What is it that empowers you most?
Knowledge, dreams, and imagination. I think the more equipped we become with knowing ourselves, each other, and facts about the universe, the better off we'll be in leaving a positive impact on those around us. A whimsical spirit too, I find empowering because it allows me to see beauty, stories, and magic in everything around me.
What is it that you love most about yourself?
That I had the courage after a severe anxiety disorder that left me hospitalized to take the steps to grow into the person I always dreamed of being but never thought I would. Through hard work, therapy, blogging, sheer determination and lots of tears (lol) I made a list of everything I was ever afraid of and decided that would be the catalyst to becoming somebody I respected. Now I am SEEN as someone with confidence and can do things I never thought I'd be able to - sing, take magical photographs, write, and make really bad jokes - I love that I finally feel I have self worth and that I earned it myself.
What makes you feel most beautiful?
When others see something I'm doing and admire it. I could say Stila eyeliner or something superficial lol but I think I feel most attractive when I'm earning the respect of others, with my brain :) Creating or doing something that evokes a positive feeling in others makes me feel best of all.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
I have too many! I'm actually going to go the fiction route and say Doctor Who, because he owes nobody anything yet is eternally on a quest for adventure and to stand up for good and fight off evil and leave the world a better place, all while exploring the universe and having the biggest adventures. He also had a great quote: "We're all stories, in the end - let's make it a good one, eh?"
Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
J. K. Rowling, because she came from a pretty ordinary background and transformed so many lives by creating an entire world. She's also fantastic on Twitter at responding to haters and internet trolls - her quick wit is always at the ready, as is her magical mind, and she stands up for what's right.
If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
Another tough one with a million possibilities, but I'm going to go with agent Olivia Dunham from the TV show 'Fringe'. She is quiet yet assertive, caring, and badass - and experiences paranormal adventures, alternate universes, clones and time travel on a regular basis :)
What is your biggest life goal?
It was always to replace fear with confidence, and I think it will always be an ongoing journey, but every day I do something tangible to slowly empty the anxiety tank and refill it with confidence. Some of my goals right now include finishing the novel I started a couple of years ago and having it sit on a bookshelf, finishing my album (emilyandthemoon.com), and being a good enough photographer to get gigs regularly. But ultimately, my life goal is to leave a positive impact on those I've encountered along the way.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
I think making the decision to not be a victim of anxiety and nerves and stepping up to the plate to do things completely out of my comfort zone is my biggest accomplishment. I'm living an entirely different life to the sheltered, sad one I lived five years ago, and doing things I always admired other people for having the courage to do - I think I'll feel really accomplished when my album is done and I can stand on a stage and sing in front of people without throwing up afterwards!!
What is your favourite quote?
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
If you work hard enough, everything you've ever dreamed of doing or becoming can become real.
What does feminism mean to you?
Equality. I don't believe females deserve anything more than males, I just think people are people, and all people should be treated fairly, regardless of gender, religion, race, appearance, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We're all humans, and we should all treat each other as such - not favour those who fall into a historically "better" category of being.
Emily is a creative director in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada