“As I’ve grown older and older, I love my hair more and more. I’m in a really good place with my hair right now. We love each other!”
CHICAGO & INTERESTS
“I grew up in Chicago on the North Side in the Bucktown nieghborhood. Being in a big city made me aware of my surroundings. It introduced me to art and culture. I got interested in cities and architecture at a young age. I love Chicago. I feel really strongly about calling it my home.
I started taking photography classes in high school, which introduced me to different parts of the city. I started photographing those areas which were interesting to me and brought me to better understand the city. I think the history of the city is interesting. I started to appreciate Chicago more when I was living in Colorado for college. Now I live in Colorado. I love the outdoors, hiking, skiing. I study English in school, so I’m into the idea of storytelling. I have a lot of interests right now. I’ve been very interested in women’s health and gender violence. I think I want to do something related to public health down the road.
To me, power means multiple things.
- Confidence is power. Knowing your capabilities and knowing you can do anything you want. Sometimes it’s hard to garner that feeling in yourself but people really can do anything.
- Being supported by my family and friends. I feel powerful when I have a lot of love around me. When I know other people are in my corner I feel powerful.
- I feel powerful when I’m doing activities in which I know that I’m good: when I’m writing, when I’m hiking, when I know I’m doing something great.
- I feel powerful when I’m leading trips for kids in the backcountry. I’ve lead trips for kids the past 3 summers, and I feel great when I’m doing that. When I’m positive impacting someone else I feel powerful. I feel good about my body, myself, and others.
There are two products that really make me feel great: DevaCurl hair products, which make my hair looking awesome and my Dansko pink clogs.
I have wild hair. It has a mind of its own. Growing up I really resented it because it was unruly. It was unlike other people’s hair in school. One friends would always tell me I had frizzy hair. No one wants to have frizzy hair. My hair took up a lot of space, and as women we are taught not to take up space. I would always blow out my hair because it felt easier to take care for. The standard sleek hair is what I thought was beautiful. As I’ve gotten older and older, I love my hair more and more. I’m in a really good place with my hair right now. We love each other! I know how to take care of it. I always know when it’s too dry or needs a trim. I think it mirrors my personality. It’s not frizzy; it’s fun and represents my personality! I feel empowered and like a boss when my hair looks great.
I have multiple products from Deva Curl and they are all great. I have gone through a lot of different hair stuff, and I feel like these are the first products that truly nourish my hair well. I get my haircut at Penny Lane in Chicago.
My shoes are pink Dansko clogs. I’m a huge fan of clogs. My love of them started in college. When I wear them, I feel like a queen. My pink ones are like Barbie dream house shoes. I love that they are pink. I don’t know why we are sometimes afraid to wear color. They are comfortable and fun. They make me feel great.”
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