Describe one thing that inspires you:   Selfless acts. Human kindness.   When you’re having a bad day / week / month, how do you harness that inspiration and keep creating?   Sometimes I don’t. If I’m going through an uninspired stretch, I try to just let myself be in that place until in passes. Or I take a hot bath.     
  
 
  
    
  
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   When do you feel the most yourself? Why?   When I’m traveling – either by myself or with a trusted companion.
   
  
 
  
    
  
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   What do you love?    I love Seattle in the summertime, drinks with old friends, going to new places, long road trips, the sun on my back, powerful and outspoken women, long hikes, feeling well in my body…    What do you love about yourself?    I love that I’m still learning how to answer this question.   What’s your worst habit?   When I waste time on things that don’t serve me or add anything to my life. 
   
  
 
  
    
  
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     Describe your greatest professional achievement:   On occasion, seeing my students experience their ‘feminist moments.’   Talk about an instance that made you feel vulnerable, unprepared, and/or scared:   In academia, because there is no set course, there are many times when you don’t feel good enough – or feel that everyone around you is smarter, more ambitious or more talented than you are. 
   
  
 
  
    
  
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     How did you make it through that time?   I talk with female friends or mentors - and remind myself that feeling like a fraud is self-sabotaging.       Describe a time when you felt incompetent:    I’m not naturally a good public speaker – but I have to do it a lot. I’ve bombed presentations or lectures more than once.      
  
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   Who are you intimidated by? Why?    Women who naturally command a group – either professionally or socially - intimidate me. It’s a trait that I greatly admire, but it’s so foreign to me.   Name one person you admire and why:   My father. He has no pretense and is the most kind and genuine person I know. I seriously tear up just thinking about how much I admire him.   Name one woman you have a girl crush:   I’ve got a long list:  Mia McKenzie , Lena Dunham, Michelle Obama, Mindy Kaling, Gloria Steinem through all her glorious decades, Leverne Cox, Chimanda Ngozi Adiche – basically any woman who speaks her mind. Being political is sexy. Having an opinion is sexy. As women we’re taught to be demure and that our voices are less important; and any woman who has the presence of mind to dismiss this type of negative socialization, and instead embraces her power and her voice is my hero. 
   
  
 
  
    
  
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   What’s a meaningful piece of advice you have been given, and who gave it to you?   I don’t know if this counts as advice, but I recently came across this quote by Tavi Gevinson about starting her project (at 13!) – and it made me think about what you ladies are doing with your project:  “I wanted to start a website for teenaged girls that was not kind of this one-dimensional strong character empowerment thing, because one thing that can be very alienating about a misconception of feminism is that girls then think that to be feminists, they have to live up to being perfectly consistent in their beliefs, never being insecure, never having doubts, having all the answers…and this is not true and actually, recognizing all the contradictions I was feeling became easier once I realized that feminism was not a rule book but a discussion, a conversation, a process.”
   
  
 
  
    
  
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   Do you have a particular vision of your life 30 years from now? What does it look like?   I’d like to be in the part of my career where I can enjoy what I’ve built – rather than still working as hard as I can. Outside of my career, I hope I’m still developing new interests, still traveling, still learning.     
  
 
  
    
  
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      What are you doing today to help yourself realize the vision described above?   Putting in the hard work now… well, in fits and starts. 
   
  
 
  
    
  
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   Tell me something pretty. A quote, a lyric, a drawing… however you choose to express yourself.     This quote, by George Bernard Shaw, has been my favorite for the last decade:         “This is the true joy in life — being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one… being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.      I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.      Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.” 
   
  
 
  
    
  
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   Ok-super-quickly-without-hesitating-write-down-the-first-six-words-that-come-into-your-mind.   Well, I guess I’ll keep going. 
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