Co-Founder Society Rebel
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I am a rebel, a dreamer, someone whose crazy enough to believe they can make an impact on the world in a bigger way than just their family and friends. On that note, I am also a wife, a mom and a good friend! Society Rebel is a real life rebellion. We like to say it’s our mission to give every rebel a cause and a place to call home. We do things differently. You will never meet a group of people who want to see you succeed in life more than our rebels. Society Rebel is a blogging community that gives you a platform to express yourself and share your story with others. You can share your experiences, and the lessons you’ve learned, but you can also just write about your last amazing purchase, or an awesome show you saw. We’re all about giving people ideas that help them live better lives. Even fun ones.
What is your vision for change? Why is this important to you?
I have a few platforms for changing the world, starting with love and kindness, which are quite typical, but a few more that are rather specific.
- Giving people a place to share their story. When you know someone's story you have empathy and grace, if we could see people for the humans they are, the world would start to change.
- Embracing diversity by accepting we are all different instead of trying to make everyone the same, coat-tailed by acknowledging the prejudices we all feel, and instead of letting fear rule, being conscious of our often valid prejudices, but setting them aside for progress.
These are innately important to me, because I was born.
Tell us about the defining moment when you decided to make the leap towards your dreams.
In 2015, I had recently turned 30 and finally recognized one day I was going to die, and I hadn't accomplished nearly enough of the things I set out to do. So, I started acting like each day I lived matter, and set out with one of my best friends in the world to build SocietyRebel.com as a platform to initiate the changes I wanted to contribute to the world.
What is the impact you believe your work makes in the world?
One of the ways we like to best share the story is that the timeline of life is kind of like a long row of Oreos all stacked side by side. Each cookie represents a story or life we hear about, JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, or Oprah, but between every cookie is the cream which represents the hundreds of thousands of stories we never hear about, and yet they propel life forward just as much. We want to give every person a place to share their story, so their voice can be heard, and their stories can be known. Stories breaks down the barriers of the people different than ourselves, so we can know and love them, even when they are very different than ourselves. In addition to that, other people overcome from the stories of someone who has gone before, and we all feel less alone.
At Project #SWFHD we are all a work in progress but we believe in walking our own talk. Tell us how you embody the mission your work serves?
I share my story, even when it's hard, uncomfortable or slightly too personal. I also try to live a life that embraces diversity and offers grace even when undeserved.
A big part of going for your dreams is about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Tell us about a challenge or fear that got in the way of going for your dreams? How did you handle it?
At the beginning of 2016, I quit my day job to pursue my personal ventures full time. With lots of failure, less money than I expected and a grumpy husband in tow, it's been hard, but I know I'm on the path, I was created to be on, so I push forward. I handle it with a semi-organic diet, followed by regular doses of dessert and yoga, because the naysayers are many.
What is one piece of business advice you would give to someone starting out?
It will be WAYYYYY harder than you think. It will take WAYYYYYY longer than you're planning for it to take. You are not one of the lucky ones, but showing up every day moves your progress forward a microcosm, and if you know you're supposed to do it, then don't quit.
Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that inspires you and your business?
The reason personal storytelling is so important is simple. The world needs less idealistic "how to's" and more realistic "how did's".