Happy Wednesday everyone
Welcome to Shy Honey. I'm starting a new column girl crush where every wednesday I'll share a post on someone I've been admiring lately. A "girl crush" haha. I definitely think that girls should raise up other girls. Support, help, care about each other. Today it's so common to scroll through social media and witness hate. Also, the news/media love to pin women against one another for a good story or laugh. So this is my way of changing it. Besides, I love looking through other's photos, reading interviews and gaining a new perspective on someone's life. I'm gonna choose girls I find cool, creative, smart and interesting! I'll publish a lil q+a with eight questions and a few of their photos so you can see what they're all about. Now I love meeting new people, getting to know them, making new friends in new places and I am constantly curious. So I hope you are too. Eventually I'll have collected a girl gang
So here it goes... girl crush #1 Lina Kim
1. Give us the 5 second all about yourself.
What’s up buttercups! I’m Lina and I was born in South Korea and raised in Mississauga, Canada. In 2015, I decided to move to Ottawa to study International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa and have been loving it so far. Currently, I’m doing a semester abroad in Strasbourg, France and have been spending my weekends travelling to different European cities and countries. I love going on runs, watching sunsets and sunrises and love talking in catch phrases like “See ya later, alligator”, “What’s cookin’ good lookin’” and “Shoulda, woulda, coulda”. You can find me at Starbucks ordering a Grande Soy Iced Coffee with no sweetner or at Sephora covering my arms and hands with swatches of every product and colour.
2. How do you want to use your voice across social media?
Definitely something positive. I would say promoting self-love and healthy living (a healthy lifestyle that means both physical and mental wellbeing).Positive thinking, nourishing your soul and body with love and nutritious food can make a huge difference in our lives. It’s something I’m still working on and would love to share this with my loved ones.
3. What inspires you rn?
For me, people in general really inspire me. I have multiple role models and people I look up to but at the moment, Amal Clooney is seriously my girl crush. She is strong, intelligent, classy, and articulate. I’ve always wanted to work for human rights and social justice, so watching videos of her speeches at the UN or ECHR really inspires me to strive for my goals and ambitions. However, no matter what, my dad will always remain my #1 role model. He inspires me to be a better and loving person, and taught me so many valuable life lessons that I will remember forever. So, shout out to papa Kim.
4. What are some of your goals for the next couple of years?
Number one on the list is to graduate University and get a degree, haha.
Travel more. Southeast Asia is next on my list.
Completing a half marathon.
5. What are some of your favourite things, food, movies, music?
Things: my journal (I try to write an entry each day), my Pandora friendship ring, all my makeup products, my polaroid camera, and baby’s-breath flowers.
Food: fruit (especially mangoes and oranges), ice cream (banana ice cream is bomb-diggity), Korean spicy rice cakes, sweet potato fries, bread (I love carbs), smoothies (green smoothies are my fav)
Movies: Leon the Professional, Howl’s Moving Castle, Cinderella Story (the one starring Hilary Duff), The Big Short, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Princess Diaries series.
Music: some of my favorite artists are Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Michael Bublé, John Mayer, Frank Sinatra, Lauryn Hill, Broods, Kehlani, Corinne Bailey Rae and more! I also love listening to classical and jazz music.
6. Self love means to me ________?
Self-love means to me having healthy self-esteem, embracing your characteristics, accepting yourself, admiring yourself and always remembering that you are important in the world.
7. Is there any current social issue close to your heart at the moment?
As a student studying International Development, this is a difficult question because there are just so many to choose from. However,if I had to choose one, the issue of legalizing same sex marriage is really close to my heart at the moment. I just don’t understand why gender is so important when it comes to two consenting adults marrying each other. The fact that this is a controversial issue is still pretty mind-boggling to me.
8. How should girls support other girls?
Respect and stand up for each other rather than shaming each other! We’re better together.
So that's a wrap. Girl crush #1 Lina! Thank you so much to my friend and fellow globe trotter for being creative and writing these words. Hope your time in Europe is everything you wanted and more. Miss you so much and keep sending the post cards, our fridge is looking pretty rad.