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"A Burrito Will Make It Better"

This past Monday (10/8/2012), at our weekly meeting, we did an activity where we passed out pieces of paper for our members to write whatever they want. Something hopeful or inspiring, something to brighten someone’s day, a compliment, or a secret, something you can’t say out loud but needed to get off your chest.

I’d like to record them here. Because they were so beautiful and heartfelt.

 

“Everyone in this room is beautiful and has so much good to offer the world. I love the light that each and every one of you bring into my life.”

“Smile! :)”

“To all of you who shared an emotional story last week, thank you for being braver than I was. You encourage me.”

“This group has gotten me through a lot.”

“Don’t be a drag. Just be a queen. <3”

“I wish the world would love more.”

“You know who’s awesome? Read the first word.”

“No matter how bad you have it, someone always has it worse.”

“Close your eyes, free your heart, and let it go.”

“I’m disappointed in myself.”

“Hug the person to your left (like you mean it!)”

“You are beautiful!”

“Tears DO NOT make us weaker.”

“Everyone’s story is unique and beautiful.”

“It gets BETTER.”

“Your stories are amazing. To those who cried, I almost cried too.”

“I am so thankful for all of our wonderful members this year.”

“Never let others bring you down.”

“I hate the fact that at times, the past still hurts. When I look at him, sometimes I still feel strong regret from hurting him so bad. And while I’ve become stronger in the last few weeks… certain places, sights, even smells can bring me back. It’s pretty scary.”

“I didn’t want to share this last week because I don’t like pity. But my father died of a heroin overdose when I was five, an uncle committed suicide, and my mom currently has breast cancer. I have severe psychotic depression. You may not know who I am but TWLOHA and the community really means a lot to me.”

“Don’t give into pressure to be perfect!!”

“It could always be worse, remember that.”

“I think everyone in this room is incredible, beautiful, and strong. I love coming to meetings each week and seeing everyone’s smiling faces. Please know you are loved and would be dearly missed if something were to happen to you. You are special.”

“We should do a Fears vs. Dreams submission like this.”

“Coming to TWLOHA always makes my day better.”

“You are strong. The bad times will pass although sometimes it may be hard to believe, pray and value hope. It will end.”

“I had fun at the Walk for Recovery! It was a great event & I found it inspirational.”

“I love Ashley’s shiny shoes! And bag! And hair!”

“I want us to be more than a weekend hook-up.”

“Hope is real.”

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

“I love this group even if we are all crazy.”

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

“I <3 My O-Board”

“I can’t wait to rediscover my passion & inspiration. I miss it and I need to find where it’s been hiding or I may go crazy.”

“A burrito will make it better.”

“Ya’ll Rock!”

“Lilli’s tights are awesome.”

“I’m obsessed with Sleeping With Sirens… ‘sometimes you gotta fall before you fly’.”

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

“I haven’t come out to my family and it’s killing me.”

“Secret: I’m afraid to talk because I just had a panic attack… The worst part is I don’t know why.”

“You don’t know you’re beautiful.”

“Four for you, Glen Coco. You go Glen Coco!”

“PMA all day. Positive Mental Attitude. (Go look up the band H20).”

“I feel so much better, better than I have all year. Though some of you may still be strangers, you all are a 2nd family to me.”

“High five the person next to you.”

“Smile, the world is watching.”

“Rachel, after sharing your story, it showed that you are so strong. You are such a beautiful girl & I love that you’re in TWLOHA. I’m excited to get to know you.”

And lastly… this:




I’d like to thank all our members & officers for participating, sharing their secrets and messages of hope. I feel so grateful to have this chapter at our campus and I’m so glad you all do too. We couldn’t be here without you, so I want to thank you for being part of this incredible community.

I’d also like to remind you that if you are struggling, we are here for you. And hope is real. Please be strong <3 

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I made the Kent State TWLOHA UChapter a suggestion box!

We’re going to use it so our members can suggest ideas for events & socials & fundraisers, as well as just any general feedback for the officers/chapter, etc. We also said they could use it for sending anonymous inspirational/hope related messages :)

I have high hopes that it will be successful :)

<3 

Tonight's TWLOHA meeting was fantastic.

It was deep and it was real. There were tears and there was laughter.

There were hugs and truths and openness.
More importantly, there was no judgement, just acceptance and love. 

This community that I’ve built, that me and Kayla and all of the officers have created… I’m just so proud. We’re actually changing lives. Our own and others. We’re making this campus a better place. That’s all I could ever ask for.

Our next meeting is Monday, October 1st, 7:30PM in Room 317 of the Student Center!

We are having our first themed meeting – Community!

RSVP to the Facebook Event here, and invite your friends!

Community.

TWLOHA exists for all people. Hope and help and community. No matter what you believe. No matter who you love. Inclusive, not exclusive.

I won't cry tomorrow.

But next semester, at TWLOHA’s last meeting of the semester…

which will be my last TWLOHA meeting ever

I might cry. No, I’ll definitely cry.

Even though I’m not an officer anymore, it’s so incredible to see something that you created and built with your own hands and a tremendous amount of effort, then nurtured it, set it free… and watched it blossom and grow. :’)

I am just so glad that I’ll be able to attend meetings next semester unlike I couldn’t for most of this semester. Thank god I’ll have classes on Mondays so I’ll be in Kent.

I really have missed having the UChapter in my life this semester. 






This UChapter is the best thing I’ve ever done. Just saying. You guys make me so proud. I really can’t say it enough. 

You ever get that feeling?

That feeling that you just know that you are doing something good, or you’re doing something important. You just know that it is exactly what you are supposed to be doing.

I’m just so thrilled to be part of a great non-profit organization helping to spread the mission and just help people. And I’m so blown away by all the support I’ve gotten from my family, friends, sisters, and people I’ve never even met. It’s such a great cause, so how could it not be well supported, you know?

I’m just really, really proud :)

And I don’t mean this to sound pretentious,

but like, some people in college don’t take the opportunity to do more then just get an education, and I’m just so grateful that I have these opportunities and that I’ve taken them. And it’s so nice to see all of my hard work coming to fruition.