!

  • I am 19 years young and currently living in the state of Connecticut. Some things I am very passionate about is animal activism, horseback riding, skiing and acting. I can dominate on a pair of skis!

  • The hardest thing I’ve ever been through was struggling with an eating disorder. At a pretty young age I began to skip meals as I thought if I was skinner, I’d become more attractive and make a lot more friends. I am now recovering from anorexia because of this.

  • So far, the happiest moment of my life was when I went skiing for the first time at 3 years old. It’s been my passion ever since and it makes me feel so very happy and free.

  • I was never a big fan of school because I didn’t fit in with the “popular crowd.” This made me feel as if I was a loser. This is when the skipping meals began. When I was 9 years old I started ski racing and loved it more than anything else in the world. Ski racing made me feel the complete opposite of being in school. In the words, I felt at home in my skis.

    Instagram: @finding_liv