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Green activist, student, and all around rockstar Emma Ruffin has inspired me for almost ten years. Whether she is in Third World countries helping those less fortunate or writing articles to educate people on sustainable Earth practices, Emma always embodies the spirit of showtheLOVE. We are proud to have this green girl wearing our jewelry and making the world a better place. So this month our She Believed She Could So She Did honoree is the beautiful Emma Ruffin. Check out her answers to our SBSC questionnaire below.
What or who inspires you?
What a question! I find it impossible to narrow down my long, lovely list of people, creatures, and things that inspire me!… I am constantly humbled and inspired by the people I meet, places I go, and things I see — this wild and wonderful world is abound with beauty. I am inspired by all. From the wisdom and grace of my mother, or the sage words of Thích Nhất Hạnh to the simple complexity of my body… It is all amazing. The other day I tripped over myself and skinned my knee (the kind that keeps reopening when you walk around – brutal!). All I could think was wow. My body ROCKS! It is working so hard to send platelets and white blood cells (and all sorts of other biological jargon) to that scrape, trying to keep my body healthy and whole! In that moment, it was my tiny, little cells which inspired me to step a bit more mindfully, and take care of my body – it deserves that much!…
I strive to life a life open to new inspirations, things that constantly challenge me to be a brighter, kinder, more conscious person. Inspiration is everywhere, if you are ready to receive it.
What is your favorite STL piece and why?
“Attitude of Gratitude” is my absolute favorite STL piece. I received it as a gift from my mother this past year (she got one for herself, and gave one to my sister – now all the Ruffin women wear it! — Thanks mama!!) as a beautiful reminder to cherish each moment, and live a life of joy and abundance. I love the way the simple, gold pendant hangs flat against my chest – I feel grounded when I wear it. Gratitude is one of the foundations of my life – I wake up grateful to be healthy and happy, and spend my day encountering reason after reason to maintain that positive perspective. **Jen — thanks for envisioning such a GORGEOUSLY perfect piece of jewelry!!!
What is your favorite quote?
“Life I love you, all is groovy!” – Simon and Garfunkel
Truer words were never spoken!
What is one piece of advice you would give to other women?
Love yourself for who you are, you are unique – you are beautiful. Be strong. Find your passions and pursue them – whatever they may be. Be kind, be vibrant, be humble. Surround yourself by people who cherish you, and whom you cherish in return. Above all – know that you decide your life, and you have the power to make it a beautiful one.
What is one thing no one knows about you?
I am really good at doing the worm. I can go forwards and backwards, and when I go backwards, I start in a handstand. This is something I have worked on. I wish it were more socially acceptable to break out at parties/family gatherings/etc.
I wish I knew how to….
Freestyle rap… ah, best party trick ever! Plus I could make people’s days by throwing out a few personalized, feel-good lines 🙂
My favorite cause is…
Right now I’m really into a non-profit urban farm in Denver, CO called GrowHaus. They are focused on education and addressing food sovereignty issues by providing healthy, locally grown food to the community. They are based in Elyria-Swansea (the single most polluted zip code in Colorado) and their mission statement is: to create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hug for food access, urban agriculture, education, and job training. I’ve volunteered with them a few times, and am continuously amazed and empowered by the way their focus on sustainable living, education and general well-being is touching and improving lives. Check out their website here: http://www.thegrowhaus.
If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be and what would you order?
I know there might be some potentially unforeseen ramifications with this one, but my Uncle, Jonathan, once told me of this idea and I think it’s great:
I would have lunch with an all-powerful, sustainably-minded alien who would agree to threaten earth by saying, “EARTHLINGS: You are all royally ruining the planet that supports you. Your communities are struggling and corruption is assaulting every corner of the earth. We, from the planet Peace&Harmony are giving you 5 years to create a system of sustainability that supports and encourages community, health and happiness. If you do not succeed in these 5 years then we are taking over your planet and making you live under our rules that will promote these concepts. No use in trying to manipulate technology to fight back against us – we are all-powerful and will dominate, we do not want any unnecessary casualties!”
I would order a seaweed salad, veggie sushi roll, & miso soup. And a really yummy IPA (I’m 21 after all!)…