In this piece, I kick the door down, instead of knocking on the front door." Read to learn more. TW: Discussion of suicide. Brief mention of sexual abuse and addiction.
What You Need to Know About My Anxiety & More
May these words inspire you to openly and courageously discuss your mental health with those you trust, because mental health is health. We all have it, and therefore we all need to discuss it. And finally, may these words grant you hope, because, despite our challenges, trials, and tribulations, we all have so much potential—so many reasons to believe in ourselves and our abilities to persevere and grow resilience.
Rays of Light: Sydney Gilbert
According to her friend, Sarah Lipps: Sydney is a shining star in many people’s lives...Sydney shows deep care for others and passion for the things that are most important to her—whether that be friends and loved ones, political movements, or her own education. Sydney is a strong, talented woman, who always seems to see the silver lining in the most challenging times.
Rays of Light: Amanda Schar
An aspiring social worker, Amanda Schar aims to live her life in service to others. She hopes to live out her Catholic faith and shine God's light upon the world!
Rays of Light: Kacey Carpenter
According to recent Ray of Light, Alexa Prejna, Kacey "Is always a source of light in my life as a friend, but I have watched her change the lives of her students from the moment she began student teaching. And now that she has her own classroom, she has become a role model to the generation of people that need great role models the most." Get to know Kacey here...
Rays of Light: Debbie Case
Debbie is an honest, straightforward person: what you see is what you get. She loves fearlessly and wears her heart on her sleeve. For Debbie, “Loving thy neighbor as thyself” is much more than a Commandment: it is a way of life. As such, Debbie continuously searches to expand her neighborhood and spread God’s love. People like Debbie are the glue that holds us all together.
Rays of Light: Kevin Claus
Kevin has a magnetic personality and smile. Writes recent Ray of Light, Brandon Wilkerson, "Kevin is by far the most positive person I know...Kevin's positivity could brighten whoever came in contact with him that day." His glass always seems to be half-full. And with his big heart and smile, he tries to assure that your glass is at least half-full as well.
Rays of Light: Alexa Prejna
When I think of people who bring joy to others’ lives, I think of Alexa Prejna! Alexa exudes compassion, humor, joy, and positivity around, well, everyone. Alexa is a good friend and a joy to spend time around. People like her—smiles and all—keep our world spinning around 🙂
Rays of Light: Emma Samatas
Emma is one of the kindest, most compassionate, and most authentic people I know. She exudes love and extends empathy to others freely. Emma uses her voice to speak up for herself and for those who might not be comfortable or able to speak up for themselves. In this way, she empowers herself and others to leave positive impacts on the world.
Rays of Light: Matt Leedom
Matt is one of the kindest, most affirming people I know. He is a pro at meeting people where they are, making them feel deeply known, and motivating them to lead their best lives and accomplish their dreams. Matt gives his heart to others so that they can give their hearts to the world.