“I grew up in South America until I was a young adult. I feel like certain things were expected of women in South America so moving to the US has opened a new world to me. I didn’t love it, but it made me a stronger individual. I defied what was expected of me as a woman if I stayed home. It’s different, but in a good way.”
"The whole 9-5 was never for me and I kept trying to find ways to avoid it. There’s a part of me that thinks I would have been more impressive if I was a professor or had a doctorates, but in the end, I’m a Jane of all trades and there’s a lot I want to do. I want the end of life to be an expression of me and I want my masterpiece to say who I am, what I fought for, and what I believed in. I’m trying to find the path of becoming more confident in my work. I want to share daily and be consistent with what it means to be a business owner. It’s a journey, I wish I was going faster, but I love that I’m doing something for me and for no one else.”
"I have continually gone against the grain. Every time I feel like I have some sort of stronghold, or I felt grounded, something up roots me again, I'm constantly in this upheaval hurricane of life. Trying to make money off of something I love doing is difficult with an art degree because you don't know how to make money. I'm now married and my husband makes everything - he's the ëbreadwinner' as they call it, and it's hard for me to sit back and know that I'm not contributing at the same capacity he is. My new Wonder Woman goal is to make the profit I need to be heard and really defy expectations and say 'this is not okay and I'm taking the power back!'"
"Coming here tonight I realized the first step is self love and care, you have to take care of yourself in order for others to foster that in you. When all these women came in I was intimidated by them. They look nice but they're dressed all fancy and look successful and then this one lady was like, 'I didn't have time to shave my legs,' and it was nice to know that everyone's human and we're all trying to survive and if we all just stick together then everything will be ok!"
"I'm 21 years old, I'm French, and I have a lot of expectations in my life because I'm entering my adult life. I ask myself a lot of questions, like who I want to be, what I want to do in the future, and when and how and with who. So, it's difficult for me and causing a lot of stress because my hands are shaking, it's hard to even speak about myself. Life is very complicated. It's very complicated to be yourself today. When I walk in the streets, I just see the ground, because I don't want to see people look at me. I'm shy and I don't want the attention of people. I'm proud of my studies though, it's my last year this year so I need to find a job next year. My dream is to become a business woman and be happy and I think I'm on a good path to be this woman.”
“Defying expectations is really about trying to make myself happy and make myself satisfied and really, really feel good about myself. I believe that once I achieve that I'll be able to be a good mother, artist, business owner, wife, because we have to be so many things and personalities. There's this constant pressure on us to be great at something. Believing in yourself is extremely hard because of the judgement around us and all the opinions about how things should be done. We, as women, are all about emotions and we should really listen to our emotions and our heart. Follow that voice to defy expectations because in the end it doesn't matter what those expectations are.”