Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Let's Chat About Healthy Relationships

Let's chat about healthy relationships.

Sometimes we can get caught up in a relationship, lost in the dizzying sensation of being head over heels, or in one for so long that it's all we know.

I've talked and written a lot about abusive relationships, and my book, Break From You is about a teen girl who can't seem to get out of a very unhealthy and abusive relationship, but today I thought we take a turn and talk about what goes into healthy relationships.

Some key points of a healthy relationship...

1. Communication is the key to any good relationship. 
2. Speak up about what is bothering you or how you feel
3. Compromise and equality and know how to admit when you are wrong, but don't lose yourself in the relationship
4. Respect each other
5. Be honest and truthful
6. Build trust
7. Support each other
8. Give and take
9. Keep individuality 
10. Take responsibility

Come check out It's Time to Chat on my new You Tube channel!

Love is not abuse!

Learn what a healthy relationship is.

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Best to all!

Until next time,


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Come Visit Me On Youtube

I've been wanting to do a video blog for some time now, so I am excited to announce the launch of my new vlog. Come check out my new Youtube channel!

I've done a "spotlight" on Loveisrepect.org

With it being Respect Week right in the middle of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, I thought it was the perfect time to launch my vlog and spotlight a wonderful organization.

Love is Respect is the partnership between Break the Cycle and the Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.
They are designed to provide information, create resources and ensure a safe place on and off line.

Best to all,

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ask Me Why I'm Wearing Orange Today!

I'm wearing orange for love.

 It is respect week right in the middle of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and today is wear orange day. 

Join me. Put on some orange- either a little or a lot- and snap a picture. Upload it to  Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ and use #respectweek2014 #orange4love or #loveisrespect.org

Let's wear orange and raise awareness on teen dating abuse.

Best to all,

Monday, February 3, 2014

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month- February 4th is Time to Talk Day

This month gives us an opportunity to shed light on a very devastating epidemic. 1 in 3 teens will experience some form of dating violence this year. 

And dating violence can happen to any teen, any race, any place, any time. 

Dating violence can be emotional, sexual, financial, digital, stalking, verbal, and/or physical.

And Today is Time to Talk Day:

Conversations about healthy relationships are happening all across the country on NO MORE Silence: It's Time To Talk Day! 

Get Involved:

About the Day:

Hosted by Break the Cycle's Love Is Not Abuse Campaign, It’s Time To Talk Day is an annual awareness day that aims to generate conversations about healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence and abuse.

Starting a conversation about a tough topic can be hard. Sometimes a good book can help start the difficult discussion. Break From You is a young adult novel that focuses on teen dating abuse.

Join me throughout the month of February in raising awareness. 

The history of Teen DV month:
For years, young people across the nation have organized to put a stop to dating abuse. With their adult allies, they achieved a major victory in 2005 when the importance of addressing teen dating abuse was highlighted in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
The following year, Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse. Both Chambers declared the first full week in February "National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week." Then in 2010, they began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.