There is Enough For You

With Isabel Sofia

Introduce yourself! Who is Isabel Sofia?
Hi! I’m Isabel or Izzy for short. I am a 23-year-old Oregon native with an affinity for mother nature, especially the ocean. I feel most connected with my feet in the sand and salty air all around me. I am a writer, I write fictional stories, poetry and prose. I am also an artist; I started my own art business, Art By Izzy Rock, last year. On any given day, you can find me writing in my journal, playing guitar and singing, cookin’ dank plant-based meals and exploring with my fiancé and our dogs.

What are you passionate about?
Oh, so many things. I am passionate about music. I am passionate about animals. I am passionate about healing. I am always looking for ways to help me and others do the inner work. I like to write about my own personal struggles in hopes it may help somebody else or those around me. I am passionate about raw vulnerability and how it connects us. I am passionate about making the world a more colorful place with my artwork. I am passionate about animal welfare, being good to all living beings on this planet and protecting it. I am passionate about treating people with mental illness with kindness, and understanding and I am passionate about encouraging others to find their tools for healing.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Well, it is a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, and as somebody who is sensitive, it is really important to me:
“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent” It helps me recognize that nobody can make me feel any certain way, that I hold the power.

What is one thing no one really knows about you?
Probably that I was a dancer for 15 years. I miss it!

What would you say to 16 year old you?
I would tell 16 year old Izzy that she is so loved, even though she doesn’t always feel it and the world feels heavy. I would tell her falling in love won’t be your greatest accomplishment. I would tell her loving herself will be, though. I would say gently that how you look is the least interesting thing about you and you are more than your weight. I would say get to know yourself before you pour into somebody else. Hug your mama more, sweet girl. Spend more time digging deep, and face your grief.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
There is enough for you. Sometimes, in the midst of our world today, where the comparison game is strong, we tend to question our own unique path and abilities. It can seem like there is always going to be somebody better than you, somebody more talented, etc. and still, there is enough for you. Remember this, and you can do anything.

What is it like to own your own business?
It’s interesting. I like it and somedays I can be stressed out. The people who support me and buy my art, well, they are the reason I keep going. Owning your own business means self-disciple and holding yourself accountable, and so it is a learning experience for sure. One that I am extremely grateful for.

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
Well, we kind of live all over the US in our van, and love that. I grew up in Oregon, and have always lived here (currently writing this from Bend, Oregon, which we adore). The lush greenery, the waterfalls, the wildlife, the spacious beaches, the desert, the lakes, the mountains. Oh, and the genuine, good-hearted people. Truthfully, I am ready to live here for the rest of my life. Oregon has it all.

What do you love most about yourself?
This one can feel daunting when you are still struggling with self love! I will do my best… I love how I love others. Deeply, passionately. I love how sensitive and empathetic I am. I love how passionate I can be and how excited I can be about the littlest things. I love how much I feel. To be sensitive, on hard days can feel like anything but a blessing. To me, it is a gift.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Hell yes, I do. I lost my brother and my mom only a few years apart when I was fifteen. I will keep it brief. I am just proud of myself for surviving that.

What do you struggle with?
I struggle with anxiety and depression. I struggle with opening myself up to others in fear of being hurt, or judged. I struggle with motivation on my sad days. I struggle with self love and body image issues, after years of disordered eating. I struggle with comparing myself while scrolling for too many hours a day. I am constantly reminding myself that there is enough for me in every season of life— that nobody’s life is better than mine and that I am right where I am supposed to be.

Why do you share so vulnerably on social media?
Some advice my creative writing teacher gave me in high school was a profound truth which I carry with me in both writing and life,
“Nobody can relate to the perfect character”
I find value in transparency, vulnerability, our broken humanness and sharing it with others. Honestly, every time I have read something by somebody I admire along the lines of “Hey, I’m human, too. This is hard.” It always relieves a part of me. I hope to do that for others, to be somebody they feel they can relate to, because we all go through shit. Some of us are just more willing to talk about it openly.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Oh man, I have learned an abundance of lessons along the way. The biggest? One that sticks out to me, which is a reoccurring lesson that I have to choose to remember every day. It is something relatively simple and maybe a little bit cliche: What somebody thinks about you does not determine who you actually are. It really is potent in my mind right now as I have been held back by doing a lot in fear of what others may think of me and I am working to shift my mindset to do whatever I want to do, regardless. It really doesn’t matter what your parents think, or your grandma, because we are all carving our own unique paths in this life and most will judge yours anyway. So show up, do the damn thing, and live.

What is your favorite meal?
Vegan mac & cheese. Or any meal with rice and veggies, or anything wrapped in a tortilla to make a burrito. I am pretty stoked that there are so many vegan options out there in the world today.

What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I can be shy at times. I think it comes across like I am always outgoing, and I am definitely an extrovert, but depending on the situation, I can also be shy and on the quieter side.

What is your greatest fear?
Sharks.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I try to organize my thoughts and feelings in my journal because otherwise I can get a little overwhelmed during the day. Traveling in a van, it is hard to adopt any sort of consistent routine, but I do my best to stretch my body on my yoga mat on a daily basis. If I don’t, I can feel the stagnant energy building up. I love to go hiking in nature; it is then when I get some of my most profound ideas for writing.
I try to challenge myself, right now it is re-learning the guitar. Sometimes I have to make to-do lists to get everything done, because I always have so much to do, but I’d say journaling and getting in touch with myself and my heart is the biggest one that helps me feeling my best. Also, putting my damn phone down (this is a big one)!

Who is your biggest role model? Why?
My mom. She passed away when I was seventeen, but she remains my biggest role model to this day. She was really good to everybody she met. Everybody loved her, and cherished her. It’s because of the way she made them feel. Safe, protected, loved, understood… My mom truly was the least judgmental person. She persevered through a bad divorce, my brother’s passing, stage 3 breast cancer; she fought. She was a powerhouse, a force to be reckoned with. I aim to be like her in many aspects, and if I end up being even half the woman she was, I will be content with my life.

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in my dog’s eyes. My love’s voice. I find inspiration in nature. The blue waters of Big Sur or the rich maroon and deep green Redwoods, both found in California. The colorful buildings of Valparaiso, Chile or the pristine white glaciers of Iceland. I find inspiration during my travels, and the colors, textures, smells of wherever I go.

Why do you love to travel?
See above! I love to travel to find lost pieces of myself in new places. You can learn so much about yourself while learning about another place’s history, people, and culture. I travel to ease a restless feeling that never goes away. My parents were travelers, and then traveled with us when we were young, and it just instilled this movement in us that I hold onto. No matter where I am, I know there is another beautiful place I could be, and so I wake up wanting to go there, to experience it. I just want to see it all, and I can right now because I am young.

What is your ultimate dream?
Well, my ultimate dream is to be at peace at the end of my life. Not necessarily happy, but at peace. My dream is to open an animal sanctuary/or animal shelter, where rescue animals can come to live and find comfort in our space. I hope to rehabilitate animals and help them find good homes, save them from harm, and give them a warm place to land. This has been one of my most consistent dreams since I was a very young girl, and I know it will come true because I have been manifesting it for so long. All I need to make it happen is the right piece of land, and we are set. I have been passionate about helping a large portion of people in my life adopt their dogs and pets from shelters to encourage adopting and discourage buying from breeders. I rescued my dog Moose in 2014 and he has made my life all the more joyful. My dream is to bring that kind of joy to sad, scared, and unloved animals everywhere, for the rest of my life.

More About Isabel

Isabel Sofia Rock is a self-taught abstract artist and writer currently working on her first poetry book. She is engaged to her best adventure mate, Jacob Roloff. She and her fiancé travel full time all over the US in their 1987 Westfalia Vanagon, Ruby, with their two rescue pitbulls, Moose and Luna. She runs her own art business Art By Izzy Rock and hosts art shows in Portland, Oregon. She is an advocate for mental health awareness, protecting the planet by sustainable living, along with human and animal rights.

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