Born This Way Foundation:
Making a Difference and Changing Lives for the Better
Back in 2012, Lady Gaga and her mother founded a campaign called Born This Way Foundation. The main goal of this foundation is creating a kinder and braver world.
This idea in itself is a wonderful thing. I believe that everyone should work to better themselves, but the program digs even deeper into how to make the entire world better. The foundation has mainly been focusing on mental health. They teach teens how to see the signs mental illness and how to help those struggling with such issues. Mental health is one of the biggest issues happening in our generation. It’s so important that an icon such as Lady Gaga is using her platform to promote helping one another.
On a personal note, my mom has always been inspired by Lady Gaga and I never gave much thought as to why. When her song A Million Reasons came out, my mom wouldn’t stop listening to it, so I asked her why she loved Lady Gaga so much. She explained to me all the good she does and how big her heart is. So, I started doing more research on her and what I found made me fall in love with her like my mom did. Her personality radiates pure acceptance and love, while also preaching individuality.
I think Lady Gaga is truly making a difference. She has recognized that she has a huge following and a platform, so she is doing the best things possible with it. This foundation continues to grow within schools and with her fans. I hope this blog post helps you see the good that is being done and maybe even you can spread the love.
My Personal Style
My sense of style has never settled on one thing. When trends go around, I tend to pick up a few things from them, but never really change my style. An example of this is the VSCO girl epidemic. I added a few things to my style, such as scrunchies and friendship bracelets, but I don’t think these things have changed my normal style. I just have more bracelets now!
We’re not here to talk about trends though, we’re here to talk about whatever you want to call my style. I guess you could say my style is a little grunge considering the fact that I only wear dark colors, but I do this because I like my accessories to really pop.
One of my main accessories are my socks. I’ll wear a navy blue t-shirt, black ripped jeans, knock-off Birkenstocks, and cat socks. Yes, you read that right. I wear socks and sandals in unison basically everyday.
Other accessories that I like to add on are the before-mentioned friendship bracelets, poppin' nail color, and sometimes some big earrings. In fact, now that I think about it, I just took off my slime green colored nails the other day.
My friends say that my style is not having a style. I guess that description is what I’m gonna roll with. My style will probably change again next week, but at least I'll enjoy my weird socks right now.
Inspiration From the Big Screen
Many people don’t take movies seriously. It’s even harder to take a movie seriously when it's focused on superheroes who use powers to defeat a bad guy who is threatening the fate of humanity. Often, these films are just viewed as an escape from reality, not a life lesson.
Even though I don’t necessarily take these movies as seriously as the news, I do tend to look up to the characters in these stories. In Captain America, one character really stood out to me. This character was named Peggy Carter. Peggy was a high-ranking agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. She helped train soldiers during a time when women typically did not have such important jobs.
Peggy always knew her value and fought to protect what she believed in. Because of her attitude and self worth, I instantly fell in love with everything she had to say on screen. However, there is one quote in particular that stood out to me.
“Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say 'no, you move.'”
Ever since I’ve watched this movie in 2016, I’ve been trying to live by these words. Even though I feel like I’m still learning my value, it’s nice to remember that I am still worth everything I work for, and that I still have so much waiting for me. This is my favorite quote because it reminds me that no one can change who I am, what I am capable of, and I’m good enough to fight for what I want.
Jimi Hendrix = PURRfection!
When I was asked to name only one thing I can’t live without, I looked around my room. First, I saw Parks and Recreation playing and thought, “it’s definitely up there on the list.” Then I saw my cup of hot tea in my favorite Spider-Man mug and thought, “that’s also pretty life or death.”
While still glancing around my room, I heard the movement of boxes that I emptied earlier. Upon further investigation, I saw my nine-year-old cat, Jimi Hendrix, lying down inside a box looking up at me with his big innocent eyes. This was the moment I realized that of course my cat is much more important to me than a favorite show or a coffee cup!
Jimi and I go way back to elementary school days when we were living in a rough neighborhood. We’ve moved twice since then and through all the moving he’s been by my side, ready for any new adventure. On our most recent move, which was only a few weeks ago, I was taking Jimi to our new house and it hit me that no matter where Jimi goes, he’ll do fine as long as I’m with him. That might sound weird or big-headed of me to say, but Jimi and I share a very close bond. Unlike all the other pets in the house who would prefer my mom over me, Jimi is my pet.
Since he’s been with us for so long, he’s heard some rants out of me. From me complaining about my parents being unfair and my break ups, to listening to me practice for a presentation I was nervous about for school, Jimi is always there! Though he never says anything helpful or constructive back, he’s been there to comfort me through any and every rough patch.
I’m watching him grow old now and it’s hard to imagine a life without him. I’ll be there to comfort him for many years to come just as he has done for me. He is my best friend and I love him with all my heart. This is why he is the one thing I cannot live without.
Junior. Cat lover.
I know every word to every song written by One Direction.
Same goes for every Marvel movie.