Gardener | Food Enthusiast | Nursing Student
"Plants are just so important to healing. Whether it is herbal medicine or even being in a place that is beautiful or lush, it makes people feel more comfortable. The idea of using a garden as a space for healing is so intriguing, and it will tie together these things that I have been doing for the past few years."
Do you have any strong feelings about your place in the world of health and self-care?
I think that the idea of primary care and preventive care and taking care of yourself so that you don't need to take care of yourself is really important, and I think that working in food and trying to provide the healthiest, freshest food for people is the easiest way. If you are eating good food then you are running on good fuel and you are going to be ok. I think ultimately my goal in nursing is to be a resource for people so that they can make easy, healthy decisions without it being overtly “healthy.” People are scared of or against a “healthy” lifestyle because it is wrapped up in this weird “rich-white” packaging, and it doesn't need to be that way. Outside of the past 60 years people have just existed in a simple healthy way.
Good healthcare can get really expensive and hard to find. I would like to think that I will be able to provide or be a resource for people...and how that is going to manifest itself in the next few years with the way that our healthcare system is changing...I have no idea. But, I want to be that resource. Why not? It shouldn't be so hard, and I want to make it easier for people.
What about this path that you are pursuing allows you to be your best self?
I don’t know if I can accurately answer that question just yet. But, I do know that I am looking forward to being challenged everyday, to making proactive decisions that will ultimately benefit another person, and that I will be able to have my personal time to read and work in my garden, and have a personal life along with a professional life.
What does the word authentic mean to you?
"Authentic" translates to "confident" in my book, and totally owning whatever it is you do... there's something truly delightful about a person with confidence. Getting to that point is a process of trial and error though. I imagine for most people (including myself) that means taking time so that you can take a look at your choices and figure out what felt right, what felt wrong, and how to live in a way that makes you feel best. Authenticity means no pretense, there's no show. You don't have to constantly explain yourself or justify things... you just live.
Being my most authentic self happens because of the support of those closest to me; my family is awesome, I have a fantastic boyfriend who is constantly encouraging me; and I really have the raddest friends. I'm increasingly empowered saying "no" to things so that I can have time for myself (which is kind of big deal)... but it took me awhile to figure that out, especially in New York. Let's be honest, there is a sea of bullshit to swim through here.