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For more from the 19th annual National Day of Silence, browse the #dayofsilence hashtag and visit the GLSEN website.

Friday marked the 19th Annual Day of Silence, a movement in schools and universities to call attention to the issue of LGBT bullying and harassment among youth.

Organized by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the day is marked by teens spending the day in silence as a symbol of the “silencing effect of anti-LGBT bias and behavior.” The organization estimates that hundreds of thousands of LGBT and allied students at more than 8,000 schools participated in the event this year, many wearing shirts, stickers or pins to explain their reason for silence.

LOL, I work out.

LOL, I work out.

Aww yeah

Aww yeah

Closure

There is this concept of closure in relationships that is needed to truly let go and move on. I got that tonight. 

For the past month, I have been on a rocky, ‘lets spend time apart but see where this goes’, kind of ‘break’ with my guy. We knew things weren’t working but we wanted to salvage what we had left. It was probably a bad idea in retrospect and many horribly dramatic things happened during this time. But lets chalk that up to love.

Wow, love makes you do crazy things. Love makes you feel so deeply. And love can hurt you down to your core.

The pain is real. But that’s also because the love was. I am thankful that we can end things on good terms and hopeful that love will reenter both our lives in a new shape and form. Closure makes me happy for his happiness. It makes me thankful for this experience.

I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders tonight after a month of uncertainty and sadness. I can finally move on without anger or regret. I can finally look for a new source of happiness… within. <3

Life is available only in the present moment.
 Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)

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I feel you Ted!! Haha&#8230;

I feel you Ted!! Haha…

TEDTalk Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

Leonard Bernstein said that to achieve great things, you need a plan and not quite enough time. Isn’t that true? So what do you think happens when you pat a twentysomething on the head and you say,"You have 10 extra years to start your life"? Nothing happens. You have robbed that person of his urgency and ambition, and absolutely nothing happens.

And then every day, smart, interesting twentysomethings like you or like your sons and daughters come into my office and say things like this: "I know my boyfriend’s no good for me, but this relationship doesn’t count. I’m just killing time.” Or they say, “Everybody says as long as I get started on a career by the time I’m 30, I’ll be fine.”

But then it starts to sound like this: "My 20s are almost over, and I have nothing to show for myself. I had a better résumé the day after I graduated from college.”

And then it starts to sound like this: "Dating in my 20s was like musical chairs. Everybody was running around and having fun, but then sometime around 30 it was like the music turned off and everybody started sitting down. I didn’t want to be the only one left standing up, so sometimes I think I married my husband because he was the closest chair to me at 30.”

Where are the twentysomethings here? Do not do that.

Okay, now that sounds a little flip, but make no mistake, the stakes are very high. When a lot has been pushed to your 30s, there is enormous thirtysomething pressure to jump-start a career, pick a city, partner up, and have two or three kids in a much shorter period of time. Many of these things are incompatible, and as research is just starting to show, simply harder and more stressful to do all at once in our 30s.

The post-millennial midlife crisis isn’t buying a red sports car. It’s realizing you can’t have that career you now want. It’s realizing you can’t have that child you now want, or you can’t give your child a sibling. Too many thirtysomethings and fortysomethings look at themselves, and at me, sitting across the room, and say about their 20s, "What was I doing? What was I thinking?"

WATCH HERE: http://www.ted.com/talks/meg_jay_why_30_is_not_the_new_20

A loyal woman…

Yes…

How a male treats a woman is NOT a reflection of HER worth. Nor is it a reflection on anything she LACKS or is not doing. An overly macho, mentally weak, sensitive-minded male knows he does not DESERVE a strong minded woman. In his mind, he thinks one day she will mentally awaken to the realization she deserves better than him & leave him. This is why males cheat on a woman, to have POWER over her. He cheats on her to boost his ego.

Most “males” are more insecure than women. Notice I referred to a “male” and not a “man”, as there is a distinct difference. Many males have VERY low self esteem.

As a mentally mature Man, we need a Woman who will be genuine with us at all times, even if that means she speaks her mind to the point her words pierce us and her tone appears to be “smart mouthed”. In reality, she’s not being “smart mouthed’ she’s being a Queen mentality strong enough to verbally ascend to her throne.

A Loyal, Strong Minded Woman will speak her mind, regardless of what anyone thinks. Tell us the TRUTH. Tell us when we are WRONG. A Loyal woman will not allow us to hurt her multiple times & still accept us. That is NOT loyalty. Not at all. That is Pacifying. Babying. Appeasing.

A Loyal Woman will be loyal to your MANHOOD, not loyal to your EGO. A Loyal Woman will tell us the TRUTH, even if that means she might LOSE us. A Loyal Woman will tell us when our shitstinks, even if it makes us mad. A mentally mature man does not want a YES woman. Trust me. 

Read full blog here: http://realnewspaper.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/why-men-cheat-on-loyal-women

NLAPH 2014

Had a great first day at the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health retreat in Atlanta.

I’m doing some reflecting on the public health work we can do for Colorado’s Asian community (my project). It is both exciting and nerve-wrecking. I hope through this opportunity we are able to make a lasting, sustainable impact. There is so much we can do!

I’ve learned from my team members and the presenters, and more than ever, I believe in the work of public health, servant leadership. That the work we do is not for the career or for the title… but that we have chosen public health to serve.

I reflect on Milano’s analogy of the dance floor versus the balcony. When we are dancing on the dance floor, we are limited to what we can see. But when we watch from the balcony, we give ourselves the gift of expanded knowledge.

"On the dance floor, it is the arena of action. At your best, you can plan out a few steps. But if you give yourself the benefit of standing on the balcony, you see the aerial view and the patterns in your practice."

Great words. Need to take the time to step back from time to time. Also said today, “sometimes you need to go slow, in order to go fast.”

Annie Guo
Big dreams, a lot of compassion, and a hint of creativity! Stay a while.

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