Dad: My dad has been such an amazing source of inadvertent knowledge and empowerment. He recently told me that when my sister and I were growing up, he would drive us sometimes 30 minutes out of the way to take us to female doctors, dentists, and other professionals to subconsciously show us that we could grow up to be whatever we wanted. He also shared equal home and parenting duty with my mom so she didn't feel tied down/stressed out by disproportionate responsibilities.
Tina Fey: Tina Fey is arguably the biggest source of inspiration for me in my adult life because she is known for satirizing modern views of gender and femininities. She often speaks on the paradox of "having it all" in terms of looks, career, family etc...in a hilarious way. She reminds me that navigating through this life is arduous at times but to speak candidly about the stress of being a woman will raise awareness and being able to laugh about it makes the struggles a lot easier.
Mom: My mom is the biggest source of knowledge and inspiration in terms of forming my current gender ID. As the breadwinner of my family, she showed me by being an awesome mom and professional, you can balance both spectrums of life (of course my dad was a huge help in terms of equal responsibility in the home) and be happy. My mom is also very laid back and told me to invest in brains and personality because they will fulfill you more than looks as you get older.
Ability To Succeed: I added this pin to show that my parents always were very playful and through this lighthearted teasing, they unconsciously were telling me that it is okay to not be perfect. The more able you are to laugh at yourself, the better off you will be in life because striving for superficial perfection is futile. No one will ever love you more for being beautiful and boring than than if you are interesting, humorous, outspoken, and comfortable in your own skin.
Cover Photo: I chose this photo of an apple on a desk because it conjures up the traditional image of a teacher/mentor-student relationship and because the apple has long been considered to be the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
My peers: Friends and peers shape my perceptions of gender identity because when you are constantly surrounded by certain people, you are creating/re-creating responses to situations that either provide positive or negative feedback in terms of what's allowed in friendships and relationships. I'm fortunate to have surrounded myself with friends who are supportive, non-judgmental, protective and encouraging. Even when other people are critical I know that I can go to friends for a pick me…
Sister: My sister is another huge mentor in terms of the creation of my current and fantasy gender ID. She is a few years older then me so I learned how to dress, apply makeup, and deal with heartbreak from her first hand experience. She is always there when i need advice and since we are so close I feel like i can talk to her about anything. It also helps that she is a badass professional in the financial world, which shows me I can pursue whatever I want, even if it's a male-dominated job.