What fills your days?
Listening to music! It sets the mood - whether it emphasizes how I feel or changes my feelings all together. From Radiohead to Lizzo, I love it. Writing, listening, and reading are also huge parts of my days. I like to journal, in traditional and nontraditional ways. Poetry, quotes, TED Talks, influencers, podcasts from time to time... I like experiencing other perspectives and ideas, even if I do not agree or understand. Keeps me either grounded in what is true for me or empathetic to what I don't want/have the capacity to understand or verbalize.
What are some things about yourself that you're proud of and that we should know about you?
I'm really sensitive and vulnerable. I care deeply about people and I used to really be bothered by that. Sometimes I still struggle with that truth, but I'm always recognizing the power of being that way. I'm open to folx in ways that they sometimes haven't experienced and I value that so much. Safe space is everything but so hard to find for many folx, so I am always looking for ways to advocate for myself and others and be vocal about what is safe/unsafe. I love the color yellow shamelessly - like literally give me all the yellow things. Also, I love myself. That's a big deal - took a long time. And I love myself always, not just on good days, but especially on the bad days. I'm not perfect at this love thing, but I'm learning to give myself a hug rather than a critique when I'm feeling like I'm not being my best self. Self-compassion is tough, but I'm finding my way.
What led you to say "yes" to being a GGH Brand Ambassador?
I love gathering, reflecting, and just delving deeper. There's so much growth in community and when I experienced GGH at Babe Fest (thanks Janessa) I knew I wanted to get involved and utilize the decks in the community spaces I'm already in and the spaces I want to create.
What are you most excited about in terms of using the cards in groups?I'm excited to guide a rich conversation and allow for others to stop and journal and then speak out loud and take up space in ways they aren't always allotted.I want to watch real connections form and offer people a tool to help them navigate what may be difficult or isolating situations and conversations within a safe and nurturing space.