As a child growing up in New Orleans, I always loved to write. I would ask for pens and journals instead of toys on Christmas and my birthday. Besides the desire to have a book published (and now I have 5 of my own and 2 that I co-authored under my belt), I always dreamed of being in The New York Times and recently I was interviewed regarding my activism work to bring home the #MissingDCGirls and the fact that it was trending on Twitter at the time. The reporter reached out to me first after I was actively tweeting using the hashtag. Hashtags are POWERFUL! When the article came out, I was so super excited just to see me, my name, this girl from Louisiana in The New York Times!