On ¿Quién Tú Eres? podcast, we explore the conflict we often face between "professionalism" & being our authentic selves. We would love to feature everyone in our community on their own episode. That said, we publish one episode a week...so we created a story submission option for people to self-publish & share their experiences with the world.
Tell me about a time when you repressed parts of your authentic self?
Yvette Lopez-Ledesma - Working in the environmental advocacy space as a Mexicana, daughter of immigrants living in L.A. my connection to the outdoors/environment hasn’t been recognized as “green”. The “big green” environmental movement has created a narrative about who is and who isn’t an environmentalist so working in this space I often had/have imposter syndrome. I often felt like I couldn’t recognize and uplift the ways my family and homies practice sustainability. From reusing the jars of mayonnaise and keeping a home full of plants, brown peoples have been living “green” for generations. I’ve grown to be more comfortable in my own skin which has led me to be more vocal about this but I am still a work in progress.
When do you feel the most comfortable being your authentic self?
Yvette Lopez-Ledesma - I find that my recent growth and increase in confidence is a result of being trusted by my community. I am most comfortable being my authentic self when I am with folks who trust me and when I am in settings where I have been trusted to be.
What would give you the confidence to be your authentic self, regardless the environment?
Yvette Lopez-Ledesma - Trust and respect for my experience and expertise.
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