Hey there! My name is Sophia Ryder and I’m a Junior in High School living in Austin, Texas. I was born in San Francisco, California but moved to New York City when I was five years old. I spent most of my childhood running around the city (learning how to defend myself, of course) and learning how to navigate the world through the city life. When I was in seventh grade, my family and I moved to Austin where I had to learn a completely new set of norms, means of transportation, and life skills. Safety’s not much of a problem when you’re living in a secluded house in the suburbs! Adjustment was difficult in the beginning but now that I’m settled in and accustomed to a whole new way of life, I’ve never loved it more in Austin. I’ve had incredible opportunities with professional theatre, volunteer work, leadership skills and photography while I’ve lived here. I’m also proud to call myself a history nerd as well as a movie geek (so don’t be too surprised if you see some history and movie memes on this site).
I created this blog for the sole purpose of spreading positivity and spirit through creativity.
These are some tough and stressful times we are living through and I want to create a virtual, safe space for all of you creative thinkers out there to take advantage of. It’s hard to deal with these times alone, especially with social media around, exposing all of the negativity out there. I know that in times like these, being positive seems either sappy or impossible; however, maybe that’s exactly what we need right now. To believe in the impossible. I invite you to create: write a poem, tell a story, draw a picture, photograph your friends, sing a song, or dance your heart out. Do what feels like you.
After creating your masterpiece, my wish is for you to feel more empowered than you did when you started. This is a positive environment for you to get the confidence and power that you need to pass that next exam, write that book, perform that next role, pitch that next idea, stand up to your boss, etc.
I also encourage you to positively interact with other minds in this space. I think that giving and receiving constructive advice can strengthen your skills as an original thinker and challenge yourself.
Remember, with great creativity, comes great power.