For the month of December, I’ll be shining light each day on some extraordinary women I know. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. These are bold, beautiful, brave women — artists, businesswomen, union organizers, nurses, writers, teachers, movie makers, designers, reporters, and all-around badasses.
Aarika Hess grew up in Saratoga, CA and currently lives in San Jose, CA with her husband and two girls (ages 2 and 6). She loves sending friends funny “punny dad joke” memes, messing around on Instagram and making scrapbooks for her kids. After a 14.5-year career working her way up through Enterprise Rent-A-Car and spending 3 hours a day commuting, she started fresh last December taking a position as a Community Associate with PoshMark’s remote team. It has been the truest blessing in so many ways because she is now able to be home with her husband and kids, running errands, doing school pick up and drop off, go on field trips, take the kids to swim class, making cupcakes for school events and anything else that makes her family smile.
1. What did you want to be “when you grew up?” I really wanted to be a teacher all the way up until a couple weeks shy of college graduation.
2. What makes you the most proud of yourself? Watching my kids grow into good humans. The compliments I get from family, friends, and teachers make me so happy and feel like maybe we can make the world a better place.
3. What darkness have you overcome? How did you find strength? I had Postpartum Depression after having both of my girls. Some days I didn’t want to get out of bed, let alone my pajamas. I’d often burst into tears just seeing my husband or parents. I would rarely leave the house. With the help of my husband, my mom, some incredible friends, and my “happy pills” (seriously check out encapsulation if/when the time comes), I found my way back to the path of joy and happiness. It took a lot of internal and external pep-talks, pushing myself to go places I did not want to go, talking about things I would have rather kept quiet, but pushing through the darkness was what I felt was my only way out.
4. Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? You’ll find me cuddling with my kids on the couch watching Disney movies or on the floor of a chaotic or messy living room. My husband and I work on Saturdays so it’s basically an all-day pajama-wearing free-for-all for the girls.
5. What makes you smile the most? The crazy things my kids say or do. I never know what they’re going to come up with or where they got the idea but they are so incredibly entertaining and hilarious.
Bonus: What advice would you give your younger self? Be gentle and kind to yourself. Life is not a competition or a race with anyone. Enjoy the experiences and time because eventually, that’s what you have left and what molds you. Report cards, resumes, and transcripts will only take you so far.
Today’s #OneGoodThing is sharing this extraordinary woman and my childhood friend, Aarika Hess, with all of you! We are stronger together, so let’s shine a light on our extraordinary sisters! If you’d like to participate or nominate a woman to participate, please send me a note or leave a comment! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything.
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