I never talk about growing up on welfare in Brooklyn. Or my life with HIV positive parents.

Even though both things have played the most vital roles in shaping my life as a daughter, consumer, creator, mother, friend, lover, business owner and overall being of the planet.

In recent months I've set fourth to share with a deeper courage on social media.

Because as of right now, most of us only share #halfthestory because we don't think there's a place for such naked honesty in our world of curated feeds.

But there is.

And I invite to step up and join the growing group of people who are shining a light on the other half of their stories.

Vanessa Feliciano