To Those Lost In The Trump Presidency

To Those Lost In The Trump Presidency

​Do not let anyone silence your resolve. We were born to change the world, not succumb to it. ​

I have been working in politics since I was 13-years-old. Now, almost seven years later, I continue to see and use politics as a force for change to help others. Politics are my identity.

I did not enter into politics as a matter of convenience, I networked and researched candidates and organizations whose platforms defended and believed in equal rights for all. When I was 13, I took a 90 minute bus ride to volunteer with a Congressional reelection campaign or intern with a voting rights organization. My first campaign job was vetting donors and coordinating field efforts. My first political internship was registering voters and educating citizens on voting rights - before I was even eligible to vote.

When I was 15, I testified on a bill in Colorado allowing 16 and 17-year-old to preregister to vote. As a senior in high school, I interned for my U.S. Senator and Governor. At 19, I interned for a refugee resettlement organization, a U.S. Senator's reelection campaign, and Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign. I have volunteered with several other candidates, campaigns, and causes to advocate for refugees, immigrants, women, children, education, and equal rights.

That being said, I have found my seven year political resolve shaken to its core by this election, presidency, and administration. My resolve and hope in the people, in the country, and in the world ranges from devastation to inspiration.

Here are ten things to remember when you feel lost and defeated during the Trump presidency:

1. Be inspired, not defeated. When overwhelmed by devastation, pause and look for inspiration. Look to politicians, celebrities, children. Look to individuals who continue to fight for themselves, for others, for the country. Look to persecuted individuals who do not let hatred and fear stop them. Inspiration is out there as long as people continue to stand up for what is right. Inspiration still exists - we just have to open our eyes and look.

2. Do not let anyone silence your resolve. We were born to change the world, not succumb to it.

3. You are an incredible person. Do not let one man or administration ruin your hopes, dreams, ambitions.

4. Your voice, opinions, and actions matter. No matter how small you think your contributions are, remember that you are part of a bigger picture and all of your efforts are important.

5. Keep up the good fight. Do not give up. Keep fighting. Keep on keeping on.

6. It hurts - and that's okay. It is okay to be overwhelmed by all the changes in the country. It is okay to cry or be mad. Get emotional, feel the emotion, then channel the emotion into action. Passion is fueled by strong emotion and opinions.

7. Do not compromise your values. Stand by your values. Do not waver in your morals.

8. Never stop believing in yourself, in the people, in the United States. You cannot give up. You must believe in and trust the people.

9. You are not alone. Others are fighting for the same values as you. People will always be there to fight along side you or support you.

10. We will persevere. Onward!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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