During this powerful time of change, what has helped center you?

I sometimes need to remove myself and be in solitude. A quiet mind in complete presence allows me to refocus and reflect to make sure I am staying true to myself.

Lately, a drive out to the coast, or going for a scenic run have been favorable ways to stay grounded.

What have you been working on lately?

I’ve been welcoming a slower pace in my life. I am still unraveling who I am as a woman, and recently I have spent time deconstructing parts of me that thought I was sure of. That’s a lot of work! I think it has been a critical time for people to self-reflect and I have been focussing on trying not to attach too closely to a grande plan. Although there is a time to be serious, I also want to make sure I am having fun along the way :)

Tell us about the woman/women you admire the most.

I grew up surrounded by resilient woman in my family and I learnt that our strength comes from supporting one another. I admire women who embrace connection, who aren’t afraid to be vulnerable. Women who are curious but patient to understand. Women who show just as much love and kindness towards themselves as they do others.

What advice would you give to young women growing up today?

If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t be afraid to let things go that aren’t meant for you, and keep yourself open to all that is.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

I was supposed to move to Europe this year, but like so many others those plans have had to change. I still hope to get there at some point, but being here in New Zealand has made me realize there is a lot of important work for me to do. The current movement in America has driven the dire need to dismantle systemic racism within our society, and to fight for justice for all oppressed people. Being a WOC I feel privileged to have a voice, and I hope by progressing in my work and daily practices I can contribute to making a difference.

What have you been listening to, reading and watching?

Keeping in tune with my week I’ve been listening to Aotearoa’s NOA Records, Virtual Shadow Ensemble. In the evenings I’ve been reading pages from John Puhiatau Pule, The Bond of Time- described “a love letter to a sea of islands”. Tightrope by Selina Tusitala March was also recommended by a friend, which has been perfect to slip into for a quiet moment before bed, or when I first wake up in the morning.