It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. My name is Luck Davidson. I was born in Boston, raised in Atlanta, and lived in Washington DC and New York (city and suburbs) before moving to Greensboro 25 years ago. I graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Ma., worked on Capitol Hill for several years after college, and then got married and raised my three children while volunteering and staying involved in democratic politics and local issues wherever I was living. More recently I have been Executive Director of Guilford Green Foundation and Triad Local First.
Q. What is your work?
A. I’ve always been a supporter of non-profit organizations, both as a volunteer and as a paid administrator. I am very drawn to justice issues, particularly LGBTQ rights, and then lately to additional ways of building community. Right now I am focusing on preserving community cohesiveness through supporting independent locally owned businesses. My work as Executive Director and now as a Board member of Triad Local First is my current vehicle for this work. “Think Local…Buy Local…Be Local.”
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. Thanks to a grant from Women to Women (Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro), Triad Local First is planning to work with local women business owners and entrepreneurs to build a local resource and networking group. We are calling it WIBON (Women Independent Business Owners Network), and it should be up and running in mid-2018. Planning this and discussing the need for it with women in our community is energizing and inspires me…the need for women’s resources is still huge. It has become so clear to me that when a community’s women are thriving, that community has a healthy spirit and a positive, collaborative energy.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. In every phase of my life, I have encouraged myself to be an independent thinker, which can be scary, but very much a part of who I am. My love for family, community, a higher power of good…all of these keep me grounded and connected, but often I have to be a loner to stay true to myself. Lately I have forced myself to do more public speaking, and although I don’t really enjoy it, communicating to groups is getting easier.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. My work with Triad Local First introduces me to so many great people, communities and ideas…farmers, shopkeepers, young entrepreneurs, restaurants and food cultures… there is nothing that I would rather do. But I am feeling the urgent need to communicate better to others why these local treasures are important, how they are being threatened, and how our entire way of life could be overwhelmed by big business, internet commerce, and a disregard for the importance of cherishing our natural environment. I’m in a thinking phase right now, and will be communicating more soon about “loving where you live.”
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
*Stop trying to please everyone else and be true to your values!
*Soak up everything that helps you understand the world and its people…the empathy that develops will be the foundation of your education.
*Laugh more about your mistakes and help others laugh at theirs and then move on.
*You’ll have plenty of time to accomplish a version of your dreams and goals, but “having it all” is a myth that you should question.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” (Pablo Picasso)
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Visiting and reading about other cities in the US, particularly the southeast, has been my constant inspiration. What can we learn from others, what can they learn from us here in the Triad?… Learning from both the successes and the failures of projects in the neighborhoods of Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Greenville, Charleston, Winston Salem, Columbia, Savannah and beyond inspires me.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. It is very important to remember that outside factors have played a role in one’s successes and failures in life, so don’t be too quick to judge others, to pat yourself on the back, or to obsess over your failures.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. I’m the only person in the Triad who isn’t into yoga!!
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I give myself enough time with people and material things, books, podcasts, visual arts, music, food and nature to stay positive and energized, and then give away as much as possible of all those things to help the lives of others.