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Thoughts On Resilience & Bravery From Seven Fold Women

In all the stories we've told, we've amassed quite the collection of brilliance—especially pertaining to the intersection of resilience and bravery. Here are their words of wisdom.
Rachel Fleit from her SW&TS Home Tour // Photo by Belathee

Rachel Fleit from her SW&TS Home Tour // Photo by Belathee

As we head into a season of gratitude, we thought we'd also highlight what it means to be resilient and brave—and perhaps that alone is what we are grateful for right now. 

Below are seven Fold women in their infinite wisdom, their stores and anecdotes are ones we often turn to to remind us to keep moving forward. (And for even more advice, find thoughts on change and circumstance from six fearless Fold women here.)

"For the longest time I stood in my own way. It's sort of boring story but mostly I was in fear, in a total panic that there would be no way I could be a film director and be self-supporting. Most recently, now that I am a director, it’s about fine tuning the vision—it's so easy to self abandon no matter how much you are standing in your truth. I often have to ask myself, Is this ok? Is this the vision?" Meet film director and screenwriter Rachel Fleit, and her Bohemian, beautiful Brooklyn apartment

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

"I get tired, I get hungry and I am still not unlike a lot of women. I will say at the intersection of being a woman and black, the amount of expectation and exceptionalism—we should not be burning ourselves out. Folks expect that, but we can reject that—we can say no and take care of ourselves better." Meet Kristen Harris-Talley, mother of two and local politician (State Representative of Seattle's 37th District) 

"I like to remind myself that in our behavior, actions, and the way we treat others, we are constantly telling people who we are and what we want." — Robin Reetz

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"I do think this moment is different. I do believe that people are willing to engage on a deeper level while acknowledging that anti-racism is a lifelong journey. We are tasked at dismantling systems that have existed for centuries in this country. It is a marathon, not a sprint." Meet Michaela Ayers, activist and founder of Nourish, as she explains the necessity of diversity training, understanding, and inclusion 

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