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
Liori Diamond Showcase Party Ignites Passion for Stylish Jewelry in Heart of NYC
Last week in Manhattan Liori Diamond brought out the beauty and sparkle at a beautiful party in Manhattan.
Passion for fashion and diamonds was felt in the room that allowed guests to try on stunning diamond and jewelry. In between the preview everyone enjoyed sushi, sips of champagne and amazing treats from Love, London Sweets.
The grand display highlighted the Liori Lux Box.
The company states, “Choosing your diamond will be one of the most exciting decisions you will ever make. All of our diamond rings are designed to perfection. Each diamond is chosen individually and carefully sourced by the world’s best.”
Here is to beautiful nights in NYC!
Valentine’s Day Love Delivered to Your Door with Rose Box NYC
If you are looking for a perfect gift this Valentine’s Day the answer is found at Rose Box NYC. Everyone loves flowers as a gift, but make a lasting impression with the company that specializes in creating long-lasting arrangements with their specially preserved fresh roses.
While most are familiar with the standard dozen roses as an expression of love, Rose Box NYC has uniquely crafted a bright and resounding color selection that is both eye-catching and full of joy. We love the way you can select from a beautiful variety to be anything but a standard gift. You could match a loved one’s personality to perfection. Or you can go off a birth stone and even their astrological sign.
A stunning example is the bold and bright blue in the collection that is ready for delivery to your door. The luxury gift is symbolic of the song, “Roses are red. Violets are blue,” butt at the Rose Box NYC you get a sweet new song that comes in all colors of the rainbow. It certainly can be to the tune of “Red roses for a blue lady” to make anyone feel special love.
Rose Box NYC is the premier luxury long lasting flower atelier in New York City. By combining the alluring and natural beauty of the rose and their proprietary preservation process, Rose Box NYC produces unforgettable floral arrangements that last for an entire year with absolutely no maintenance required. Their arrangements stay fresh, vibrant and beautiful and are hand crafted to make any moment or any space one to remember.
In addition to the variety of beautiful custom arrangements offered, The Rose Box NYC Flagship Store also sells luxury jewelry and a growing selection of beauty and lifestyle products– making it a one-stop-shop for creating the perfect gift for your
loved one. Sprawling across 2,500 square feet of combined retail and production space, the new store is fronted by large loft-style windows facing the picturesque cobblestone street. The design of the flagship store draws inspiration from the neighborhood itself. The distinct elegance and luxury of Tribeca can surely be felt at 186 Franklin Street through white-painted brick walls, black
accents, neutral wood finishes, a wafting signature scent, and the perfect touch of greenery to accentuate the unique beauty of their arrangements.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
How Cosmetic Procedures Can Help You to Gain Confidence
We all want to feel confident in our own skin, but sometimes it can be hard to do that without a little help. Cosmetic procedures are one way to help you feel more confident and secure in yourself.
Whether it’s a minor change or a major transformation, cosmetic procedures can give you the confidence boost you need, if you’re ready for this glow-up, you might want to check out cosmeticavenue
In this blog post, we will discuss how cosmetic procedures can help you gain confidence and why it is an important step to take.
What is confidence?
Confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. It is the belief in oneself and in one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence. People who have confidence are able to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses, set realistic goals and strive to reach them, and trust their own decisions.
Having confidence can lead to greater success in life as it provides people with the motivation to take risks, be resilient, and persevere in the face of failure.
Why do we want it?
Confidence is something that we all strive for, as it is often associated with success, self-esteem, and security. We all want to feel good about ourselves and be able to take on the world with assurance, and having confidence is a key factor in helping us do that.
The link between beauty and confidence
There is a strong connection between physical beauty and the level of confidence an individual has. People are often more confident when they feel attractive and secure in their appearance.
Studies have shown that people who are considered more attractive by society’s standards tend to be more successful in terms of career, relationships, and overall life satisfaction. This is why many people turn to cosmetic procedures to give themselves a boost in self-confidence.
How can cosmetic procedures help?
Cosmetic procedures can help people to gain confidence by making changes to their physical appearance. Whether it’s a surgical procedure like breast augmentation or a nonsurgical procedure like Botox, these treatments can improve the way people look and feel about themselves.
These procedures can also help people to look more youthful and vibrant, which can give them a boost of self-esteem.
What are the risks?
As with any medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with cosmetic procedures. These can include scarring, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and other side effects. It is important to do your research and speak to a doctor before making a decision about a cosmetic procedure.
Is it worth it?
The decision to pursue cosmetic procedures is highly personal, and only you can decide if it is worth it for you. However, for many people, the psychological benefits of feeling more confident in their appearance can be a huge boost to their self-esteem. Ultimately, this can have a positive impact on many aspects of life and can be incredibly valuable.
Cosmetic procedures can be a great way to boost your confidence and make you feel more comfortable in your own skin. They should not be taken lightly, however, as they do come with risks. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks and whether or not cosmetic procedures are worth it for them.
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