This week I’m sitting down the Olivia Vella, the amazing young woman behind the monologue about self-worth and peer pressure that went viral a few weeks ago on news outlets in the U.S. You can find the video of her performing her monologue here: Olivia lives in Arizona and will be entering eighth grade in the fall, and she was kind enough to come on the podcast and let me ask her questions about her inspiration behind the monologue and what middle school is really like right now. We discuss the way young adults use social media, peer pressure and bullying that goes on in middle schools, and why there is a lack of respect amongst teens. We talk about why teens might be afraid of high school, how things are different when you get older, and more. Olivia shares how she prepared for her monologue and why she is so passionate about this subject. She opens up about her own experiences as a teen and describes the changes she noticed in other students after sharing it with them.

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Head to my blog to read my post all about the cooking oils you should be using, and which you should avoid:

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