saraalina on 03/24/2014 at 07:07AM
It might be hard for some to live as simply as possible, without unnecessary possessions, cellphone, clothes. I was shocked to hear that a famous Hollywood actress was doing this. Shailene Woodley could have bought a house with her Divergent paycheck, but instead she gave away all of her belongings.
“I cruised and I hung out with my friends and family. I got rid of everything I owned I got rid of my cell phone, and I fit my life into a carry-on suitcase and I just couch surfed for two months. It was awesome.” Woodley stated.
I hope this can have an impact on others as well, and inspire them to live without a lot of unnecessary possessions. Sometimes we focus on material worth instead of what is important.
-Love Sara Alina
saraalina on 03/24/2014 at 12:56AM
Last summer Dallas Police Department “responded to a burglary in progress,” and shot an unarmed teen. Police claim to have found 19-year-old Gerardo Pinedo Jr. inside the house and ordered him to come outside and lie on the ground. Police say he did that briefly, and then charged at officer Jamal Robinson, who fired once, killing Pinedo.
Family members disagree with how the police events occurred and have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Dallas and the two officers involved. The father of Pinedo Jr. contests that his son was violently confronted by officers Jamal Robinson and Mark Meltabarger. “During this time either Defendant Robinson or Defendant Meltabarger tased Pinedo Jr. in the back and the other continued the assault, “the suit says, before “delivering at least one fatal gunshot wound to the chest.” Autopsy reports that Pinedo Jr. may have been shot more than once; medical examiners found two-gunshot wounds-one on his chest and one on his hand.
If the details are true in the lawsuit, this is a senseless murder on behalf of the Dallas Police Department. My heart goes out to the family of the victim.
-Love Sara Alina
saraalina on 03/20/2014 at 02:34AM
Many teens struggle with their body image and what is constantly pumped out through the media of what we should look like. Recently it was National Eating Disorder week here in the U.S., and it is a good opportunity to raise awareness on the issue. Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, as well as binge eating disorder, characterized by binging without the act of purging.
In the US alone, it is estimated that about 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder). Unfortunately, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any identified mental illness. Eating disorders are classified as a psychiatric illness, and there isn’t a one size fits all remedy or a preventive strategy.
It’s important for all who are suffering from an eating disorder to reach out and get the help they need. Hopefully we can change the way we view ourselves to a more positive way instead of negative.
-Love Sara Alina
saraalina on 03/18/2014 at 08:46PM
After high school it is expected that you are to attend college, but for some young girls that isn’t always the case. Young girls are finding it easier to having a baby because they receive government support, then attending college. That’s the case in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles County. Pregnant girls have several resources available to assist: WIC, Planned Parenthood, and the Family Resource Center. They aren’t services to assist those in college, no places available to get college or career advice and assistance.
A young mother in the Watts neighborhood said there was an easier way than to struggle through college. “You should get pregnant,” she told me. “Girl, the government will take care of you, trust me.”
The trouble with assistance programs is that they reinforce a cycle of poverty without offering young people a chance to attend college without having to get pregnant. I hope changes can be made to these assistance programs and give young girls a chance to attend college with the support that they need.
-Love Sara Alina
saraalina on 03/18/2014 at 07:54PM
When George Dennehy was a young boy, he never dreamed he would spend his time as a motivational speaker and a musician. This teenager has overcome the odds to accomplish his dream. George was born without arms and his condition was “viewed as a curse,” he says. So his parents turned him over to the orphanage where he became malnourished. As fate would intervene, a newsletter from Bethany Christian Services shared his story and eventually, a family in America adopted George.
From the beginning his adoptive parents noticed the musical abilities he had. “When I was 8 years old … my mom decided to sign me up for cello lessons and I started playing,” he says, admitting that he “didn’t really enjoy it.” His musical teacher helped him adapt his disability in order to be able to play with his feet. When George started high school playing the cello wasn’t “so cool”, so he picked up the guitar with ease. George says his primary message is one for others to overcome their challenges. “Despite what situation you’re in, anything is possible. It is so easy to want to give up and throw in the towel in life sometimes. But we shouldn’t do that. There’s more that is meant for us,” he says. “God has a purpose for every one of us.”
This is such an amazing story of hope, and truly proves that you can overcome any obstacle. Music has had an impact on me, and I love reading stories how music has helped others.
-Love Sara Alina
saraalina on 03/17/2014 at 07:56AM
This story left me wondering how could things like happen and definitely one of those “you can’t make this kind of stuff up” stories. A New Jersey high school senior sued her parents, accusing them of tossing her out of the family home when she turned 18 and refusing to pay for her private high school and college education. Her parents claim that they kicked her out because she wouldn’t abide by their rules and refused to break up with her boyfriend.
In a lawsuit, Rachel Canning asked a court to have her parents pay for the outstanding tuition for her private high school, pay her living and transportation expenses for the foreseeable future, use money from an existing college fund to pay for at least some of her college education, and pay her legal bills. A hearing was held Tuesday, and the judge denied the request for high school tuition and current living expenses. Another hearing will be held in April to deal with the other issues in the suit, including college costs.
This is an alarming behavior, and had me asking what’s next? If parents refuse to buy their teen expensive clothing, are they going to sue? If parents ground their teen because of a bad grade, are they going to sue? We should ultimately respect one another, and trust me I know being a teen is tough!
-Love Sara Alina
saraalina on 03/17/2014 at 07:55AM
I just want to share this lyric video of Die with this Life made by a fan of mine. Hope you like it! Much love, Sara. xoxox
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saraalina on 03/14/2014 at 09:11AM
Spring is finally in the air, and many are making changes in their life? So, why not change your relationship as well? I came across this article online and here are some ways to spot if you are in a bad relationship:
1. You feel the need to change who you are to make your partner happy.
Everyone makes little changes and maybe some sacrifices while they are in a relationship, but you shouldn’t have to drastically change who you are to make your partner happy.
2. You have to defend your significant other to family and friends.
Every time you hang out with your friends or family you shouldn’t have to make constant excuses for your significant other. It’s time to face the truth!
3. You’re always wondering what your partner is up to when you’re not around.
If your partner always keeps their phone on silent, and isn’t able to hang out all the time, then it may be time to dump them. You should always have 100% trust in your partner, and if you aren’t able to then it isn’t a relationship for you.
4. You feel personally responsible for your partner’s happiness.
This should be a huge red flag when you feel personally responsible for your partner’s happiness. The two of you should find happiness and not rely solely on each other for it.
5. Your partner controls who you see and what you do.
This might be the biggest red flag of all. If your partner is control who you hang out with and when, then it’s time to leave that relationship!
I hope this helps everyone on the quest to love!
-Love Sara Alina
saraalina on 03/13/2014 at 06:22AM
In Tijuana, Mexico part of the fence separating the United States and Mexico is the home to makeshift tents where people live, stuck between two countries. The area is far from pleasant; trash surrounds the area, driven there by the sewage that runs through the nearby Tijuana River channel. The smell is overwhelming and makes it tough to breath, and even harder to imagine how any human could live here. Yet, an estimated 4,000 people call this area home, a stretch known as “El Bordo,” or “the border”. The area is inside Mexico, just outside the city limits of Tijuana.
A person residing in the area named Fernando Miranda has nowhere to go and no place to call his own. Miranda was born in Mexico, and 25 years ago he illegally immigrated to the United States, the country where he worked and prospered, where his children were born, educated and given better opportunities. Miranda was sent back to Mexico in 2011, one of 2 million people who have been deported since President Obama took office. Last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed close to 369,000 undocumented immigrants — most from Mexico and Central America — from the United States.
When they arrive in back in Mexico, they have no form of identification, no money, and usually just the clothes on their back. I understand that they came in to this country, but improvements need to be made for immigration reform. We can’t keep breaking up families.
–Love Sara Alina
saraalina on 03/12/2014 at 07:26AM
Maybe Justin Bieber should have stayed in school longer. I’m sure all of us are well aware of the 19-year-old pop star’s legal issues, but recently he ran into some issues with his vocabulary during a taped deposition in Miami last week that TMZ has posted on their website. During the deposition regarding a lawsuit claim that his bodyguard beat up a photographer, a lawyer asked Bieber if Usher was “instrumental in starting your career.” Seeming ungrateful Bieber replies, “I was found on YouTube. I think I was detrimental to my own career.”Bieber’s lawyer was quick to issue a statement and correct the sentence adding that he meant instrumental, not detrimental.
“Do you know Raymond Usher IV?” the lawyer asks, and Bieber replies “No.” He only admits he knows the superstar performer when asked if he knows “an individual entertainer by the name of Usher,” to which Bieber replies “that sounds familiar.” Bieber finally admitted that Usher is a close friend and confidante who was “helpful” at the start of his career.
Justin Bieber sounds ungrateful to those who supported him and helped to start his career. Hopefully he can change his tune!
-Love Sara Alina