We had the good fortune of connecting with Bekah Hibbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bekah, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
For far too long I put this unnecessary pressure on myself to find a job where everything I loved was in that job. That is simply not realistic. Especially if you are working for a company or someone other than yourself (but truthfully I just don’t if that is possible regardless). I found a job that I thought would be everything I ever wanted and still found myself feeling like something was missing. And what I finally realized is that it is unfair to think everything you love and are passionate about will be found in your job. So that is when I started Women Do and allowed even more of my creative and artistic side to live and grow there. I could love certain aspects of my job and then the parts that didn’t fit there I could I create my own space for. That has been a game changer for me. It has taken the pressure off of my everyday career but has also allowed me to express myself in other ways that are my own outside of that career in an unapologetic way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Outside of Women Do my full time career is as a Director of Sports Medicine and an Athletic Trainer. It has definitely not been easy to get where I am today. A lot of shut doors. A lot of doubt about moving outside the “traditional” athletic training setting. At times difficulty being one of the few, if not only, women in the room. But I believe in myself and my ability to do a job well. I am not afraid to learn or admit when I don’t know something. I also don’t have any problem stating my point of view or getting involved in a discussion, that may rub people wrong at times but with the right people around you they respect that. The biggest lesson I have learned is to know what you deserve and go after it. Be kind, be bold, be a good teammate, do what you say you will, but also know when not to back down. There have been a lot of failures but those have only helped me grow.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Roosevelt St. to go to some of the bars, restaurants, and breweries down there OHSO Arcadia because it is a great place to get a beer and bring your dog
Papago Park for an easy but beautiful ‘hike’ to see a lot of the city for someone who wants to take in a good part of the Valley.
Bitter and Twisted because who doesn’t love a good cocktail?
Dutch Bros. as someone new to the Southwest I have LOVED my introduction to Dutch Bros. They are always so kind and move that line no matter how long!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to Robin Curry. She is a non operative sports medicine physician in Louisville, KY but more than that she is a great friend and mentor who has believed in me throughout this process. She also is a great example to other women about being able to do anything you want to do while supporting other women along the way. I am lucky to have a lot of really strong women in my life who have encourage me along the way and picked me up when I needed it.
Photo with Women Do tank top: uraveragejo Group photo: Destiny Hall @drdcupacke