Meet Sohna Harzeez—one of our most dedicated Atlanta chapter volunteers. You might recognize her smiling face from a recent event. We count on her to be there each month to say hi to y’all, direct foot traffic, or help you think of funny things to write on your name tag.
This month, we took a break to get to know her a little better. Read on for her advice on getting involved, and how creativity plays into her day-to-day.
What do you do for a living?
I pay the bills working as a Library Associate for Fulton County Library System. At work, I preserve books; in my community, I preserve history and community connections; and in my spare time, I preserve sleep. Naps are important.
What does being creative mean to you?
Using every part of your brain to construct solutions to everyday situations.
Tell us about how you got involved with CreativeMornings.
Through Eventbrite. I went to an event and someone told me about it. I noticed that there were a limited number of tickets available—but there was also a call for volunteers.
As I have learned in life, being a volunteer is a guaranteed entry. I get to help an event be successful and I get to be in the room. I am a person who needs inspiration before I do things.
And just being around people who are where you are trying to go, gives me the motivation I need to get there.
Which was your favorite talk? What was your most meaningful CM experience?
My favorite talk was Community at Oakland Cemetery. The level of irony and being able to see myself in the presenters was a help, because I was at a point where I had almost given up on my community work. So that was my favorite and the most meaningful talk.
Tell us something about yourself that people wouldn’t be able to Google.
If you could google me, you might find out a lot. However, one thing you won’t see is the work that I put into my community. You may find a flyer or a video interview but you won’t see the organization, connections, love out poured on both sides, and tears cried over mismatched spoons. I am not the best at documenting what I do, so I am glad when someone decides to take pictures to let folks know the great things happening in Pittsburgh. I am doing the work to preserve my block.
This month’s theme is END. Can you tell us a little about how endings factor into your work, interests, or personal projects?
I am a planner so I always think about how things could end (along with like 30 back-up plans_. If I do not think that it will pan out well, I will still see it through to the end. During the planning process for community events, I start with high hopes then get lost in the confusion only to end up happy it worked out while smiling on in fatigue.
I start everything thinking about the end. I have to see things in totality. If I come up with a business idea, I am up all night designing the interior, creating the logo, drafting the mission statement and tagline, and visually piecing together the staff’s daily wear. After all of that is finished, I can sleep. I wish I could stop but who knows, “I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making.”
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