Lindsey Quitmeier
  How and where do you find inspiration throughout your day, and what has that inspiration compelled you to do in your life?   My students, many of whom have had lives much more difficult than mine.  Being entrusted to shape these young people is hugely inspiring.  How could I hope for them to be good, creative, kind, inspired, thoughtful adults if I am not those things?  My family and friends serve as an endless source of inspiration for me.  I am in awe of the people life has given me.  Knowing I am only a phone call away from so much love, wisdom, creativity, and support is incredibly powerful.   Information, observation, and experiences are big.  Viewing art, reading, listening to radio programs, jumping in bodies of water, going for a walk, being in a new setting all reinvigorate me and inform my work.  OH! And new pens and pencils!
  What challenges have you met in chasing that inspiration?   Depression, anxiety, self-doubt are things I’ve dealt with in the past that now to a lesser degree affect me.  I suppose when I think about it those lows have always pushed me to make changes that have resulted in my greatest highs but they have no doubt been a challenge.  
  What do you do that you love?   I love to paint.  There is nothing like the head space I enter while painting. It is like a parallel universe that has its own ups and downs and frustrations and accomplishments but I feel totally removed from my worldly self.
  Who do you have a girl crush on?   I love me some everyday woman! Imperfection and humanness are very crushable qualities to me.  I regularly have crushes on women getting off the bus or walking through the supermarket. There is this understated toughness and assurance that many women possess, I am very drawn to this energy.        If you could ask your girl crush anything, what would you ask her?   Why don’t we rule the world?!
  Who/what is your spirit animal?   My great grandmother Geryl, who I mostly know through stories.  She was extremely loyal and made life enchanting for herself and those she loved.  She had these dark, deep set eyes that in every picture of her just pierce you with their strength, joy, and mischief.  She kept her cigarettes in a green glass elephant and one day in the 70’s my father and her were discussing how all the kids were now smoking pot.  As my dad was leaving her house later that day she said to him, “Billy, maybe you could leave one of those marijuana cigarettes in my elephant.”  She truly lived to experience life.   
  What’s a fantastic piece of advice you have been given in your life,   and who gave it to you?   My very first memory as a person was walking to day care with my dad after a storm.  The sidewalk was still wet but was starting to dry out.  We saw a slug on the quickly drying pavement and as a three year old my first reaction was, “EWW! Squish it Daddy!”  Not only did he not squish it but helped me to move it to the safety of the grass.  “The snail has a soul just like you and me.  We are all connected.”  I guess this is more of a lesson than advice but my grandmother taught my father to treat everything as you want the world to treat you and my father passed this philosophy on to me.  Not only has it defined how I live my life but it helps when life isn’t feeling so special to feel the interconnectedness of the universe and know that we are all in this together.    
  Tell me something pretty. A quote, a lyric, whatever it is that inspires you.   Most of the elements in the human body were created in the inferno of a burning star. -NASA
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