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. I am Melissa Poillot-Micca. I was born and raised In Southern California. When I turned 18 and graduated high school, I moved (by myself) to Yosemite National Park and worked in the grocery store. It was amazing. After three years of living in a tent cabin (think “glamping” without the glamour), I decided to move back home and maybe do the college thing, get a place with my best girlfriends, make all the fun mistakes 21-year-olds make. After a couple of years, I moved to Sonoma County where I would eventually meet my husband. We moved to Greensboro in 2004 and created a good little life.
Q. What is your work?
A. My heart says I am a potter. I focus on functional, dinner party ware and pretty much anything you would furnish your kitchen or dining table with. I am also an urban farmer, so I like to tell myself. I grow food, raise chickens, a grow plant starters for others to grow their own food.
But to pay the bills and feed myself, I work as a health educator for the Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations at UNCG. I use to call plant selling and pottery my side-hustles, but I think I will start referring to my day job as my side-hustle.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. Right now, I’m focusing on creating pottery and growing as an artist.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. I finally started referring to myself as an artist. I’m one of those people that can do a little of everything, but am no expert in anything, so I have always felt like a wannabe artist. I didn’t have the years or reputation under my belt to consider myself an artist, even though I always created something beautiful, whether it’s a tomato plant or a piece of pottery.
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. I would love to be a full time potter, but that whole starving artist gig sounds terrifying, mainly because I reaaaalllly like to eat. And by eat, I mean, often.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. DO NOT TAKE OUT STUDENT LOANS. Just kidding (not kidding). Also, do not let life make you callous. Always be compassionate, kind, and say “good morning” to strangers.
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. Whatever happens, you’ll be just fine. Feel it, accept it, and love yourself.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. I’m always creating something or working towards creating something. If it’s not a dish out of clay, then it a trellis for cucumbers, or new digs for my chickens.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Pigeon is my favorite yoga pose. Running is my main form of exercise and pigeon pose helps keep my hips healthy and flexible.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. An abundant life is about not being fearful to do whatever it is you want to do. Whether it is big or small. Whether it’s moving across the country or going back to school at 57 years old. Whether it’s shaving your head or going to dinner by yourself. You’ll never know until you get there, and even then, everything will be just fine.