I’m not confident in social situations; just going up to someone in a bar and saying ‘Hi’ is going to be even more difficult because they won’t know the real me. They will just know me as a fictional person I play on the screen.

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19 ~ Size AU20 ~

I was scared of wearing this skirt at first, because I didn’t think it was flattering. Now, I’m basically living in it. Pretty happy with how damn cute my body is, and even happier that I’ve come to believe so.

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Jasmine Richards

On April 22, 2006, when Jasmine Richards was just 12, she and her boyfriend murdered her parents and younger brother in their home in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Richards’ parents didn’t approve of her relationship with 23-year-old Jeremy Steinke.

Steinke broke into Richards’ home and killed her mother and father. He then ordered her to stab her little brother. She stabbed the boy once before Steinke took over and slit his throat.

On July 9, 2007, Richards was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder. She was sentenced to the maximum penalty of ten years. Her sentence included credit for eighteen months already spent in custody, to be followed by four years in a psychiatric institution and four-and-a-half years under conditional supervision in the community.

Steinke was sentenced to three life sentences on each of the three counts of first-degree murder. He will be eligible for parole after serving twenty-five years.

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Navy Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara died August 6, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom.

John Douangdara 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.; assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team; died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.

Master-at-Arms 1st Class (EXW) John Douangara, 25, of South Sioux City, Neb., enlisted in February 2003, the Navy said.

Douangara’s initial service school training was at Norfolk, Va., before he joined the security detachment at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in June 2003. He moved to Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., in August 2006 before joining his East Coast-based SEAL team in January 2008.

Douangara’s decorations include the Bronze Star with ‘V’ device; Joint Service Commendation Medal with ‘V’ device; Army Commendation Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; three Overseas Service Ribbons; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and the Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

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“I don’t think my brother would call himself a hero. He was doing his job, doing what he believed in. But in our hearts, he’ll always be our hero.”

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John was a selfless and loving man; he had the chance to touch many lives and so they grieve with us. With an electric smile and an unforgettable laugh John lived life to the fullest.

We will miss our beloved John, but his memory will carry on in our hearts until we meet with him again.

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John being the life of the party: http://vimeo.com/38541540

Last Goodbyes : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vAVwcE5gEw

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For more info on MA1 John Douangdara:

http://www.dawnturzio.com/blog/featured-heroes-navy-petty-officer-1st-class-john-douangdara-1984-2011-and-his-military-war-dog-bart-as-told-through-johns-sister-chan-follen

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Foundations:

http://inmemoryofjohn.com/

http://www.navysealfoundation.org/

Hello! I currently live in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) working with youth to heal the country from the Khmer Rouge genocide and to move past the culture of political fear. I love this country, I love what I do, I love these people. However, the thing here is that size is seriously misunderstood. because I am a size 14 (US), it is expected that I will break any chair I sit in and am too heavy to ride a moto (like a motorcycle with a bit less horsepower) or a bicycle. Being big isn’t really seen as a negative thing here like it is in western culture, in fact it is generally a positive. However, that doesn’t make the constant questions such as “how many kilos?” or “how much meat did you have to eat to get to your size?” (I’m a vegetarian) any less awkward for me. Furthermore, I see the way my western friend that I travel with change how he views me the more comments I receive. He now thinks it’s okay to make jokes about me sitting on people and to tell me that my head is too fat to try on his glasses. Luckily, I am pretty damn self confident and don’t pay it much attention, but some days I just wish that I didn’t have to act stronger than anyone around me and less lazy than my friend just to be considered half as athletic or able. I do appreciate having the chance to show those around me how capable I actually am and to start spreading body positivity to all corners of the world! It is also worth noting that seeing the healing and acceptance process of these amazing people has seriously helped me on my path to self acceptance and peace. I hope that wherever your life takes you, you never forget to experience all that you can and never let fear of other people’s comments slow you down! 

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