Photo Diary: Aarron’s Graduation

On Thursday, I flew out to California to surprise Aarron, my not-so-little brother, for his high school graduation. He had absolutely no idea that I would be there. You can watch the full video here. I had such a great weekend. I am so happy I got to spend some much needed time with my favorite people before the madness of finals week and graduation ensue.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

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5 Years Later

 

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Photos by Keisha Engley Photography

When I was in high school, people told me that I would never make it to college. They said that I would remain in the same town that I was born and raised in. Here I am, 5 years later and 2 weeks away from graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology from Eastern Washington University which is roughly 13 hours away from my hometown. I overloaded every single quarter this year and took 24 credits this quarter so that I could graduate on time. I worked part-time, interned, was Co-President of Planned Parenthood Generation Action. I applied for graduate school. I got into graduate school. I got into the Master’s Program for Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. Thank you to everyone who has ever helped me get to this point in my life, but especially to those who doubted me. Don’t get me wrong, at the end of the day, this was all for me. I did all of this because I wanted to. But it feels nice knowing that I’ve proved you all wrong and will continue to do so. In the wise words of Kevin Gnapoor, “Don’t let the haters stop you from doing your thang.”

 Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

Let’s Try This Again

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Once upon a time, I had a blog called Paper Tigress where I would share my thoughts, outfits, current favorites, and other such nonsense that I felt like sharing with the rest of the world. While I loved Paper Tigress, it never felt “right” to me. It didn’t feel genuine. It didn’t feel like me. Often times it felt like I was trying too hard to be someone that I wasn’t. Paper Tigress only featured a small fraction of who I was, but it was not a true reflection of who I was/am entirely. I finally feel like I am at a place in my life where I can be myself – fearlessly and truthfully. That being said, I have no idea where this blog will take me. I have no idea what it will or could become. There is no rhyme or reason as to what I might post on here. The only real theme here is that I want this blog to be a true reflection of me, my thoughts, personal stories, feminism, photos, music, or whatever. So, let’s try this again.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs