Hey hey, welcome back to the second installation of the Hear Cee Speak: No Evil Movement. With this project, I’m proud to be able to shine a light on such beautiful, real women every week.
This week, we focus on Patti, who has graciously shared how she learned to live with a traumatic experience in her life. With her creative nature to strong aesthetic, Patti exemplifies everything I define as a badass woman.
We all have such beautiful stories of strength within us, and I hope that HCS will help you identify with – or think differently about – the women that are featured weekly. I hope Patti’s story inspires you to look beyond what you see everyday in people & really get to know them.
What’s the 1 thing that keeps you up at night?
Anxiety is a big one. After a busy day (or long week), the only time I have to reflect is right before bed. I constantly think about how I could have handled situations & conversations differently. I believe that everything happens for a reason, though, so I try to remind myself of that.
Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
All of the women in my life inspire me in different ways. I’m so grateful for my mom, mother-in-law, sisters, my boss, co-workers, and friends. They are all strong in their own way. Every day, I find inspiration through them.
I’m an interior designer for a living, so I’m constantly looking for inspiration in all aspects of my life. I’m really lucky to have such powerful, creative women in my life to help inspire me.
If you could go back in time at any point in your life, what words of advice would you give yourself?
Growing up, my parents’ advice was always, “It’s all going to be okay”. This advice is pretty much applicable to any stage of my life. But to be honest, in times where I need it most, I find myself struggling with believing it.
It’s always easier for me to look back on my life and apply this perspective to it, but I do struggle with letting myself everything will be okay in the moments I need it most.
Talk about the three products that automatically make you feel confident.
#1 – Water. Stay hydrated, people! #2 – Mascara. I can leave the house with nothing but that on and feel ready to go. #3 – iPhone. Because obviously…
Talk about a time in your life that was difficult. How did you overcome it, or learn to live with it?
A few years ago, I was held up at gunpoint on the streets of Philadelphia. I had just started college there at UArts, and my boyfriend and I were walking to the grocery store one afternoon when it happened. This took away a lot of the safety I once felt before, and it was really difficult for me to move on from that. I still struggle to this day with feeling safe in certain places.
For obvious reasons, I ended up leaving school in Philadelphia not too long after that. When I left, I started college at a smaller, local school near home. But once I got there, I felt like I was on a path that didn’t feel like it was for me. I felt stuck and was really worried about my future.
Eventually, I transfered to The New School at Parsons. That was a real turning point in my life, and everything started to make more sense for me. I moved to New York, met the most incredible group of friends, and studied abroad in Italy. I was finally exactly where I was supposed to be, and I couldn’t imagine my college & professional experience any other way.
What happened in Philadelphia was life-changing and traumatic. But I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and try to remind myself that every day. Being held up at gunpoint was absolutely terrifying – I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone. But I honestly wouldn’t be where or who I am today without it.
Patti is 27 years old; she has a strong passion for interior design & astrology. Former resident of Chelsea, Manhattan, she now resides in NJ with her long-time boyfriend. When she’s not traveling & decorating homes for a living, she’s spending time with her family, friends, drinking a margarita, and researching creative projects.