An Interview with Kate

An Interview with Kate

 

"A million little things that have culminated into learning to first listen and then trust my gut/intuition."

Give me a little insight to where you are in your life right now with career, goals, dreams. 

I'm in a time of transition as I approach the end of my mid-twenties. After spending the first 5 years out of college in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, I've found myself back in Chicago this summer to end my Teach For America tenure as a Social Justice & Equity Seminar Leader. This fall I'll begin a Master's Program in Ed Leadership & Policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I dream of being a school leader back in Chicago, working with communities, students, and families to build equitable systems that allow for all students, specifically students of color in low-income communities, to live into their incredible potential that is all to often marginalized, oppressed, or forgotten. After that, I want to be a yoga teacher and work to continue bringing mindfulness to schools and make the practice of yoga more accessible for all ages, background, and identities. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
During my first week of teaching, I texted my Mom during my planning period panicked because I realized I had no idea what I was doing or how I was supposed to be a teacher. She texted back a quote by Mary Ann Radmacher that has stayed with me the last 5 years: "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes, courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, 'I'll try again tomorrow.'" 
 
How do you live a sustained life? 
I don't think I've mastered this yet. However, running, walking, biking, and yoga have proven to be extremely beneficial to my mental and emotional health, and allows me to balance work and life. I've also found spending time with friends and family is extremely grounding, and I've gotten a lot out of actual therapy in the last 3 years...having a 3rd party, unbiased ear to listen is extremely helpful in sustainability and something I recommend to everyone! 
 
Something you've learned in the past year?
A million little things that have culminated into learning to first listen and then trust my gut/intuition.
 
Why Chicago to live and work?
I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, but didn't spend a lot of time in the city. I'm so excited to be returning closer to home and to bring the lessons I've learned in education and working toward equity to my work in Chicago. 
 
Piece of clothing that has made you feel your best?
I have a pair of white pants I bought a few summers ago that fit like a glove and always bring out my best, most fun self. 
 
What does personal style mean to you. Do you have any style icons? 
I see personal style as a means of self expression and personal artwork. I sometimes think of it as what message I want to send or impression I want to give, and then plan my outfits accordingly. I think Michelle Obama is as close as I could get to a style icon - I love the confidence and classic style she brings to everything she wears. 
What makes you proud to be a woman?
I'm proud to be a woman because I don't know where the world would be without women. As Beyonce says, we run it. I'm proud that women are able to wear many hats, juggle many priorities, and have worked to fight for themselves and marginalized groups throughout history that still continues today. 
Thank you, Kate, for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!
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An Interview with Grace

An Interview with Grace

 

"I've learned how important it is for us all, whenever possible, to create and maintain calming rituals despite all."

Give me a little insight to where you are in your life right now with career, goals, dreams.  

I have my hand in a number of things right now – I’m a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where I help organize exhibitions. I also have a handful of seemingly unrelated passion projects: I have been knitting for over a decade and weaving for about five years, and for the last year or so, I have been deeply studying Tarot and have been reading for others for the last six months. At the moment, I am most thrilled about my Tarot practice – I love offering people clarity and guidance through the magic and ceremony of Tarot readings. 

Also, I’m getting married in September so a lot of my dreaming recently has been focused on wedding planning and our post-wedding trip to Iceland, but also my hopes for the life my fiance and I are building together.  

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Trust yourself.  

How do you live a sustainable life? 

I think about sustainability a lot, and for me it’s a goal that I am constantly working toward rather than something I’ve arrived at. I try to be mindful about what I purchase -- places like the Shudio, which sell amazing vintage clothes, make it easy to consume in a way that doesn't negatively impact the environment. 

Something you've learned in the past year?

Wow, I've learned so much in the last year, but something that immediately comes to mind is learning how important self-care is during busy times personally and also during difficult social and political moments. More specifically, I think I've learned how important it is for us all, whenever possible, to create and maintain calming rituals despite all. 

Why Chicago to live and work?

I moved to Chicago six years ago for school, and have grown to love living here, especially during the summer. So many great restaurants, great people, great art and architecture. I initially thought I would move back to New York as soon as I could, but interesting work opportunities, friends, and love have kept me here, and Chicago just feels like home right now.    

Piece of clothing that has made you feel your best?

I have a simple black silk dress that I've been feeling really great in this summer. I love garments that feel great against the skin, but also look polished without being over-wrought. 

What does personal style mean to you. Do you have any style icons? 

To me, personal style actually relates to the piece of advice I mentioned earlier-- trusting oneself and trusting in what feels good, rather than following trends. As for style icons, some contemporary names that come to mind are Solange Knowles and Zoe Kravitz -- I don't try to dress like either of them, but appreciate them for being beautiful women doing their own thing!

What makes you proud to be a woman?

I think more than proud, I feel grateful that I'm comfortable with my gender identity and that, for the most part, my community values women and feminist politics. I am very aware of what a privilege that is, even though it should be the norm, and hopefully will be someday. 

Feel free to share anything else about yourself.

I'll be offering tarot readings at Pitchfork Music FestivalJuly 15-17! If any one is going to be there and are feeling called, they should come find me for a reading!  

Thank you, Grace, for taking the time to share your thoughts with us !

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