Reflecting on 2017 and Looking Forward in 2018

Reflecting on 2017 and Looking Forward in 2018

Looking back on the year of 2017

It was an opportunity for celebration and reflection of our many accomplishments. We have literally shared our You Matter message all over the world, from Scotland, Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, Nigeria, England, to the many places in the US. As I look back on the thousands of lives that we have touched I am reminded of the importance to never give up or let the voice of discouragement deter us from what is possible. Had I let a couple of influential people who told me that I wouldn’t succeed at this endeavor, dampen my desire to spread my message, there most certainly would have been lives lost. Thus the importance of surrounding yourself with people who encourage and support your dreams and desires, just like my two favorite songs, “Never Give Up” by Sia and “Riser” by Dierks Bentley, so beautifully illustrate for us. Read More »

Speak Up Stand Up Part 2

Speak Up Stand Up Part 2

Speak Up Stand Up Part 1

Speak Up Stand Up Part 1

I Believe in Purpose

I Believe in Purpose

I believe that everyone has a purpose. Though I am young, inexperienced and most likely perceived as naive to some, I truly feel that every single person on this Earth has a reason that they are a alive. Whether it is self-proclaimed or given by a divine being, every individual is so
unique in their personality, spirit, talents, and motivation that our short time here on Earth has to
mean so much more than a daily routine that seemingly affects no one but us. Whether one’s
purpose is to create a new medicine, discover a planet, touch lives with their musical abilities, or
motivate someone to continue living in order to find their purpose, I believe every human being
is alive for a reason, and that reason is found only by living. Read More »

You Matter™ Testimonial ~ Ashley M.

You Matter™ Testimonial ~ Ashley M.

I have been meaning to send you this for so long, but it is an essay I had to write in my English class at the end of my senior year and I was also able to turn in it as a scholarship application which I was lucky enough to receive.

My path has changed a bit since I wrote this, as I want to become a mental health counselor now, but my heart is still very much in missions and nonprofit work. I can’t wait to see where God leads me to serve in the next few years and into the future.

Losing Andy is something that none of us will ever fully heal from, but my goal is to provide people with the hope and resources they need to work through their pain so that they know they don’t have to choose the same path Andy did. Your strength and dedication to presenting people with this hope has inspired me beyond words and I hope that I can continue making good out of a situation none of us thought there could be light from. He continues to shine here on earth and I know that light isn’t going anywhere!! You are the reason I want to do what I want to do and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your example in my life. There is a deep passion in me that you have helped spark.

I would love to get lunch or coffee soon if/when you are available!! I would also love to be able to put you down as a professional reference in my application for a internship for To Write Love On Her Arms (twloha.com) in Florida this summer if you are willing. Thank you again for everything.

Boulder Creek High School Testimonial

Boulder Creek High School Testimonial

Every child should watch you speak. I watched your Boulder Creek HS video. My heart goes out to you and any other person who has had suicide be a part of their life. Read More »

Shiloh Church Suicide Prevention and Awareness Presentation

Shiloh Church Suicide Prevention and Awareness Presentation

View the video from the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Presentation at Shiloh Church at their Celebrate Recovery Program.

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