5 QUESTIONS WITH GRACE DEARING

5 questions with guest interviews


Hey, I'm Grace and I run Freely Femme, a women's lifestyle and empowerment blog! I'm currently finishing up my undergrad in journalism at Ohio University and running my own blog has given me the freedom to experiment with my voice, style and pursue topics that are important to me. I'm so excited to be featured on Life Begins at Twenty today!



1. If you were to compare women empowerment to an object, what would it be and why?


This is such an interesting question and I've honestly never thought about it before. I think women's empowerment can be compared to social media. To some, it is an easily understandable thing that is an integral part of everyday life. Unfortunately to others, it doesn't make sense and is not something they think about daily. It is also constantly evolving and shaping the way that we look at society and organizations of power and the movement supporting female empowerment, like social media, is always growing.


2. Do you believe in this quote, "If you don't take risks, you work for those who do?" Why or why not? 


I definitely agree with this quote, it is SO important to take risks in order to accomplish your goals! However, I think it's important to note that your risks may look different compared to someone else's. Every individual's life will come with different risk factors and only that individual can determine when it is right for them to take the leap. It is also important to recognize that privilege also plays a role in one's ability to take risks and the type of risks that a person may encounter.


3. What is a major setback in your life that will never be erased in your mind? 


Is it too predictable to say the COVID-19 pandemic? Lol. This past year, my life has changed tremendously in terms of career, the people I surround myself with and my goals for myself. Experiencing all these changes amidst a global pandemic hasn't been easy. I am the type of person who thrives off of human interaction [despite being an introvert] and having to limit my social interaction has been tough. While I'm more than happy to do so in order to ensure the health and safety of our communities, there have been times where I've had to reevaluate how I am fulfilling my need for human connection and how I can find sources of inspiration elsewhere if necessary. As the year ends, I think I'm finally getting the hang of it!


4. In 10 years, do you imagine yourself traveling all across the world or settling down with kids at home? Why? 


In 10 years, I would like a lifestyle that allows me to do both! I hope that by this point I will be settled down and starting a family of my own, but it is such a priority to me for traveling and experiencing life outside of my comfort zone to be incorporated into my "settled down" life. 


5. What's one thing you thought was a bad idea at first but eventually turned out better? 


This past year, I left the student magazine I had been working for during my first three years at OU and decided to work for a different publication. I was nervous at first and worried how this sudden change would appear to future employers, but after a semester working with the new magazine I 100% know it was completely worth it! I've learned new skills and have been pushed out of my comfort zone in ways that wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't joined this new magazine, and I think it has made me a stronger journalist overall.

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