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OFA’S 2nd Annual Spotlight Gala: walking the red carpet + speaking out on human trafficking

When I found out about OFA, I was ECSTATIC. OFA stands for Operation Freedom Awareness. It’s a non profit organization dedicated to raising awareness in local communities and ultimately preventing Human Trafficking, beginning inside the United States. The long term goal of OFA is implementing prevention, and later introducing and operating a rescue and rehabilitation shelter. Mallory Charette is the official founder. She currently works in the Marketing & Public Relations Department for a prominent restaurant group in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Her determination has made such a huge difference for victims everywhere.

The Spotlight Gala shed a light on the progress & success this dedicated organization has made. As we arrived, a sparkling red carpet led the way into a club no other than the Poinsett Club. A glamorous spot for most charity events in the Greenville, SC area. Vintage patterned wallpapers & gorgeous tan drapes made the perfect vibes for an event so powerful. The guest speaker’s name was Tajuan McCarty. She was trafficked all the way to Greenville. She started selling drugs at a young age to make her quota every night. She began to depend on her pimp. Soon, she started drugs herself. Hard drugs. She eventually developed Stockholm Syndrome. It’s where you defend your abuser because you’ve come to depend on them so profusely.

OFA has saved 115 children from sex trafficking. 15 just in the upstate. There have been 10 pimps arrested & 11 victims helped. Currently, there are 10 cases being investigated. If there was anything I absorbed that night, it was that human trafficking is happening EVERYWHERE. All over the United States. The hotspots are carnivals, fairs, truck stops, and sites such as Craigslist.

Greenville, SC is in between the #1 hub for sex trafficking in the U.S. (Atlanta, GA) and another city in the top 20 (Charlotte, NC).

For more information about this hard working organization, I’ll leave the link HERE. In the mean time, scroll down for a picture of a pretty cool ceiling I saw at the gala 🙂 THANKS FOR READING LOVESSS. (Huge thank you to OFA for giving me the privilege to cover the event & another to Janae Hunter for makeup and hair.)

“There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”

How to Create Your Own Blog

Do you already have a blog but you’re stuck? You’ve taken the first step but haven’t gotten any farther? Or maybe you just have absolutely no clue where to start. This article is for YOU. Blogging is about sharing your knowledge and your passion. You should be in it to have fun. Write. You cannot be successful if you’re just focused on making money. There are bloggers that make over $100,00 a year and bloggers that make nothing. I’ll be writing an article soon about how to make money blogging so make sure to subscribe!

The first thing you wanna do is meditate. Think about something you love. Look at other blogs for ideas. One of the best things about blogging is that no one is going to judge you when all of you have the same thing in common. I suggest getting a notebook just for your blog. Start writing out ideas. It’s okay if you have more than one interest, write it down. There are no limits.

Now to decide what platform to use. The best blogging platforms I suggest you use are blogger.com, tumblr.com, and wordpress.com. How do you know which platform to use?! Blogger.com is free & simple BUT it’s basically run by Google so they have the power to shut down your account and/or your access. This is only in extreme cases. With Blogger you are provided with very limited tools. When it comes to design, the site provides templates but only a limited set. Although, you CAN modify the colors and the layouts to make them your own. If you ever want to switch over to a different platform, there is a very high risk you will loose your search engine rankings, subscribers, or followers. Making money on Blogger is an option.

With WordPress the possibilities are endless. This is what I use. You have complete control over EVERYTHING. WordPress is an “open source software” which is just a smart way of saying you can simply add thousands of features and themes to your blog whenever you like. If you have a business, this platform is the best. Another key perk is that you can move your site without a problem & whenever you want if you change your  mind about anything. Making money on WordPress is an option.

Tumblr is hands down the EASIEST and SIMPLEST blog I can think of. Not only is it popular, it’s casual and quick. The site uses hashtags to attract other users. You’re also able to re-blog content from other blogs, easily get followers, and answer questions. Now it is possible to make money but it’s a challenge & you may have problems. I recommend this platform if you have more than one interest or you just want to share & relate with people who have the same interests as you. I have a personal account and I love it but I don’t have the time to stay as dedicated to it.

After you’ve chosen your platform, it gives you the option to name your blog. Totally up to you! I suggest using your first blog post to explain what your blog is & what your vision for your blog is. If you have any questions or comments please comment below! xoxo, Mikayla.

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” -Ray Bradbury

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