When I started going into schools, I realized an ongoing trend with young adults. Teens are aware of their bodies and mental health, but not many of them are willing to do something about it.
You don't have to be rich, or famous, to simply do something. That means giving back to your community, giving back to your family, or giving back to yourself. There's a lot that needs to be changed in this world. For me, it helps knowing that I have a strong foundation with my message to discuss body image. I took my personal situations and made them into something positive instead of negative. What is it that you have most experience with? It's always easy to sit on the sidelines and avoid making a change, but trust me, the feeling you get when you know you're giving back is an indescribable one.
Besides my project M.I.N.T., there are tons of ways to get involved with the community. You've probably heard of DoSomething.org before, but if you haven't, it's a program that's been around for quite a while. I'm a huge fan of the concept. Some interesting facts:
- Nearly HALF of Americans don’t recycle their plastic beauty and personal care products. This lack of bathroom recycling is a major reason why beauty & personal care products account for a significant amount of landfill waste.
- Remind people to recycle in the bathroom by creating vibrant recycling bins and placing them in restrooms.
Things as simple as recycling, truly make a difference.
In partnership with Garnier Fructis and TerraCycle, DoSomething is spreading awareness about recycling. All you have to do is text RINSE to 38383 now!
Remember, you can make a difference. Never put yourself down, or allow yourself to feel like you aren't good enough. You always are.