Thursday, May 24, 2012

Soroptimist International Ruby Award

Soroptimist International of Camarillo is a member of an International organization that improves the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. This morning I was honored as this
years recipient of their Ruby Award for my efforts with Luggage of Love. Honorees of this award are women who have worked in extraordinary ways to benefit women and girls. I am blessed to have been
chosen for such a distinguished award. Thank you to all the ladies in the organization, I enjoyed the lovely breakfast with each and everyone of you and I thank you for your continued support of my organization.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Buena High School Speaking Engagement

Buena High School has a specially designed class for students who were "at-risk", and have now changed turned it around and improved their grades, and more importantly... their lives. This class often has outside speakers come and share their story of overcoming adversity and making the best possible lives for themselves, despite who they were or where they come from. I was asked to share my story of being a former homeless, shelter, and foster youth; the challenges I faced and the struggles I continue to battle. This group of young men and women all had similar stories so we were able to relate to one another on a deeper level. I hope that my story made a difference in their lives. Thank you Buena High School for having me and I am honored that you have asked me to return to speak again.