The Rooted Creative



As a creative, I thrive in spaces that invoke inspiration, but more often than not, such motivation was birthed from those shared experiences with the people that embrace me the most. Those experiences, although priceless, have poured endlessly into the creative that I have become today. Allowing me to find value in creating unique experiences that will further impact the culture and creatives surrounding me. I seek to curate spaces that embrace the unique lens of that writer, designer, artist, or everyday person to feel seen, understood, and self-realized. I seek to help creatives embrace their roots to actualize their dreams. While also documenting my lived experiences of finding my creative self. I hope to share the aspects of this journey that have caused me to take pause, create, reflect, and grow.

Aja Symone



bell hooks

“One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others. There was a time when I felt lousy about my over-forty body, saw myself as too fat, too this, or too that. Yet I fantasized about finding a lover who would give me the gift of being loved as I am. It is silly, isn’t it, that I would dream of someone else offering to me the acceptance and affirmation I was withholding from myself. This was a moment when the maxim “You can never love anybody if you are unable to love yourself” made clear sense. And I add, “Do not expect to receive the love from someone else you do not give yourself.” 

*Capitalization of bell hooks:  A pseudonym, bell hooks, has claimed the name as tribute to her mother and great-grandmother. She decided not to capitalize her new name to place focus on her work rather than her name, on her ideas rather than her personality. Her birth name is Gloria Jean Watkins

Photo Credit:  Kimberly Bojorquez


Fun Facts

Favorite Food

TACOS. TACOS. + TACOS..  I can’t live without them. 

Design Style

I live for Modern Bohemian designs!

Simple Treasures

Being able to sit outside, either at a beach or a forest park. Sitting with my favorite drink and writing in the glimmer of the sunshine. 

Favorite Book

No Disrespect by Sista Soulja 

Treasured Past time

Horeseback riding on the beach in Africa.

Someone who inspires me

As cliche, as it may sound my first inspiration for writing being an “actual” career, came from Demetria Lucas. She was an emerging writer  on a show called Blood, Sweat, & Heels.

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