We had the good fortune of connecting with Haley Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Haley, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
There were definitely a lot of times where I just wanted to give up because my life would be so much easier or less stressful and I could go back to being “invisible”. But I receive so many messages and kind comments of people relating to me and reminding me that I’m not alone in this and that my message that I’m sharing is important. Representation like this matters and it’s bringing together a lot of people from all over the world. Creating our own little community. A community that I didn’t have growing up.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe in authenticity and just being really genuine. What I create is real, and I want people to see and relate to it. I’m not trying to make myself a brand, I’m just trying to live my life as me. I’ve learned that there will be people out there who try to dim me and say what I do isn’t important or that I’m “fake” but I’m not here to please everyone. Again, I’m here to live my life how I want and to be who I am, and if people don’t understand that or like it…well that’s okay. I’m happy with who I am and where my journey is taking me. It wasn’t always easy for me, I would get many hateful messages and people telling me to quit and just trying to tear me down any chance they got. It taught me to remember that their one comment is nothing compared to the hundreds of support I get and that maybe they’re just projecting their own insecurities. I know that not everyone is going to like what I post, and that’s fine.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I recently moved to Ottawa from Calgary 🙁 but if I were still in Calgary I would take my friends to Banff, lake Louise or my favourite little pond called Forgetmenot pond. Anywhere around nature is my go to. I’m hoping to find some really neat hiking places out here in Ottawa and explore the night life here (mostly drag shows or live music events).

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?
I would love to shout out my mom and my sister who have always been my biggest supporters since day one, they help remind me to believe in myself and everything I do. And I would also like to shout out my friend, Tara. She’s constantly pushing me to never give up and picking me back up when I doubt myself. Without these people in my life, I don’t know what I would do.

Website: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeHQfhnF/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/og.robinson10/

Image Credits
Alanna Onespot took my photos of me in the black turtle neck and the flower/pink top 🙂

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