I wish I had always known that being a queer person was nothing to be afraid of. That it would never define me, but bring me closer to myself, and others. I feel most beautiful when I am present enough to absorb acts of simplicity, self-practice and self-care, fully. Or when I look into the eyes of my partner, Lucy. She’s the one person I would pick to share this life with, always. My soon-to-be wife.
My greatest hope for life is to inspire and be inspired. Creating acts of hope in the face of fear, fury and frustration. My greatest hope for humanity is that our children and our children’s children will know a bright, environmentally and economically rich future.
My morning ritual begins with a large gulp of water. Kissing my partner, discussing our days or talking about the dreams we just had. A cup of tea. A shower, followed by a clean, hydrated face — LESSE Ritual Serum, a pivotal part, always. Less truly is more, for me! I used to wear makeup every day. Now I hardly ever do. Letting my skin breathe, and my imperfections air, feels most beautiful to me right now.
I see beauty as a conduit for connection. To myself and to others. I see it in so many forms, and have enjoyed seeing my own definitions shift and change as I do. Beauty comes from within, but I also think the way we perceive and navigate our external world can make us feel beautiful.
“My greatest hope for life is to inspire and be inspired. Creating acts of hope in the face of fear, fury and frustration.”
It’s my work that gets me out of bed in the morning. It affords me both connection —to myself and others— and such cathartic release. I’m the founder of Self Practice, a platform exploring the intersection of wellbeing and design. It's been a big learning curve; running a business that is intrinsically centered on the notion of 'self'. It holds me wildly accountable.
I founded Self Practice because I believed, through my own experiences, that rituals and moments of self-practice can influence our physical, creative, emotional and intellectual wellbeing beyond measure. They are the backbone of everything that I do. It's a remarkably privileged way to live, and that never goes unnoticed or unappreciated. I suppose that is why the exchange of information around these ideas has informed so much of my work. And my work feels most fulfilling when themes of ritual, self-care and giving back combine.