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How Exploring Keeps Callie Stark Grounded    

How Exploring Keeps Callie Stark Grounded

Art by FISK

By Sadie Newman 

LA native Callie Stark grew up in the center of all things entertainment. After studying business and cinematic arts at USC, she followed her passion for building communities to Soho House, where she was a part of the membership team looking after the West Coast locations. Along with a passion for communities (and cooking, check out her amazing food at @calliescookbook), Callie is driven and inspired by being a female in the technology world and wants to better our future which is why she is now working at “Community” as a member of their Partnerships team. Traveling and exploring the world is one of Callie’s great loves and attributes her travels to allowing her to live in the moment and be open to all people and experiences. 

Callie was a great candidate for Inner Piece because she cares about building communities and connecting us through technology in new and exciting ways, knowing that we all crave connection. She wants to be a part of cultivating that. 

What do you want people to know about you?

I'm LA-born and based working as a female in technology. I spend an ungodly number of hours scouring Etsy and eBay for vintage band t-shirts and old 501's. A warm beverage every morning is my religion & connecting people is one of my most favorite activities.

What is one of life’s smallest but greatest pleasures to you? 

Having dinner with great friends. If I've learned anything from this past year, it's that there's nothing quite like sharing amazing food with amazing people. If I could throw in one more, it's experiencing a perfect moment and not feeling inclined to post a photo of it...instead, just living it.

How do you make yourself and your mental health a priority?

I am constantly under construction...so are each and every one of us. Knowing that change is the only constant I'll ever experience, I'm indefinitely seeking new ways to make myself a priority. Right now, cooking is that outlet. For me, there's nothing that screams 'me' time more than putting on a great playlist, pulling together a nourishing and beautiful meal, and then sharing that food with people I love. Honorable mention goes to going to bed early :)

What's the most interesting destination you've ever traveled to and explored? 

The world is just so crazy cool between Egypt for its history, India for its colors, Nepal for its hospitality, Australia for its food. It is impossible to choose. If I had to peg one experience that fundamentally changed who I am, I'd have to say the three months I spent in a small village in South Africa. I got the chance to live with an incredible family, who didn't speak any English. I learned far more than I'll ever be able to comprehend in my lifetime, but my biggest takeaway is just how similar we are with the people we know nothing about. Community is everything and our communities extend far beyond the obvious ones we spend the most time with.

How has exploring the world influenced you as a person?

Experiencing deep loss at a young age, I was drawn to living life to the fullest, knowing that time is our most precious commodity. My love of travel comes from meeting people who teach me new ways of looking at different situations. My time abroad has taught me to live by the motto that every single person can teach you something about something!

Who do you turn to when you need to talk about issues related to mental health?

My sister and my partner are everything to me. They're absolutely my people! I feel most comfortable talking with them, as they cultivate a judgment-free zone always. Period. I am grateful to have them in my life.

Are you naturally more of a negative or positive thinker?

I'd categorize myself as a realistically positive thinker. I know that not everything will work out in the way that I want it to. As Mick says, you can't always get what you want. When reality sets in (and reality can be quite harsh), I use positivity to spin that negative into something new and beautiful. I never want to shut out the negative voice because it's just not realistic. Instead, I'd rather focus on helping the positive voice yell a bit louder.

What is something that you wish you’d known sooner about mental health? 

Good things take time, and we are never alone.

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