Many of you may be wondering what I am doing with my posts recently. Most of them have absolutely nothing to do with my jewelry.
But in a way they do. Because of my career traveling the Supernatural convention circuit selling my handmade jewelry, I’ve had the honor of meeting so many incredibly fascinating people whom I otherwise would have never known.
I feel compelled to share these people’s messages, to promote their businesses, to celebrate their amazing accomplishments. I feel better as a person when I write about them.
I originally started doing customer features once a month to acknowledge my amazing customers and friends, however, I seem to be collecting many more customers and friends in my journeys. Writing about them once a month doesn’t cut it and I wanted to create a connection between my work and providing a platform for these individuals to be heard. Which brings me to Brittany.
When I did VegasCon last month, I had a table next to me called Legacy X. I met a group of amazing, determined, passionate women whose mission was to collect anti-bullying messages from the crowd. These messages were to be written on red paper and then used to recreate Legacy X’s logo in the desert.
It cost nothing to write, but each message’s value was priceless.
Being the mother of an eleven year old boy who was traumatically bullied to the point where we had to press criminal charges, Legacy X’s message really hit home and I was drawn to its members to learn more about their organization and how we can each make a difference.
I met this absolutely beautiful young woman, Brittany, who has generously allowed me to interview her about her bullying experiences and how Legacy X has transformed her.
I’m Brittany Ritz. I am 17 years old and from Las Vegas, Nevada. My favorite colors are blue and red :). I am part of an anti-Bullying group called Legacy X.
I am attending a private school because I was bullied a lot from 6th grade to 10th grade. I went through so much; I’ve been spit on by girls and boys, they’d put gum in my hair, and boys would write ‘go kill yourself’ or ‘make a video of you hanging yourself!’
The bullying didn’t stop there. One time a couple of girls had jumped me and hurt me badly.
They broke my teeth. They cut my hair. It affected me in many ways. I was feeling suicidal and depressed. I lost weight and then gained it back 2x more. It got to the point where if I died I didn’t care! But now I care about my life. I love my life so much and am grateful for my whole family and friends ❤
Because of all of this, I am now part of an organization called Legacy X. It’s a rebuild yourself program that was founded by Justin Spencer. You may know Justin as the founder of Recycled Percussion from America’s Got Talent 🙂 Everyone is like family to me ❤
While I was with you in VegasCon, it really astounded me how many people actually said, “NO” when asked to write an anti-bullying message. One person actually got extremely confrontational about it and the mother bear in me had to grab one of the Creation staff over the incident.
In this day and age where bullying is so much more in the public eye thanks to social media and the internet in general, one would think that most of us would have empathy.
But for every person that refused to leave a message, there were many others that did, including some familiar faces.
Kim Rhodes, actress and activist, left a very poignant message which reads, “Your worth is infinite. Let your heart define you.”
I shared this message with my son and as a result, he started to crack that hardened shell he built around himself.
Brittany refuses to let her bullies define who she is. She has many facets to her sweet personality, including being an aspiring designer!
Jodi: Do you have creative outlets? Tell us about them and if you have photos of your work, please feel free to share!
I make lots of things from dresses and hair bows I do not have any photos but will soon 🙂
I’m making Brittany promise that to us so we can see her amazing work. She described a lot of her designs to me while we were in Vegas and I have to say we are going to be in for quite a treat when she sends me those pics!!
Brittany, what kind of advice would you like to share with us?
If you see something, say something. Don’t allow your fellow peers to hurt someone! How would you like if it was your sister or brother? If you don’t like being picked on why pick on someone else ?! Because you never know what they are going through. They might be suicidal. So please if anyone is ever feeling down or upset you can email me or message me on Facebook Brittanyritz@gmail.com
Brittany, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to allow me to interview you. Your message is a powerful one that resonates loud and clear with us all. Be good to yourself. Help others to be good to themselves. Help others to be good to others.
And because of your hard work, Legacy X was able to fulfill its goal to create their logo in the desert!
You are a beautiful young woman and I look forward to seeing you again!
Please follow Legacy X on twitter @LegacyXonline and on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/legacyx
And to everyone out there I hope to see you in DCCon next month! I’m working away on tons of new designs and you’ll have first pick of ’em there! Until then, just keep checking my shop http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com for daily updates!