“A woman’s courage is defined and tempered by how we bounce back, move on and up in the face of fear and life’s beat down. We dare to fall in love with our own selves because then we are free to love others and do right, be right in the world.” Nivea Castro, writer, photographer, social justice attorney, Lesbian activist, and educator.
I met Nivea at my first meeting of the NYCLWG in January 2012 and I couldn’t think of anyone else to best define a woman’s courage than her. She is one of the most courageous women I know. Nivea is not afraid of anything; her adventurous spirit is contagious and as the lawyer she is, she always has something to say! She has a strong character but a heart of gold, she’s always available to help and share her knowledge to help you get to the next level.
Nivea was the co-facilitator of my first writing workshop with Alicia Anabel Santos. From the very beginning and to date she has encouraged me to write and tell my story. She has also been very supportive of my ventures and after every show she attends she gives me the most honest feedback: always telling me what she liked and the things that can be improved.
One of the things I admire about Nivea is her passion for everything she does, whether it’s her writing, photography, activism or teaching. She gives it her all and then some, and always, always strives to give her best and to help reach your highest potential. She is always there to help you kick fear in the face and do what you are supposed to do and do it right!