Hey Bold Fam, join us in welcoming our newest Bold Boss, Peri Satterhwaite! Peri is the author of the anthology Trod Along With Me as well as an avid reader and artist. We sat down with Peri and talked about all things beauty from nature to makeup. Read more of Bold’s exclusive interview below.

Bold Magazine: What Makes you BOLD (unique, awesome, and you) 

Peri Satterhwaite: What makes me BOLD is that I just try to be a strong person, for both others and myself. I posed the question to those closest to me about myself and here are a few responses: I’m funny, creative, open-minded, inclusive, kind, amazing, and so much more. I think my boldness comes from just being an individual. 

BM: If you could go back in time and give yourself advice as a young human, what would you tell her

PS: If I could go back in time I would tell myself that it’s okay to be unique and to not let the judgements of others hold you back. Just be true to yourself and don’t let others influence you too much. You can make your own decisions about yourself.

BM: What’s your family and personal life like? Who are your best supporters?

PS: My very best support group is my family! They always listen to any bit of writing I’ve done and always encourage me! I wouldn’t have been able to publish my book without them, or even really get by from day to day. I truly appreciate and love them for everything they do. 

BM: What are some things you’ve noticed in the world that you’d like to advocate to change? 

PS: I wish that people could see the world and its natural wonders. We need to take better care of the beauty around us, be it nature, animals, or kindness to others. I especially want to advocate change for animals, and women. Animals are one of the foundations of our society, and I want them to be treated with fairness and a gentle hand. Women are people, we deserve every right that men have, as well as respect for our bodies and minds. If everyone could just accept each other the world would achieve its truest and highest potential. 

BM: What does beauty mean to you? 

PS: To me, beauty means colors and attention to detail. That could mean the smallest thing, to a leaf with dew on it, to a dress with sparkling crystals. On a person, it means the brightness of one’s smile, and the electric nature of their mind. I think that beauty can be, and is, found everywhere if we just take a look around. 

BM: What does fat acceptance mean to you? Body positivity? 

PS: Often I have trouble with body positivity, but dressing up or doing my makeup helps me feel better about myself. I think fat acceptance should be  a natural part of life, everyone changes and grows, and everyone has some fat on their person. Fat acceptance to me means that you accept your curves, that you admire them as they are. It means that you are more than just your body. 

BM: How has your body image and self-esteem changed over the years?  

PS: When I was younger I was extremely self-conscious of how I looked and acted. But as I matured I found that I liked myself more, and that your size doesn’t dictate your style. People will either judge you anyway, or they could take a look at you and realize how special you are. Sometimes I still feel self-conscious, but I try to remind myself of that.

BM: What are some unique hobbies you have? 

PS: In my spare time I like to make cards for children in hospitals and to make Operation Christmas Child boxes. Both are a wonderful way to give to others and to boost your spirits!

I also like to keep journals, just documenting my day, whether it’s bland or exciting, I write it all down, expressing my feelings and thoughts. 

BM: Do you have a message you want to leave with our readers? 

PS: If there are any aspiring writers out there I would recommend writing in a Day Book. This idea means that you write a little something each day. It keeps you in the habit, and may stem into new ideas! All of the stories in my book came from my own Day Books! Hopefully, with time, you can look back on your writings and see how much you’ve changed or grown, and see how creative you truly are!

You can catch up with Peri over on their Instagram!