SHANE

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25, San Pedro, California

Occupation: Influencer Relations Coordinator

What makes you sad and why: 

There was a short time when my mom had to raise me and my sister all on her own while my dad had to leave us for several months. She worked two jobs, supported two young children, and always made sure we had food on the table. She'll tell me how she used to save $20 from each paycheck so she could treat her girls to a Happy Meal on Fridays. Looking back, I never knew anything was wrong, and  it was because of the sacrifices she made (and continues to make) to provide for her family. She's been through so much in her life, I can't help but cry knowing how much strength she has. She inspires me every single day.

What makes you happy and why: 

I love getting the chance to reunite with my best friends. It's hard getting all four of us in the same room since we've begun adulting, so being together is such a treat. We tell old high-school stories, catch up on our lives and laugh about things only we find funny. I'm so grateful to  know such beautiful, supportive women for so many years and I can't wait to see where our paths take us. 

How are you feeling at this moment in your life?

Curious. I feel like I'm at the prime of my life and I'm hungry to know so much about the world. I want to absorb everything! I want to say "yes" to as many things as possible and do things other people may never get a chance to do. I believe that curiosity, especially having intelligent inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from people merely existing.