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Bridgette Talks About Self Esteem, Bulimia & Volunteering

Hello, right off the bat I’m going to say that this blog post is going to be a little different from what we usually post. This is going to be a rather hard topic to get into, but I want to talk about self-esteem. Your self-esteem can extremely affect your everyday life and I can say this out of experience. I have dealt with about three years of bulimia and I’m currently in recovery, so I’ve had many years of low self-esteem which has taken a large portion of my life. This is one of the main reasons that I started volunteering, so I could start working on myself from the inside-out.
I’ve had many things throughout the years that sort of pushed me over the edge such as untrustworthy friends that made me feel like I was the problem to even a surgery that made me feel so useless and helpless during my recovery. I know even at a very young age I had a problem with acceptance. I felt as if I had to do everything I could in order for a group or person to accept me. Because of this I never really felt comfortable around my friends. Even to this day I struggle with acceptance and the meaning of actually just being myself and having someone like me for me and not for my extreme kindness (such as buying people food etc.) I’ve had many people tell me to be careful with this “kindness” because I can get taken advantage of.
Honestly, I’ve never actually looked into getting any help, but I know deep down I searched for help without subconsciously knowing it. I would have lies on top of lies as to why I started to have so many medical issues trying to justify my problem with throwing up. The point is I just never told anyone the truth, but I would tell them what I would do, so I guess I just waited until someone confronted me with my problem in order to get help. No one had actually confronted me about my problem. It’s not until when I realize that many things started to plummet in my life which was when I started to search for help. I am currently in recovery and this is just the beginning of my story.

-Bridgette is a college freshman at San Francisco State University and 2nd year Martha
This is one of two posts she’s contributing on the topic.
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Kellyn: Why I Volunteered With the Hollywood Arts Council

PR Marthas at the Spirit of Old Hollywood Benefit

PR Marthas at the Spirit of Old Hollywood Benefit

The Hollywood Arts Council hosted a incredible event to fund raise and provide more resources for schools all around Hollywood who have limited or no arts funds/programs. These awesome and giving people’s event in the old Hollywood spirit also welcomed new members to the wonderful Arts Council.

The Hollywood Arts Council provides resources for local elementary schools to keep supporting the wonderful arts. The HAC provides programs that may influence kids to become artists or simply help kids stay involved with different art programs, like as acting, dancing, theatre, and visual perspectives, as well.

This benefit was so amazing to give back to the community and provide everyone the advantages and privilege to express themselves in any artistic form. Going to a visual and performing arts school is so amazing, and volunteering to help other children in other schools have the same experience felt great! Everyone should have the wonders of being artistic !!!

–Kellyn, HS Senior