• UO Giving Guide: Jade Taylor

    The best gift is giving back. We're highlighting 8 inspiring young creatives and joining them in supporting 8 deserving charities this holiday season. See what they're wishing for this year, and learn more about how you can give back too.

    This holiday season, beauty editor Jade Taylor tells us why giving back is so important. We worked with her to support the Anxiety and Depression Association of America by donating $5k on her behalf. Follow @Got_Anxiety to learn more and donate!
    Photos by Anna Ottum

    Name: Jade Taylor
    Occupation: Beauty Director at House of Intuition; freelance beauty writer, beauty creative director, and beauty brand consultant
    Charity: ADAA, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

    Hi Jade! Can you tell us about your charity?
    I chose the ADAA Anxiety and Depression Association of America, which is near and dear to my heart because I have been living with PTSD and a variety of anxiety and adjustment disorders for years. ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research.

    What makes it so important to you?
    Living with PTSD and anxiety is like living in a real-life nightmare. For those who also have trauma-related disorders who may be reading this, you know what I’m talking about. Ending up in the hospital with a panic attack is never a fun experience (take it from me), but going to weekly therapy and making holistic lifestyle changes (getting sober, staying off pharmaceutical anti-anxiety medication, and so forth) have been lifesavers. Taking a step, even if it’s a baby step, to better one’s mental health is the most courageous thing someone living with any of these disorders can do for themselves. It took me years of suffering to finally reach out and get the help that I needed. That’s what makes the ADAA so important to me: They’re committed to diversity and inclusivity, they link people who need treatment with the health care professionals who can provide it, and work to reduce the stigma surrounding anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders.

    What other causes are important to you right now?
    For obvious reasons: Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, The Trevor Project, and the Human Rights Campaign, to name a few. Because of our disgusting, hate-filled, embarrassment of a “President,” we are currently living in a very scary time in history. I will be fighting on the right side of history until the day I die. As a caucasian, cis-female I have no excuse. I use every platform I’m given (like this one) to be a leader for inclusivity.

    What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten from someone?
    My birthday is 10 days before Christmas, so last year my boyfriend gifted me this really beautiful wooden box of butterfly taxidermy from the 1940s that was preserved perfectly and used in an old science lab. I’m not a taxidermy collector or anything like that (the butterflies are the only thing I own!), but he knows that one of my favorite movies is Daisies and there’s this really iconic scene in it where Marie II is in a room of butterfly taxidermy and it’s just my favorite thing.

    Favorite gift you’ve ever given someone?
    I firmly believe that gifts don’t need to be crazy expensive or fancy as fuck to have the sentimental meaning. Fuck that. I always gift my best friends, my family, and my boyfriend crystals during the holidays. Crystals are the best gift ideas because they’re beautiful, meaningful, and you’ll cherish them forever! They’re hands down my favorite gifts to give.

    What’s on your wish list this year?
    Ideally someone would send me a lifetime supply of La Croix.

    Favorite holiday tradition?
    Chinese food, going to the movies, and setting intentions for the new year.

    What holiday movie can you watch on repeat?
    The Craft is my favorite holiday movie. I’m not kidding.

    Proudest moment from this past year?
    I think writing the article about how I got and lost my dream job for Milk Makeup is my proudest moment this year because I was finally honest about things I had kept trapped inside for the last six years. Writing that article was the most beautiful release. It was also a really nice way to get some closure out of a shitty situation and finally move on to bigger and better things! In the article I talk about how women should be allowed to be angry, to speak up, and not be judged for speaking up. I’m proud of myself for taking my own advice when I wrote that article.

    What are your hopes and dreams for 2018?
    My biggest intention is to help grow the House of Intuition beauty line, as well as the HOI editorial vertical to make it the #1 metaphysical destination online. I think helping to develop a spiritually conscious beauty line is the most natural next step I can take in my journey, since it directly combines two of my favorite things: beauty and spirituality. That’s all I can say right now because there’s quite a bit brewing in the ether, but stay tuned for more!

    Read more about Jade's charity, the ADAA, here
    Follow Jade on Instagram here
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