1. What is something not too many people know about you?
The timing on this question is quite perfect because I didn’t even know this about myself until recently haha. It was around Christmas time and I was sitting on the couch in my grandparent’s living room, chatting with my Grandpa while he sat close by in his recliner. I’ve been curious to learn more about where my roots come from so I started asking him questions about our lineage. He is basically a walking encyclopedia and holds a wealth of knowledge about our family. He said, “Well you know, on your Nana’s side they were pirates.” That seven letter word was such a trigger to my interest, even more so than it already had been; I can’t even explain the feeling that went through me. I just remember responding with, “What?” And he said, “Yes. There were 3 brothers that are from the English side of the family. Their names were John, Paul, and Luke. They left England to sail to Mexico and on the way raided the Spanish; the Conquistadors’ ships… You have pirate blood in you.” And within those words, it was almost like a puzzle piece found its home. It explained a lot about the rogue wave within my heart. And it was a confirmation to never stop learning. It helped me make a little bit more sense of who I am.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
Not that I’m disarming either of these, but I feel as though passion and hobby are two very different terms that one can direct their lives to. Passion refers to something that sets a soul aflame whereas a hobby is something that can be set aside and perhaps come back to from time to time. I guess what I’m saying is I am fearful of having my passion downwardly spiral/morph into a hobby. Because if we don’t love it, then why even do it at all?
So how about let’s answer what my biggest passion is? Or let’s change it to some bullet points. How about I tell you what my passions [plural] ARE
I wish I had the ability to consolidate the description into just one word. But there are so many “things” [some tangible, some not] that I love that I’m not completely sure I have the capability to prescribe them labels.
My passion is people, my passion is art, my passion is nature, my passion is horses.
People: If I had one superpower it would be to meet everyone in this world so that I could talk to them and listen to their stories.
Art: If possible, painting would be my one and only source of income. There is something of the relationship between my hands, paint, and the canvas that words cannot grasp.
Nature: I have both lost myself and found myself in nature. I have found myself in the desert as much as I have gotten lost in it. Growing up it has become a part of me. The dirt veins that not only run through our state, run through me.
And lastly: Horses. The first happiness I ever remember feeling was when I was 3 years old, and it was on the back of a horse. And that feeling has never subsided. There is literally no comparison that can rival how I feel as when I am upon a horse’s back. That is where I am home.
3. What are your goals for the future?
This is such an amazing question that requires such a dissection of myself. So thank you for these challenging words. Ultimately, I know that I was placed here for a purpose. There are stacks of evidence to make me believe the backbone of said thought. And in between each and every file of awareness is nothing less than a never ending story. And honestly, I am unsure of my goals for the future. But what I am sure of, is that I want to change the world.
4. What is your definition of success?
I feel like the last question was a bit of a prelude to this one. How am I supposed to articulate my definition of success if I am unsure of my own goals? In this current moment I suppose that my definition of success would be a solid foundation that carries everything that I love. This foundation would take every scar, every heartbreak, every milestone, every bad and every good, every word, every passion, every sadness, every happiness.. and every madness. And all of these “everies” would become a cohesive biosphere. I guess my definition of success is not just proving others wrong, but proving myself right. That moment of validation that confirms, “You did not follow the maze of the rat race, you did not wake to the alarm for the 9 am – 5 pm. In fact, you woke much sooner. Because you were on your own time. You knew that nine to five life was not meant for you.”
5. Tell us something about the projects you’re currently working on.
I’d be more than happy to tell you about this project. Please allow her to introduce herself. Her name is Danielle, and she is a bit of an adventure. With a middle name after a Catholic Saint that means, “The Little Flower.” She was bred from pirates, and there was once a hurricane that was named in her wake. Welcome to the Curious Life of Danielle Therese Jacobs. Both hurricane and saint.
-- Danielle Jacobs