We had the good fortune of connecting with Miranda Renée and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miranda, how do you think about risk?
I feel that risk is a part of life. There are some people who find risk uncomfortable…but for me, well, I thrive in the uncomfortable. I believe that when it comes to being a creator, being a writer, you are constantly bearing your whole self to the world. It is your art. It is a part of YOU. And that’s risky. It can be that heart-pounding, frog-in-your-throat, head-spinning, almost scary feeling when it comes to risk. Before triumph, it is only normal to fear. But what if they love it? What if the people you previously feared judgment from absolutely adore what you’ve unleashed into the world? It is that moment of triumph that drives me. If my words resonate with even one single person, I’ve done something right.
It’s been that way my whole life. At one point, I thought my life was set in stone. College degree, a job in some cubicle, married, kids, etc. However, life decided to shake me a little and show me that I wasn’t fated for something traditional. Living with as many allergies as I do, enduring my experiences, I’ve been taking risks my whole life simply being alive. Ever since I was little, doing food challenges at CHOP to beat different allergies, I learned that often, the scariest risks can reward us the most. If I hadn’t leaned into it, plunged into that risk head-first, my achievements would not have come to fruition. I’ve applied that to my life ever since, and I’ve never regretted it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a marketing specialist by day and an allergy advocate and a sustainable living blogger by night. Wow, that’s quite a mouthful. I have 17 allergies, and about a year ago I started a blog sharing my experiences. What it’s like to have allergies, different treatments, even how people with allergies are sometimes faced with ignorance. Slowly, that expanded to more issues I’m passionate about: climate change; sustainable living; slow beauty; social justice; animal welfare. The “clean beauty” industry was a particular fascination of mine. With a background in marketing and public relations, I’m sure you could imagine how my take on this industry would be an interesting one.
Delightfully, people responded positively to what I shared. There are so many people out there who have allergies, who have suffered just like me, who felt overlooked. Their thoughtful messages about how they finally felt heard only empowered me to do more.
Getting here was not easy, and I feel that I have loads more to do before getting to somewhere I feel content. I love advocating and blogging, sharing my story…being creative in my career feels like a calling. I’m not exactly sure where this will lead me – there are so many issues I am passionate about and want to support. I’m thrilled to see what I’ll do next! There were so many challenges getting here, from lack of support to time management between my day job and my dream job, that I feel I owe it to myself and others to keep going. I’ve come this far, haven’t I?
I want the world to know that Miranda Renée, the Allergy Bitch, is your fiercest friend. I fight for you. Your rights, your health, your planet, YOU. I’ve been pushed around a lot in my life, I’ve seen a lot, but if I can persevere, so can you. Forget the cheesiness, it’s a fact. If I provide even one person with hope, with the drive to make a difference, be that resource for you, I will. We talk about everything in this community, allergies, travel, sex, mental health, the good days, and the bad. I feel it creates an open environment for us to grow and learn. I believe this is what I was meant to do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh boy, I hope you can forgive me if this isn’t the longest (or most organized) list. I moved to San Diego in August and I feel I have so much more to see. I’m also not the best planner, one of my best friends is usually the one who handles travel itineraries (she’s a Virgo and she looooves it). I’m more of an outdoorsy person, so I would probably start with an easy hike at Torrey Pines before brunch at Cody’s in La Jolla. I love their eggs benedict, and walking down to see the sea lions is the perfect post-Paloma treat.
I live near Gaslamp, and I have recently fallen in love with Full Moon as my go-to sushi spot. When one of my girlfriends visited, we ate there four times. Their Lychee Martini is crisp and light, and the Salmon Carpaccio is exquisite. I always leave impressed with their creations. I consider myself a bit of a foodie, and San Diego has so much to offer. El Chingon has delicious food and the dopest vibe, I love how it transitions from evening to after hours. A few other favorites of mine include The Fishery, Sushi Ota, Juniper & Ivy, Cloak and Petal, Born & Raised, and Et Voilà! The food is sublime and the decor and ambiance truly complete the dining experience.
Apart from restaurants, I would bring my friend to the different beaches San Diego has to offer. I love the water. Coronado Beach is my favorite, but Carmel Beach is a close second. Definitely more of a hike, but it’s too beautiful not to mention. I have such fond memories of traveling with my father there. San Diego is full of adventure, from the shops in North Park (Shop Good is my favorite haunt!) to the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Botanic Garden is also a place to frequent often for a bit of peace and relaxation. I cannot wait to explore more!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many faces flood to the front of my mind when I consider this question. Family, friends, even strangers. However, one person is pictured as the clearest. Paul Savering, my second-grade teacher. He still is one of the kindest individuals I’ve ever known, brilliant with an appreciation for life that inspires me to this day. He had this poster hanging on the front of his classroom door, a single yellow figure in a shadow of purple with the words, “Stand up for what is right. Even if you are standing alone.”
I never forgot those words. They ring in my ears every moment, every time I pursue what I believe in, every time I observe an injustice that calls me to write about it. In my opinion, there are so many important issues that we are not focusing on enough, so that is why I am here. I’m here to talk about them, bring those issues to light, openly and honestly.
I did not have the maturity to realize until many years later that Mr. Savering was one of the bravest people I’d ever witnessed. I hadn’t the sense to know it at the time, but that changed me. It brings tears to my eyes to think of it now – happy tears. I’m proud. I do stand up for what is right, even when it feels that I am entirely alone.
Most of the time, I am not alone. There are people out there just like me, whose values and morals align with my own. This is why I share, why I do what I do. It is for all the people who resonate with these experiences.
So thank you, Mr. Savering, for instilling a lesson upon me that I shall never forget. Words are not enough to express my gratitude.
Images are credited to myself, Miranda Renée.