Here at Sseko we deeply believe that every great journey begins with a small step. The Sseko Fellows are a tribe of women that have embarked on such a journey to create opportunity and community for women here in the states, as well as for our sisters in East Africa. One of those Fellows, Erin Anthony, recently took a step into our Fellows community. This is her New Beginnings story!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am a nature-seeking, justice-loving, chocolate-eating, part-time children’s mental health counselor, mom of nearly two (due August), wife to a wonderful guy, and as of late – A Sseko Fellow!
What has been your favorite part (or two or three) about this new adventure with Sseko?
My favorite parts of this new journey are stepping out of my box, receiving daily inspiration from my fellow Fellows, feeling a connection with my sole sister, giving my long-dormant zeal for Africa an outlet, knowing I’m empowering women and earning an income from my couch during my son’s nap-time, and that feeling when my first Sole Sister, Winnie, earned all her badges! I was never expecting to experience so many opportunities to grow personally, and I have been blown away by this company the deeper I dive.
What inspires your personal style?
Let me put it this way. When I told a few of those who know me best that I would be selling fashion products, I was met with laughter. That is, until I told them Sseko’s mission to send Ugandan women to university. Then they got it. But let’s just say, my personal style has never been something I’ve given much thought to- at all. I generally shop in my sister’s closet (fabulous prices and everything fits!). I am inspired by comfort, practicality, and versatility, and now more than ever. My questions in the morning are- “Is this something my toddler could yank off of me in public? If it ends up covered in vomit or dirt am I good with that? Can I retrieve chewed up carrot from a restaurant floor without being arrested for indecency?” And as a pregnant Texan in summertime, the latest question is – “Will this outfit impede me from stuffing my entire body into the freezer come mid-afternoon?” If you think I’m joking you haven’t been through a Texas summer. Or been pregnant. Or you’re a superhero. Regardless, I’m here to prove that you don’t have to be a fashionista to be a part of the Sseko story!
What piece of the Brave Manifesto resonates most with you? Why?
“Do things that scare you.” I spent a significant part of my life avoiding things that scare me. I have made it a point to face some of my fears, but it challenges me because I have plenty more to go. No looking back!
What is your favorite piece in our Spring collection?
My ribbon sandals! I am extremely picky when it comes to shoes, and I never expected they would be as comfortable as they are, so they meet all of my fashion goals. To top if off, I get to have all those things in a shoe that actually looks adorable and is a perfect custom fit every time! I wear them every single day.