December 6, 2013
you know how there are some people in the world that you wish you had more time to spend with
because they absolutely fascinate you?
well, considering that the world holds over seven billion people in it, I’d say that happens to most. 😉
BUT, this girl.
this girl has always fascinated me.
besides her unbelievable beauty and fashion-sense,
her love of education – more specifically – history and the ability to communicate in a unique and
intelligent way were some of the first things that intrigued me about her.
most people her age were seeking the immediate…the instant-gratification…the short-sell…
but throughout these past three years, she has come out the other side of a long journey
and found herself in a purposeful place.
professionally she is the Content Director for Belief in Seattle, Washington.
what is Belief?
“Belief drove the Wright brothers to turn bicycles into flying machines, and it compelled Mother Theresa to give the clothes off her back. Belief pushes us to dare, to sign the dotted line, to try that much harder, and to not give up the ship. It pulls us to our feet and drops us to our knees. It’s why we pick up the pen, brush, or book, ever inspiring us to dream, learn, and do. It is belief — belief in it, us, we, and them—that makes all things possible. Someone once said, “When you know who you are, you know what to do.” This is why BELIEF exists—to help our clients know who they are, to empower them to tell their own stories, and to guide them as they invite others to believe.”
but who is she to me?
she is an incredibly creative person who fascinates me with how she see’s the world and
the ability she has in how to communicate it.
she’s someone who knows she hasn’t “arrived” but is driven in the search to find what makes her tick…
to what lights her up.
she’s inspiring and admirable and she is this week’s INSPIRATION | friday…
meet, cali. 🙂
***a HUGE thank you to Jake Chapman and the images he took of Cali…you’re incredibly talented, THANK YOU!***
This is hard! I’d just go with nerdy, but here are a few more: transparent (to a fault!), attentive, particular, chatty, and intuitive.
Beauty. I try and see and be inspired by the beauty in most things.
Collaboration. I can’t do what I do alone. I am at my most creative when working with a team.
I’m a writer and a closet-photographer. I work at a creative agency and write all sorts of things. I take pictures on the side, but I’m a bit clumsy. I need to learn how to use my camera better, but I think I’m most happy behind the camera. I secretly wish I could be an urban street photographer and just walk around all day capturing city life.
I recently wrote a voice-over narration for a short film. The film might never see the light of day, but the process—to write authentically for the character’s voice—was incredibly rewarding. And it was a perfectly-time project that ended up being really therapeutic. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written, and I’m a terrible critic of my own work…so that’s saying a lot.
I spend a majority of my time reading. Books, articles, blog posts, advertising copy—all things. I draw a lot of inspiration from other great writers, people I aspire to think like and write like. Ta-Nehisi Coates writes for The Atlantic, and I am constantly amazed at his work. My favorite author of all time, however, is Edith Wharton. She wrote Age of Innocence, and that book…I can’t even.
I will always have a fondness for Gilbert, Arizona. It’s my home. It’s familiar and comfortable, and one of the few places where I never feel lost. I do love Seattle. It’s an amazing city with an incredible art community and an abundance of good food and coffee, but you better believe my first stop when I’m home is Liberty Market. Give me some Schreiner’s sausage and an iced coffee, and life is good.
From Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace: “But everything comes at its appointed time.” (It’s far more beautiful in French, though: “Tout vienta à son heure pour qui sait attendre.” 🙂
I have a very eclectic taste in music. I like most all things, except screamy music (like metal) and Kenny G-like jazz. Otherwise, I’ll listen to and, and I’ll probably like it. *follow her on spotify…you won’t be disappointed – cali elizabeth* 🙂
Barcelona. By far my most favorite city. The architecture is awe-inspiring, the food is incredible, it’s near the beach, and the people are lovely. I kind of imagine myself living there one day.
Chocolate and french fries. I guess I don’t really think of them as guilty pleasures. More like two things I will NEVER turn down.
I have a small tea cup collection. I used to spend summers with an aunt and uncle in the Berkshires, and on my last day my aunt would take me to the same vintage shop and buy me a tea cup and saucer.
Be gentle with yourself.
I have one younger brother, David. We are three years apart. He makes me crazy, but I love him more than I can even articulate.
OCD. I’m a bit of a clean freak. And I don’t like wearing my shoes inside. The bottoms of shoes are the most filthy thing ever.
I’ve played a little here and there since moving to Seattle. Nothing too competitive, but it’s always nice to get out and kick the ball around.
Our family had what I’ll call an open-door policy. For as long as I can remember we had people living in our home with us—a Cambodian family of eight, a pregnant exotic dancer, a German exchange student, two young boys who had previously been living in a car (the list is quite a bit longer, but you get the point).
Calzabeth, Calsey, Cali Cupcake
This is impossible for me to answer, because I cannot leave a bookstore without purchasing at least three books.
Massachusetts, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Washington—I think I’ve moved ten or eleven times, so I’ve lived in various places in all of these states. Gilbert, Arizona will always feel the most like home. I spent most of my life there. My family is there. My closet friends are there. I’ll always be a Gilbert Babe at heart.
My parents. I love them. Between the two of them I don’t know a more compassionate and generous couple. I hope that every day I can be a little more like them.
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