1. What is something not too many people know about you?
My ridiculous fear of sports balls! - HAHA. It all started when I got hit in the head with a basketball in 3rd grade, then a soccer ball to my forehead in 5th grade which left a large welt, and then getting hurt in gym class from playing soccer on a few other occasions (whiplash, popped blood vessels on my thigh the diameter of a grapefruit - you know the deal). After that, I wasn’t very active in gym class and would duck the ball every chance I got. Everyone must have hated me on their team!
Initially, I thought it was a fear of getting hit in the face, but I box (mostly hitting the pads with my trainer and sparring once in a blue moon), but I’ve been hit in the eye a couple times and wasn’t scared. Maybe... I just have bad peripherals so I can’t gauge where the ball is going to end up based on distance. I can’t even throw a ball straight!
Note: The last time I explained this out loud, I unknowingly didn’t specify “sports” balls and said, “I have a fear of balls, and getting hit in the face with balls.”
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
I’m a Makeup Artist and Visual Designer so I love those things, but nothing compares to the feeling and rush of writing poetry and writing in general. It’s something I’ve done for past 15 years. As I’ve gotten older, I began turning to the written word in order to better understand who I am as a person as well as my surroundings. It’s that one thing I could always turn to - available at any given time, without any limits and without any fears.
I also love boxing with my trainer. I have so much energy, (some that may not serve my highest good), so it’s a great way to release any tension. My stamina is a lot higher and I’m stronger and quicker. Having a healthy lifestyle takes dedication but also an understanding that you can’t do a damn thing or pursue your dreams if you’re ill!
3. What are your goals for the future?
I want to continue to grow as an artist, as a contributor to the world, as a friend, and as a daughter. I want to listen to that little voice inside me more. I want to live to work and not work to live. I want to spread my words like wild fire and do more spoken words. More collaborations, more creating, more human connections and more love. I want to make sure I don’t allow my fears to stop me from pursuing all of these things my heart desires and from becoming the person I am meant to become.
“Don’t climb the ladder. Jump and run as fast as you can.” - Greg Duncan
4. What is your definition of success?
You know when someone comes up with this dope idea, gets mad hype about it but never does anything and even forgets about it? Then one day, they see this exact idea created by someone else who is making buku bucks on it. Well, whoever put that idea into fruition is one hell of a successful person.
Let’s not relate this to money though.
Let’s talk about how busy the gym is in January, but a couple of months later the crowd is 1/2 the size. That ambition people had probably faded as the days went by and so did that feeling of newness. That’s what the New Year brings us, but it takes an ambitious person to maintain that feeling of newness. I think the people who see every day of the week as a new start and not just Monday are the most successful and that success is priceless.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're currently working on.
I began something called the Stay Gold Series which consist of ongoing graphics and designs that will eventually make their way into apparel and prints.
During this time, I had been in a creative rut and forced myself to sit down with a newspaper to collage while eating a bar of Chocolove Chocolate that comes wrapped in gold foil. That gold foil became an essential part to this little side project. The newspaper article happened to be about the Women’s March (this was a random paper I picked up), helping to pave the concept which is:
"No matter what circumstances we encounter, we will not allow it to overcome us. We will adapt to change but we will not allow it to move us, and no matter what comes our way, we will continue to spread love and light." - MN
It's a work in progress. Stay tuned!