Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. I am Darah Dale Willey Robinson. I am a wife and a slay-at-home mother to a 21 month daughter. I am a stand-up comedian who loves keeping journals and spends wayyyyy too much time on instagram. I went to college at UNCG and majored in African-American Studies and minored in theatre. My husband and I are the co-founders if Shifting Lenses. SL is facilitated community discussions that ask neighbors to see each other for their entire selves and not just thru the lenses of presumption.
Q. What is your work?
A. Shifting Lenses is a facilitated discussion help in topics such as (and are not limited to: consumption, ritual, race, non-judgement, forgiveness, and love. By giving a platform to ideas that are not often highlighted, we are able to learn something new about ourselves and become more vulnerable with our neighbors. The whole idea is safe people create safe space and using these tools to connect with one another, we pray for safety in connection.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. Michael and I are reentering a vegetarian lifestyle with the intentions of becoming vegan. The effects diet have on us is HUGE! And we want to be mindful about our impact on our planet. This year’s readings will be centered around diet.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. become & remain a mother. Learning to do marriage a little better each and everyday and believing in The Process
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 feel amazing with the work I’m doing! Post-partium was and is a beast! Long story short, I am working out regularly and getting stronger each month, I am performing comedy weekly and working on my craft daily. We have not held a Shifting Lenses event in a couple months and I am okay with that. I feel a calm before the storm kinda vibe around the groundwork we’ve laid and the amount of self-work/care we are being into our scope in 2019.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. HAHAHA Literally just said, “OH MY GAWD” out loud... wow. Performance is your God-given strength. USE IT! When your not accepted, USE IT. When your dad try’s to talk you out of it. DO IT! When it comes to choosing World History over improv— CHOOSE IMPROV YOUR CRAZYNUT!!!!! Also, read Harry Potter and stop acting “holier than thou.” You’re a Syltheian and you love it!!!
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. “Give yourself some grace.” -Shannon S.
Words that were given to me in the darkest chapter that allow me to start believing in Me again!
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. I made a pact with myself to do something comedy related e v e r y s i n g l e day. And so I do. It has become a sweet habit, I don’t recognize that I’m doing it until I’m in the middle, already maintaining my promise to myself. For Shifting Lenses, I meet every moment with an open heart and pray to be led towards my next assignment... meaning I use all my experiences past & present to address current thoughts or curiousity about IT ALL! I am a l w a y s reading and that is super important for conversation building. Reading is my church. I am saved. My journey to literacy was long and my love for reading even longer— but, them Twilight books done’did sum’fin to me that is irreversible.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. I looooove painting my nails and cooking. I do not own a tv. I use Netflix for comedy needs and the only other movie I need is Moana... bc the baby said so! I keep a list of the books I read so I can look back over the year and set new goals. I love to read.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. down dog for a time-out. Chatta-wrong-gah... bc it makes me feel STRONG=-D
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I pray & lead with blind faith in my prayers being heard and answered— just as soon as I BELIEVE. I am learning my key role in my own haves and have-nots. BELIEVE, Darah.