About American Idealist
What is American Idealist?
Hello! And Welcome to American Idealist! My name is Kayleigh Panos, and I am a 26-year-old freelance writer, blogger, photographer, and Charleston native. I am also the founder and author of American Idealist. I love watching documentaries, reading, scrap-booking, learning new things, and spending lots of time alone. I'm married to an absolute gem, and we have one beautiful, little rugrat. They are my everything. (And plot twist!) I am also American, and an idealist. Surprised?? No? Well, moving right along.
American Idealist is a combination of my passion for writing mixed in with my love of creative photography. Stir in a spoonful of curiosity. Add 1 lb. unconventional, INFP personality. And bake for 18 hours at 50,000 degrees. Top it all off with a sprinkle of optimism. And voila! Bon appétit.
Ok, but why?
The purpose of American Idealist is to examine social issues, society, politics, humanity, activism, creativity, psychology, lifestyle, and even relationships all through the optimistic lens of idealism. It's a place to learn, reflect, and hopefully find common ground with people from all walks of life. Open and honest discussion is welcome, but tolerance and civil discourse is a must. I believe that asking about and validating each others' personal experiences is key to understanding the reasons behind differing view points. And is essential if you hope to open minds up to change.
This Blog is for You!
So, if you like thoughtful commentary, storytelling, conceptual essays, humor, poetry, and advice, then this blog is for you. If you're interested in learning new things, gaining different perspectives, and making positive changes in the world or just on a personal level, then this blog is also for you. And if you want well-written content, compelling imagery, and an open, understanding community to connect with, then this blog is probs not for you... Just Kidding. This blog is especially for you!
There's also an image section where you can find pictures of my life, my loves, and all of the odd, interesting, and beautiful things I encounter. Photos are a great source of creative inspiration, and photography is the perfect way to consciously seek out new perspectives. Literally. Plus, it's nice to slow down and notice the little things once in a while.
The goal of American Idealist is to confront bias and challenge assumptions; to encourage creativity, cultivate compassion, and inspire activism. I want to explore the human experience in a way that makes us feel connected. I want to encourage that fragile, endearing piece of humanity in all of us. And, maybe, make the world just a little more ideal.