Love Rants

It really breaks my heart that this school district won’t stand by their students. That they are BREAKING THE LAW by censoring their students. They don’t care.

According to their statement they are standing behind the “mission” of the school.

This is the mission of Sheridan High School:
“Sheridan High School provides opportunities for students to achieve their highest potential in learning, integrity and citizenship within a safe school environment.”

Can someone tell me how pulling a profile of an openly gay student is helping them achieve their highest potential? In my opinion Sheridan High School is not allowing Taylor Ellis to achieve anything. SHS says that they want to provide opportunities for their students in a safe school environment, but how can you have a safe environment for a student when they are not welcoming.

Y’all, it’s 2014. Get over the fact that everyone isn’t like you. That’s what makes us great! This high school is risking a law suit because they don’t agree with one student’s life choices. What if there was another gay student at that school that was afraid to come out to family and friends? Do you think they are going to want to now when they see what is being done to Taylor? Hell no, why would they?

I majored in mass communication and this drives me crazy that this school thinks they can get by with this. I know the advisor to the yearbook at Sheridan High School and he stands by his students in their right to publish Taylor’s profile. I wish him and his staff luck. If you do too, let them know. Share my story or any of the one’s below.

Momma’s Got A Dudes Name 1:

Momma’s Got A Dudes Name 2:

Huffington Post:

Arkansas Times:

Human Rights Campaign:


Today is my 24th birthday. There isn’t really anything special about 24 that I know of but this was by far the best birthday I have ever had.

It all started yesterday…because everyone wants a birthday weekend not just a day.

I spent Saturday with some friends. We went to Little Rock and had a blast. At midnight my sister called and my nieces sang me happy birthday.

Sunday I got to sleep in a little bit and then my mom drove up to take me out to lunch. She brought my puppy dog with her so we ended up going to PetSmart so she could get out and run around. While looking I fell in love with a fish. He is the brightest blue I’ve ever seen. His name is Olaf. And he obviously came home with me.


Then I went and had coffee with my lovely friend Larissa. It was a bitter sweet moment because that will be the last time for a while since she’s getting married in a week and moving to Arizona! She got me these BEAUTIFUL flowers.


When I returned from getting coffee there was a note under my door that told me to check my office. I walked into my office to find a bunch of balloons, more flowers and the sweetest card from my staff. And one of my Cubs got me a movie poster from my favorite movie that I can’t wait to get framed and hang up!


I finally settled down to watch some Walking Dead when I hear someone POUNDING on the doors to my building. I opened my apartment door ready to jump into RC mode to see Bri, Matt, and Stephen standing there with pizza and cupcakes. They decided to surprise me for my birthday. I had no idea they were coming and it was the perfect way to end my day. In the middle of the Walking Dead I also received an awesome video of the cutest kid wishing me a happy birthday.


I often forget how blessed I am to have people like this who really care about me and want to celebrate me. I can’t thank everyone enough for what they do for me everyday. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for them and I can’t wait to see what the next year of my life holds. I know that I will be just fine with my friends by my side!


So the last two weeks have been filled with excitement!  I went on my first Hall Director retreat where we got a flat tire!

Then RA Training happened! We went to the 4H Center and did the ExCel program.  We had the choice of going on the giant’s ladder or the high ropes course.  I chose the high ropes. It was fun but I am definitely a tree hugger! Here are some pictures that the 4H Center took and posted of our group!

There were circles.

And promises were made.

Ladders were climbed 30 feet in the air.

Can you see the fear in my face?And then we went down a zip line!  This was my favorite part. And doesn’t Brittany look adorable?

Resident have moved in now so we have started having our Opening Week events.

There was a block party with DJ Hollywood.

And Casino Night where we had 173 residents come out to play!

Tomorrow we are going bowling.  It’s going to be a blast!

I’m stressed. Really really stressed. This is a very busy time of year for people in the Housing community and I am no exception. I’ve had a few meetings but mostly it’s me preparing for my new role as a Hall Director. Don’t get me wrong I am SUPER excited about this but I’m also stressed about it. I was on call this last week so I didn’t get out much and that was starting to wear me down and then…the greatest thing that could have happened, happened.

A little boy that I’ve known since the day he was born pulled up in a car to see his momma. As soon as he saw me out the window he got the biggest grin on his face. It was awesome. Then his momma got him out of his carseat and he ran and gave me the biggest hug that he could give me. It pretty much knocked me down. This kid is awesome and I was just so happy that he did that.


Doesn’t he look like he would be fun to hang out with?

It might not seem like much but it always takes him forever to warm up to me so seeing his reaction was exactly what I needed. We played in the “alligator” (aka: elevator) and we went up and down some stairs. To him it was quite an adventure and I was having a blast for those 10 minutes.

So in case you haven’t noticed I gave up on the whole “30 Things” thing.  Maybe I’ll start up again later.

Right now I want to talk about how I’m super excited about my life right now. I found out some amazing news today and it has made me really nervous and really excited at the same time.

I keep telling myself that it’s going to be great and I refuse to let the little things make me worry. This is a great thing for me and people are believing in me.  People are excited for me. That makes me so happy.  I have amazing people in my life who are proud of me and support me.

I couldn’t be happier right now and I’m so glad that things have worked out the way they have so that I could be here, now.

"And at some point, the struggle becomes too much--too tiring--and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy...or happen." Hannah Baker

I recently read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.  This book was amazing!  This book talks about a controversial issue, suicide.  The word isn’t used until the end of the book when the main character Hannah finally makes the decision to end her life because even she can’t grasp the fact that, that is what she wants to do.  First a summary of what this book is about.

If you don’t want to know how this ends I would skip this part.

Hannah Baker was a normal high school student.  One day she didn’t show up for school.  Then Clay, the other main character, gets a package with no return address.  Inside the package is 7 cassette tapes.  Before Hannah killed herself she made these tapes and asked the 13 people she talks about in them to listen to the tapes and them pass them on to the next person.  She said that if you got the package you had a part in her killing herself.  Some of the reasons were serious things and some of them were little things that you wouldn’t think would bother someone.  But, all of these things happened so fast in Hannah’s life that she didn’t see any other option.  The last person on Hannah’s list was the school guidance counselor.  She went to him for help and even he didn’t help her.  The next day she was gone.  The last words that Hannah Baker spoke were, “I’m sorry”.

This book tugs on your emotions but I highly recommend it.  This book shows you that the little things you do or say can have a HUGE impact on someone’s life.  Some of the kids in the book started rumors, others did inappropriate things to her, and then there were some that didn’t do anything at all.

I like the concept of this book. You hear Hannah’s side of the story as you listen to the tapes and you hear Clay’s thoughts about what she is saying and what he was thinking the whole time.

Clay wasn’t one of the people that did anything wrong, he just didn’t do anything to stop her and she noticed that. This changed Clay forever and in the end he takes a step forward and tries to help someone else he sees in trouble.

The sad thing is as you read what Hannah is going through and you hear Clay talk about her you realize that Hannah showed ALL of the warning signs for someone contemplating suicide, but no one steps in.  NO ONE.  In fact one person takes away the only thing that Hannah was holding on to.  She even warned him that she NEEDED what he was taking away, but that didn’t stop him.

As a Resident Assistant I am trained to look for the warning signs and I know how to help people or get them the help they need, but what I don’t think about is how one little comment, that joke that was made about someone’s hair can cause them to do something so drastic.  In most cases it’s not the little things that actually cause it, it’s everything piling up, but can you imagine if you were the last person to say something to someone and what you said is what pushed them over the edge.  I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I knew that.  And that’s what this book is about.  It’s about paying attention to your words and your actions because they might have a bigger impact than you think.

In the words of Hannah Baker, “You can’t go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have…is now.”

I’m taking a seminar class this semester titled “Nonviolent Conflict.”  At first I was nervous thinking that it was going to be a lot of reading and learning about stuff in the past.  Hence I was thinking it was going to be more of a history class than a political science class.  So far I have been wrong!

We watched the movie “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.”  It was about the protests that the women of Liberia did when a war broke out in their country between the government and the warlords.  The protests were huge and got thousands of women together to peacefully show the government and the warlords that they were killing and raping their own people.  They were NOT protecting them.  You can learn more about that here.

Pray The Devil Back To Hell

This got me thinking about how much I complain about stuff going on in my life and in this country, but when compared to the rest of the world we have it easy.  I don’t know if I could do what those women did.  They had been through so much but they didn’t let that stop them. It only made them stronger and more willing to do whatever it took to get Peace in Liberia.

I like to think that if I was in that situation that I would have joined them.  I would have sat there day in and day out asking and praying for peace.  But then I think about what I’m doing right now.  I’m sitting at my computer avoiding homework.  There is so much that I could be doing.  I could be praying for this country.  I could be praying for peace for everyone.  Those women gave up everything they had to help their country and I won’t even give up 10 minutes of my day to help mine.

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