We are teaming up with OKREAL for our interview series, “Pay it Forward.” We spoke with women who we collectively admire to hear what mentorship means to them, the advice that has been most meaningful and the importance of uplifting the women around you. OKREAL is a platform that curates wisdom shared by a range of smart, leading women role models.
Seventh in our series is writer, educator and artist Elise Peterson. We spoke with Peterson about wisdom, the importance of boundaries and being mindful.
Check back in the new year for our eighth interview in this series. We’ll be talking to vice president of news and programming at iOne Digital, Jamilah Lemieux.
I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by a community of women who are mentors and leaders. Their guidance has been integral in my sustainability and success in New York. Miya Hirabyashi, Chazz Levi, and Uli Beutter Cohen are just a few of the women that have helped to keep me level.
Mentors that have been most impactful aren’t afraid to share their mistakes or their opinions. Above all, they are able to see you at times you aren’t able to see yourself.
Some of the best mentors have been strangers. The people of New York have dropped so many gems on me in passing. Whether it was the guy drumming and giving a history lesson at the Dekalb station, or a woman who stopped me to have genuine moment of human interaction. I’ve always felt those are ancestors coming back to guide me, remind me of who I am and what’s important.
Show up. Showing up is the most powerful thing you can do for anyone.
Knowing that there are people — even just a person — that truly believes in my talent and vision is what pushes me to strive for more.
Your freedom above all.
Where it’s quiet and I have sunshine in the morning.
Being a full time multidisciplinary artist means I’m constantly working on several projects at a time. Simultaneously, being seven months pregnant means my body is constantly working even when I am still. Because of this, I’ve realized how invaluable it is to set firm boundaries with my personal and professional time in order to put my needs first.
Your thoughts manifest into reality. Be mindful of the reality you are creating.
- You can endlessly create yourself.
- You can always find a beginning in the middle.
- A good mentor is able to see you at times you aren’t able to see yourself.
- Showing up is the most powerful thing you can do for anyone.
- Be mindful of the reality you are creating with your thoughts.