May 7, 2018 / Portraits
Kelly Deacon | Portrait Session
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Questions + Answers
1. Tell me about your favorite lyrics from a favorite song? It’s not the lyrics; it’s the feeling. I’ve loved “Harvest Moon” by Neal Young since I was a little girl. It’s this feeling of being in my bare feet, outside, slow dancing under the moon. It’s pure and raw and ethereal at the same time. It feels like love.
2. What’s the most interesting thing about you we wouldn’t learn from your resume or social media? I would build a full and rich life because I’m afraid I will end up alone however the most important thing to me is love, in all senses of the word. Either way, I know it’s up to me to fill my life with meaning and purpose.
3. If money and time were not a factor how would you seek to make a difference in your community? I would fight for effective treatment for children with autism by providing affordable training to teachers and by collaborating with professionals in the department of education so that children have access to effective treatment in the school system. I would also like to provide life coaching services for humans trying to conquer their fears and reach their goals and mentor other young women who are trying to save the world.
4. What has been your greatest life struggle to overcome and how do you use your strength to help others? I let fear steer my life. It manifested in many ways including being 100 lbs overweight, not going to graduate school and reaching my full potential, and being stagnant professionally and artistically. Now when things feel scary I know it’s for me and I will somehow find a way to overcome it. Today I’m a professional and an artist who travels the world. I enjoy empowering people to push through difficulty as I have.
5. Name one issue that’s a challenge for most women and how do you suggest women work through it? I don’t have any suggestion for women, only for humans. Choose compassion; it’s the most difficult and most rewarding journey. When we tell ourselves stories about other’s behavior we only cause ourselves more suffering. The only true insight is when we consider other’s truths and journeys and where they come from. Challenge yourself to love your enemy and you will love yourself.
6. Pick any person in the world, who has been the most influential to you and why? I have a boss who I watched be unequivocally herself. It inspired me in so many ways.