“If you had the opportunity to stand in front of a group of young adults, what is a piece of advice you would give them?”
“Don’t lose your playfulness. And don’t let life make you hard. Go barefoot and let the wind blow in your hair and just have lots and lots of fun! There’s nothing so serious that you can’t smile about it. So, smile.”
“What does happiness mean to you?”
“Happiness means loving yourself? It’s cheesy, but it’s so hard to do. I think once you fully love, but more so maybe accept yourself, and see yourself as you truly are, then you are on your way to happiness.”
“How do you learn to love yourself?”
“I look in the mirror and I compliment myself every day, and I smile at myself a lot too. People catch me and they call me out for it, but, um, yeah. I’m nice to myself. I was so hard on myself for so long and actually this summer, teaching yoga [is what] turned everything around. I saw myself the way little kids saw me, which was as a role model, and as someone they thought was cool! And I like that, and so I started to see myself that way and it really all took off from there.”
– Erin L.
(“I’m an architecture major who doesn’t want to be an architect. I want to own a plant nursery, and an apiary, and be a yoga teacher.”)