The EcoGrrl Interview: Rebecca

Rebecca

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Rebecca came to me introduced by a recruiting client, letting me know she was interested in learning more about what I do as a career coach as she explored transitioning to this profession. With her focus on women and life coaching, and a long background working as a beautician, she’s definitely found a wonderful niche assisting the many getting ready to graduate from beauty and massage schools and enter the world! We had great fun chatting – her warmth and energy is infectious!  I see a bright future ahead of her, wherever her path takes her, and have enjoyed witnessing her journey unfold. Check out her new website here!

What or who inspires you most?
I am incredibly inspired by women who forgo the conventional and find new ways of doing things. This can be internally in their own lives breaking old patterns or by bringing things out into the world in a newer bolder way. Traveling and being witness to other cultures always sparks inspiration in me in many ways.

What do you turn to when you need strength?
I usually retreat within myself.  I need to be alone and journal, do my yoga practice and also travel- whether by foot, bike, car or plane to get a new perspective. Sometimes a spin around the block by foot helps, and other times I have had to fly to places unknown to replenish my strength. 

How can women best support and/or empower other women?
First of I believe we need to start with extending kindness and suspending judgments of each other. We can’t hear each other when judgment is in the way. I think truly listening to each other helps in many ways – it validates and celebrates at the same time.  Mentoring has also been really important to me.  I have been mentored and have mentored. I have seen the profound impact it can have on women’s lives spurring them ahead. There is much power in sharing your knowledge and experiences

What do you love to grow? What would you like to try growing someday?
I was raised on a small farm and everything was utilitarian, so naturally, being a rebel I love growing flowers simply for the visual pleasure. As far as what I would like to grow- I’m living the dream!  I have always wanted a lemon tree and today I just harvested my first lemons off my first lemon tree.

What are your creative outlets?  Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t?
I find journaling gets my juices flowing.  I am very visual and tactile so gardening and creating lovely living spaces are great outlets for me.  Right now I have an idea for a hanging planter that I am trying to create…learning to weld might be in my near future.

In what environment(s) do you feel most in your element?  
I especially feel at home in or next to moving water – be it the ocean or a river.

Who are your top three nonprofits you support and/or volunteer with and why?

  • The Dunn House is a safe house for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The Dunn House provides at many levels for them: immediate needs such as shelter, clothing and food; resources, support groups and parenting classes for the women; and ongoing therapy for the children. They do well at stopping the cycle of abuse.
  • Basic Rights Oregon is an inclusive and politically fueled group. They are doing amazing things for people in Oregon who are living in the margins of our culture.  From safe schools to LGBT rights these folks are working hard to protect the rights of all peoples.  I personally look forward to the day where equal rights for all IS true, until then I will support BRO.
  • Dig In Learning Gardens is one of the Oregon Food Bank’s branches of collecting and donating food, and is where I choose to work. Dig In! provides fresh produce to those in need and classes for families on how to grow a garden from seed to help with the cost of feeding a family.

What recent “green” change have you made in your own life?  What’s next?
Last year we shifted down to one car for two adults.  It has helped me be more aware of where I go and most of my errands are done on foot or bike now.  As far as what is next – we reuse a lot and recycle, but I am bugged about how much we still need to recycle and would like to find some alternatives to packaging. Any ideas?

Where in the world do you consider a sanctuary?  Why?
Our home is my sanctuary; it is a place of peace.  Being with my children wherever in the world they are is another definite refuge. These are my most precious places. Beyond that – the entire Island of Kauai, by the ocean and the redwoods are places I always feel like I am walking on sacred ground.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Trust yourself, trust yourself, trust yourself.

How can we as a society be more radical in supporting a healthy planet?
Great question!  I think it is important to take a stand and only purchase and support businesses that use plant-based and compostable materials.  We have to get past using oil-based goods.

What sparked your interest in environmental issues?   What’s the first “eco” thing you ever did?
I was 7 or 8 years old when Oregon was the first state to pass the bottle bill. In my hometown this was HUGE! My grade school and groups scoured everywhere for all cans and bottles. Creeks, hiking trails, along the highway, garages, and campgrounds – you name it – we searched and collected. It was the first time that I recall being aware of the impact we have on our earth.

How do you live simply?
I have spent most my adult life without TV in my home. I practice being mindful of all I do. I have everything I have ever wanted. I enjoy my life and the ease of being in a neighborhood where everything I need is a walk away.

Could you leave us with a favorite quote of yours?
“There is in each of us so much goodness that if we could see it glow, it would light the world” ~ Sam Friend

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2 thoughts on “The EcoGrrl Interview: Rebecca

  1. Yay, for this interview! I am always struck by the way small things become large. It is encouraging to be reminded of. I also love the quote she chose.

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