Meet our February Spotlight, Lily Wilson
Each month, those of us working with Hardy Girls Healthy Women want to share the talent and vision of some of our incredible staff, volunteers, students, and board members. Our February Spotlight is on Lily Wilson, one of HGHW’s amazing Muses! She is a senior at Colby College, originally from Milwaukee, WI. Read on to get to know more about her work at Hardy Girls and about life in Maine.
How did you get involved with Hardy Girls?
I got involved my freshman year when another Colby student I really looked up to told me about the Muse program. She graduated a few years ago but we got dinner last night and had a great time catching up on life (including HGHW!)
What do you do at HGHW?
I am a part of the Muse Program as a Muse, and I’m a program leader. That means, every week I meet with a Coalition Group from Waterville Junior High School with my co-Muse Katie. As a program leader I get to work with the wonderful Sarah Lentz (Program Coordinator) and fellow Colby student Meg Charest to create schedules and Muse trainings.
What’s a typical day like for you?
My role as a Muse means that every Tuesday I meet with the Girl’s Coalition Group. I also meet with the other program leadership pretty often to talk about what is ahead in the next few weeks!
What’s one thing you love doing as part of HGHW?
Working with the Girl’s Coalition Groups is amazing every single week. I am so inspired by the energy and perspectives that the group brings. Each student has so much brilliance in them! I especially love getting to see that brilliance grow in the group dynamic over the course of the year.
What do you wish you’d known earlier or that someone had told you?
That it is okay to be “too much.” I spent a lot of time trying to keep the things that really fired me up from ever being expressed too loudly, too seriously, or too often. I felt like I would isolate myself if I really got angry or was too persistent, especially about activism. HGHW has helped reinforce in me that there are communities of support all around, especially if we build them, and that I can get angry and get things done!!
What have you learned from Board Members, the Girls Advisory Board, and Muses?
I learn constantly from the Muse community! The way that they respond to challenging conversations in coalition groups, and the general commitment to raising the voices of young women and non-binary folks, are powerful examples I am always looking to follow!
You have a free day to yourself — what do you do?
I would get outside! A walk, skiing, surfing, or running. Maybe making some bread.
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about you?
I played electric bass in a girl-band for one semester! I wasn’t very good and it didn’t last long, so it’s sort of secret. It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done, though.
What are you happiest doing when you’re not in school or at work?
Spending time with friends and family. Really anywhere and doing anything (or nothing), but especially in the outdoors.