5 things the LOVING movie taught me about love, faith, and equality. #ThisIsLoving
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5 things the LOVING movie taught me about love, faith, and equality. #ThisIsLoving

When word of the Loving movie first came out, I had no idea what it was about. Like most Americans, I had never heard of the Lovings. I didn't know that this incredibly couple help shaped the country that I love. I didn't realize that it was because of them, that I am allowed to marry the man that I love. Their story is like no other because the Lovings weren't an interracial couple fighting for the freedoms of America. They were simply a couple, a family, that fought for their right to live and love together – in the land of the free.
Loving's Terri Abney explains how conversations with children about love can change the world. #ThisIsLoving

Loving’s Terri Abney explains how conversations about love can change the world. #ThisIsLoving

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Loving actress, Terri Abney, along with the lead actors and Director of the Loving film. We talked to all of them about bringing the Loving story back to life. This is a very touching story because it's true. It's the true story of the Lovings, who were sentenced to prison or to leave the state simply because they were an interracial couple that got married. With the hate and discrimination this still exists, this movie couldn't have released at a better time. There's a lot that we need to talk about and Terri Abney has a very important message for this generation about love, acceptance, and speaking out.
5 things nobody tells you about being in a relationship... and what you need to know before jumping into one

5 things nobody tells you about being in a relationship (and what you need to know before jumping into one)

As a young woman, I've explored a lot of different relationships. I've had really long-term relationships, love at first site relationships, really passionate ones, and really volatile ones. No two relationships are the same, but they all carry a few common things that nobody seems to mention. Maybe we are too involved to realize it, maybe we are too afraid to admit the truth, or maybe we just don't talk about our relationships enough. These are the 5 things nobody tells you about relationships.
5 reasons I like scaring the hell out of my boyfriend and why he secertly loves it

5 Reasons I like scaring the hell out of my boyfriend (and why he secretly enjoys it)

I have quite the obsession with scaring the hell out of my boyfriend. I hide in any little crevice I can just so I can jump out and spook him. There have been times when I've waited a half hour to scare him. Hey – you've gotta keep things interesting right? I'm sure this isn't the kind of "interesting" that most couples would think of. Maybe you're thinking that I'm a bit cruel. Well, maybe I am but he has picked up on this little hobby of mine and joined right in. It's safe to say that it's kind of our thing now. I personally get pure satisfaction out of scaring him and here's why.

55 Acts of Kindness Bucket List – with free bucket list printable #WomenPrettiesBucketList

It's important in our lives to do as many kind things as possible. Some people don't believe this, but I think the reason for our existence is to help one another. It doesn't have to be big acts of heroism. It's the little things that matter. You'd be amazed at how a simple act of kindness can change a person's day or even change their life. It's something that we, as individuals, should be practicing and something that we should be teaching the new generations. This is my 50 acts of kindness bucket list. You can even get this free bucket list checklist printable to check off all of the 50 acts of kindness! It's something fun to do as a family, individually, or with friends.
A simple act of kindness is always remembered

Why a simple act of kindness is always remembered

You never know how you can change someone's life just by giving a helping hand, complimenting them, smiling at them, sparing some cash, or standing up for them. We are humans. It's our job! We should always have each other's backs. Sometimes it's important to not mind your own business. Sometimes a simple act of kindness isn't so simple gives more than a simple feeling. We're all in this together, after all.
Dear Childhood Me

Dear Childhood Me #BehindTheBlogger

This is going to be a very emotional post. This is a post in a writing prompt blog hop called, Behind The Blogger. This week's prompt is "Dear Childhood Me". We are to interpret every prompt in our own way, as long as we use the words in the prompt. This is going to be a letter to my childhood self. I didn't have a very good childhood. I've opened up about my childhood a few times on my blog, but never have I given you a peek into how I view my "childhood self".
You Make Me Smile

You Make Me Smile #BehindTheBlogger

You make me smile when you look at me that way. It stops me in my tracks, losing the words I was about to say. You make me smile with those big beautiful eyes. They are more mesmerizing than a deserted, country, midnight sky. You make me smile when you tell me you love me out of the blue. It feels like there's nobody left in the world, but me and you.
Our Idea of a Lazy Date at Home

How We Do A Lazy Date At Home – Without Spending a Ton of Money

Let me set the scene. It's date night. Every week or month you have a specific night dedicated to keeping the romance alive with your partner/spouse. Most of you would look at me funny if I said that you should go on a weekly date with your significant other. You would say that you can't afford it. You would say that you don't have time. You have to pay for dinner and the activity. You have to pay for gas and a babysitter. That's if you can find one. The expenses rack up and sometimes, while important, the idea of a date night just seems out farfetched. There are ways to have cute lazy dates in your home without spending a ton of money. Now does that sound like something that's within your reach?
We Are Women Not Objects #WomenNotObjects

We Are WOMEN… Not Objects #WomenNotObjects

I've never considered myself a feminist. I believe in fair, respectable, and equal rights for everyone – men and women of every race and religion. As much as I hate to believe it, women are objectified every single day. I've been there before. I deal with it on a regular basis. Let's discuss women objectification.

Dear 2015 Me #BehindTheBlogger

Dear 2015 Me, It's been a whirlwind of a year. Honestly, that's nothing new. Every year is a rollercoaster. I blame my wild, crazy, unapologetic emotions for that. Every year I look back and I see how far I've come, how much I've matured. Sometimes I look back to months ago and wonder what the hell I was thinking.

To Whom It May Concern #BehindTheBlogger

To whom it may concern, I am Joyce and I am full. I am full of love, life, emotions, and experiences. I am empty. I am empty from all of the love that you took from me; empty from the childhood that you stole from me; empty from the spirit that you broke.

It Was The Best of Times #BehindTheBlogger

When you think back on your life, what moments do you remember? Do you remember the bad times or the good times? Maybe a little of both? I remember a little bit of everything. I had a rocky childhood, but my 20s have been pretty wonderful so far. I've lived, loved, and laughed 'til I've cried. I've had plenty of fulfilling moments in my life and I can easily say "It was the best of times". I can't pinpoint a specific moment in my life that was the best, but I can tell you about the moments that were beautiful. These are the moments that I will remember forever. These are the moments that I look back on and smile.

Who Do You Think You Are? #BehindTheBlogger

The writing prompt for the #BehindTheBlogger hop this week is "Who do you think you are?" This has been a difficult one for me. I wanted to take this prompt with a confrontational tone, but it's not where my heart is at right now. I thought I would do something a little different and eye-opening. I am going to write about how I see myself. I am emotional tonight, so let's see how this goes. It's going to be interesting because I know we all have a little bit of self-esteem issues, especially as women.

I Could Only Imagine #BehindTheBlogger

I often find myself day dreaming about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. I know that's a "line" but seriously, I ponder these things often. I wonder about how life would be if the world we lived in were different. Many of my thoughts aren't realistic, but it's fun to imagine a world at peace. It's fun to imagine my "perfect world". Every sine I was a child I would picture my perfect world. Back then it was in the form of drawings. Now it is in the form of writing and I want to share it with you. A lot of my thoughts about the world are inspired by the song "Imagine" By John Lennon. I love the version with Dolly Parton because the video is AWESOME and well, her voice is perfect for this song.
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