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benevolent_ben Had a great time volunteering with @ugafreshforum at the #AthHalf marathon! Seeing the runners push through so much adversity was inspiring! So much fun and such a great experience. 3d

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benevolent_ben Today marks 5 months since the greatest loss in my life. It's surreal to think that I have lived almost half a year without my mom. I'm still not used to not calling her everyday, being questioned incessantly about my love life, and telling her what tv shows came on which day so she could set up the DVR. Today I woke up knowing what day of the month it was, and a wave of emotion hit me like a truck. I keep our memories close to my heart and I read all the letters and other things I saved, but it's never enough. I just wish I could hear that crazy over-the-top laugh or just "scoochie" with her because she said I was never too old enough to love on her. She was so right. She was right about so many things that have played out and so many people she told me about. Joy Baby, I love you and I hope you're having a blast up there with Nanny. Please pray for me and my family to get through today. These days are harder than ever it seems. 5d
  •   hmariewilson I love you! Prayers! 5d
  •   mitchell0 Praying she was a beautiful woman. And clearly loved you very much, stay strong She is still with you in spirit, and always will be. Your love for her will keep her alive. I'm truly sorry for your loss. 5d

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benevolent_ben #WCW is my beautiful friend @courtneywhite01. She is one of my longest friends and one of the truest. I love her. I came out to #AXO #BarefootOnTheLawn for some good country food and to support Courtney and Project Safe - Domestic Violence Awareness! #GoDawgs #UGA 6d

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benevolent_ben Forge meaning. Build identity. Then invite the world to share your joy. 1w

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benevolent_ben #AGD Semi-Formal with this dime piece. #TooTurnt #WeLoveMargaritas 2w

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benevolent_ben When @jt_walden started walking out of the living room saying, we are going to make a vigil for Todd Gurley with @tommyyfox, I told him he was crazy. BUT he convinced me to come and I'm glad I did. So, me and my crazy friends happened to make a viral vigil for our favorite Georgia Bulldog last night. Which, was meant to be taken as a joke. We were satirizing the situation. ANYWAY. #GoDawgs and #FreeToddGurley 2w

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benevolent_ben A quick #ThankfulThursday to @eruvard I am so glad that Freshman Forum brought us into each other's lives. Eric never ceases to amaze me with his constant positivity and with his unwavering ability to put and keep a smile on my face. Everyone would be lucky to have an Eric in their life. 2w

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benevolent_ben "Letting go is to love yourself enough to look at the past with a different perspective. It is to accept that you can't change the past, but that you can change whether your perspective poisons or nourishes you." 2w

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benevolent_ben Flashback to summer before my freshman year. I'm at this little thing called Dawg Camp and I bump into this black guy with a name tag that says he's from Millen, Georgia. Me: "You're from Millen?!" LaVonte: "You know where Millen is?!" That day I had no idea that the most beneficial, genuine and sincere friendship would blossom from that run in. LaVonte is literally my rock. I am not ashamed to say that I love him like he is my own brother. Because in my eyes, he is. We just simply "click" with each other. I have comprised a collage of my favorite pics of us and our favorite things. From Funky Dineva, DEAD TO THE BED, Truett Cathy (God rest his soul), Shonda (in the Honda) Rhimes, 4H, TAMAR BRAXTON (the only relevant Braxton), Brinson's BBQ in good ol' Millen, to Nene Leakes and RHOA, we have so many inside jokes. And sometimes when we just don't "get" other people, we say, that's fine, other people just weren't raised like us. LaVonte, on your 22nd birthday, I want you to FINALLY rest and enjoy YOURSELF because God knows you take care of everyone else AND Chick-Fil-A on a daily basis. I'm so blessed to have you in my life because you know how to be selfless, how to be not only a good friend, but a good friend who's honest no matter what. So, LaVonte VEEVEE Lovette, happy birthday! Thank you for being my best friend. I love you. 2w
  •   torihartshorn Wow that made me tear up. You two are my favorites. 2w
  •   holly_e_hooks In love! I could not be happier with the people you have brought into your life @benevolent_ben I love you @lavontelovette thank you for taking care of one of the people who mean the most to me.... You are an amazing person 2w
  •   lavontelovette @benevolent_ben This is perfect!!!!!! Thanks for everything! One for the books! job well done my friend! 2w

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benevolent_ben This is what happens when I go downtown Athens, I start reading people's futures with leaves on my head. Some girl even tried to give me a dollar. If you didn't think I was crazy, now you know. 2w

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benevolent_ben 14 years ago today I was trying to figure out how I had such bad luck. You see, when I told mom and dad that I wanted a sibling, I said I wanted a little BROTHER. Because what 7 year old doesn't want a little brother to beat up on? I had moved past practicing my wrestling moves on my Hercules rag doll. So, I set off to have a little brother and before too long, by my incessant begging, mom was finally pregnant. YAY! A brother to finally wrestle with and play games with. It was gonna be perfect. Until they told me that he was a she. My 7 year old world was crushed. What was I going to do with a baby sister? You can't wrestle it. I knew nothing about makeup or beauty pageants. Well, ain't it funny how sometimes life just throws what you think are curveballs only for them to be the biggest blessing of your life? You could have never told my 7 year old self that in 14 years he would be taking that little sister of his to see the biggest boy band in the world and screaming almost as loud as she was just because she was excited to see her favorite band. Nope. You couldn't tell him that he would have learned every rule of softball and practiced throwing a ball with that little sister for hours. You couldn't tell him that he would spend hours and hours watching the same television shows or listening to the same music. You couldn't tell him that in not too long from then, you two would go through the hardest thing that siblings had to go through. Albeit ill-equipped, we seem to have made it through some hellacious tribulations and together we are the strongest brother and sister bond that I know. Brenna Rose, on your 14th birthday, I want you to know that I LOVE you, even though I can't wrestle you. 3w
  •   jdianah THAT WAS THE CUTEST THING IVE EVER SEEN 3w
  •   _respectmyambition_ Happy birthday boo!! 3w
  •   elizabeth_lavin This was so beautifully written Ben, happy birthday Brenna! 3w
  •   jewie_ Lol wish my older brother was this sweet! 3w

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benevolent_ben Me and @simplyy_brennaa_ are ready to celebrate her 14th bday with the best damn British band in the land! #WhereWeAreTour #TeamZayn #TeamNiall #OneDirection 3w

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benevolent_ben It is with intense pride and LOVE that I share mine and @brecarissa's Freshman Forum small group, the BABY BLUE BA-NAE-NAES. I can't wait to make this family a loving, tight-knit, unstoppable force. I already love y'all and can't wait for this year. #ForumLove 4w

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benevolent_ben TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT! They're baaaaaaack! #ThankfulThursday that Shonda Rhimes and her TV genius self is bringing back 2 smash hits, #GreysAnatomy and #Scandal and premiering a soon to be hit starring Viola Davis, #HowToGetAwayWithMurder. Now Shonda, we are used to your shenanigans and heart stopping twists and turns so we will be expecting no differences this season. I will be tuned in with some red wine, popcorn and friends (who aren't allowed to speak during the shows. We don't play about ShondaLand around here). #Gladiators, and all Shonda fans around the world, Get ready! 4w

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benevolent_ben It's everyone's favorite day of the week - (no not Hump day) WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY. I'm so blessed to know and love Hallie Murray. She is always here for me to go on random Chick Fil A adventures, fuss about Shonda Rhimes shows, and perfectly display the importance of a monogram. I thought I was the only person who knew where Waynesboro was until I met you. I love you. #WCW 4w

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benevolent_ben What a great day between the hedges with a good ole fashioned Georgia beat down. I'm always happy when I'm with these two. #GoDawgs #ToHellWithTroy #GeorgiaForever 1mon

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benevolent_ben In honor of Dublin High School's Homecoming game tonight, #FBF to my senior year and being on the homecoming court. The whole experience was one of my favorite and most memorable moments in High School. I loved Dublin High School and I owe so much to the quality education and the lifelong relationships I made in those hallways. I may be a Dawg now, but deep down, I'll always be a member of the Fighting Irish Family. 1mon

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benevolent_ben If anyone wants to know the reason I get up with a smile on my face every morning, the reason that I do my best to be the "Ben Lanier" you all know, the reason I work my ass off to be as successful as I can, the reason I want to be the man my mom raised me to be, just look at this message. I pride myself on being pretty good with words, but I can't even attempt to put together any combination of words to convey how much I love my sister and how much being her big brother means to me. 1mon

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benevolent_ben On September 15, 1970 a wonderful angel came into this world. My mother was a constant source of light, happiness and love. My mother personified the name she was given -- Joy. Since mom has passed away I have been dreading having to celebrate her first birthday on this Earth without her. Birthdays were a huge deal to mom. September was practically all consumed with celebrating her "birth month". She would start planning about 2 months in advance by dropping subtle hints like, "you know my birthday is coming up. Whatcha getting me?" I would give anything at all to be able to give her those kisses she always asked for and "scoochie" up with her and laugh at all of our favorite tv shows. Joy Baby, I know you are celebrating your birthday in Heaven with Nanny and so many others. Just know that I'll be thinking of you all day, like I always do. I love you forever and always. Everybody please pray for me today and keep my sister and I in your thoughts. Today will be very hard for us both. 1mon
  •   princessadestiny aw I'm very sorry. I will be praying for you. heaven gained another angel. rip.. 1mon
  •   elizabeth_lavin I love you boy 1mon
  •   phaedraparks You are so sweet Ben and this post shows you were a wonderful son too! I'm so sorry for your loss but I hope all the great memories sustain you today and always. I love you and am praying for your peace always1mon
  •   benevolent_ben @phaedraparks you are my favorite. I love you so much, Phaedra. 1mon
  •   phaedraparks Love you more 1mon
  •   courtneywhite01 I love you Ben 1mon
  •   sarahvickers_ Thinking of you today!! ️ love you 1mon
  •   jessiham sending love your way babe 1mon

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benevolent_ben Enjoying a #DZ date night with my person, my love, my bestestest friend and my ride or die @hmariewilson. I love her to death and we have been through so much together and I'm so blessed to have her in my life. #DeltaZeta #UGA #Love #BFF 1mon

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