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The Check-In Episode 1: Tai Verdes    

The Check-In Episode 1: Tai Verdes

Art by Andrew Wetmore

Introducing The Check-In by The Local Optimist.

At The Local Optimist, we believe that talking about how we feel (both the highs and the lows) is crucial for our mental health. The more we open up, the more we normalize the full spectrum of emotions that we all experience. 

Our new series, The Check-In, is a space for bringing these feelings into the light. We’ll  check in each month with our favorite creatives on the things that make them human – from what keeps them up at night to what makes them optimistic for the future. It’s a reminder for all of us to check in with ourselves and others in a deeper way. 

For our first episode, we spoke to singer-songwriter Tai Verdes about how he deals with insecurity, what he’s had to give up in order to grow, and what lights up his day. 

Let us know in the comments: when was the last time you checked in?