Bianca Annalisa Smith was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest by her mother and stepfather, both elementary school teachers, along with her three siblings. Throughout her life, Bianca recognized the pivotal impacts physical and mental health played in hers and her family's lives. This led her down a path towards leadership in food justice and public health initiatives as a registered dietitian. In her work, Bianca has fought to enhance children's access to healthy food and has helped institutions build healthier environments that promote environmental sustainability and equitable access to educational opportunities.
In her late twenties, she was faced with a difficult life transition when she discovered and accepted her identity as a lesbian. This illuminated for her what it truly means to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community in modern society. The promise of equity for members of this community established in legislation in recent years was just the tip of the iceberg of a still very pervasive issue worldwide. Bianca recognized that she had a strong voice and could use this complicated situation as an opportunity to amplify issues in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as other social justice issues, through her writing.
Message from the Author: The Moment My Life Changed
The picture to the right is the picture I took of myself at the precise moment I decided to fully accept and embrace who I was and that I needed to leave my, otherwise, happy marriage to my husband and best friend. This was the hardest decision I have ever made. Prior to this awakening in my life, I thought that I had it all—a spouse who loved me unconditionally and who I loved in return, a beautiful home, and a promising career that I was passionate about. But I finally realized that none of that really mattered until I could truly love myself. From this point on, I have embarked on my journey of self-discovery and finally let my inner light shine at its brightest.
Bringing one's inner light to the surface is no easy task for most people, but many people that walk this earth are living in the shadows because of the resistance of the world around them to accept and love them for who they are. So how can they fully accept and love themselves for who they are? It contradicts what society has told them to feel about people like them. This is why I believe sharing our stories is essential to the changing of the world we live in. Our words are one of the most powerful tools we have. Words make feelings real—not just to ourselves, but to those who read them.