The list of to-do’s I make the night before. Listing helps me wind down in the evenings, and the pressure of it is just slow-release enough to come through as a firm tap on the shoulder in the a.m.
Basically, I made the arts inseparable from my actual identity as a person so that my dream of designing for a living would be inevitable. As a kid, I had this mission to prove to my traditional community that I could respond to any situation, any prompt with something visual…and that that might be surprising, but it’d also be fitting and therefore reveal a career choice that they might’ve previously not had respect for. I don’t know how to fully explain the huge fear I grew up with that I’d be pulled in by the tides of an immigrant family to be a doctor/lawyer/anything but my very specific dream, but that fear drove me to go to extra lengths to cut through the noise.
This is surely not the healthiest approach. Now as an adult, this lopsidedness in work life balance is something I’m working to correct for the sake of better relationships and a healthier self-image. So If I could go back, I’d shed that irrational level of fear, but definitely keep the doggedness!
The internet. It can be a scary place nowadays but when I look back at my teens, the ability to google something during my half hour of dial-up internet each day is what revealed what was really out there, and was my only gauge of just how big I could dream. We groan at the information overload now but every once in awhile it’s nice to curb that perspective and remember the wonder with which I once approached learning virtually all of my design how-to’s from the internet… and just be amazed and hungry for more.
My friends all know I have the world’s worst memory but especially so when it comes to my own work. So in all honesty my most memorable collaboration is my current sneaker customization project going on right now with Here / Now! I’m lucky to have been a part of some amazing projects, but the peak of my passion is always during the process, not the reveal, so my mind at the moment is truly filled to the brim with leather-safe paints and visions of flower-filled sneaker displays.
Wear one piece that charms you every day. Stories and sentiments are more valuable a fit than any trend or investment piece can be.
Eye drops, coffee, advil, Google, something to write with.
Have really good reflexes. If something falls or is thrown at me, I will catch it.
It definitely does make me a danger to myself — my hands have been known to shoot out to catch hot/sharp objects before my mind knows what’s happening.
Don’t wait until you’ve answered all your questions about your spark or idea to start executing it! You’ll never start. Bluntly put, society doesn’t condition us girls to ever trust ourselves fully. Know that if you have an idea, you are qualified to make it happen, and then pass that fire on to your fellow woman. We’ve got to look out for each other out here.