Essential Woman: Rupi Kaur
I always need to be in a relaxed place in order to begin writing, so a cup of tea, though very cliché, helps me to unwind. Then, I have this black journal I write in, always the same one. I have multiple pens in multiple colors by my desk; I collect stationery and supplies like it’s my full time job. And then I have my laptop, of course. My journal is where I write the poems. And then I transfer them onto a laptop for editing.
Who are the Essential Women in your life?
My mom, my sisters, and all of the incredible women around me – friends, the strong women I work with. They’re the essential women in my life because they are living their lives boldly and they support and build each other up.
"The essential women in my life live their lives boldly and they support and build each other up."
This ethos relates heavily with my writing. A part of my writing style is being very thoughtful in the words that I choose to use, and to not over saturate a poem by adding unnecessary words. Each word I use has to push the message of the poem forward, if there are any extra words just hanging about, they have to go. I free write the first draft, and then begin to carve away at it so I can arrive at the core of what I’m trying to say. That’s what I want to give my readers. The core. Without the added drama.
To me, having high spirits means having the courage and the strength to say the things that you feel and the things you are going through...and standing by your truth and moving resiliently through the world. My poetry is a place where I give myself permission to always be bold and raw – to explore difficult topics but also reach a place of optimism.
What colors and shapes make you feel most like yourself?
This dress! It is the perfect reflection of what I like to wear and how I like to feel on a daily basis. I am drawn to earth tones because I feel they are very raw and natural and I like anything that has that very organic feel. But I also enjoy spice rack colours: rust, olive green and mustard. In terms of shapes, I like circles and any fun abstract shapes.
The things you do, and the things you share, impact people. It’s so important to be mindful of that, especially when you’re running a business or have a large platform, because what we share can either empower or disempower people. And practicing kindness. I feel we can always use more of that in our world.