Neha Gandhi, Deputy Editor, Refinery29
"The words of wisdom I try to live by come from my parents. As perfectionists who have always pushed me to be my best, they temper their message with the understanding that I should be good to myself and forgive my own mistakes. Both of them always say: 'Be kind to yourself — both to who you are now, and who you have been before.' Those words of advice have stuck with me in my most self-critical moments, reminding me to embrace my missteps as the things that form the person I am today. After all, if I can't see my own life through a slightly rose-colored lens, it’s hard to expect anyone else to follow suit, right?"
Photos: Photographed by Erin Yamagata, Courtesy of Neha Gandhi.