The name’s Wilson, Dannyele Wilson and above all else, I love to eat. A true testament to the validity of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, my first thought upon waking up is the same every morning. “What am I going to eat today?” The hours following my yearning for sustenance are usually filled with joyful endeavors, including completing my studies as a public relations major at Baylor University and indulging in the pleasures of whatever I decided to eat that morning.
Because my favorite things to eat are bread and pasta, I run three miles every day, hoping to counteract the large amount of carbohydrates consumed out of sheer lack of will power. Luckily, running brings me almost the same amount of bliss as eating does. The rhythmic sound of my feet against the pavement soothes me; the powerful contraction and release of my muscles calms me. Running, second to eating, is one of my favorite pastimes.
I also enjoy painting. I’m not very good at it, but I love it. The colors swim across the canvas, colliding to form arbitrarily beautiful creations. Vibrant yellows and brilliant reds flicker along, dancing behind the stroke of my paintbrush. The end result is typically a random mess of unrelated lines and colors, but I’m always pleased. In the same way, I feel my life is like a painting. My actions don’t always seem sensible at the time, like random brushstrokes, but things usually end up well, and life is lovely! When I look back on the many years I’ll have spent flinging paint on the canvas of my existence, I hope I’ll be just as content as I am with my art now.
What do I want to do with these 80 or so years spent taking up space on Earth? My main ambition can be described as idealistic, lofty even. My goal in life is to make you feel beautiful. I want to empower you to look into the mirror and absolutely love what you see. Your too-wide nose, your too-thin lips. Your big hair, your small eyes. My goal in life is for you love it all.
Girls are plagued with an epidemic of self-loathing and crippled by low self-esteem. In high school, I watched many of my friends succumb to the pressures of “not being good enough” and their struggles broke my heart over and over again. Whether it’s a discontent for body shape or facial structure, it seems girls all over are battling with what they encounter in their own reflections.
Ultimately I would like to join the fight against low self-esteem with the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty or with Tyra Banks’ Beauty Inside and Out Campaign. Loving and accepting oneself is the key to happiness, and I would like to empower young women to open that door.
I believe the most effective way to communicate is through the written word. For that reason, I am very excited to be interning with TSTC Publishing. I’m very interested in the steps that go into getting words onto the pages and getting the pages between the fingers of eager readers. If I plan to change the world, as I do, it is best to gain experience with written publications and develop my writing and editing skills.
As excited as I am to start my semester at TSTC Publishing, I am even more eager to indulge in my life’s most immediate desire: food. The very last thought that crosses my mind as I snuggle into by bed late at night is usually, “I shouldn’t have eaten so much today” and I’m currently lusting over the plate of spaghetti and meatballs waiting for me at home!