Bozhana a.k.a Beatlebel

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Bozhana A.K.A Beatlebel

Sustainability Guru

My name is Bozhana (the 'zh' pronounced as the J sound in French) but most people know me as Bel. I'm 24 years old and I'm originally from Bulgaria.

  • I currently live in London but in July 2019 I'm embarking on a year long travel through South East Asia (and possibly beyond). It will be my first trip outside of Europe and I'm looking forward to the adventures ahead.

  • I thought a lot about what the happiest moment of my life was and I don't think I can pick just one. However, something that comes to mind is the first time I moved away from my family home. After graduating high school, I enrolled in University in Denmark, where I spent 2 years in two different cities. That was the start of a new path for me - there began my spiritual awakening, my journey towards veganism and the inevitable growth of the person I was. Every year since then has been happier than the last, but 2019, albeit only at its very beginning, is by far the most exciting year of my life. I was fortunate enough to meet the love of my life, lucky enough to find a passion I want to turn into a career, and brave enough to make some life-changing decisions. It truly has been a happy happy year. 

As to one of the hardest things I've ever been though, that has to be the first and only spin class I got tricked into taking. Never. Again.

Instagram: @beatlebel

Simon Lewis

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Simon Lewis

The Human Super Hero

Hi everyone! My name is Simon Lewis and I am 36 years old. Originally from Tower Hamlets but grew up in Hackney, East London

  • I've always been interested in sports as my academics was never good because I suffered from dyslexia. I was born tongue tied so I had speech problems to start with. My parents found it hard to understand me when I was at a very young age, so my big brother use to help translate what I was saying. I could have went anywhere with sports. At 14 years old I could run 100 meters in 11 seconds flat, and that was with baggy tracksuit and normal trainers. My P.E. teacher always use to say, if we changed my clothes to just shorts and a vest, with the proper foot wear and improve on my technique, we could easily knock off a second and that was an old world record. I also was really good at swimming, I use to swim like a fish, at only 3yrs old I could already swim 10 meters. At 7 I was apart of a really good swimming club and could out swim most adults by the age of 10. I could swim 25 meters in just under 12 seconds. I was naturally good at all sports I did, except football. Martial arts was one of my favorite sports and hobbies to do, I started doing taekwondo at the age of 4 and continued doing various different art throughout my life, and still do. I had my first fight when I was nearly 12 years old, and naturally I was always the best at everything and was used to winning. On the journey up to Birmingham I was bragging about me already winning and with this mind set I was always convinced that I was going to win....but I lost, and not only did I lose, I lost badly because I lost my temper and I walked into everything. I can remember that day like it was yesterday, feeling the pressure of defeat and lose, as I never felt what it was like to lose, I walked out of the complex and walked for 10 minutes and sat near a lake and sulked because of losing. It was there and then, that day, that I said I wasn't going to leave this sport until I beat everyone, until I was world champion. I learn't two really good lessons that day, I learnt failure and if you really want something you got to work for it

In 2000, I went to Florida, to the 2000 US WORLDS OPEN championships and became world champion in the adults section, advance black belts at just turning 18 years old.

  • It was this story that helped me believing the Law of Attraction, that if you put something in your mind and believe it so hard to be true, it will become true. Obviously you have to put in the hard and the termination, going the extra mile, the blood, sweat and tears, the late nights, the early mornings and so on. At 21 I stopped as I felt like there wasn't much more growth within the sport at that time and wanted to get more into business. In my late 20s I took up amateur boxing at a late age and moved up the ranks very quickly, within 2 years I was boxing for the England team and missed out going to the 2012 Olympic games in London and thats where I stopped with my competitive fighting. Now I learn most combat sports when I get the chance.

From a young age I always liked to help other, especially those unfortunate.

  • I think that was because I went to a special school when I was young, because of my speech problems and was always around special need children. I could remember at a young age kids used to verbally bully me, saying things like "Your dumb" or "Your thick, you'll never get anywhere" and it was those words that I used, to help me become the best I could be within myself. My dad always liked history and used to teach me and my brother a lot about it and I can always remember when he said to me about a lot of the great people in history and how most of them had learning difficulties and still became powerful and I think that helped me with my confidence, that I could one day be great just like them myself.

I started my first business at 16 and was still not able to spell or read. At 18 I always knew in would be a business man and I knew if I wanted to be one, I would have to learn how to read, so I did, with the help of a friend mum. I was always starting up news business until one as bored and then jump on to the next one. I was never lack of money but never had a lot of money saved up, as I was always giving it away to everyone close to me.

I was always smart at thinking of ways not having to work hard like everyone else but getting paid more. As the saying goes "Don't work harder, work smarter" was always my thing. Me and one of my best friends at the time started doing rave promotions every weekend. We practically did nothing all week, other than sorting out the DJ line up and just turn on the day and partied all night.

  • It was then i went away for 2 months to St. Lucia, by myself to a close friend of the family house. He was my first mentor and was like my Guardian Angel and always said itll be good for me to travel alone and learn how to survive without anyone around to help me. It was then i discovered the '4 Hour Work Week' way before the book came out!!! I was earning between £1000-£1500 everyweek.

In between this all, I was always learning and educating myself on new, thing in my own time. One day my friend reached out to me and said to watch the video, called 'The Secret' and that's changed my way of thinking. If you looked at my life, you would say i was a positive person but deep down inside, I wasn't, I was very negative in certain areas. I was that guy that use to wake up and think "another fucking day" or "I bet I don't get this", "I bet she says no" and so on. After watching and reading the secret one thing lead to another and another. I was reading or watching all stuff simular to it everyday from 2-4 hours. I got a bit obess with it but I knew it was something I needed.

As time went on, things changed and I started up a security company, something I some times regret. This was my first business Where I was stuck doing something I hated everyday.

  • It really drained me of life and I needed to think of another idea or a plan. I think I stuck to it because everyone else, I had people saying that you are doing so well and this could really grow into something bigger. In which they was most probably right but for that to happen it'll take me to take it there and I had no more enthusiasm for it. It got to the point I just wanted to kill myself, and I knew my life was worth more than this. There are people who would just accept it and say something like "well that's just life" and that wasn't me. I took my mentor advice and planed to go traveling for 6 months in Southeast Asia. It was the best decision I choose to do in years, it taught me things that I could never learn from back, I saw things I only saw on the tv, magazines and books or in visualize in my day dreams. I felt like it was that missing part of the jigsaw i was looking for, for me to continue to the next stage in my life.

The main thing I was looking for, was my purpose in life, yes that big old question!!! I must say i didn't find it, but I was much more closer than I've ever been. I could litually taste it in my mouth but couldn't figure out the flavour. I returned home back to my business, I felt much more better within myself but knew if I do this for to long, the same feelings will return.

  • One of my biggest dreams was to get my parents to retire early and get then to travel the world, like they've always dreamt of. I felt like I owed it to them, after everything they did for me and for what they had to go through, which no parent should experience.

On my return from traveling my mum kept up everything I did from my Instagram, I downloaded on her phone. I proved to my parents and many other people that the world is not what it seems to be, when yiur getting yiur information from the tv or pessimistic people, who has never travelled to these so called bad places, in the world. For years I've tried to get my parents to quite the rat race and just get up and leave. But like everyone else, they was brainwashed with fear and worry of all the if's and but's, that might happen. I was always trying to think of ways to brake this silly ways of thought and then one day I cracked it. There was a video I watched that really hit the spot about life and I also proved the vision that they had in their head, would not play out the way they imagine. After coming to terms with the real reality it was a make or brake decision and I got them where I wanted. We was going away, the whole family, me my parents and my two younger brothers.

As the days approach, the fear in them rose with it. It started exactly the way I thought it would, everybody at each other's necks. I knew, or I hoped that it would die down, with time.

Here I'm just going to jump forward a bit to the main part

  • As we arrived in the Philippines a friend of mine message me and said that if I am in the Philippines I should go and check out this charity, that really needs help, as she knew it would be something I loved to do. I said to my parents that I was going to stay there for a few days and meet them in Vietnam. When I got to the location, it was the biggest shock in my life. I've never seen anything like it with my own eyes, it was a proper shock to my system and I knew there and then that I could not leave this place until I done something about it.

And so there you have it, this is how I got to be where I am now and one of the reasons I'm writing this for you to read.

  • The hardest thing I had to endure was losing my older brother at 16, my brother was just like me but better, he had the biggest heart and always out people before himself. He was murdered from a stabbing and died at the hospital at 19, just when he's life was just going to start. To have a older brother, some you look up too, someone you learn from, someone who will ways have your back taken away from you is always a major lost. For years it affectrd me but i had to hide my pain from everyone around me, especially my parents, because I knew it would hurt them more to see me in pain.

I could go on but I'm sure you get the story. I've had many happiest moments in my life, like when I won the world championships or times I have helped those and see the magnificent affect that it has on their life, is priceless. Where I am now, I feel like it's my happiest moment but this journey has only just began.

I'm all about motivational quotes, I love them so much because they help when I'm trying to change people's mind set.

But if I had to choose one I think it'll be...

"The cave that you fear most, holds the treasure you seek". I think this is so powerful because it so true. Any thing you really want in life will always have fear standing in front of that door, you need to enter.

Sydney (The Singer)

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Sydney

DaCav Singer

Hey! So here’s my story! My name is Sydney, I am 24 years old. I’m from Maine and that’s where I currently live. I’m a singer and have been my whole life! I’m currently in a group called DaCav, you can find the link to our album in my bio.

  • The hardest thing I have ever been through was about 5 years ago. I had serious depression, which then branches into more things like depersonalization. I was at a point in my life where I didn’t even sing. I couldn’t write a song to save my life. I would go home, and sit quietly in one spot until 4 or 5 in the morning. Get up at 9 for work and do it all over again. I was in a toxic relationship and isolated away from my friends and family. I felt I had no one, and feeling like no one wanted me made me hate myself. I gained weight, developed cystic acne, and failed a college class.

  • The happiest moment of my life was when I rediscovered myself. I realized who I was and what I was and am capable of doing. I changed myself and changed my life.

  • I started singing and writing again. Moved away from toxic people, surrounded my self with people who loved me, took care of my body and before I knew it, music was flowing through my veins again. I started manifesting what I wanted. And refused to not believe in myself. I currently have one album out with my group, another on the way along with a solo album which will be out in July!

I am the happiest I have ever been and plan on keeping it that way. Music is my passion and it definitely saved me.

Instagram: @sydney_thesinger

Roxy Furman

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Roxy Furman

Roxy (The Zoologist)

I am Roxy! I am 23 years old and I currently live in England. I am a wildlife biologist and presenter with a passion for animal rights and conservation of the natural world.

  • I don’t have a definite “happiest or hardest” moment of my life, any moments I just see as experiences and all experiences make me the person I am today. I believe we should just live our lives to the fullest, finding gratitude for even the tiniest of things each day.

My undergraduate research focused on social learning and pack structure in African painted dogs (Lycaon pictus), but I have worked with a number of different animals across the world including wolves, elephants, dogs, kangaroos, and snakes.

Spread happiness, love and surround yourself with those who uplift you and inspire you to grow.

Amanda Christine

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Amanda Christine

The Humblest Nutritionist

Hey y’all! My name is Amanda and I’m from Houston, Texas. I’m 22 years old and I’m currently majoring in Nutrition at University of Houston. (Which is totally underrated BTW. Go Coogs!🐾)

  • Interests: Up until my junior year of high school, my parents raised my brothers and I practically in a barn. We were raised on country. A country setting, country music, southern food, farm animals, etc. Thanks to this, I’m a huge fan of country/Texas country music, I’m a concert junkie, and I love to go country dancing with my friends.

  • Aside from this, a passion of mine is traveling. Although I’d love to travel more internationally, I mainly fly throughout the states and try to as much as possible. I’m a firm believer that life isn’t meant to be lived in one place- adventuring is good for the soul.

  • Hardest things I’ve been through: I can honestly say that I’ve been blessed beyond measure and the hard things I’ve been through have helped me grow as a person. I can’t narrow anything down to a specific time or age, but I can say that my greatest struggle has been caring what others think of me, trying to live up to society’s standards, and being in a rush. I’ve had to learn to do what’s best for myself and remember that Gods plan is greater than what I or anyone else has planned for me. I had to stop questioning “Why is this happening to me?” and start questioning “What is this teaching me?”

I had to stop questioning “what if?” and start saying “even if,” because even if the answer is no, He is still good and has something better in store for me.

  • Happiest time of my life: The happiest time in my life would be now. I’m young and blessed to have people in my life that would do anything for me and then some. The foundation of my life is God and His grace is enough to fill my life with happiness. I am healthy, I attend a great university, I have amazing family and friends, I have the ability to travel, and most importantly, I have my faith that guides me through everything.

If you’re reading my story, I want you to know that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. But life isn’t about what happens to you, it’s how you react to it. One thing that always helps me get through a rough patch is remembering someone else’s problems are bigger than my own but we have an awesome God that is greater than it all.

Regardless if you’re on track or have taken a detour, just keep in mind that life is a marathon, not a sprint. Slow down and take it all in! Fall in love with being alive because you may not end up where you think you’re going, but you’ll always end up where you’re meant to be. Always be kinder than necessary, always remember the waves get bigger to make you stronger, always love yourself, and always be yourself because no one can tell you you’re doing it wrong.

Instagram: @amandachristinetx

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