Happy Friday! It's time to introduce this week's #wingwoman - meet Gayathri, founder of Campfire Kinship. Through Campfire Kinship, Gayathri is working towards creating a world that celebrates our diversity and shared humanity. In our interview, Gayathri shares how she has learned to trust the process, how we must honor the memories of past friendships, and how she is passionate about educating and empowering others through story-crafting. Continue reading to learn all about Gayathri!
1. What makes you happy?
Hiking in the mountains with my family!
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
That I’ve got this – When I trust the process, I will achieve what I set my heart to, even if it isn’t exactly as per my original vision. 3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
Social isolation and division that results from polarization, biases, and us/them thinking.
4. How did you find your purpose?
I looked for the sweet spot in the intersection between where I love to spend my time, what skillsets I’ve honed, and what problems the world needs fixing. This requires soul searching and deep reflections, and I’ve gained wonderful insights for myself through story-crafting. At Campfire Kinship, I now educate and empower others to do the same through story-crafting as well.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
The biggest pain point that goes both ways is misunderstanding, which is typically driven when one party refuses to empathize with the other person’s point of view.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
It is incredibly heartbreaking to lose a friend. It happens more commonly than we think, as circumstances and people do change in the different seasons of their life. As you move on however, honor the memories you made with them.
7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?
Leila Janah Founder of Samasource is a SHEro of mine! Her mission was to raise up deeply impoverished people in Africa by giving them jobs. She unfortunately passed away this January from brain cancer at the age of 37. I am inspired by her legacy of a determined, kind and visionary leader.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
Listening to Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead, and reading Leila Janah’s Give Work
9. Where can we find you?
@campfire_kinship where I am shining a light on everyday role models! www.campfirekinship.com