1) Tell me about yourself, your background.
I am Ivy Lee and I am 27 years old. I am Puerto Rican from Bushwick NYC and I grew up in Ocean Hill Projects. I enjoy being creative, being out in nature, listening to music and helping others.
2) What passions of yours are you working on building right now?
I am the creator of, Order of the Bell Bottoms. I work with my hands to make crystal jewelry and limited edition tie dye shirts. I believe the world is undoubtedly in need of some love. Thus, I incorporate crystal healing and color therapy into each piece I create to raise the vibration. You can view my work at OrderoftheBellBottoms.com
3) What inspires you everyday to keep moving forward in life?
The universe inspires me to keep moving forward. I have faced many adversities in life. Each time I thought my world was over I processed it, accepted it, and waited for my new path. Time and time again something good would eventually happen. Having faith in something bigger than myself, out of my control, but always working in favor of the most good is inspiring.
4)What are some words of wisdom you’d like to share with people in the world?
In life we reap what we sow, each seedling we plant will grow. Over time the roots will run deep and form an immovable tree. Be mindful of what you sow; for it is easier to plant a new seed than it is to uproot a tree.
5) What struggles have you faced in general and how did you overcome them?
The most austere struggle I have faced is cancer. In 2020 during quarantine I had a rare cancerous tumor growing in my jaw. Specifically, a myofibroblastic sarcoma of the mandible. I am still undergoing reconstructive surgery but, I am now 3 years cancer free!
There were points in this journey I was not able to eat solid foods, I could not open my jaw and I struggled with depression. I overcame this battle by being humbled from it. Nothing can prepare you for a cancer battle. I had no choice but to humbly ride the waves of grief and a slow recovery. I learned to be more patient and kind to myself and to accept I cannot control everything.
6) What major impact would you like to make in our world?
The major impact I would like to make in our world is that kindness conquers all. By being respectful, empathetic and compassionate towards others we create a ripple effect of positivity and goodness throughout the world.