In Honor of PTSD Awareness Month

In honor of June being PTSD Awareness Month, I had the amazing opportunity to talk with Taylor, a former college dorm mate and the creator of the Beyond Our Cells podcast. Inspired by her own life with sickle cell, the podcast highlights those living outside the limitations and experiences of their health conditions. Despite not…

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The Misadventures of La’Nita, Patty, Andrea & Deanna on their Way to the Train

Hey There Live Out Louders. Happy Saturday! You’re probably wondering about the angry wolf and the three seemingly eager characters at which the fox is yelling. Well, that annoyed-fox is me and if you wouldn’t mind, I would like to introduce you to those three people: Patty, Andrea, and Deanna. I just met these ladies three years…

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An Ode to the Education Community that Forever Changed Me

Hi There Live Out Louders 👋🏽 Oh how I’ve missed you so! So much has happened since my last post. So to be truthful, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed on how to share all of these updates with you in a variety of beautifully penned posts. But, I’ve got to work on ridding myself of…

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A Tearful Sunday

There is no manual in the world that could prepare you for the day when you hear that your ex got married. And while there may be several Reddit discussion threads about the topic, I doubt that there is a clinician’s list of prescribed steps to take in order to manage the emotional rollercoaster that…

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It’s My Survival Anniversary: Reflecting on My 3 Years Post-Attack

Hello My Amazing Live Out Louders, Happy Tuesday! While Tuesdays are not a day that I would traditionally share my deep and intimate thoughts with you all, January 15th is a very significant date in my life! And because it is so impactful, I would love to share what this date means to me. Three…

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Dear: Mass Shooting Survivor, From: A Terrorist Attack Survivor

Dear Survivor, I don’t know who you are, but if you’re reading this letter and you have survived the unthinkable, I am sorry. I can relate to the strange feelings that you are having, so I want to share some thoughts with you. My name is La’Nita and I survived a terrorist attack in 2016…

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5 Tips to Help Better Your Mental Health While Working or Going to School

Hello Live Out Louders! Welcome to another Saturday-morning post being brough to you through the internet airwaves in Central America. Believe it or not, I only have two weeks left of my 10-week stint of interning in Guatemala. While I have interned/worked plenty of times before this summer, this internship marks my first time back…

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What a Flashback Feels Like

Hello Live Out Louders, (I think that’s the name I want to give my wonderful blog supporters.) This post is coming to you from Costa Rica, and unfortunately is discussing a topic that I faced last night while on vacation. So buckle up, and get ready to learn about one of the most scary and…

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8 Things NOT To Say To Someone With PTSD

Hello, My Beautiful Readers! After being diagnosed with PTSD, depression and anxiety post-terrorist attack, I have received many interesting questions/statements—most of them which result in an internal side-eye from me 😒 Unfortunately, due to mental health having such a negative stigma in our society, we frequently fail to learn appropriate ways to communicate with those who…

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Why I Still Travel After I Almost Died

Buenos Días Mi Gente! This post is brought to you from Guatemala City, where I will be spending the next ten weeks…well, nine now! Please forgive me for my MONTH-LONG break in not posting…I was preparing to move my life to another country for the summer. But alas, I’m back and I’ve got more amazing…

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