Name: Thanaé

Social Media Handle/Username: @iamthanae

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Hi, my name is Thanaé (pronounced Tuh-Nay.) Some people call me Naé. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I’m a writer. Poet. Storyteller. Overall creator. I love sleeping, watching movies, listening to music and I love solitude. I’m obsessed with spaghetti. And cranberry juice.

What Inspires You Every day? : Something that inspires me every day is knowing that my purpose is bigger than me. Knowing that I’m here for a reason.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: I’ll be transparent: I was sitting here trying to answer this question and I was stuck. The chorus of J.Cole’s song, “Love Yourz” started playing in my head. He says, “No such thing as a life that’s better than yours.” It’s a song about appreciating everything that you have even if you feel you have too little or not enough. You won’t ever be satisfied if you always compare your lifestyle with others.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal in life is happiness. To me that looks like a life of not being in “survival mode.” A life where love is real, raw, and reciprocated. A life where my future kids are well taken care of and I am able to show up for them in all aspects. A life where I have so much that it gives me the opportunity to give to others. A life that is calm.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : Hmm. I’ve been okay. Unfortunately, I feel like I’ve become desensitized to the pain. I already didn’t really leave my house, so my city shutting down didn’t have that much of an effect of me. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing. I’ve been pretty numb to it all. I will say, this pandemic has made me realize I haven’t really lived. But I have grown and that’s something I’m proud of. Plus, this experience gives me something to write about.

What is a message you would like to give others? : Don’t let fear hold you back. And please don’t compare yourself to others, ever. Stay prayed up and remember who you are and what you stand for. And always use your voice.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: As I’ve said earlier, I’m an overall creator. I can’t be boxed in- I’m not interested in sticking to “one thing.” Also, when I talk about cranberry juice, I mean the 100% kind, not the fruit cocktail. Very important information that was absolutely necessary to share.

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