A Few of My Favorite Things on the INTERNETS from Riot Grrl to Illegal Building Jumps (VIDEO)

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I was raised by the Riot Grrl Movement.
Kathleen Hanna and her band, Bikini Kill changed my world. The Punk Singer is finally streaming on Netflix – so I know what I’m doing this weekend.
♦  My guitar guru, Robert Burke Warren blogged Almost True: The Real, Realer and Realest of Music Movies and it’s dead on.

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♦  Forgive me while I murder you with cuteness on this Thursday. The above picture is so adorable I just can’t. Meet Roo, the two-legged chihuahua and his best friend Penny, the fluffy chicken.

♦  Alexandra shared her fav tools for creativity and got me addicted.  When I can’t be typing my Danger Diary entries in a coffee shop with a soy latte in my fist, having the sounds of Cofftivity playing in the background helps me focus.

♦  Gender Bending model, Erika Linder, has “too much imagination to be one gender” and is my new super crush.  Watch her transform from male to female and back again in this campaign – Linder is stunning in every which way.

♦  Blogging?  Feeling Stuck?  Gala’s got you covered with 50 ways to beat blogger’s block!

♦  This guy sings Katy Perry’s Dark Horse in 20 different styles from Nirvana to Type O Negative – and it’s pretty damn awesome.

♦  Vegan Vixen Alise Marie gives you secret meanings behind the eclipses AND how to make delicious mouth-watering raw vegan Cacao Love Cakes in ONE POST. This is why I looooove her.

Living in NYC, I’ve seen a lot of crazy things, but I’ve never seen this view of it….until this video:

What kinds of crazy, inspiring, wild things did you find on the internet this month?
Do you run your own blog? Today’s the day to share it in the comments!

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Nevermind Harry Potter – Here’s 3 Ways to Bring REAL Magic into Your Life.

wild-unknown.jpgSince this post is about magic, I thought this would be a great time to announce that I have decided to do an international online version of The Parlour.
I’ve made it affordable to all at $10. It’s our chance to meet together and I can teach you about tarot and magic no matter where in the world you are.
You can find out more by clicking here.

Here’s THREE ways you can bring more magic into your life everyday:

1. The World Beyond Your Front Door.

Sometimes, when I’ve been living on the road, either on a tour bus or in a van, I feel like I have a greater connection to the world outside, to the stars I’m sleeping under, to the sounds of night.  It is so easy to get lost in the rabbit hole of the internet and texting and being under florescent lighting in school or office cubicles.  Want magic in your life?  Time to shake things up.

Real Life Tip:  Make a point to venture outside in the next 48 hours and find a nature talisman.   If you can get into nature – DO IT.  If you are in a city or suburbs, go down streets you’ve never been down, find that park, stream, river and explore.  At the beginning of your walk, close your eyes and ask to find something magic for you.  Open your eyes to what appears. 

Take your talisman and sleep with it under your pillow.  Notice your dreams.

2. The World In You.

From director David Lynch (Lost Highway, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive) about meditation:

“Ideas are like fish.  If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water.  But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.  Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.  They’re huge and abstract and they are very beautiful.”

Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting still and ohm-ing.  It definitely can be.  But if that’s not your thing, here’s some other ways:

♦  Let your mind go by free-writing without judgement.  Some of the greatest writers of our time have used this practice – C.S. Lewis,  J. R. R. Tolkien, Edgar Allen Poe and Jack Kerouac. Find those “big fish” that David Lynch is talking about by going deep.  I love 750 words to free-write with a password and keep track of your thoughts, feelings and ideas.

♦ Focus on an element for more than five minutes – trust me on this one.  Set a 5 minute timer on your phone and prepare to go into a whole other world.  Light a candle and stare into the flame.  Walk to the river and stare at the ripples of water moving.   Close your eyes and listen to the wind.  Find a tree and look at the pattern of its bark.  Any one of these things can take you into a different world in your mind.

♦ At an office or school, feeling stressed and can’t get to a quiet space to get in touch with your own magic?  Watch a little of this, close your eyes and bring out your own inner wild.

3. The World in Others.

Seek out your own wild bohemian otherworldly misfit gang.  Wanna bring more magic to you?  Well, find others who are also interested in creating their own kickass destinies.  Ever since I saw the Craft for the first time, I was all about having thrilling co-conspirators who were seeking out their dreams in a big way.


Last night, I moved my mattress to fall asleep in the light of the full moon.  In the middle of the night, I woke up and the entire room was pitch black – not a sign of the moon at all.  My phone lit up and there was a text from Dame Darcy.  It was 3:04am and the full moon eclipse was happening at that very moment.   She wished me the good luck, new adventures and abundance of the eclipse of the moon.  I ♥ my magic friends – they are constant reminders of the beauty around me.

Seek Out the Wild Magic in the World and It Will Appear.

What are some ways you bring magic into your everyday life?

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4 Secret Questions to Uncover Your Wild Self

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Welcome Back, Wild Monday Readers.

Last Monday, I started this series: I Was Slowly Killing Myself Before I Figured Out These 4 Things.

This is Part Two and today’s question is:
What is Your Back Story?

How we see ourselves helps define us to others.

Read that again: How WE see ourselves helps define us to others.

If I’m not feeling great about myself or great about things, I know that comes out in my everyday way – even if I don’t say anything.

No matter what our past holds, we have to find the adventure in it, the beauty in it, the wildness in it and take what we can to pull us into the future walking on top of it all.

Think your life may be boring or just “whatever”?
Yep. I told myself that, too, until I started digging into my life story.

Here’s some questions to help you see yourself though new eyes.

1. Where were you born or where are you from?
Now, this question is asked a billion times and answering this with a place or city name is boring. It doesn’t say anything about you.

Imagine that there were no names for cities or states. What were you born by? What does the land look like? What day were you born? Was there any unique history to the place?

If you ask me where I’m from, I’ll tell you that I grew up by the seashore, and I was born several days after a new moon rose into the night sky. I grew up among ferris wheels, roller coasters, fortune tellers and boardwalks.

Much more interesting than if I told you the names of the place, don’t you think? Now you try it in the comments.  I bet you’ve never seen your hometown like that before.

2.  What interesting ancestors/relatives do you have or what are some characteristics or hobbies of your relatives that might be unique?

There are stories that your parents or relatives have that you probably don’t know and that would absolutely fascinate you.

Ask! Dig around.
For instance, I only found out last Christmas that my Dad set up an illegal gambling parlour in high school! His story about it had all of us rolling on the floor laughing and it explained so much about him, and also added stories to my own life.

I found out from talking with my Uncle that my Grandma Helen was “born with a veil” – which is a thin layer of the amniotic sac covering the baby’s head.  The lore has it that, those born with a veil have powerful second sight and can see into the future. While I knew that my Grandma had always been mystical, I had only found out about the veil in the last two years.

These stories are puzzle pieces that also can create a bigger picture of who we are.

I am the daughter of a gambler and the granddaughter of a woman with the second sight.
It’s starting to get interesting!

Ask your family members about old stories or unique hobbies.
Research your family line on a site like ancestry.com.

Share with us in the comments what you uncover!

3. Review Your Own Life Story: What are three unique, wild, weird or different things about you?

We all have stories. Look back over your life and pick three fascinating or different things that make you unique.
I did my list here, if you need inspiration.

4. Interview a Long Time Friend or Family Member That You Trust To Fill In The Blanks.

Ask your good friends or family members what their favorite stories or memories are involving you. It can be really interesting to see what they’ll tell you – and things that made a huge impression on them, that you’ve forgotten long ago. It can be encouraging to see ourselves through the eyes of someone who loves and cares for us and hear them describe us.

Knowing who we are are will help give us more confidence and walk forward to our dreams.  Have a great time uncovering all of these questions and share with us in the comments.  Next Monday, we will continue this series together.

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Top 13 Inspiring Quotes from Dr. Seuss to Sid Vicious

These quotes I have taken with me over the years, memorized, and recited back in my head when I’ve been in situations when I’ve needed their wild wisdom.

Here are my 13 All Time Favorites:
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Do you have a favorite quote you remind yourself of to encourage you?
Share with all of us in the comments. Can’t wait to see the beauties you’ve got!
Please share or RT this post if you think some of these quotes can help someone you know.
We are all in this together.

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My Top 8 Punk Rock Bag Picks for the Season with Pictures!

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And what you definitely won’t see is plastic grocery bags – my arch nemesis!

FACT: Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That’s over one million plastic bags used per minute.

Plastic grocery bags take anywhere from 80 years or more to decompose.
I’m not cool with leaving that sort of garbage behind for the next generation.

So here’s my punk rock picks for the hottest
1. The Witchery bag that I carry everywhere is from my friend Brandon’s band, Ghastly City Sleep. I’ve gotten compliments about this beauty from all over the world.

2. When I attended Blogcademy a year ago, I walked away with this cute Ampersand bag filled with good ideas. I love the idea of “and….” let’s see what new adventure awaits!
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3. For the total Tolkien nerd in me – this awesome bag.

4. In the library, 398.2 in Dewey Decimal System is where the Faerie Tale books are. Love this bag.

5. The blogger in me adores this old school vintage typewriter bag.

6. For the travelers – iconic buildings all over the world tote.

7. Retro Deer Party Bag with Personalized Name? Hell yes. The Snow White in me loves this and it will go so cute with my vintage slips in Summer.

8. The Mug Shot Bag that BatSpats designed and is selling on her store.   She should have her own mug shot for being such a badass!  <3
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What are your fav plastic grocery bag alternatives?
Hit me with pictures and links below!

**And if you wanna join me and ditch plastic grocery bags forever…I’d have the biggest crush on you.

Don’t forget that Youth Homelessness Matters Day is TOMORROW.
We are changing the world together.

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I Was Slowly Killing Myself Before I Figured Out These 4 Things.

lost.jpgI was stuck.  Hard.
I was in a job that I was whatever about.
I was lost.
The wild spirit I once had was being slowly killed off.

Figuring out my story saved me.

I’m not perfect. I’m fucked up, I’m raw, I’m honest and I feel every thing.
I want to hurl my body into the mosh pit of life…
and there are moments where I’m getting punched in the face
and moments when I feel held up and supported and sailing on top of it all.

But anything I’ve learned along my wild misadventures, I want to share if I think it might help you on your way.

I realized I could change almost everything through really answering four questions.  So for the next four Mondays – we’re going to go hardcore on these four:

♥  Who are you?
♥  What is your back story?
♥  Why are you interested in doing the things you love?
  Who is the superhero version of you?  What are the traits you want to be defined as?

Knowing the answers to these four questions will set you apart from the crowd.
Knowing the answers to these four questions will give you the success you are looking for.

Any rock star, superstar, noted author, sports hero or icon knows their story.
How can you know yours?

Who are you?

You know how to test how important this question is?

Imagine your favorite rock star or actor…do they “reveal” themselves and “put themselves into their work” so much that you feel like you actually know them in real life?

Case in Point:   One of my favorite guitar heroes is Jack White.
Even if you don’t know him and whether you like him or not, by the time you watch this clip of him, you will feel like you know him.

He’s on a farm, he’s dressed in vintage style clothing and he’s making a damn guitar from nailing two nails in a board and tying a metal string to it and putting a glass coke bottle underneath it and then playing it.

If that’s not badass, I don’t know what is.
It reveals a lot about him as a person.

And he lets the viewer feel like they are sitting in a rocking chair right next to him, sipping some country lemonade, hanging out.
He makes you feel like you know what it’s like to hang out with him.

When you put yourself out there…
whether it’s for that job that you’ve been dreaming of,
the gig that you want so bad you can taste it,
that love that you would die for….

if you know your story…..you can write your life.

Try This:  Imagine seeing yourself as the main character in a film or a novel.

♥  How would you describe your character? (This is sometimes helpful if you talk about yourself in the third person – it will help you reveal more and feel safe.  For instance:  She’s a wild risk taker.  He’s the quiet, deep poetic one.  She’s the adventurer with a heart of danger.  He’s the visionary filled with imagination and bold ideas.  Think about it. And also think about how you would like your character to be in an ideal world.)

♥  If your character was in their ideal surroundings where would it be? (In a vintage suit on a farm like Jack White? On a stage with old footlights in Paris? In a bookstore, sitting on the floor with a collection of stories around you?  In the middle of a major protest-holding up signs and fighting for your rights?)

♥  What is “in your blood”? In other words, what comes naturally to you? Surprisingly, by trying new things, you might be shocked at what you have natural ability at. As I’m learning to play guitar, I’m finding memorizing individual chords very easy. It’s making me more confident as a person. What is something that comes natural to you?

♥  If you were going to take one photo that said who you are to the world, what would be in that photo?  What would you be wearing? How can your story be told visually?

This is mine:
I am surrounded by my magic things that mean a great deal to me.
I am closing my eyes in a moment of dreaming.
I am covered in blue flowers specifically to bring the character of “Blue” from Revolver into my life.
And bright beams are being radiated out – so that my dream and vision can get out into the world.
This photo that Burke took of me – is my story in one photo.
What would your photo look like?

We will continue this conversation next Monday, so you have time to come up with your answers. Please share them in the comments. I always read every single one.

Fun Announcement: For those in New York City or surrounding areas….I am launching The Parlour – an in-person weekly intimate Tarot gathering where I will teach you tarot, how to read and secrets to know. This class is fantastic for all levels – beginner to advanced – everyone will walk away learning something. After the success of my tarot horoscope post, I was inspired! Thank you!

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17 and Homeless: 7 Things Everyone NEEDS to Know.

She was 17 when she found herself homeless as she escaped an abusive home.

She traveled around the state with a backpack of her possessions, sometimes staying with friends, sometimes staying in playgrounds or train/bus stations.

When WhiteRabbitDays tells her compelling story, she notes,

“The hardest thing about being homeless wasn’t not having a roof over my head, or being freezing cold and hungry most of the time – it was the feeling of total reliance on other people. It was the feeling of being unloved, unwanted, and totally invisible to the community. It was leaving my best friend (my dog Patch) behind in my quest for safety. It was the feeling that, after experiencing abuse – my freedom was the street. It felt as though, if I was truly a victim, I wouldn’t be here while my abuser sat in his warm house. It felt as though society, as my father had done, was blaming me.

This Wednesday, April 9th – Youth Homelessness Matters Day is recognized in Australia.

Through the reach of the internet, and through this powerful Danger Diary Community and Revolverlution Family, we can spread awareness and ALL take part in making a difference.

Please share and RT to create awareness for all and clear the stigma homelessness forever.  Join in the conversation using the hashtag #DDhome

WhiteRabbitDays included her 7 Things You Should Know below, how you can help and also, I am attaching her full, uncensored story below that is a must read.  Thank you to WhiteRabbitDays and LadyCyanide for making this happen and making a difference.

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7 Things You Should Know About Homelessness

1. People experiencing homeless are not always dirty, angry people with cardboard boxes.
We’re just people who are trying to find a purpose in their lives. Not all of us are stereotypes, so don’t judge us all on a bad experience.

2. Homelessness is an experience – not a definition.
The majority of people, particularly young people, are not homeless due to a fault of their own. Some can’t afford a house because they can’t work, or their job doesn’t pay enough. Some become homeless because they are kicked out, or are experiencing domestic violence and choose to leave.

3. Not all homeless people live on the street.
The majority of homeless people couchsurf – temporarily staying with friends or family, or find shelter in refuges or halfway houses.

4. Homelessness does not equal hopelessness.
Once I was homeless, now I have my own business, am close to having a qualification, and I have a place of my own. Speaking from experience, I know that when you’re homeless, it’s hard to see a future – but trust me, there is one out there that exceeds your wildest imagination.

5. We all have hopes, dreams and aspirations.
People experiencing homelessness may seem ambitionless, but when your focus is on where you will next find shelter, or food, it’s hard to focus on dreams. But we have them, and it’s important to ask us what they are.

6. Homeless people are not just too lazy to have a job.
Some people are unqualified or struggle to apply for jobs, especially if they’re on the street with no access to showers/suits etc. It’s rare that they don’t want to work, the issue is more that they have trouble finding and maintaining work.

7. Keep Calm and Do Something
Volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate clothes, non perishable food, toiletries or sleeping wares (such as sleeping bags, pillows, blankets), or toys (some people experiencing homelessness have children, even infants) to local shelters – the smallest things can make a huge difference.

What Can You Do To Help?
♥  Donate Your Clothing or Toys to a Shelter.
♥  Buy an extra bag of groceries and donate to your local shelter.
♥  Donate your time to volunteer, or donate money to help.
♥  Reach out to these organizations:
In Australia, HYPA (the program that helped WhiteRabbitDays)
In the USA, National Coalition for the Homeless
In Europe, FEANTSA.
These are the ones I found, please add yours for your country in the comments.
♥  Do a Build Project with Habitat for Humanity (You don’t need to know how to build a house, I have built two of these – and people are there on-site to teach you.)

Let’s join forces and help!  Post your pictures in the comments, post ideas, and get the word out.  We can all make a difference together.

And here – full and uncensored is WhiteRabbitDays’ story.  She is one of the bravest people I know and I’m honored to call her friend.

I lived in a beautiful farmhouse in the countryside, with my two parents. My dog was my best friend, and I cycled to school each day. I studied hard and got straight A’s. I played sport, performed theatre and volunteered. It seemed so perfect from the outside.

Inside was silence and shadows. My dad had rules – a lot of them, and none of them shared with us. My mum and I walked on ice to try and do the right thing, not knowing what the right thing was. My dad never spoke to me – if he wanted to, he would simply yell at my mum, referrring to me as ‘your daughter’ – and refusing to acknowledge me as his own. These words usually were followed by a string of expletives – his favorites being useless, worthless, ignorant and dirty. Our lives were controlled – we were not allowed friends over, not allowed internet access, and my mum was given no access to money – except for a ‘housekeeping’ allowance. My father never hit me. His abuse was entirely psychological. Once I was making spaghetti sauce and forgot to drain the juice – he threw the plate across the table and slammed a door into my face so hard the glass shattered all over me. He didn’t even turn around, he just yelled over his shoulder to ‘clean it up’, before heading into his den. Every day was like this – not knowing what to expect or how to behave.

At school I just seemed shy and introverted. Very few people knew about my depression and panic disorder.

In year 11, the combination of exams, my mental illness, the things going on at ‘home’, and deadlines with lots of volunteering commitments – I started to break down. No longer able to hide my issues, I tried reaching out for help.

I was rejected – hard. I spoke to a teacher – who asked what I had done to provoke his behaviour. I spoke to a counsellor, who said that she felt sorry for my poor mother, ignoring my own feelings. I spoke to our head of school, who tried to organise ‘family’ counselling – but nobody would agree to come. I had exhausted all the options I could think of. I used to wish that he would just hit me, but he never did. I felt like emotional abuse didn’t count as abuse, because words are just words – but the impact of the abuse still hurts now.

One day we had just finished chapel (I went to a religious private school), and I just broke down (for about the 50th time that week). One of my favorite teachers put her arm on my shoulder until everyone filed out, and eventually she left too. I remained. I felt torn between feeling like a burden on the world, who needed to be eradicated – and feeling a desperate sense that there had to be something better than this out there. Walking out of the chapel, I saw the words ‘find life’ written in chalk.

That night I called a friend and asked if I could come and stay with her for a while. She agreed, and the next day – carrying only a backpack with possibly the most useless of possessions, I left.

The next few (6) months were a blur really, I was staying with friends and travelling around the state. I spent lots of nights on the street – staying in playgrounds or train/bus stations. My friends were really great –but I felt so guilty to be intruding into their homes, so I never stayed for long. There were a lot of tears. I moved all around Australia, starting in Cobram, moving from Canberra to Shepparton, to Melbourne, to Mount Gambier then Sydney and finally to Adelaide.

Reactions varied. The public didn’t really notice I was homeless – I didn’t look it after all. I was lucky that I could usually shower at a friends and wash my spare change of clothes there. My community covered up my disappearance – some said I was mentally unstable and making bad decisions. Some called to ‘check on my welfare’ asking if I was on medication. Some didn’t even notice I wasn’t around anymore. Others said that I was too sensitive – that I was upset because my dad yelled one time. Most never spoke to me again. I had about 10 friends total who stuck by me – who empathised, and most of whom also let me stay with them, or with their parents/friends when I needed it most. The rest just behaved, once again, as though the abuse I had suffered was my fault.

The hardest thing about being homeless wasn’t not having a roof over my head, or being freezing cold and hungry most of the time – it was the feeling of total reliance on other people. It was the feeling of being unloved, unwanted, and totally invisible to the community. It was leaving my best friend (my dog Patch) behind in my quest for safety. It was the feeling that, after experiencing abuse – my freedom was the street. It felt as though, if I was truly a victim, I wouldn’t be here while my abuser sat in his warm house. It felt as though society, as my father had done, was blaming me.

In Adelaide it was a cold and rainy night, I’d outstayed my welcome with a friend, and was sitting in the mall – trying to get my head around my racing thoughts. I found a place called Streetlink – who, although they couldn’t help me, walked me to HYPA.

HYPA was just incredible. They gave me a jacket, despite my protests otherwise. I was embarrassed to accept charity that I didn’t feel I deserved. I still have it now. They listened and they didn’t blame me, they empathised and explained that the abuse was never my fault. They gave me respect and trust that I’d never been given before.

They gave me a caseworker and told me to call in any day that I couldn’t find a place to stay, and they would help me to find a shelter. Call before 9am though, there aren’t many places and they will fill up. They helped me get onto Centrelink (a kind of welfare payment in Australia), and helped me find a tafe course to apply for. They supported me in creating goals, listening to my dreams, and helping me take steps to achieve them. When you’re homeless that’s something you really lose sight of, because every day you’re just focused on where you will find shelter, and food, and safety. You stop being able to dream because you have no way to achieve them. HYPA gave that back to me and I’ve never stopped being grateful.

A few weeks later – they offered me an interview to be placed into HYPA Housing, where I rented a subsidised unit, and worked with a case manager to re-engage with work and studying, and accessed counselling to work through past traumas. I was accepted and it was like I had hope handed to me, just like I had prayed for all those months ago.

A year and a half later, I left HYPA Housing to rent my own way. I had started my own business, and was halfway through my Diploma in Youth Work. I felt more whole, more independent, and a hell of a lot stronger. I felt like my own person, who was in control of my own choices.

I also went back to HYPA and helped to form the Youth Leadership Team and Peer Mentoring Unit there. At the moment we’re organising a big event (If you’re in Adelaide, head down to Light Square from 12-5pm) for Youth Homelessness Matters Day, and working on lots of small advocacy projects (like the video linked to the post). We have all experience homelessness in different capacities, and speak out about our own experiences in the hope that somebody going through similar things will connect with us.

We all have different reasons, but I just want you to know that there is help out there. There are other worlds that you can be a part of. You are in control – no matter how much you feel like you’re not – you have the choice to leave. Anybody who doesn’t listen isn’t worth your time – please don’t let their ignorance define you. Somebody loves you, and they haven’t met you yet – please give them a chance to care about you. Abuse is never your fault. Emotional abuse is abuse all the same – you’re not weak and you’re not imagining it. If you’re concerned about being a bad person, you’re probably not. And somebody will help you – call a helpline, call the police, go to a homelessness organisation – somebody will care, please let them. Never give up.

I’m not going to say my life is all rainbows now. I still suffer from PTSD and anxiety, and the way I was treated has had a lasting impact on my life – but I have a life, and one day I hope the past won’t control me so much.

Here’s a video that WhiteRabbitDays helped create:

Be Kind To Each Other.
Many people are going through more than we can imagine.

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