Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to another new Account Coordinator, LeijaLeija was born and raised in Seattle, loves nature (like so many Seattleites), and fashion. Leija is also an avid poet and in 2015 became Seattle’s first Youth Poet Laureate While we’ve worked with Leija on projects in the past, we are thrilled to have Leija joining TVA as a staff member. Check out the fun questions we asked her to get the know her better! 

You’ve known and worked with TVA previously on some of our projects, what made you excited about joining TVA as a staff member? 

The thing I was most excited about was community outreach. I’m really looking forward to getting into Seattle communities like the one I’m from. We need to chat with youth, community leaders, and most importantly people’s voices who have been missed in the past.   

If you could choose to never have to eat or never have to sleep again, what would you choose and why? 

I love to eat, but I also love to sleep. I think I would choose to never sleep. I really love food so wouldn’t be able to go without food. I get hangry after a few hours and people I live with can attest to this so going without sleep would probably be best for everyone  

What would you do with that extra time now that you don’t have to sleep?  

With my extra time I would eat a lot more, and I would have more time to workout. I would try to do more high intensity workouts that I do with my mom sometimes. More time outside and more time to write as well. Who knows I might have a new poetry book with all that time.   

What was your least favorite food as a child? Do you still dislike it? 

Kind of the opposite, but I really liked bananas as a kid and now can’t stand them. The texture gets me. I didn’t used to like avocados, but do now. That was also a texture thing.  

What is your favorite mythical or mythological animal? 

I don’t know if I have one. I’ll go cliché and say a unicorn. We don’t know a lot about them and a lot of people create facts but in reality we really know nothing.  

If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would you choose? 

LeBron James. He’s my favorite NBA player and I think he would motivate me throughout the day to push me to be my best. He would be a motivational coach in my ear and would have all sorts of quotes and stories to keep me going through out the day.  

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