Fashion Can Be Empowering

I’m back again for another We Are The World Blogfest post! On the last Friday of the month (or in this case, close to it!) we post up positive stories that we’ve found from the past month to share with our readers.

When I first started cosplaying back in 2015, I was incredibly shy and nervous. I didn’t know what I was doing but I really wanted to try. When I was dressed up and walking through the hotels of DragonCon, I was thrilled with how excited people would get about my character. When I was myself I was super shy, but when I was in character I got to try out the shoes of someone else.

The Atlanta area is such a great place for cosplayers and nerdy culture. Between all the fan conventions and the booming film industry, cosplay has slowly grown from a marginalized group to being mainstream. I’ve slowly started seeing the same popularity grow for the fashion industry here.

It started when I was at our local Starbucks and I overheard someone talking about preparing for a fashion show only a few miles away. I was surprised, I didn’t realize that the fashion industry was growing. Then today, I read about a fashion show for people with special needs called: Johns Creek Fashion Speaks on the Creek.

The models are escorted by members of the Johns Creek Police Department and “Star Wars” characters. Of course!

The article describes how the fashion show helped an autistic man gain confidence. The age range for the show ranges from 5 years old to 83. The event pushes participants outside their normal boundary lines, allowing them to build confidence and to participate in a way they might never have thought possible.

“When those models walk that runway, they shine. I invite everybody to come see the magic, because that’s what it really is. These models are so inspiring, your heart grows 10 times its size … from the time you walk in those doors to the moment you leave.”

Linda Hickey, president of Jonny & Xena’s Spread the Words Foundation

I knew exactly what that felt like. I knew how being around so many people cheering you on and applauding your abilities felt. It’s amazing how just being given an opportunity can be so incredibly life changing. It’s so wonderful to see people be given their time to shine and to share their creativity.

Check out the articles below to read more!

Fashion show empowers people with special needs – AJC
Fashion show to feature models with special needs – Gwinnett Daily Post

Be Kind and You Will Receive Kindness

It’s the last Friday of the month, which means I’m back with another We Are The World Blogfest post! This month I stumbled across a post that was dated from 2018, but it still absolutely warmed my heart.

The woman in the post talks about how she runs what she refers to as an “anarchist co-op coffee shop” (more on that later), and that several of the homeless kids in the area knew that she would slip them free food and things to them when they came by.

Most would think the story ends there, but this gets even more heartwarming.

The kids go out of their way to help her out. They organized to make sure that at least one of them stayed with her all night when she had a late night shift by herself. And then another time, they —

Well, you’ll just have to read for yourself…

Isn’t that just so great? Now it gets even better.

A friend of mine is the one who brought my attention to this post. He explained that he knew the woman personally and that she was the sweetest woman he knew. The coffee shop was joint owned, so there was no top-down hierarchy for the store. Each of the owners put in an equal amount of work into the shop, and each split the profits.

So that’s why the woman in the post never got in trouble. She was one of the owners so she helped make the rules.

Isn’t that fantastic? I wish more places could do this sort of thing to help out homeless kids in their neighborhoods. I hope you enjoyed this post! Be sure to check out the other heartwarming stories on today’s blog hop.

Adorable Albino Alligators

It’s the last Friday of the month, which means I’m back again with another We Are The World Blogfest post! It’s weird cause some months I have a ton of options for posts, but other months I find it really hard to find positive news that I want to share. I don’t know why that is. Usually I bookmark stories I find throughout the month that I feel really speaks to me, but this month I had to hunt.

And now you get adorable albino alligators!

I really love participating in this every month, and I hope you’ll go over and check out this post on Facebook to read all the other positive entries that have been shared today!

In the Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, an albino gator named Snowflake laid around 19 eggs. Now normally alligator moms are just amazing mothers, being very protective of them and working hard to keep them safe. However because she’s blind due to her albinoism, they weren’t in a very safe location. So the group had to move the eggs to a safer place to increase their chances of survival.

This month the babies hatched, making this the first group of albino gators to be hatched in captivity in the world! I love stories where people take a hand in helping animals, and I especially love sharing awesome news about conservation groups.

The Wild Florida team is dedicated to protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem to ensure that future generations can enjoy the wonders of wild, native Florida.

Posted on the Osceola News-Gazette on July 22, 2019, Author unknown
Aren’t they cute? Here is 25-year-old Snowflake and 14-year-old male Blizzard.
Photo/Wild Florida

Check out the full story!

Spiderman In and Out Of Costume

It’s the last Friday of the month, so that means another round of We Are The World Blogfest, where people with blogs post up about positive stories they have found throughout the month. Check out this post on Facebook to see all of the positive stories for this month.

So today’s news item is a piece that’s been going around in fan circles, but I’m not seeing a lot of big coverage for it. Let me explain the scene first. When celebrities step out of a show or building, they often get mobbed by people who want autographs. However what I’ve recently learned is that not all of these people are fans, pushing merchandise forward to get a signatures, but folks who plan to just sell it online and make some easy money.

At one of these abrupt signings, one of Tom Holland’s fans was pushed into the railing in the process, and nearly had a panic attack because of how little space she had. I can’t find the video anymore, but the camera is pointed up at the sky because she was pushed so far down by the guys pushing pieces to get signed. This is unfortunately a common experience for fans attempting to get autographs though. Lots of people have shared horror stories about it.

Tom Holland, though, in true Spider-man fashion, demanded the other people to back up and give the girl room, even threatening at one point that he would throw their pieces on the ground if they didn’t. The girl stated she was about to have a panic attack, and Tom promised that he was going to get her out of there and make sure she was okay.

Check out the full article linked below to see what Tom said about it afterwards.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/tom-holland-saved-fan-crowd-spider-man

The Same Experience as Everyone Else

What a difference it can make just to know that someone cares.

I read this story earlier this month on Facebook from a post made from the Kindness Factory’s page, a non-profit organization.

A man explains that he goes in to pick up his Frappuccino from his local coffee shop, but since he’s deaf, he usually has it written on his phone and just shows it to the barista so they know what he wants. He goes there just about every day, so most of the employees know his order by heart anyway.

Then one day, he showed his order like normal, and the woman named Krystal Payne handed him a note that read:

“I’ve been learning ASL just so you can have the same experience as every one else.”

Then she started using sign language with him, explaining that she had spent hours practicing it on Youtube just to be able to have a conversation with him. They only talked for about two minutes, but he said that “he had never felt “so equal in all of [his] life.”

Now if that doesn’t restore your faith in humanity, I don’t know what will.

I just love Krystal not only having the idea to do this for him, but also her determination to spend hours making sure she could actually talk with him. She absolutely didn’t have to do it, but the fact that she went out of her way to make him feel like any other customer just makes your heart melt.

You can read the full account on Facebook here. It honestly needs way more attention.

If you enjoyed this story and would like to read more positive tales that have been collated over the internet, check out the We Are the World Blogfest on Facebook. That way you can read all of the incredible acts of kindness that is just the explosion of positivity I need at the end of the month.