Naomi is the type of girl you want to know — and she wants to know you, too.
She’s the PR Specialist here at Free People, and she is one of the most genuine, people-loving, down-to-earth humans I’ve ever come to know. She is always creating, and always seeking to better something — whether that’s her own health, the state of the earth beneath her feet, or the happiness of the others who walk it. This girl is a true gem!
She lives here in Philadelphia with her boyfriend Adam. The two of them are absolute masters at all things food — from growing and cooking it to plating it up beautifully and photographing it for all to enjoy. On this particular morning, they whipped up a delicious breakfast that we all (thoroughly) enjoyed while laughing and chatting around their quaint dining room table. Here’s a peek into Naomi’s world!
Naomi, my love! Tell everyone what you do here at Free People, and how you found your way here!
I’m the PR Specialist at Free People. I started interning here my senior year of college, and then was lucky enough to stick around. My role has had a few faces in my time here, but right now I focus on all things press related. I help communicate campaigns, develop stories, place samples with media, work with bloggers, plan events, and come up with as many creative ideas as I can.
You’re a girl of many talents — it seems that almost every day you’re starting something new, whether that’s growing your own food, green-ifying your home, making your own makeup, bringing your man to yoga, or taking gorgeous photos. If you had to pick a favorite hobby of all, which would it be? Could you even choose?
Oof that’s tough! If I had to choose, I guess I would say photography. It’s kind of cheating because photography lets me explore all of those other things you just listed. Photography is being curious and capturing that intrigue. I get to plant the garden, make sh*t, seek out new experiences and document it all in ways that I find beautiful. And then I get to go back to those photos and remember what I learned or how I felt as it all was happening.
How do you balance all these projects with your work, love, and your social life?
I don’t know that I ever think about it too much. They’re all parts of me – cravings I have to satisfy if you will. I make sure that I have time for each and every thing because I know I’ll be unhappy without it. If I’m missing a friend, I hang out with them or give them a call. My boyfriend and I both have very different schedules, so when we’re not together we miss each other like crazy, and making time for each other is a must. At work and in my freelance projects, I’m not going to lie, I’m a planner. I hate procrastinating – it stresses me out – so I always give myself a buffer. I try to know what I’m going to do when, and be realistic with my deadlines. I also know when to shut it off, and just enjoy life which helps me balance it all.
You seem to find so much joy meeting new people – perhaps more than anyone I know. What is it you love the most about talking to strangers? What advice would you give to those who might feel too shy to introduce themselves to someone new?
I want to know and see everything, but I also know that that’s not possible. So I live vicariously through people, and I grow from the conversations that I have with them. Every person holds something different, and I love finding out what that is. I also think it’s ok to be shy though. Shy people hold a certain strength because when they speak, people really listen. They tend to observe more, and I think that helps to understand the world in a profound way. But if people are shy because they’re scared, that’s silly. Nobody is any more or any less than you. What are you so afraid of?
Tell us about your New Year’s resolution! We’re already a few months into 2014… has it been a difficult one to stick with?
For those that don’t know, my New Year’s resolution is to live more sustainably (read about it here). It’s been both easy and hard. My wallet thanks me for not shopping as much, and I hate driving so I love me a peaceful subway ride. I’ve found that taking public transportation makes me feel a part of something. We all live side by side in this city, but you don’t always notice it until you come together to utilize a public asset. I also enjoy that I walk more. It lets me see things that I wouldn’t otherwise.
On the down side, I obviously love fashion (hello, I work at Free People) and not being able to buy new clothes has been a mind bender. I’ll get depressed because I can’t buy new pants to wear the exact outfit in my head. And I have big feet, so finding vintage shoes is a nightmare. I love vintage, but sometimes I just want something new so badly that it kills me!
In the end though, I’m thankful. It has made me realize the difference between a necessity and a luxury. I find that I make better use of what I already have. When the year is over, I may go back to buying some new things, but I think I’ll be a lot smarter about it.
What’s your personal philosophy of life?
Work hard, love a lot, and enjoy life – but do so in a way that has a positive effect on everyone and everything around you.
You’ve done quite a bit of traveling. Which place has been your favorite? Where to next?
My two favorite trips have been to Thailand and Paris. I want to go back to both as soon as I can. Next up on the list though (only because the plane tickets are actually booked) is Vancouver. I’m going to the Wanderlust Whistler festival, and then I’ll be spending a few days in the city. I’m stoked for the powerful presence that nature has in that corner of the world, and I hear that Vancouver is a blast. I think that it and I will have a lot in common. I’m also excited because this will be the first vacation I’ve done entirely on my own!
Describe the perfect Sunday. Who are you with? What are you doing? What outfit do you have on, and what tunes are gracing your ears?
The perfect Sunday involves: homemade breakfast (local & organic, of course), kisses, NPR, dog breath, easy jeans & an old tee, a long hike, exploring a new town, photo taking, more kisses, sunshine, windows down, My Morning Jacket, late night pizza, a chapter read, and falling asleep on my man.
What does free mean to you?
To me, free is being able to go, say, do, and feel what, when, and where you want to.
A huge thanks to my girl Naomi and her man Adam for letting us into their home!
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