TED TALK: Elyn Saks

I’ll be brief in saying how proud I am to know and be friends with Elyn. Please take a look at her Ted Talk. She has some very important things to say about mental illness, life and how we look at each other as people. Understanding-it’s what we all strive for every day. Thanks, Carmelo http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

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On a weird yet happy note: Happy almost Half Christmas….WORKAHOLICS: “On the Fourth Day of Half Christmas…

workaholics:

…this Tumblr gave to me, more ideas for all the world to see.”

There’s nothing like driving through the old neighborhood during Christmas season and seeing trees lit and lavish. So why should Half Christmas (#HalfXmas) be any different?

Get out there, get a step ladder, and decorate…

On a weird yet happy note: Happy almost Half Christmas….WORKAHOLICS: “On the Fourth Day of Half Christmas…

barackobama:

nicoledelioncourt submitted:

When I was in high school, I fell pregnant with my daughter. My main concern about our future wasn’t worrying about my own spare time—it was the fear that I might fail her due to my age. Regardless, I worked very hard and graduated from high school (early, in fact!), working as a babysitter, and taking care of her as a single mother. Soon after graduating at seventeen, I looked into colleges and at first was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to further my education because of the cost.

After receiving my acceptance letter from the private college of my choice, I spoke with a financial aid adviser and told her about my concerns. From there she educated me about grants and loans, and I felt so happy I could cry. Now, several years, classes, and jobs later I am less than a year away from my degree.

Student loans are the only reason I am able to afford college, and have drastically improved mine and my daughter’s lives. I am hoping that after I am done with my degree, that I will be able to open up my own portrait studio, and not only be a contributing member of our great nation, but also make my daughter proud and give her a great life.

So thank you, President Obama for looking out for students like myself; to have given me the opportunity to just be a mother and not just the horrible stereotype that a lot of young mothers turn out to be due to limited resources; and more importantly have given my angel Iris the chance at a great life I originally feared wasn’t possible.

A photo of the angel you and your administration have helped; here is Iris at six years old, happy, healthy, intelligent, loving, beautiful, and eager for the future.