Untucked Woman: Arielle Estoria

Arielle, what keeps you on-the-go? 

Oh goodness, well what gets you waking up every day is what fuels the fire beneath your feet. My awareness that I was put on this earth to do work that only specifically I can do---that’s what keeps my days running at full speed. I am a poet by night and weekend and a teaching artist four times a week, I’m really fortunate to have a life that’s surrounded by doing what makes me feel most creative and hopefully inspires others too.

What's your day-in-the-life?

Honestly, this changes every day really. The only consistency in my day is my 9:00am-3:30pm teaching Tuesday through Friday with an hour commute there and back.

On Mondays is my “let’s catch up on my week before my week gets crazy” and rest a little kind of day. It usually includes sleeping in a little, yoga and groceries. Or it involves coffee catch up meetings with my creative consultant and sitting in that same shop working on all the assignments she has me completing. Somewhere throughout the week involves a networking event, maybe one poetry gig and a meeting with my angel interns! There is no bed time--- it’s really just when I feel like I’ve accomplished enough in my day that I “let myself” sleep.

What do you wear to work?

For teaching, it's professional dress so I try to mix up the high waisted maxi skirts and a button up shirt tucked in, or a flowy dress with a blazer, sometimes black dress pants with a flowy top. When I’m performing, it’s a range of flowy florals, high waisted something ---just anything that makes me comfortable and keeps me from focusing on what I’m wearing. Also, usually I’m barefoot.

What's one of the biggest challenges about your job?

Being vulnerable for a living can kind of take a toll on your soul and spirit. I think even more than others maybe “taking care of myself” is so important because all I’m doing is pouring of myself, my story, my heart, my life and experiences. I have to be really gracious and intentional with my time outside and within my sphere of “work” and that’s something I’m definitely still learning.

Also still learning how to put a price tag to all this, what I do is so intentional and intimate putting a number to it is probably one of the biggest things I struggle with, finding monetary value in what I do but also not simultaneously diminishing the personal value at the same time.

What's one of the most rewarding parts about your job?

Meeting people, hearing their stories and their hearts. I get to hear a lot of “me too” moments and they are the very moments that keep me motivated and fueled in doing this over and over again.

What does an Untucked life mean to you?

The first thing that comes to mind is “Let it free”, whatever “ it” is to you. When I think of untucked, I think of letting it all go---every doubt, every false lie that you were told about who you are or aren’t. All that the world throws at us about what a woman is or isn’t--untuck it, you aren’t free or fully able to be who you are meant to be until you’ve allowed yourself that one moment of untucking.

From your experience, what can we learn from you today? 

SAY YES- figure it out later, some of the most beautiful moments in my life happened because i just decided to dive in and say yes to things that were so outside of my comfort zone and idea of normal. I would not be living this glorious and sometimes chaotic life I get to live if I had not said yes to all of it.

Love yourself, be kind to yourself--listen intently to what your body needs and doesn’t in every moment.

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Photo: Emily Morgan // @emilykmorgan