1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Not many people know that I used to be a pageant girl! I started competing in Miss Arkansas when I was a freshman in college because I wanted to sing for an audience. I have always loved music, but had never taken it seriously as a talent. I won my very first pageant and continued to compete all the way up until graduation. All those scholarships and hours of interview prep paid off big time for the real world, and it's how I got started modeling!
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My greatest passion is helping communities and individuals foster connections to themselves and others - our natural environment, the food we eat, our music, physical bodies, and spirit all operate as a part of one system. I think creatives and empaths are naturally more in tune with this connection, and maybe that strong inner and outer sense of self is what guided my desire to help others find the same sense of place and wellness.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I recently set a goal for myself to read 3 books a month. I think learning and exposure to new ideas is so important for creative work, no matter what subject it's in. I try to mix it up between scientific/sociological nonfiction, biographies, and novels. Right now I'm reading "Change Your Schedule Change Your Life" and highly recommend it! I also just launched my blog, www.OmGirlBlog.com, and am super excited to grow that in the upcoming year.
4. What is your definition of success?
Success is all about how you feel. No one else's definition of success is ever going to make you happy, so DITCH other's expectations and create your own. Set your intentions - if you could only accomplish 3 things over the next 3 years, what would that look like? The number one mistake I see creatives make when they try to be successful is thinking that their talent is enough. Wrong! Talent is necessary, but it has nothing to do with the work. When nothing is "happening" for you it's easy to take it as a reflection of your talent and your art, but the work you put in is the real determinant. The success you have today is a result of the decisions and habits you created 3 years ago. Be patient and diligent in making your dreams come true.
5. Tell us about the projects you're currently working on.
I have spent the past few years immersed in community and individual health and wellness practices, and now I'm overflowing with information I want to share! That was the impetus for starting "Om Girl" and I'm looking forward to continuing to grow it. I co-own a small residential composting business, @theurbanfoodloop, and we are launching a nonprofit initiative around urban agriculture later this summer. I'm also a musician, and just started a music project! No instagram handle yet, but maybe one day you'll be able to google "Belle Camino" and pull something up 🙈