"This is my first time traveling alone. As a woman, I know this could sound like a scary thing. But I really enjoyed myself out here in Miami. The idea of having money and time is still very new to me. That's going to take some time to believe (laugh) Im being more intentional with doing things that bring me joy. Again, this is very new to me so I'm really just taking it all in at the moment. But I'm learning to enjoy things in the moment. And I can think about the future in a way that doesn't take me out the present."- Diana
"I really love your website, we need more of this in the world. Like, why limit your knowledge to stereotypes when you can discover so much more about a person..."
"You want to know how to gain respect? Love yourself. Love yourself and treat yourself and others the same way you do yourself.
Let me tell you, it don't cost nothing to be about something!! But it sure do cost a lot of something to get out of nothing... Think about that..."- Welmon
"This is something that still on going. So, I was originally born in Mexico City, so I'm undocumented. Because of that people have always thought I wouldn't be able to achieve much to get very far in life. But a few years ago, Obama passed a law where I can apply for a work permit and be here legally to work. So ever since then I've been working at least 2 jobs at a time and going to school. I remember, summer of 2014 I was working at a Papa Johns, a place called Zuma fun center and doing non Profit work for the governor race that year as well as attending school full time. Still to this day I only have one day off out of the week cause I want to be someone some day, you know? In high school I got left out of so many opportunities for that reason. I couldn't study abroad, I couldn't apply for certain programs cause of my status. So now I'm working towards something great, I don't know what it is just yet, but it's going to happen. I will prove them wrong, and the best part about it Is that I'm going to do it my way. I don't mind taking the roads less traveled. I just want to make sure I don't follow anyone's footsteps. I don't want people to tell me, you're the next so and so. I want them to say you're the first David Briceño."- Dave
"I paint, draw and I have recently been working on different sculptures. I'm always looking for opportunities to expand my knowledge. I am always looking to improve my art,I have been drawing since I was a kid. Most of my pieces are re-created from my art work as a child. Art is the only way that I have ever been able to express myself, so you can imagine how much joy it brings to me. I am not very good at communicating but my art says everything I've ever needed to."- Kayla
"I'm 54 right now and if I could speak to the 20 year old younger version of myself, I would say: 'do everything the same exact way. Take the chances and if you make any mistakes along the way, it'll only make you stronger. When I look at all of my mistakes and achievements, they all even out and I wouldn't be the man I am without them.'"- Ralph
Stephanie- "So I've always had this idea in mind that Love exist but sometimes it doesn't last as long as it should. It can fade, it can be broken, it can never be there in the beginning though we pretend that it is. But whenever you learn to Love other people and yourself, that's when you start to realize that it's ok to feel certain things that you never thought you can feel before. And if you give that Love that you feel for other people, you'll feel like you're doing something right."
Donnie- "Love to me is the desire to devote what I like to call resources, whether it's time, money or emotional support, etc. They're all resources. But it's willingness to put all those things up for someone else regardless of if you get it back."- Donnie & Stephanie
I just like being outside. When I'm outdoors, I feel like I'm at peace with myself a lot more. And I can come here by myself most of the time. My wife doesn't really enjoy it as much as I do(laughs). My daughter is 20 now and I started bringing her out here when she was 10. I feel like quality time with your children is so important.
So im 57 right now. I'm a high school biology teacher and tennis coach. Being given the chance to travel a lot of places, looking back I would tell myself not to settle down too quick without seeing the world. It's not as easy now as it use to be for me. But I would definitely say go out and experience as much as you can. I'm not talking about any drugs or nothing like. Stay healthy as long as you can and see the world. I just can't understand people staying inside all the time, ya know? (Laughs)
My daughter's in college now, and I just told her to work hard, set a goal and go for it. And stay positive. Don't sweat the little stuff. Life is too short to worry about the things that don't matter."-Stacey
We just got engaged!!
Collin- "When we made it to the end of the trail, she was standing over the edge taking pictures. That's when I just kneeled down behind her on that hard ass rock for 30 secs just shaking (laughs). So I called her name and she turned around and says 'Oh my God'." (laughs)
Shelby- "I was so dehydrated. I was like 'I think I'm crying, I don't know what's going on'." (laughs).
Collin- "Yea I think she on had maybe one or two tears that her body could actually afford at the time." (laughs)
Shelby- (laughs) "But I was very shocked and it was so beautiful! Very exciting!" (smiles)
"10 years from now? I'm hoping to have my dream car(laughs). It's a 2007 Dodge Viper GTS-R. I like American muscle cars. The only import I would get is the newer Lexus BRZ or FRS. With the import I would go JDM with it (Japan Domestic Made). As you can see, I love cars (laughs).
But as far as in my life goes, in 10 years I hope to just get money, have a good career with no kids. Never.
One of my greatest fears is being alone. When I turned 19, I found out I was adopted. So that's when I found out why all my brothers and sisters had a greater age difference from me and why we didn't look alike. So I always felt like the black sheep of the family. Then I finally found my biological mother and etc. I still see her from time to time. But anyway, I just think my fear of being alone comes from childhood. I was always the younger one and different.
But being the black sheep can be a good thing too. My parents are very religious people. They're Christians and a prophet actually prophesied me coming into their life. My dad would tell me in the bible that people that were prophesied to be born ended up being great people."- Alexandra
"Peace to me looks like being in a place where you're surrounded by harmony and genuine Love. It's a place where I feel secure and comfortable with my surroundings, ya know?
I'm 30 years old right now and looking back in my earlier years, I would definitely tell myself: 'slow down bro, you will eventually get there'. I say this because back then I would react with more of rebellious response rather than thinking about the situation first. Like, I was thinking but I was just thinking too fast. Now that I'm more in tune with myself, I'm able to think properly and identify more things than I were able to when I was 20 years old.
I really want to get back into modeling because I absolutely Love fashion. Like, seriously, I would die for it... that's how much I Love it. Fashion is the biggest way to express yourself, ya know?
And you know the crazy thing about people? They will respect your appearance(shoes, hair, jewelry, clothes, etc.) before they actually respect YOU! Like, I'm walking around out here now and people are greeting me as if they actually know me. This one girl looks at me and says: 'He's a prince!'. And I'm like 'oh my gosh'. A prince? Where? I'm just an ordinary guy! (laughs)."- Tikki
My dream is to go into sports marketing one day and hopefully one day work for a professional sport and move up in the ranks. My aspirations come from my love for sports. I remember when my dad took me to an Astros game. This was when the Astros were playing in the Astrodome. It was probably the only memory that I can actually still have a vision of from when I was younger. I had such a great time. It was just me and my Dad. I think that's how good memories start. It starts with people you look up to. I always looked up to my Dad. So I'll never forget when he took me to my first baseball game. Ever since then, I've been a huge fan of sports.
I think the biggest fear that I have is not knowing what you're going to run into as life goes on. But that's life, you know? That's why you have to make each day worth it. Just live life and don't rush into things. So yea, it's definitely the fear of the unknown. But that's what makes life exciting (smiles)."- James
"I have a son. He's 33 right now. When I was raised up, my parents didn't give me everything. So I had to work for it. This taught me a lot of discipline. But when I had a kid, my thing was that I didn't want him to have to go through the things I went through. So I tried to give him everything. And when I did this I realized I bread in him impatience, I bread in him the 'I want it right now' attitude. But I was only doing what I thought was right at the time. But I do feel like it was a mistake on my part for not allowing him to go through some things.
So what I would tell you is: We sow and we reap. And we have to understand that in between the sowing and the reaping, we will spend most of the time contemplating and nurturing our crop before it harvest. And we have to trust and be patient with the process."- Raymond
"I feel like my purpose has shifted. Like, I still have my dreams and passions but I also have a family as well. So the challenge always comes from balancing the two.
What I want to do is get into a creative space where I can do the things I'm truly passionate about. Like right now, I'm viewed as just the "finance lady", but the truth is, I'm far much more than just that. I'm a visionary and an artist of many kinds.
I'm optimistic about everything right now, but I'm very optimistic about my marriage and my kids. And lately I've been feeling so awakened in my life in general. Like, I'm becoming more true to myself. And because I'm beginning to not really care about the "what if's" like I use to in my earlier years, I'm really optimistic about what my life will grow into years later."- Seba
"This is the most optimistic that I've ever been. I get to stay with my friends and do things I like, such as travel and learning piano. I will graduate end of year and can find a job. I am excited about starting a new my career.
On the other side, I don't like to say goodbye to people who I love. I honestly fear separation."- Yi Ding
"I take pride in my role of being a justice warrior. I am thankful that God has given me this passion to pursue justice for the sex-trafficked victims in Houston. I consider it to be a gift to serve the voiceless everyday.
When it comes to struggles, I would say I struggle with insecurity and comparison of myself to others. I find that I am prone to ranking my looks, my efforts, failures and successes to other people. It's unhealthy and I hope to grow in my security; to know that my value isn't dependent on the perception of people." - Chelsea
I was born in Nigeria, and the Nigerian way to say my name is "Eh-Boon" and it means "gift". And I also have a longer name which is Ebunoluwa and that means "Gift of God".
I hope to be a lawyer years from now. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of lawyer at the moment but definitely somewhere in the office for sure. I've always grew up wanting to be a debater. Like I feel like I have the ability to win people over kind of sort of, ya know?
I'm really big on helping the homeless. Like for some reason whenever homelessness is brought up, I get really emotional. So when it comes to making my contribution to the world, I'm hoping to not only help the homeless but also helping those who are underprivileged.
When it comes to fears, I just fear that I might live my life not knowing what I truly want. Like you know, living for what society says is better for me or living for what my parents want from me and not truly being happy with who I am. Like don't get me wrong, my parents never said 'you need to be this or you need to be that'. But they do have their way of thinking and it's how I was raised to think. Now that I'm in my freshman year of college, I'm just now beginning to think differently. I don't know, I just feel like my mind has been wrapped around their way of thinking which makes it so hard to make my own decisions in life and find out who I truly am. Like I really find myself not doing a lot of things because I know my parents won't like it.
But I have to tell myself that I won't be living with my parents forever so eventually I'm going to have make my own decisions anyway, ya know?"- Ebun
I was originally born in Detroit, Michigan. I moved out here in Houston after my father and stepmother separated. I decided to follow my own path. Making this move taught me how to be a man.
I paint and I draw. I have the ability to use my third eye and create visuals of our ancient Egyptian ancestors and show you what they look like today. I've created an art collection that's revolutionary and I'm very proud and honored of that. However, after working 4 years on it, I'm ready to move to the next level and start another collection.
I'm 26 years old now and looking back in my younger stages, I probably would've told myself to not worry about what anyone thinks and follow your own path. Growing up in the hood of Detroit, no one in my family really did anything and I really wanted to do something and that seemed to had been an issue (which is odd). So trying to overcome those trials and tribulations while trying to do something at the same time was a battle for me.
In order for me to have faith and believe that this was my path, I had to put all of my trust in God. Many people feel that's partial of what's necessary but the reality is, it's everything."- Stuart
"...I don't know, I guess the older you get, the more you realize that you could've done so much more when you were younger.
But yea, at the moment, I'm really optimistic about my design career. I have an artistic family and a background in marketing. Soooo, I think like the visual aspect of things is something that's really prevalent in today's society. I mean, you look at something before you buy it and I like that."- Errika
"I'm working on an album entitled "The Eviction Notice". It's based off a true story. It covers some of the main events that me and my girlfriend went through from being homeless and sleeping in a car with my daughter to living in a condo driving a foreign car. It was all by the grace of God.
It's like, right now I'm at a point where I'm actually fighting with myself. It's two sides. Like, this is who I really am and on the other hand, this is who I'm betraying to be. If I continue to fight who I truly am and continue to be who I'm betraying to be, I won't be as successful as I want to be. You know? Everybody say, you can't fight who you're built to be in life. If your destiny is to be a dude on the corner slanging all day long, you can't fight that because one way or another that lifestyle is going to track you down and pull you right back.
So that's where I'm at right now. I'm a crossroad with a 4 way stop sign. I can go left, I can go right, I can go forward, and I can even turn around and go back. It's like, which direction do I go? "- Antoine