What is most important in your life right now?
Slowing down. Last year I was living in a fast-paced stressful state and it wreaked havoc on me physically, mentally, and emotionally. Slowing down allows me to live more embodied - which allows all areas of my life to be more enjoyable. I feel better, I can think more clearly, I have more big ideas, and I still get shit done. I think our society glorifies busyness, and I’m choosing to disassociate myself from that ‘exhaustion status symbol’.
What is a hope you have for the future?
I want (and will do my best to help make it happen) a world where we as people take care of one another, collectively. We often operate from a place of fear, judgement, or hatred - but I believe if we can experience those emotions, we can experience their opposites. We can live from a place of openness, acceptance, and love. In doing so, we can look through the lens of everyone is our neighbour, knowing that all of humanity deserves joy, and together really is better.
What has pain taught you?
Pain is a bitch when you’re deep in it. Straight up. I feel like the lessons about pain come after the wound has started to heal a bit - I can step back and see the bigger picture and pull the lessons from it all. It has taught me that life is not linear, it is cyclical, sporadic, and ever evolving. To see and experience beauty in fullness, we often have to experience darkness and pain. It has also taught me that community is everything - having people in your corner who genuinely love and care for you makes a world of difference.
What does connection mean to you?
Connection is everything. It is the invisible thread that tethers us to one another, our world, ourselves. When I am connected to self, I am more fully connected to others. Connection is the driving force of so many things I do and create. If you’re feeling like you don’t have much connection in your life, start with yourself - spend intentional time alone. Then see others from that place of presence - look them in the eye, make conversation, be yourself, repeat.