Your favorite way to be active. Why do you love it?
I love going to the gym and weight lifting. There’s something about the way you feel after being able to go up a weight that’s indescribable. You’re physically stronger but mentally you feel like a bad ass.
Three ways you get inspired
Explore, listen, and try something new
Exploring doesn’t just mean Google search, it means to physically go outside and explore the world. I love traveling, so any chance I get to experience something that isn’t my everyday norm means everything because the world has such a profound influence on design and art direction and it can inspire you to create literally anything. On top of that, I love music so I listen to a vast amount of genres but I also listen to the critique and advice of my peers. It’s amazing how one person’s critique inspires you to change your entire thought process, thus creating a new idea. And the best of all, trying something new. Pretty self-explanatory.
Find yourself in a slump, how do you motivate yourself?
If I’m ever in a slump I often have to take a break and remind myself of my end goal. To be happy, healthy and successful. If that doesn’t work I run and grab a cup of coffee, some chocolate, chat with a friend for a few minutes and refocus myself to whatever I was working on.
What makes you feel strong?
My friends and myself. I can’t tell you how much I lean on my friends for support, in good times and in bad. But there are moments when you’re alone, like living alone in a city by myself with no close friends, and that’s when you have to count on yourself and find the strength. However, there are rare moments, like 1/21/17, when millions of women and men stood up for each other in solidarity and I don’t think I’ve ever felt stronger as a woman.
Who is one female, other than your mother, that propelled, supported, or gave you an opportunity in your life or career? What was her best advice?
Jacquie Lamer, my college advisor. She was one of the toughest professors I’ve ever had but also one of the smartest. When I was considering studying abroad she pulled out the old Nike tagline – Just do it. I was beyond scared but she pushed and supported me to study abroad and I’ve never been more grateful for a teacher. It’s experience I wouldn’t trade for anything and I’m so glad she was there.
What issue regarding women is important to you and how are you supporting it?
I’d say sexual assault, equality, and respect. I know that’s technically three but it’s hard to narrow it down. It angers me that women do not have the same respect and equal rights especially when it comes to being sexually assaulted. Like how women are victimized or forced quiet by men or the courts…it’s unfair and wrong. I’m a part of It’s On Us, an organization helping to fight for rights and equality on this issue and would recommend anyone to join.
The best thing a woman can be is
Herself. Strong. Independent. A Badass. Brave.
List three things you love right now
Shonda Rhimes shows (HTGAWM, Scandal, Greys Anatomy)
Dancing in my car (zero shame when Beyonce comes on)
What song/playlist pumps you up?
Closer – Chainsmokers