“I’m a musician trying to make my life interesting.”
Layla sat down with Lainie Jones to discuss how she has turned her journey with cancer into something positive.
“I am a professional artist and a small business owner. All my life I have had this love for art and all things creative…Overall, I think it paved the way for me to become the person that I am now. To this day I am still so dedicated to the craft and learning new techniques. I know I was destined to be an artist…to create, inspire, and empower.”
“I spoke with Stanford student Haley Schwager to learn more about how she plans to change the medical world.”
My name is Sydney. I live in West Hollywood, California and I’ve been personal training here for about 9 years. I started when I was in college because I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. I spoke to my orthopedic surgeon and he said that when you’re 18, you’re allowed to get certified to become a trainer and you can start working with patients in a clinical setting. That clinical setting can be the gym, eventually you can get a job at a physical therapy clinic and you’ll have something to talk about in your college interviews or your med school interviews. I thought it was a great idea, so as soon as I turned 18, for my birthday my mom got me the certification course. My mom bought me my first business cards when I was 12 years old. She’s always been advocating and she’s a huge feminist like, “Work first, education second,” and I obviously wanted both.
“My day job is as a community manager for an organization called One for Democracy, which is a pledge that asks people to give one percent of their assets to democracy work. My night job is also in the philanthropy world – I work on personal and family philanthropy, and I volunteer with an organization called Resource Generation, which is a membership community of people 18-35 years old with wealth or class privilege committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.”
“My name is Kristin Simmons. I’m a practicing visual artist, specializing in painting, printmaking, and mixed media. And my work surrounds itself with this question of appetites and this pleasure/pain paradox that we live in, in this modern society of ‘when is enough ever enough’ and learning what it means to exist as a millennial female consumer in this day and age.
Although Minority Mental Health Month has come to a close, it is important to continue to acknowledge the importance of this topic in our society and pop culture. Recently, gymnast Simone Biles made a statement expressing that she would be stepping back from the Olympics in order to prioritize her mental health. As Biles is…
This week, as Minority Mental Health Month Awareness comes to a close, we featured Maud Arnold who shares with us how she seeks and prioritizes joy year round. Read or listen along below!
I just think that having a unique, diverse, and expansive global experience has also shaped one of my perspectives in life and having traveled the world so young helped me to understand that there’s just more than one area and more than one way of thinking. There are all these types of beautiful ways that we all can kind of co-exist.