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Very few of us escape childhood unscathed by one thing or another — divorce, abuse, bullying, and poverty all inflict trauma. However, influencer and mental health advocate Madison Little has endured more than your average person.

At just four years old, Little watched her father murder her mother. She moved around from home to home, living with her aunt and uncle, her grandmother, and then a friend’s family before setting out on her own. Little’s traumatic past has informed her bright future, however. Knowing that her story could help people like her, and coupled with an interest in mental health advocacy, Little set out to be an inspiration to others in their dark times.

Following her mother’s death and her father’s incarceration, Little struggled with how to internalize and deal with what she had witnessed. Her emotions manifested in bad behavior: she broke her aunt’s pinkie finger and often had to be carried out of her daycare room because she was sobbing uncontrollably. Things did not improve as she grew older, and finding they could not control her, her twenty-something aunt and uncle shipped Little off to her grandmother.

“My grandmother could put up with me. She knew how to deal with me the way that you would deal with kids in the 60s,” explains Little, “but the generational gap was a huge barrier between us.”

Being a child growing up amid the spike in social media reliance, Little was constantly on TikTok and Snapchat. It was an obsession that her grandmother couldn’t wrap her head around.

“She told me ‘my kids would be outside playing in the yard from 8 am to 8 pm every day,'” Little recalls with a laugh.

By 11th grade, Little’s struggles regarding the generational divide between her and her grandmother mounted. She moved in with a friend she knew from camp, but that was short-lived. Little was still grappling with unresolved childhood trauma, which was rearing its ugly head with bad choices and issues with interpersonal relationships.

Upon graduation, knew that she had to take control of her future. So, she decided to ultimately do something meaningful with all of the trauma she still held inside.

“I realized childhood trauma is something to be worked through,” she says. “It will push you to be stronger in the long run.”

With 100,000 TikTok followers in her back pocket and a spark of an idea to inspire others to tackle their trauma in a healthy manner, Little set off for Los Angeles.

“I figured that even though I don’t know anyone, I don’t know how to do anything, I have no degree, and I don’t know how to be an inspiration to this world,” Little says, “but if there’s anywhere I’m gonna learn how to be an inspiration, it would be in LA.”

Little hopped on a plane and landed in LA without a real idea of what she was doing. Once settling in, she began reaching out to people in the most comfortable way for her: through TikTok.

Through her “Hey Babe” videos, Little has tapped into something her generation seems to have been craving: someone who checks in with them, asks if they’re ‘ok,’ and shares similar feelings — whether those be anxiety, social pressure, depression, or fear of what the future holds. The videos resonated with TikTok viewers, and Little quickly amassed nearly 1 million followers on the platform.

“I’ve created a community that supports each other and is there for each other. That’s evident in the comments section,” says Little.

Little acknowledges that a lot of negative can come with social media, especially within the influencer space. There’s a strong focus on staying relevant, gathering likes, and appealing to a broad range of people. Nevertheless, Little feels the best way she can advocate for her peers’ mental health wellness is by simply “checking in.” Her videos are like sitting down and talking to a friend, and she has found success on TikTok and Instagram by being a calming influence amid the noise.

Little begins her videos asking people to “turn their phones” and “come a little bit closer,” creating an intimacy not often experienced on a platform full of dance challenges and pranks.

In addition to her robust TikTok presence, Little has kicked off her own life coaching business. The “Coaching Boost” specializes in working with people to help them be empowered to make big life changes. Little became a Certified Life Coach in 2021 and has been successfully coaching clients in the Los Angeles area. By taking her business online, Little hopes to have a further reach and give people more accessibility to her services. Clients who sign up for Maddie’s Coaching Boost can choose to receive guidance with their career, relationships, life in general, or a “mindset shift”.

“Coaching is the best way to shift your mindset,” Little says on her site, “Your coach will be by your side to help you plan for your future, upgrade your career or just simply help organize your mind.”

Little is still working on herself, as well. She is going back to school at LA Film School to study the entertainment business and continues to build her unique platform online.

“This is your ‘word of advice,'” she said on her post announcing her school return. “Shoot your shot. It’ll make things better.”

Madison Little can be found on TikTok @maddiejameslittle and on Instagram @_maddielittle

 

Cover art by Simon Berger on Unsplash

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Wellsystem Waterbed Massage That Makes Your Body Feel Like You Are In Heaven

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Yesterday at the Wellness and Travel Media Event I was offered to try the Wellsystem Waterbed Massage. Having to get up at 6am in the morning and not being a morning person, I was dragging by 11am. Then I tried the Wellsystem Waterbed Massage and was sent into nirvana.

In this world stress, bad posture, lack of exercise and 5G are causing more and more people to experience tension and pain in their neck, shoulders back and legs. Wellsystem‘s dry water massage uses heat and water power for a relaxing full, or partial, body massage. I had a five minute session and was brought back to life.

Warm water jets hit the underside of the soft natural rubber surface in even movements. They massage the body from head to toe while you float almost weightlessly on the dry water surface. The soothing warmth and gentle power of the water activates the deeper tissue layers and loosens the entire muscle system. The contactless dry water massage is exceptionally hygienic and an ideal supplement or alternative to manual therapy. 

Right now there isn’t a spa that has this in New York, but hopefully soon as this bed really did the trick.

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Perfect Spring Cleaning with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

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The perfect way to spring clean is as 1,2, 3 with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day.

While no one really enjoys the chore this time of the year, the long weekend you spend tidying up your home can be done in a joyful way when it comes to the brand. Making the very best of it is a powerful motto that started when Thelma A. Meyer, a real-life Iowa homemaker and mother of nine, who cherished her backyard garden and believed in a better way to care for her home, started the popular line. Inspired by the down-to-earth values of her mother, her daughter launched Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products, which smell wonderful and equally work hard and clean.

Now, Mrs. Meyer’s first-ever Summer Seasonal line is available now and through June 30 in store and online through retailers like Amazon, Target, and
Home Depot .The summer scents (Dandelion, Fresh Cut Grass and Tomato Vine) are available in hand soap, dish soap and multi-surface everyday cleaner.

• Sweet Dandelion twirls in whimsy and wonder, bringing with it a drip of honey. Top notes include Lemon, Orange and Green.

• Smelling Fresh Cut Grass feels like summer inside and out. Top notes include Fresh Cut Grass and Cucumber Blossom.• The ripe smell of Tomato Vine, slightly earthy & subtly sweet, cuts through with its herbaceous tang and burst of brightness. Top notes include Nasturtium, Tomato, Vine and Eucalyptus.

Mrs. Meyer’s garden-inspired line offers a variety of products for home care to body care; including lotions, soaps, surface cleaners, room sprays, candles and laundry items. Products are made with essential oils, plant-derived and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients that are powerful against dirt and grime while being a pleasure to use.

We particularly love the laundry line, which Detergent and Ultra Concentrated formulas bring the freshness of the garden indoors. Products are optical brightener free and full of stain-fighting enzymes. The new laundry innovations and Mrs. Meyer’s first-ever summer collection are particularly wonderful.

Find the latest products and scents from Mrs. Meyer’s at mrsmeyers.com and check out  Instagram and Facebook @mrsmeyerscleanday, Twitter @MrsMeyersClean and YouTube at Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day.

 


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Glen-Gery Launches First U.S. Exclusive Edition of Materiality at Dazzling New York Event

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Glen-Gery is once again bringing beautiful artistic impressions to the world. On April 18, they hosted an exclusive launch event for the first U.S. edition of “Materiality.” Over 300 guests gathered at Brickworks Design Studio on 5th Avenue for a spectacular event that showcased lively discussions with experts during “Shapes to the X Degree.”

The discussion was moderated by Morris Adjmi of Morris Adjmi Architects and spotlighted panelists Stanley Saitowtiz of Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc; Gregory Hoss of David M. Schwarz Architects; Kent Suhrbier, FAIA, LEED AP of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Ben Widger, AIA of Kennedy Violich Architects; Arthur Chang of NADAAA Inc. and Diego Samuel of HDR.

“In an era where architectural trends and materials come and go, brick’s enduring beauty, versatility and resilience stand out as a cornerstone in shaping structures that transcend time and inspire generations,” says Tim Leese, director of marketing for Brickworks North America. “Within its pages, Materiality: Brick in contemporary university architecture vividly illustrates this belief, showcasing the most exceptional architectural projects and designs from universities across the U.S.”

Featured architects brilliantly discussed how unique architectural designs and details can be achieved using masonry. Each honored professional spent time passionately explaining projects around America that re-shaped the modern landscape. It was a fascinating presentation that the audience enjoyed from start to finish.

The “Materiality” discussion was followed by Glen-Gery announcing its first-ever architect collaboration program to educate and empower the current and future generations of architects and designers.

All event attendees, including architects, designers and students, were given a chance to receive a one-of-a-kind collaboration opportunity with Glen-Gery to become an honorary member of its R&D Team. Those chosen will have the chance to visit the company’s Mid-Atlantic factory in Pennsylvania where they will work with Glen-Gery to design a custom brick shape, which can then serve as the centerpiece for conceptual building project renderings or sketches, cementing the program’s transformative impact.

Outstanding building designs that were in the spotlight on the special night included:

  • Zeppos Residential College at Vanderbilt University: A monumental 260,000-square-foot residential building with a collegiate gothic-style structure. Through the use of limestone details, patterned brick and a warm palette of interior materials, the building scale is humanizing and creates a series of public and private spaces, bringing comfort and familiarity to residents.
  • The Iribe Center of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Maryland: Peeling back the layers of this building project, the two-part structure showcases the intricacies of the non-structural application of brick. Through the use of parametric modeling, an abstract pattern was translated into a system of brick that creates the illusion of movement along the interior walls.
  • The Institute for Data Science at University of Rochester: As the signature focus of the University’s strategic plan, the 61,000-square-foot research institute’s design treats each brick as a digital ‘pixel’ of information. Shadows from the projecting bricks activate the facades, creating dynamic, textural surfaces that communicate natural environment data across the days and seasons.

To request a complimentary hard copy of Materiality, visit www.glengery.com/materiality.

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Royal Caribbean Partners with Make-A-Wish

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Life-changing memories are set to reach new heights for many kids around the world with critical illnesses. Royal Caribbean International and Make-A-Wish are coming together to support the nonprofit’s mission of creating life-changing wishes for children that inspire hope and strength among wish kids and their families. To kick off the partnership, starting today, vacationers can donate online and discover the variety of ways they can join Royal Caribbean in this commitment at www.RoyalCaribbean.com/MakeAWish.

The world’s largest cruise line, with its Wishes at Sea program, aims to contribute to the nonprofit’s efforts with both fundraising and in-kind donations of Royal Caribbean’s most impactful asset – memorable family experiences. In addition to making donations online, adventurers will soon be able to also raise awareness and funds while making memories on their vacations across the cruise line’s ships and private destinations. The lineup of efforts will vary from Walk for Wishes 5Ks and walkathons to auctions for exclusive experiences and more.

“The memories we make with our families and friends on vacation are among the moments that are the most special and impactful, and for wish kids and their families, that very impact can change the course of their lives,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We are thrilled and humbled to partner with Make-A-Wish for years to come. In this partnership, we are in a position to do what we love – delivering memorable vacations – while making a difference in the lives of those at the heart of Royal Caribbean, families, that need it most.”

At the center of the life-changing memories to come are the wishes around the world that are granted by the cruise line. Every wish will come to life with a bigger, bolder Royal Caribbean getaway that is specially planned for wish kids and their families. The adventures in store will be packed with everything from the ultimate experience at the cruise line’s top-rated private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, that includes access to the most thrilling waterpark in the Caribbean and The Bahamas, a private cabana and a high-flying experience on the Up, Up & Away helium balloon. Plus, VIP treatment from start to finish, with exclusive experiences, complimentary Wi-Fi, private FlowRider sessions, and more.

“As we celebrate World Wish Month, we are grateful to partner with Royal Caribbean International and open a sea of new opportunities for us to fulfill our mission of granting life-changing wishes,” said Leslie Motter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We know that a wish can chart a new course in these children’s lives, and we look forward to having the opportunity to work together to deliver that life-changing impact.”

More details about the partnership and updates will be revealed at a later date. To learn more about Wishes at Sea, vacationers can visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com/MakeAWish.

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Easter Gifts: Just Bee’s Lilac Candle and A Toothbrush and Paste That Will Change Your Life

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Going to brunch, lunch or dinner at someone’s house, for me alway entails bringing a gift. For Easter, I have the perfect suggestion. I just tried Just Bee’s Lilac Candle and am so impressed. This candle packs a scent that just by being open, sends that timeless fragrance wafting through my apartment bringing in that essence of springtime. Hints of rose, vanilla, honey and jasmine add to the aroma so that the room smells like a country garden. Made from natural soy wax, organic coconut oil and beeswax you get up to 20 hours of clean burning with 3.5oz ($15.98), 40 hours with 7oz($21.98) and 70 hours with the 13oz ($28.98).

They also have a Pomegranate and Lemon Rind and Ginger Pamplemousse, I can’t wait to try.

With all those Easter treats, the next item on my must have list is the tooth brush and tooth paste by Mouthwatchers. Created by Doctor Plotka, this manual toothbrush offers a breakthrough in oral care. First the bristles are silver infused, which naturally eliminate 99% of bacteria, viruses and fungi within 6 hours. The bristles are also dual-layered, which means they are 10x thinner than leading brands and as thin as a human hair at the tip. They reach places other brushes miss and deep into grooves where 95% of cavities form. The best part ($9.73) for two.


This company also makes the best tooth paste. Doctor Plotka’s 100% Naturally Sourced Whitening Toothpaste is an all-in-one flouride-free formula. The tooth paste, whitens with silica and hydroxyapatite which lowers the risk of erosion and restores your teeth to their natural whiteness. It uses organic propolis, a natural honeybee product known for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, reduces the risk of cavities, gum sensitivity and plaque build-up. With mineral-rich thermal spring Water, sourced from France, is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits which can soothe irritation. The organic mint gives your mouth and breath long-lasting freshness. Best yet, 100% of ingredients are sourced from natural origins. This tube is fully recyclable and made with 44% post-consumer recycled materials. I found this tooth paste the best I have ever used and am now hooked.

 

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