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Monday Memos: Lena Strickling…the girl who used her 1 wish to help others

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to discuss 18 year Lena Strickling, who Lena Strickling's - Make A Wishrecently had a very important interview with the YouTube channel ‘Collectively’ that you NEED to watch. Now before you click away, Lena isn’t a celebrity, model, or internet star. She’s a cancer survivor who recently used her wish from the ‘Make-A-Wish Foundation’, to raise awaness about a topic that A LOT of people face (and no it’s not cancer). I thought that this was such an amazing thing to do (because seriously how many of us would be completely selfish with our wish…exactly basically all of us would). Please read on, because this is a story that we ALL need to hear. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

Lena is a recent survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma (she has been cancer free since April), and although she’s had to endure 15 rounds of chemotherapy, and is currently going through menopause at the tender age of 18, she used this article to discuss another issue that plagues way too many people. Lena is not only a cancer survivor, but also a survivor of sexual assault. Lena said that she was sexually assaulted by her father for as long as she can remember, and it became a everyday by the time she was 6 years old. She said that he would even assault in her public by putting a blanket over her so no one else could see. Lena eventually told a friend what was going on after she took a DARE class at the age of 10, and learned why what was happening to her was wrong, and what it was called. Lena later told her mom through a letter, and her mother called the police who convicted Lena’s father and sentenced him to prison ( where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia with religious delusions). One of the things that I found most heartbreaking about this interview is when Lena says that “Cancer never bothered me at all, versus with sexual abuse it’s like that happened and it’s still haunting me.” (check out Lena’s interview below

Unfortunately Lena isn’t alone, because according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), one in five women will be sexually assaulted and 44% of sexual assault and rape victims are under 18. Lena said she wanted to tell her story, so she could help other people suffering from sexual assault, and also to explain why she feels it’s so important to educate kids about sexual consent from a young age. Lena has said that talking about her past has helped her to begin to move on. Lena did have  some words of encouragement for sexual abuse victims that I wanted to share with y’all, “everybody has a right to talk about [how] they feel,” “Be proud of yourself, and stand up for yourself and don’t change your story and don’t back down because people don’t believe you. Just keep going. Don’t let anybody knock you down.” It’s just so amazing that someone who has been through so much would use their 1 wish to try to help others, so they don’t have to endure what she did. Truly inspirational!

 

 

  •    All credit goes to Lena Strickling, Collectively, YouTube, Make-A-Wish Foundation, DARE, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), Teen Vogue, all of the businesses, companies, people, and any other original owners involved and/or mentioned in this blog post, and all original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. If any people, corporations, businesses, companies, etc, were not previously given credit for their work, they are given credit now and their previous absence was unintentional. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.

YouTube Wednesday: Bethany Mota, the beauty guru who proved that positivity is always in style

Hello people of the internet! How are you doing today? If the answer is good, then I have good news for you…if the answer is bad, then I have better news for you. What is this amazing, life-changing news? Well it’s time for another ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog of course! What makes this blog extra special is that our subject today is YouTube beauty/fashion guru Bethany Mota!!! If you don’t know why Bethany makes this blog extra special, then you definitely need to continue reading. Bethany is not only a YouTube superstar, but she is also a fashion designer, and has an insanely large following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. At this point if you’re thinking. “Well I’m not really in to fashion, beauty, etc., so why should I keep reading?” well I will tell you why. Besides the fact that you love reading these blogs, Bethany is also an extremely funny girl, whose positivity and natural charisma on camera has caused her fans to fall deeper and deeper in love with her. So if you want to join the Motavator family (a nickname that Bethany has given her supporters), then keep reading and fall under the spell of Bethany Mota.

 

Bethany Noel Mota was born on November 7th, 1995 in California. She has 1 sibling named Britney Mota Wiley , who is also a beauty/style guru on YouTube (here’s her channel Briddy Nicole). Bethany has stated in her ‘Draw My Life’ video, that she was extremely shy as a child, and was also a tomboy growing up. She has also revealed that she dealt with extreme cyberbullying in middle school, which caused her to have anxiety attacks and become very depressed. In order to get out of her depression, Bethany began watching YouTube videos (you know where this is heading), and soon discovered the ‘Beauty Community” on YouTube. Bethany was entranced by the videos, and began to grow an interest in makeup and beauty. On June 12th, 2009 Bethany uploaded her first YouTube video (Yay!!!), which was a Mac and Sephora makeup haul (here’s the link First Video 🙂 Mac and Sephora Haul.)! Bethany continued to regularly upload videos, and quickly became a top beauty guru on the video sharing website.

 

Since her YouTube beginnings, Bethany has acquired such a large fanbase, that she has been partnered with YouTube, worked with numerous major corporations and publications, such as; Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue, and JC Penny. Bethany made her Seventeen Magazine debut in the April 2011 edition, as a ‘Hair Smartie’ (a category in the magazine and on the publication’s website, in which hair gurus demonstrated how to achieve a particular hair style and/or look). Bethany has been featured numerous times on Teen Vogue’s website, and was 1 of 5 YouTubers that JC Penny flew to one of their Texas locations in 2011, with the purpose of making a haul video ( a video in which an individual buys cosmetics, clothing, shoes, etc. from numerous stores, and then films a video where they talk about what they bought, and possibly how they would style the item(s) ), for the chains website. When the “haulers” arrived at the JC Penny, they were given a $1,000 gift card from the store in order to shop in the store’s back to school section, and then make the video (hey it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it right!?). Bethany has also appeared on two popular shows (‘IMO’, a teen talk show and ‘Make Me Over’, a make-over show in which Bethany was the 1st season host) on the successful YouTube Channel ‘AwesomnessTV’ (which as of January 23, 2014 has 1,122,140 subscribers and 251,417,929 viewers here’s the link AwesomnessTV).

 

In November of 2013, Bethany announced that she had teamed up with the popular clothing chain ‘Aéropostale’, to produce Bethany’s first clothing line entitled ‘The Bethany Mota Collection’ (here’s the link for the promo video The Bethany Mota Collection Exclusively at Aéropostale – YouTube) . Bethany and Aéropostale promoted the line’s launch by asking fans to tweet ‘#MoreMota’, for the opportunity to see a few of the line’s designs ahead of the official release date. On December 8th, 2013 the line launched, and Bethany made an appearance at one lucky store location, in order to do a meet-and-greet with fans! Bethany currently has come a long way from the shy, quiet young girl in her first video. In 4 short years, Bethany has acquired 4,899,125 subscribers and 377,896,389 views on YouTube (which is more than famous artists like Lady Gaga, and popular publications such as Vogue and Seventeen Magazine), 1,176,140 Twitter followers, 584,000 “likes” on Facebook, and 2,292,255 on Instagram.

 

With such a detailed resume at the tender age of 18, Bethany (or Beth/Bethers as she often refers to herself), is definitely on the road for a long fashion career. She was able to successfully build a large, dedicated fanbase using only her passion for fashion, bubbly personality, and video camera, which has become the foundation for a fashion empire for the California teenager. I can definitely see Bethany expanding into cosmetics, beauty accessories, and even trying her hand at acting/hosting, honestly the sky is truly the limit for this rising star. So if you’re not already obsessed with Bethany Mota, you will be after watching any of her captivating video. I would definitely suggest that you become familiar with her, because Bethany Mota is a name that you will be hearing for years to come. I can certainly say that I am proud to be a Motavator, and you will be too!

 

Here are some links to stay in touch with Bethany:

YouTube: Bethany Mota Main Channel

Twitter: Bethany Mota (BethanyMota) on Twitter

Facebook: Bethany Mota | Facebook

Instagram: bethanynoelm on Instagram

Bethany’s Second Channel for Vlogs: BethanysLife

 

 

 

 

 

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