WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO VOLUNTEER TO TEACH THE FREE TO BE PROGRAM?
When I heard about Free to Be through Erin Ireland I immediately felt connected to the cause. I have battled poor self-image on and off for most of my life and it’s been painful so I thought if I could ease someone else’s pain by teaching them to understand the messages that are constantly coming their way that I’d have helped in a way that I wasn’t able to help myself at that age.
WHAT GETS YOUR EXCITED TO JUMP OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?
Haha, okay, let’s pretend that I am excited to jump out of bed in the morning. Human connection, my work, the experiences that await me in the world… Life itself, really!
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE PROUD OF?
I am proud of my ability to learn something from every challenge or negative experience I go through and then my ability to apply that learning the next time I am challenged in a similar way. The formula is part resilience / part compassion / part grit and determination.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND GIVE YOUR 12-YEAR OLD SELF A PIECE OF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
You’re okay, I promise and when your high school boyfriend tells you that you are fat for the first time, dump his ass immediately and never look back.