“I didn’t realize it at the time, but food and my behaviors around eating actually had nothing to do with weight loss: they were negative coping skills. They were a way to avoid underlying issues, and I relied on them heavily. I was using these symptoms as a way to soothe, comfort, numb, and feel in control. My story is not uncommon, but it is unique to me. Everyone’s experience is different. At times, I can relate to people who are living with an eating disorder, though I have learned never to assume that I know what it’s like to walk in their shoes. I can never understand exactly what someone is going through. There is no “one size fits all” eating disorder, or any mental illness, for that matter.” - Kait Vanderlaan, a licensed social worker from @crisistextline. Read her full story at fullscreenpublishing.com. Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text message service for people in crisis.
Don’t be afraid to speak up for what you know is right.
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“A couple of years ago, I started volunteering at a shelter, taking the dogs for walks, sitting in their kennels, snuggling them, loving them. It opened my eyes to a problem that so many people choose to ignore, one designer goldendoodle at a time. There were many nights I called my mom crying as I drove home; I was shocked by how many amazing dogs were in need. So I started posting about my experience, and I got a lot of positive feedback from people. I quickly realized that posting these types of things could maybe make even a small bit of difference. I urge you to post, too, and don’t be afraid to be loud. If you love animals and want to help, even a simple Facebook status or regram of a pet in need can change a mind or save a life. In our vast world of social media networking, you never know who is going to see it. I promise you: your teeny, tiny voice can make a difference, even if it’s for just one animal. It matters to them.” - Tessa
People aren't born with hate in their heart. It's fostered through a culture and community -- one that still exists in the shadow of America. Growing up in that shadow can make it seem like hating others is the only option. What happened in Charlottesville over the weekend was tragic. It's clear that this is part of a larger, more systemic issue. Let's not forget that. And even when it seems hard and as we see horrible actions taking place, let's choose love over fear. Love is stronger. : @claggie
Sometimes the best noise of all is the white noise we hear when we can tune it all out. : @lilly_arts
Sally is an IRL scientist, and tbh, that makes her an IRL badass. : @sallylepage
Sometimes your first love isn’t your best love. Chris talks breaking up with someone he thought was “the one” and how one simple fact got him through it. Swipe through to read more.
ALEXA, PAY ATTENTION TO ME
THUMBPRINT 009: “Meeting your s/o at a concert is an awesome thing, but meeting your s/o while he opens for your tour is truly fucking badass.
I was DJ’ing for a burlesque tour and we found ourselves in NYC on Halloween night. Upon meeting the opening band, I immediately became an idiot, and started flirting with the drummer hardcore. Since you can’t really be on stage at the same time as getting to know someone, we barely had time to talk the first night we met. Luckily, he was brave enough to ask me out, and when I got put on tour for another week, we actually got to go on a real date! We wouldn’t trade our meeting story for the world!” - Alexis
Now we’re craving ice cream. What’s your favorite sweet treat? : @ttlyteala
What do you do when you just can’t deal with the noises in your head? Nina, a social worker, talks about handling your mental health. Swipe through to read more.
We’re here for this summertime happiness because priorities matter. Thanks for being so wonderful, Adrienne! : @adriennefinch
@schoolofrock gives kids the opportunity to shred and let loose on the stage. As we explore NOISE month, we had to feature these awesome kids rocking out.
Some people aren’t used to speaking up, but that doesn’t mean they can’t change. : @lukethorphoto
Does the dial go up to 11?
Kung Fu Kenny aka @kendricklamar left it all out on the stage in his hometown of LA. He rocked the whole show solo, alone on stage, and still connected with fans all night. At one point, he got the entire audience to rap “Humble” without music, and no one missed a beat. There’s something about his authenticity and passion that make you want to be a better person. “What happens on earth stays on earth”… but we’ll remember this night forever.
It’s easy to let the doubting voices pile up, and to think you’re not good enough, or not meant for somewhere. But you are meant for greatness. Tune into yourself and silence the outside noises.
Stumbled upon a #lovewall and remembered hey, it’s not all bad.