May Minis

This month we wanted to dig a little deeper with our mini interviews. We asked our friends Kenzie and Rachel these questions.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Kenzie | I think my favorite thing about myself is that I've chosen to love myself. If we're talking specifics though, I'd have to say my love and compassion for nature and things outside myself. I care about the obvious things of course, but I also care deeply about people and plants and animals. Nature has been here way longer than us and it literally gives us the ability to live on this planet. I really care about the health of our planet and its inhabitants and I try to be as eco-friendly as I can, so I guess that's gotta be my favorite thing about myself.

Rachel | My hair and lack of hair! I have a lot of hair in all the right places (on top of my head and on my brows) and not too much hair in all the wrong places (excluding those damn stray black hairs on the chin and the unibrow I have to battle on a daily basis).

What is one thing that you would change about yourself?

Kenzie | It would probably have to be my struggle to live in the present moment. There is a current theme in most of my "issues" in life - most of them stem from my anxiety about some aspect of my future. I can last about five seconds "in the moment" and then all of those thoughts come flooding right back in. When things don't go according to plan or they aren't what I expected them to be, I'm strongly affected by it too. I am currently working on this though.

Rachel | My height. It straight up sucks to be a short girl who's into girls, especially when you're into more "feminine" girls who may also be interested in men. Plus, there are literally no advantages to being short. Standing in the crowd at a concert sucks. Arguing with someone who is a foot taller than you sucks. Woe is me... But really, I'm not actually that short. My girlfriend just happens to be 5'9".

What makes you happy?

Kenzie | So many things make me happy! I love that I can say it and mean it now. Let's see... My girlfriend Rachel, my kitty names Onyx, my pups named Mika and Shayna, being with my family (for the most part, ya know how it is), being in nature, traveling, cooking and baking to the sounds of 20s-40s music, Disneyland, Disney in general really (if we're being honest here - it's my guilty pleasure), my fellow progressive liberals trying to make the world a better place, fruits and veggies, and bread.

Rachel | Oh jeez, that's a mammoth of a question. I think I find myself the happiest when I'm having such a compelling moment with someone/a group of people that my entire being is pulled into that one moment. There's nothing else going on in my mind but that which is happening right in front of me. I tend to have these moments with my close friends, girlfriend or family., just hanging out at someone's house or on a drive - no rush, no incentive.

I also have them with complete strangers, most frequently when sitting at the bar alone at Whole Foods in San Francisco waiting for Kenzie to get off work. I would strike up conversations with the most interesting people - a traveler from Australia pursuing yoga across the west coast and living out of his car. Or a 30-something-year-old film animator bursting with unused energy, trying to express the beautiful mess inside of him and toil of life. The pure and unabashed connection you can have with a complete stranger after a few strong pints is incredible, especially when you know you'll never cross paths again.

I can honestly say these moments with strangers were some of the happiest moments of my life. I've never walked away from a conversation so energized and full of love and hope.