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Anonymous Extraordinaries

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It's that time of the year again where people around the world starting brainstorming their New Year's resolutions. While I don't always partake in that, this year I am. Yes, I'm giving in and setting a few goals for myself for the New Year. Why you ask? Why not!

For me, 2012 was an amazing year. It was filled with ups and downs but most importantly I accomplished a lot and I will forever be grateful for all of the opportunities that have come my way. A lot of those opportunities and accomplishments came from my activism work.

One of those opportunities has been to blog for The Huffington Post and I will be forever grateful for this. I never knew that through my work as an activist I would be able to travel around the country while using my voice as a platform to raise awareness on education and girls and women's issues. The recognition that I have received has humbled me tremendously and has encouraged me to continue my work within the social justice movement.

Recently, I watched a TedxTeen talk by a young activist, Natalie Warne and her overall message about anonymous extra ordinaries -- leaders and activists that contribute incredible work to our society but who are unknown and may not get the recognition they deserve. Natalie's speech has inspired me to create a new platform and network of young activists worldwide.

I believe as activists we need to acknowledge the AMAZING work that we work countless hours in order to create change for the causes, communities, and organizations that we are passionate about.

To kick off the New Year on January 1st I will launch a social media network with all of the "anonymous extraordinaires" that I have come across while working as an activist. The profiles will consist of leaders who work on issues ranging from youth empowerment, STEM, education reform, women's issues, civic engagement and the list continues.

Follow me as I spotlight some of the most amazing and inspiring people that you will ever meet.