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Teresa is a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised, Midwest transplant. She’s a writer, editor, theater director, and creative collaborator. Teresa sees all of her work—across genres and disciplines—as an opportunity to help people say what they mean.

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  1. “Even when you get a job, don’t work for nobody. Work for your d@mn self.” –my daddy, 1989

    I love this, namesake. Many thanks to you (and my daddy) for the reminder!

    • Ty, Namesake! I like your dad’s version, too! Especially that second phrase–sums it up nicely! Lol.

  2. Love this so much, Teresa. Especially the line about “not defining myself against what I’m not.” So much wisdom and clarity and insight in that short, but powerful phrase, and a HUGE take away for me. Thanks for always keeping it true, real, and on point. And thanks for asking the question: will definitely spend some time thinking about that one. DZ

    • Ty, DZ. I recognize that I might not always be in the position to pose this question, and even when my answer is “No” there may come a day when I have to take the gig anyway. At least, on that day, I can still be clear about why.

  3. Thank you sista-friend. I am able to relate to this and I already do something similar. I think, if I would do my current position without pay? The answer is yes. I am in the mental health field. And even during all my schooling I felt it was my duty to educate others on how to be one’s best self. It is essential that help guide the people that look like me as well as anyone else who needs guidance and understanding of having a mental disorder. Understanding how to make order out of what is going on with one’s psychological, emotional, physical states, when it doesn’t make sense is important. I encourage others to be a wise consumer and ask questions to better understand how to be their best self.

    • Ty, Dr. N! I think that’s wonderful, and, if you’re doing work that you would do regardless of pay, then that’s not a career. That’s a calling.