#wcw: Fallyn Smith
You may remember when we featured Fallyn's business partner Chelsea awhile back. Like her partner, Fallyn is always happy to help out. And it's no surprise that she's a school counselor – Fallyn is one of those people who when you mention something you want to do, she follows up with you right after with a list of resources and contacts to help you make it happen. This is a quality we really love at Women Catalysts. Plus, she's a ton of fun. Another quality we like a lot!
What are you working on?: I’m working on a couple of things, which has been my MO for quite some time. I’m the co-founder of SMITH & STARR, a lifestyle brand that I started with my friend and fellow WC, Chelsea Starr Alexander. We make The Conway, which is the first-ever hydration handbag, and we were just featured on The Skimm’s new series Get Off The Couch. I’m also the elementary school counselor for Burlingame School District where I’ve been working on implementing a district-wide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for all students to receive in their classroom. It’s so awesome to see 5 to 11 year-olds learn about empathy and taking belly breaths as part of their school day.
What's your vision for 2017?: On New Year’s Day, I always decide upon a word that is my theme for the year and my word for 2017 is “trust.” It’s been a really challenging year for me in many different ways but as the year comes to a close, I’m beginning to see the other side of my struggles and challenges. This has reaffirmed how important it is to trust even in really hard times. I want to continue to practice trusting while not shying away from challenges and enjoy the last two months of 2017 with my friends and family.
Best thing our readers might not know about: The best thing that I did for myself is decide to take Prozac to help with my depression and anxiety. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and depression off and on throughout my adult life and it got really bad in February. I never considered taking medicine until I found out that a girl in my book club takes antidepressants and openly talked about it with me. After getting the prescription in April, I was still hesitant to take it due to shame and stigma. I finally decided to take it in July after receiving a lot of support from my family and friends, some of whom I didn’t realize also took medicine for their depression. I’m not sure how long I will be on Prozac for but I’m really grateful that I decided to take it and for the people who were willing to share their story with me. I want to be more transparent about my mental health so I can help others feel less shame and get the help they need whatever that may be.
What brought you to WC?: I found out about WC from Chelsea and went solo to my first event, which was with Elle Luna. That evening was like a spiritual experience for me. I felt so connected and as if I was supposed to be there to hear Elle’s story and meet smart, like-minded women who were all there to learn and support one another. I love WC events because I always get such amazing takeaways that so serendipitously relate to my life. It’s my time to connect and get inspired by my community.