New York City (for now)
twenty-three. Though most of the time I feel like I’m simultaneously eight and forty-two.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGING FOR:
I created my blog a year ago this July. And when I say I “created” it, I mean I clicked on all the appropriate buttons. However, my parents were so opposed to the idea of it, that I didn’t actually get the guts to really get going with it until late August.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST:
The little things. Which is often what I love most about people’s blogs—the celebration of the seemingly mundane. I’m inspired by unexpected kindnesss. By people who are willing to laugh at themselves. By good books and good poetry. By the honesty and courage of women around me.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME:
To read. To gallivant about in Central Park. To visit a museum. To spend time with my friends…even if it just consists of going to the grocery store together.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS BLOG:
When I first visited Women’s World I was really struck by the idea of bringing women together—that no matter where we live or what our background is—there is more that unites us, than divides. This is by no means a new idea, but it is one that I’ve found the blogging community taps into better than any other outlet I know of. Again and again I’ve been struck by the women who echo my own concerns, my own fears, my own struggles. I feel less alone than ever before. And the women that form my support group come from the Europe and Australia and Asia—all over the world. And I’m humbled by this each and every day.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE DISH:
Do I have a favorite dish? Oh man, I have about fifty. When my mom’s cooking then it’s her version of sesame chicken that really lights my fire. Here in New York, Big Nick’s thin crust pizza is my version of heaven. And almost everywhere else I’ll take a cheeseburger any day of the week. Let’s put it this way: I’m a pretty cheap, and when it comes to food I’m almost always satisfied.
YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO SPEND TIME:
Lost in a good book at the neighborhood café.
I think the MEDIAS BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION AGAINT WOMEN
Is that something that is truly feminine is devoid of strength. Look at female politicians. I’m not going to name names. But there is something so hard and masculine about most of them. And God forbid they shed a tear…they’re female and therefore weak! That’s so ridiculous to me. Is not empathy a form of strength? I think the thing that people are responding to in Michelle Obama is that she has not gone to either extreme. She has not made herself over in the mold of the man. And she’s not playing into some female stereotype that because she embraces womanhood in all it’s glory she’s not just as intelligent and charismatic as the men who run Washington. Am I being clear? I fear I’m not. What makes me proud to be a woman is the very thing the media can’t seem to get right. It is the balance of grace and strength—the true power in the ability to lower one’s head in reverence or humility—the full fledged love of all the shades of gray—that’s what makes me proud to be a woman.
As for THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE IVE EVER BEEN GIVEN, my grandmother always said “walk into the room as if you’re the most beautiful woman in it.” Own your life.