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Over the last several years my interest and passion for photography has grown and transformed as I explore different forms of creativity and a focus on producing content that inspires and creates connection. Social media and the Internet in general seem to create a double edge sword. By that I mean that there are so many wonderful things to be exposed to, to learn of and from, and to connect to on the Internet, but there are also traps we can fall into of self-doubt, comparison, and disconnect that can be experienced through social media. Theodore Roosevelt said that “comparison is the thief of joy,” and his words could not be more applicable today.   

When there is a focus on self, living wholeheartedly, being present, and being authentic, social media is a force for goodness and connection.  To me, community and connection is what we all truly desire. The use of social media is one way to bring people together, to inspire one another, and to come along side when we struggle.

I graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies, and a minor in Counseling in December of 2012. I completed my Master's degree in Child Development from Sacramento State in May of 2018. My research focuses on adolescent development. In particular, I am interested in adolescent girls’ self-esteem and body confidence. My passion is to work with adolescent girls in a way that uplifts and encourages them. Adolescence is a time of change and growth and turbulence. My desire is to help equip girls with the tools they need to be confident in themselves, brave in their endeavors, and passionate about life. With so much pressure from social media and our society, I believe it is vital that girls learn they are perfect as they are-unique in all of their facets.