“Yes we did, Yes we can!”

It’s so crazy. I had an outfit post all planned and was halfway finished, when I realized there was something else weighing on my mind. If you’re remotely in touch with the workings of the world, you know that last night was President Obama’s Farewell Address. I’ve been working on incorporating more personal touches into the blog, and I felt that now was a good time to express my thoughts. There will always be plenty of time for my outfits! 🙂

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, the one thing I think is most important is to look out for another. Despite what many people say, we are each other’s keeper. We all just want to be treated fairly and equally, and in order to navigate through this next journey – we have to be kind, considerate and compassionate towards our neighbors… no matter the perceived differences.

While times may seem dark for some, something the president said was that our generation is the generation that gets it. We are the ones who can make positive change and we should not sit idle when people do things we don’t agree with. I myself am very guilty of not speaking up or taking action against what I know is wrong, but there is no better time than now. It’s so easy to complain and just talk. But as we all know, talking gets you nowhere and actions speak louder than words.

So for anyone who is worried about the future, I encourage you to be active participants in society, and there will be many opportunities to do so. I’ve promised myself to do more and to be the type of citizen our president asked me to be – and I know so many others will join me during these next four years!

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  1. 1.16.17

    I adore your outfit posts but I’m glad you posted this beautiful message instead. I think people are beginning to see the importance of being active and vocal citizens and teaching our children to be the same. I love that you’re using this wonderful platform to spread positive and inspirational messages to the world. Keep up the great work lovely!

    Love, Liz

    • 1.17.17
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks so much, Liz! Your message seriously made me smile! 🙂 And I couldn’t agree more… people are definitely realizing that we need share our voices, as it’s such a powerful tool! And I was a bit hesitant to share my thoughts on here, but hearing positive feedback from people like you makes me feel so good!

  2. 1.14.17
    christina said:

    Such a great post! Thank you for sharing 🙂


    • 1.15.17
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks a lot, Christina! I’m so glad you like it!

  3. 1.13.17
    Mario said:

    I agree completely with your advice to go beyond merely discussing the issues and instead becoming active participants in addressing the issues. Our generation cannot afford to remain silent or complacent over the next four years. Very well written and timely post!

    • 1.13.17
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks so much, Mario! I really appreciate you commenting!! I think a lot people always voice their opinion, but never actually do anything about it – and now is the perfect time for that to change!

  4. 1.12.17
    Deanna said:

    I am a generation ahead of you, but I am so proud of your generation and you Lauren. Last year when so many of our young brothers and sisters were unjustly murdered by the police, it made me want to fight even harder when I saw so many ethnicities marching together and fighting for Justice. I am looking forward to fighting with you and your entire generation for a Just and Fair America. As our Awesome President said in 2008, “WE ARE THE WE THAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!

    • 1.12.17
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you so much, Deanna!! And I completely agree. Sometimes it seems like there’s nothing for us to do but just sit and watch, but that’s not true – there are things that we can do, and I’m glad you and I will be doing them together 🙂 And yes we are!! I hope I can see you soon!

  5. 1.11.17

    The incredible thing about our generation is our voice. We are able to share and listen from people all over the world. I hope that in this new presidency the people will be more conscious of listening and fighting for justice no matter how big or small.

    • 1.11.17
      Lauren O. said:

      Love you, Lexi!! And I couldn’t agree more. Small victories are just as important as those big ones! And that’s the great thing about our world – it’s so diverse and that same diversity brings about so many wonderful things.

  6. 1.11.17
    Jamie said:

    I agree that WE are the generation that can make progress, changes, and uplift eachother. great post! xxo

    • 1.11.17
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks so much, Jamie!! I really appreciate your comment, and definitely think we are all in the position to uplift one another, and exude positivity!

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