Sara-LorettaHello everyone! My name is Sara-Loretta and I am very honored to become a part of the Beutiful team. I am a mom, wife, daughter, writer, poet, artist, advocate against abuse, equal rights activist, freedom fighter and world peace activist. I’m not afraid to share my opinion and what I stand for! When I discovered the Beutiful site, I saw how amazing it was because of the compassionate way awareness is spread for people – that is one of the main reasons I was drawn to the project. Now that I get to be a part of the team, this is just “the icing on the cake” as saying goes. I am not sure where to start but I would like to share a little bit about myself. Coming from Europe, I have gained a diverse outlook. With that said, I have much respect for people from all walks of life and it is also mostly thanks to how I was raised. To me, we are all one. We are all equal. For a large portion of my life thus far since I can remember I have always wanted to help people. I graduated College in winter of 2006 with my Associates in Science Degree towards Psychology in the hopes of one day becoming a counselor for victims of abuse. I put the continuing of my education on hold due to financial reasons and not wanting to put my family in that much debt when there might not be a job opportunity for me afterwards (I was considering getting my Masters Degree). Sometimes certain paths in life are not meant to be and you just have to make the best of things and never give up. I am not giving up because I found a spark in me that has always been there. I love to write. I am a blogger outside of Beutiful and also write poetry as a way of moving forward from life’s ups and downs. With that said I will share something that I have rarely shared with anyone – or even some of the people that I know – because it is something I always shied away from being open about. I came from an abusive past and though I will not disclose the extent of abuse I endured, I would like to be a voice for other past and present victims of abuse. Once I had no voice and now I do. I strive to never lose it again. Always know that you can and will get out. You can and will go on. You are beautiful and you are STRONG. I know it is difficult when you still feel like the abuser is controlling your life (even when the abuser is no longer in your life), but try to be stronger than that. No one can hurt you anymore and you will conquer this life. Don’t be afraid to be a voice and one day share your story. You might just save a life. Thank you all for viewing and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on the many things I feel passionate about with each of you! Peace and bliss always, Sara-Loretta