I have a head full of tiny curls and big dreams. I am dark with a glimmer of hope, but oh how brightly that glimmer sparkles. With all of my heart I believe… I believe in myself, though I forget that now and then. I believe that life ultimately comes down to two decisions: to do nothing or to do something. I believe in the magic of the little things. I believe that it is incredibly important to say “I love you” to someone every morning—even if it is only to your dogs. I believe that God has created us all to be more than capable to handle wherever our lives’ journeys may take us, but an integral aspect of our tremendous capabilities is the ability to ask for help. I want to be brave enough to let go of myself and leap into the unknown, but I might need a bit of a push. Just a tiny nudge. My philosophy is this: you can be the best at anything, but you’re never better than anyone. I think that true brilliance and true beauty are found when we are the most vulnerable and void of all that we use to cover who we are. There is a genuineness in vulnerability that is unparalleled and yet so across-the-board. I have learned that the truth can be hard to grasp and even more difficult to cope with because truth is not based on reason, it is based on fact. When you open yourself up to truth you no doubt open yourself up to pain, loss, and tragedy. But you also open yourself up to the resilience of the human spirit, love, and hope. It’s not always fair, but what I have learned more than anything is that it is always worth it. Writing, art, and photography free me from myself. I am nothing more and nothing less than a fantastically flawed child or God.