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Learning to Remain Positive
Then I remind myself: Esteemable acts build self-esteem.
I felt my Christmas spirit return like a warm hug.
How I learned the true meaning of the holiday spirit—with help from drag queens and a special man.
Going on tour forced me to face my codependent nature.
How I learned that every contribution to our community counts, no matter how big or small
Whether dancing with the Drag Race queens or raising HIV awareness, I began to feel hope for myself and others.
Everything in my life was changing for the better. As I prepared for tour, I continued to discover I was worthy of more.
I didn’t realize how much HIV stigma affected me, until I got a golden career opportunity.
I felt powerful. And it wasn’t just from looking beautiful.
I’d be more vulnerable than ever before. Something told me it was time.
And it all began with a questionnaire and a Cookie.
One day it hit me: I was addicted to chaos.
I rinsed away my six months of sobriety and I could only think about how free my first few moments of being high again felt.
History (or is it more like tragedy?) tries to repeat itself.
A moment of grace—and some amazing advice—from a police officer. Would I take it?
Plus: A moment of reckoning while on tour with Miss Fame.
A descent into decadence. But why, and at what cost?
I made it through Black Party weekend sober, but a bigger temptation awaited.
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