How to be a morning person

How to be a morning person

I have historically not been a morning person. I considered 10 a.m. to be early, and even then I was dragging myself out of bed and begrudgingly moving through a morning routine. I never saw the sun rise and I never wanted to. Getting ready for work, even when I worked for myself, was a slow-moving chore.

I envied those who seemed to jump out of bed at 5 a.m. with vigor. I thought it must be a natural trait specific and that I could never attain it. But as I’ve learned, while being a morning person for some is natural, you can also become one intentionally. When I trained myself to become a morning person, I found that not only did I feel less tired, but my productivity increased and my business performance improved.

Here’s how I went from being a night owl to an early bird, and how it helped my business.

I changed my night routine

You can’t expect to become a morning person if you’re up all night. I had a bad habit of zoning out in front of the TV every night after my kids went to bed in pursuit of mindless, lazy time to myself. I’d often stay up late and fall asleep on the couch, and then wake up with a kid in my face and a crick in my neck. How could I expect to be alert and aware of my business tasks, when my body and mind had not truly rested?

Setting up a weeknight routine was my first step towards becoming a morning person. Every night, my kids are in bed by 8 p.m. and I begin to prepare for the next day by making a schedule with time blocking techniques, picking out clothes for the kids, and making sure the living room and kitchen are clean. I then give myself one hour to wind down. Sometimes that means watching TV, sometimes it means reading or hanging out with my husband. I even set a timer to keep me honest! After one hour, I change into my pajamas, brush my teeth and wash my face, and go to bed.

Knowing that my next morning is prepped and ready to go helps me to relax and fall asleep faster. My body and mind are actually resting, so when I get up at 6 a.m. the next morning, I feel alert and ready. I can move through our morning routine, get everyone off to school, and focus on my business tasks with efficiency and precision.

I set strict boundaries

I own a boutique social media marketing agency, so I work primarily from home with a remote team. When you own your own business, it can be easy to always “be on” and available to anyone who needs you, whether it’s an employee or a client. I would stay up late answering emails, texting, or making list after list of things I was worried I would forget to do. Feeling like I always needed to be available caused me severe anxiety, which impacted my sleep and my positive mindset.

To become a morning person, I needed to find ways to have more productive days and calmer nights. For me, that meant setting boundaries to protect my mental health. I started silencing my phone after 7 p.m. so I wouldn’t be notified every time an email or text came through. I allowed myself time in the morning to have coffee and some reflective personal time before logging on for the day. I made myself a work schedule and used an app that helped me adhere to it, so I would use the hours in the day to be as productive as possible.

Planning this schedule the night before also helped me to feel prepared for the day ahead, and having an app that notified me of the time blocks assured me I’d done all I could that day. As a result, I was able to rest at night and look forward to the morning and what I was going to accomplish.

I gave myself morning enticements

It took me 12 years to become a morning person. I fought it for as long as I could, wanting to stay a night owl in my dark, quiet, and kid-free space. But as I got older, my body just couldn’t handle it anymore. My kids and my job forced me to be an early riser, so I knew I needed to have something to look forward to every morning to get me going.

Did you know that you can not only have quiet time at night, but in the morning, too? (I know, I’m as shocked as you are.)

Knowing that I’d have an hour of me-time once the kids went to school helped me look forward to 6 a.m. Instead of diving right into work, I give myself one hour to have coffee, watch the news, or sit on the back porch and watch the birds, and just be in the moment. Afterward, I felt like my mental and emotional cup was full, my brain felt more alert, and I could get my work day started from a good place — all before 9 a.m.

Becoming a morning person takes discipline, but so does being a business owner. Taking charge of my routine, my schedule, and my mornings has helped me to become a better boss, a more organized business owner, and a less anxious woman.

RANDOLPH, Mass. — Three people escaped from their house following an early morning Monday fire in Randolph. The fire resulted in one of the residents being hospitalized.

The Randolph Fire Chief Richard Donovan told Boston 25 News crews were alerted to a fire at the rear of a house on Warren Street at approximately 3:30 a.m.

A lot of smoke coming from this house fire on Warren St in Randolph. @boston25

— Kelly Sullivan (@ksullivannews) December 6, 2021

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they saw that fire started in the back before traveling up to the second and third floors of the house. Crews began to chase the fire through voids, empty spaces in the building, which was a labor-intensive search for pockets of fire.

Before crews arrived, smoke alarms in the house were able to alert the residents inside. Crews will continue to be at the scene for a couple more hours, authorities say.

One person was sent to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation, but it’s unclear the state of their current condition. Donovan confirmed there are no reported injuries from firefighters.

UPDATE: the Randolph fire chief says three people inside this home got out in their own, but one man was taken to the hospital to be treated for possible smoke inhalation. @boston25

— Kelly Sullivan (@ksullivannews) December 6, 2021

Donovan added that there is major damage to the second and third floors of the house. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

Download the FREE Boston 25 News app for breaking news alerts.

How to be a morning person

One person was taken to hospital after a “suspicious” shed fire early Friday morning in the city.

Stratford police and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the blaze at 703 Douro St., which was extinguished shortly after the Stratford Fire Department received the call at 2:23 a.m.

One person sent to hospital after “suspicious” early morning shed fire in Stratford Back to video

The condition of the person taken to hospital is unknown, Stratford fire Chief John Paradis said.

No further details were released, pending investigation, but the fire is being classified as suspicious, Paradis added.


Article content

Share this article in your social network

Share this Story: One person sent to hospital after “suspicious” early morning shed fire in Stratford

Latest National Stories


News Near Stratford

This Week in Flyers


Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

Follow the The Stratford Beacon Herald

365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4

© 2021 The Stratford Beacon Herald, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited.

Notice for the Postmedia Network

This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. Read more about cookies here. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

A Thursday morning crash on Ron McNeil Line closed portions of the highway near St. Thomas.

How to be a morning person

OPP cruiser (Handout)

Article content

One person has died following a Thursday morning crash on Ron McNeil Line that closed portions of the major county road near St. Thomas, OPP say.

A second person was transported to hospital. Their condition hasn’t been released.

One person dead in morning crash near St. Thomas Back to video

According to local OPP, Ron McNeil Line between Highbury Avenue and Yarmouth Centre Road will be closed until 7 p.m.

The crash was reported around 9 a.m.


Article content

Share this article in your social network

Share this Story: One person dead in morning crash near St. Thomas


Latest National Stories


LFP Noon News Roundup

Sign up to receive a curated collection of links and highlights from our award-winning breaking news coverage, in-depth analysis and unmatched investigative features at lunchtime weekdays.

Thanks for signing up!

A welcome email is on its way. If you don’t see it, please check your junk folder.

The next issue of LFP Noon News Roundup will soon be in your inbox.

We encountered an issue signing you up. Please try again


911 caller saves lives of unconscious teens in vehicle with engine running: OPP

Two area educators win national teaching honours

London Transit’s move to electric buses will need more staff, training

London retailers face Boxing Day challenges, and wonder what lies ahead

Family of cyclist killed in hit-and-run appeals to driver to come forward

This Week in Flyers


Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

Follow the London Free Press

365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4

© 2021 London Free Press, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited.

Notice for the Postmedia Network

This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. Read more about cookies here. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

How to be a morning person

View image in full screen

  • comments Leave a comment
  • facebook Share this item on Facebook
  • whatsapp Share this item via WhatsApp
  • twitter Share this item on Twitter
  • email Send this page to someone via email
  • more Share this item
  • more Share this item
  • Share this item on Facebook facebook
  • Share this item via WhatsApp whatsapp
  • Share this item on Twitter twitter
  • Send this page to someone via email email
  • Share this item on Pinterest pinterest
  • Share this item on LinkedIn linkedin
  • Share this item on Reddit reddit
  • Copy article link Copy link

TORONTO – One person has died and several firefighters were injured following a fire in Toronto’s east end.

Toronto Fire District Chief Stephan Powell says firefighters arrived at a home on Scarborough Golf Club Road just after 3:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.

He says one person was pronounced dead at the scene, while six firefighters who “fell through the floor” while battling the flames were checked out at a hospital but later released.

Powell says the extent of the damage and number of people affected is not yet known.

How to be a morning person

How to be a morning person

He says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

In a tweet, Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg called it “a very difficult and tragic fire” saying he extends his “deepest condolences to family, friends and all those impacted by this terrible fire.”

Our @Toronto_Fire crews are operating at a very difficult and tragic fire scene on Scarborough Golf Club road. I extend deepest condolences to family, friends and all those impacted by this terrible fire.

— Matthew Pegg (@ChiefPeggTFS) December 25, 2021

Porirua’s mayor is urging the person who assaulted a woman in her home to come forward, saying the victim won’t have the opportunity to heal until they do.

A woman living on Durham St in Porirua heard a knock at her door at 5am on Friday. She opened the door to man, described by police as being of large build and about 188cm tall.

He entered her home, smelling strongly of alcohol, and the pair had a brief conversation, during which the man became agitated. He then punched the woman in the face, hard enough to inflict the significant injury that sent the woman to the hospital.

The assailant fled in a dark-coloured ute with a canopy after a neighbour overheard the commotion. Police have still not found him.


He was wearing a dark-coloured shirt, rugby shorts and a mask at the time of the alleged attack.

Mayor Anita Baker says the assault is “concerning” and urges her community to stay vigilant.

“It’s disturbing for something like this to happen that early in the morning, but it could have happened day or night.”

She says the man responsible should turn himself in, as the early hour meant it was unlikely anyone else saw him.

“The person who has done this will know who they are. Come forward and do the right thing.”

She extended her sympathies to the victim, saying she hopes she is recovering well.

How to be a morning person

Canada’s prime minister has stated that the nation must “align” its EV incentives with the US if cars made in Canada are to be made eligible for proposed tax credits. It comes after Biden pitched incentives that have led to pushback from both Mexico and Canada, with the U.S. planning additional incentives for vehicles made in America by Union Workers.

How to be a morning person

The 2023 Genesis G90 has been fully unveiled for Korea, with the exterior images now complemented by detailed interior shots of the new luxury sedan. Genesis says that the sedan has been “designed to satisfy both customers who take the wheel themselves and those who are driven by chauffeurs.” It includes massage seats, a Bang & Olufsen audio system with pop-up tweeters, dual sunroofs, ambient lighting, and a fragrance system. Aside from the luxurious interior, the G90 gets a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that develops 375 hp (280 kW / 380 PS) and rear-wheel steering.

How to be a morning person

Two weeks after confirming that the last V12 Vantage will debut in 2022, Aston Martin has published another teaser revealing the front end of the flagship variant of the sportscar. The front aero treatment appears to be quite subtle. At the same time, the new car gets a redesigned front bumper compared to the V8-powered Vantage and Vantage Roadster, featuring a slightly larger grille, vertical intakes, and a more prominent two-part splitter.

How to be a morning person

CES will be here in January, and with it will come a selection of new EVs. In addition to GM’s new Silverado, BMW is reportedly planning a launch of their new iX M60, the first all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW M GmbH. The 600 hp SUV isn’t the only thing BMW is planning to debut: There are also rumors that the carmaker will introduce a technology that allows the exterior color of a vehicle to be changed at the “touch of a button.”

How to be a morning person

A “clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, [and] showman” as well as a “madcap hybrid of Thomas Edison, P.T. Barnum, Andrew Carnegie, and Watchmen’s Doctor Manhattan.” That’s how TIME Magazine’s latest person of the year is hailed. He’s apparently the first automotive executive to win the honor since Walter P. Chrysler in 1928 and is also described as “larger than life,” which, to be honest, is very accurate.

How to be a morning person

The facelifted Mercedes GLE has been caught again, spotted outside a store near the Arctic Circle. We’ve been able to see some of the minor modifications that the refreshed SUV will sport. These include a revised bumper and grille, new headlight graphics, and potentially a tweaked taillight array.

In the 80s, almost all cop cars on screen were Dodge Diplomats. and the platform proved popular in real life too. One of the reasons some forces liked the Diplomat was that it was shorter than the Ford Crown Victoria and Chevrolet Caprice alternatives, making it more maneuverable in chases. But it wasn’t fast, with a two-barrel Gran Fury 318 taking a glacial 13.1 seconds to reach 60 mph and an incredible 61 seconds to hit 100 mph.

What Else Is Making The News

Ape NFT Accidently Sold For $3,000 Not $300,000

Bored Ape NFT accidentally sells for $3,000 instead of $300,000

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 13, 2021

A sought-after Bored Ape NFT sold at auction for just one-hundredth of its intended price. The owner made a typo when listing the NFT online, keying in 0.75 ether instead of the 75 ether it was intended to fetch. It was the equivalent of selling the artwork for $3,000 instead of $300,000.

Forza Horizon 5 Player Banned For 8,000 Years

A Forza Horizon 5 player has been banned for 8,000 years because of a decal design made for a car in-game. The livery featured Kim Jong-Un alongside the KFC logo and a #SendNukes sticker. There was also a New Balance logo that read “Nuke Balance.”

How to be a morning person

Become a better gardener! Discover our new Almanac Garden Planner features for 2022. It’s easy, fun, and free to try!

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Morning Glories

How do you plant and care for morning glories? These strong climbers have beautifully shaped blooms that unfurl in the sun and romantic tendrils that lend old-fashioned charm. Learn all about growing morning glories in your garden!

About Morning Glories

Morning glories bloom from early summer to the first frost of fall. With slender stems and heart-shaped leaves, their trumpet-shaped flowers come in colors of pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white. Their fragrant, colorful flowers are not only attractive to our eyes but also beloved by butterflies and hummingbirds.

Train twining morning glory vines over a pergola or arch, or use as a dense groundcover. This drought-tolerant plant grows quickly—up to 10 feet in one season—and can self-seed fairly easily, too. Because of this, you’ll want to choose where you put this plant wisely! Otherwise, you may end up with more morning glories than you bargained for.

Warning: Morning glory seeds are poisonous, especially in large quantities. Keep them out of reach of children and pets. Learn more.

What’s the Difference Between Morning Glory and Bindweed?

The attractive annual morning glory (Ipomoea spp.) is often mistaken for its perennial cousin, field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), which is an aggressive, invasive weed native to Europe and Asia. Field bindweed—also called “perennial morning glory” or “creeping jenny”—grows similarly to annual morning glories, but sends out deep, deep roots, which make it very difficult to get rid of and allow it to overwinter in areas where cultivated morning glories could not.

To tell the difference between the plants, look closely at the leaves, flowers, and vines:

  • Field bindweed leaves are typically smaller than those of annual morning glories. Morning glory leaves may be 2 inches or more across; bindweed leaves rarely exceed 2 inches. Bindweed leaves are also shaped more like an arrowhead than those of morning glories, which are heart shaped.
  • Field bindweed flowers only occur in either pink or white, whereas annual morning glory flowers may be pink, white, magenta, blue, purple, or red, and are much larger than those of the bindweed.
  • Morning glory vines are usually thicker than bindweed’s vines, and typically have small hairs.

In any case, if you come across a plant in your garden that resembles morning glory and you know you didn’t plant it, it’s best to err on the side of caution and treat it as a weed.

Since May, fewer voters see the 46th president as compassionate, capable or caring about them

How to be a morning person How to be a morning person How to be a morning person

President Joe Biden began his presidency backed by positive sentiment from voters on a range of personal traits. But after his job approval rating tumbled this summer, a new Morning Consult/Politico poll has found that he’s losing the public’s backing on questions of character and ability, too.

Share of voters who said they agree with the following descriptions about President Joe Biden:

On the numbers

  • Since a survey conducted April 30-May 3 , Biden has seen double-digit declines in the shares of voters who said he is a clear communicator (53 percent to 37 percent), compassionate (61 percent to 47 percent), capable of leading the country (55 percent to 41 percent) and “cares about people like me” (53 percent to 39 percent).
  • Forty-three percent agree that Biden is too liberal, roughly in line with the previous survey, even after months of rallying support for his massive infrastructure and social spending packages.
  • Amid attacks on Biden’s competency, the share of voters who describe the president as “mentally fit” has fallen 7 percentage points since May — and 10 points since the height of the presidential campaign in October 2020 — to 46 percent.
  • At 49 percent, voters are most likely to describe Biden as knowledgeable, though that figure has fallen 11 points since the spring.

The context

Voters’ diminished views on Biden on a range of personal traits follow a decline in perceptions of his overall job performance. In the May survey, which was conducted just after his address to a joint session of Congress marking his first 100 days as president, 57 percent of voters approved and 38 percent disapproved of the job he was doing. Now, 44 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove, his worst numbers in Morning Consult/Politico polling.

Biden’s latest approval rating just barely bests Trump’s standing in a survey conducted roughly four years ago that evaluated the 45th president on many of the same characteristics. Against this standard, the 46th president generally compares favorably.

Share of voters who said they agreed with the following descriptions about Joe Biden and Donald Trump at similar points of their presidencies:

How Biden compares to Trump

  • By double-digit margins, voters are more likely to say Biden is compassionate, stable and trustworthy than they were for Trump in October 2017, and they’re far less likely to describe the current president as sexist, racist, reckless or thin-skinned.
  • However, voters are also more likely to see Biden as an ideologue: 26 percent said Trump was too conservative, while 43 percent say Biden is too liberal.
  • At similar points in Biden’s and Trump’s presidencies, voters were just as likely (at 39 percent) to call each president a strong leader.

The latest survey was conducted Nov. 13-15, 2021, among 1,998 registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Each question on Biden’s personal characteristics was conducted among roughly 900 registered voters, with a 3-point margin of error.

Eli is a senior reporter at Morning Consult covering politics and campaigns.

Five square metres of bushland has become the priority in the search for missing boy William Tyrrell as police investigate if he fell from a balcony to his death and say their focus is on one person of interest.

William, aged three, was last seen playing outside his foster grandmother’s house in Kendall on the NSW Mid North Coast in September 2014.

NSW Police search the gardens below a balcony at the home from which William Tyrrell disappeared. Credit: Wolter Peeters/Supplied

Investigators on Tuesday returned to the home in the town of Kendall from where he vanished, bringing a cadaver dog to the property for the first time.

Acting on the new and very specific information that led to the latest search, police are investigating whether William fell from the five-metre balcony at his foster grandmother’s house to his death.

On Wednesday morning, police said they had seized a Mazda from a home in Gymea, in Sydney’s south, under a coronial order on Tuesday last week. The vehicle was taken to a secure facility and is undergoing forensic examinations, which are expected to take several weeks.

“This activity relates to inquiries and search operations currently being conducted in the Kendall area,” police said in a statement.

On Tuesday, dozens of officers dug up the garden below the second-storey balcony in Kendall, sifting through dirt and spraying luminol, a chemical that detects traces of blood.

On Tuesday night, investigators ran lights over the chemical, which would be illuminated if blood had been there.

The information that sparked the latest search for William also has investigators focused on a five-metre square patch of bushland that Rural Fire Service volunteers on Tuesday were clearing of trees ahead of an excavation planned for later this week.

If William’s body had been in that area, hydrologist Professor Jon Olley has concluded that his remains — either bones or a scrap of clothing — could only be in a nearby tributary on private land.

Investigators will search that area in the coming days as more officers from NSW Police arrive in Kendall.

Police are deploying cadaver dogs in the search. Credit: Photo: Wolter Peeters

Dozens of officers led by Detective Chief Inspector David Laidlaw will also search a third area — the land abutting the road between the house and the bushland.

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller on Tuesday said there was one person of interest in the investigation.

“There is certainly one person in particular that we are looking closely at,” he told Sydney radio station 2GB.

Police have been zeroing in on that particular person for the past 18 months.

More than 600 persons of interest have been scrutinised since 2014 when it became apparent William had not simply wandered off.

The investigation has at various times looked at a paedophile ring, local handyman Bill Spedding, neighbour Paul Savage and convicted paedophile Frank Abbott.

Police investigating the disappearance of William Tyrrell seized a Mazda from a home in Gymea. Credit: NSW Police

Nobody has been charged with William’s death, and Mr Spedding — whose lawyer sensationally proved in the coronial inquest that he was at a school assembly during William’s disappearance — has said he will sue NSW Police for malicious prosecution and malfeasance in public office.

Homicide detective Gary Jubelin was stood down from the case for illegally recording a conversation with a suspect, then quit the NSW Police.

He has since been convicted and fined $10,000 for recording without a warrant on three occasions.

The Morning Edition newsletter is our guide to the day’s most important and interesting stories, analysis and insights. Sign up here.

How to be a morning person

A Worcester community activist will make history this winter when they become the first openly nonbinary person to take office in Massachusetts.

Thu Nguyen won an at-large seat on the Worcester City Council last week and will take on the new role in January.

Nguyen says they ran for office not as “the nonbinary candidate,” but rather as “a candidate who happens to be nonbinary.” They are also the first Southeast Asian American elected to office in Worcester.

Nguyen hopes their win will motivate others from underrepresented groups to run for office.

“That was one of my pushes, is that people who often feel marginalized or, you know, not having access to the government or imagining themselves at these seats, to actually start doing that,” Nguyen says. “Because that’s how we make shifts. Before you could get to a seat, you have to imagine yourself there.”

The councilor-elect spoke with WBUR’s Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy about their campaign experience and city hall priorities moving forward.

Highlights from this interview have been lightly edited for clarity.

Interview Highlights

On how it feels to be making history:

“I feel one, fantastic and really, enjoyment, of our community’s achievement, because I never really thought of this win as just about me. I think it was a grassroots campaign for the people, by the people. I ran with a platform that really pushed for community-led solutions at the forefront of city hall, and I think our community spoke. And as for making history, I think it’s a little bit surreal, because I came in doing this for wanting change, and not just . having identities — which is really important. It’s lifesaving to have representation. But I never really anticipated being in history or having a historical moment. And so I’m still breathing that in.”

On reaction to their victory:

“It’s been phenomenal. I think people really feel validated, and I think people feel like this is the moment. I think we’re at a time in history where things are changing. People want to be reflected in their local government, their state and national government. And so when they saw the win, I think it just blew up, to be quite honest. And like I mentioned, I wasn’t anticipating it to be historical like this. . I just feel really amazed that people are seeing themselves in the government. . That was my push for young folks, that was my push for Southeast Asian, queer folks, that we actually deserve these seats and we can win. It was amazing to see it happen.”

"One of the huge things in Worcester that everyone is talking about is housing. We have a housing crisis, and I think we really need to tackle that in a way that really sets us up for the next few decades and not just the next few years."

Councilor-elect Thu Nguyen

On not running as “the nonbinary candidate,” but rather “a candidate who happens to be nonbinary”:

“I’ve been doing community work for over a decade and youth work for the last 10 years, so I was already entrenched in the community. I think a lot of people already knew me and knew my identities. I’ve been always unapologetic with who I am. And so I think it just happens I am nonbinary — and I think that’s the beautiful piece — is that we want to start looking at individuals holistically, right? And I think the perspective that I bring as a nonbinary person, as a Vietnamese refugee, as a community organizer, is what really brings in the whole piece of why I was elected.”

On whether they had to answer questions and educate voters about what it means to be nonbinary:

“I definitely did, and I was actually really impressed and shocked. As a queer person, imagining what it would look like to door-knock, I was actually kind of nervous. Like, I might get a lot of pushback or a lot of hatred and stuff, and I feel like, you know, there was some of that. I think we have a lot more growing to do. But more [often] than not, I saw people — even elders — changing how they said my pronoun. And I think that’s a very beautiful thing for us to start making these shifts for each other, and to really pay attention on how we treat each other. And so I was really amazed. I think I got way more positive . feedback and connection than, you know, the negative.”

On their primary issues on the city council:

“One of the huge things in Worcester that everyone is talking about is housing. We have a housing crisis, and I think we really need to tackle that in a way that really sets us up for the next few decades and not just the next few years. I think we need to talk about the ways in which our city . is being developed. Gentrification is a real thing. And I think development is OK; I think everyone wants Worcester to be a vibrant and beautiful city. I think it’s, ‘How do we really parallel it in a way where community is part of the process, and that it benefits all residents in Worcester?’

“One other thing is an honest, transparent and accessible government. I think that is something we have to embody. That’s something where we as councilors have to really extend ourselves and really reach our hands to people who haven’t felt OK or safe in the local government, and people who didn’t know how to vote. I had people who voted for the president and didn’t know . where their polling location was. And so I think really creating a space where people could continue to engage with our government is important, because that’s what a democracy is.

“Community-led solutions is something that I’m going to stick by, which means having a lot of conversations with people. And that’s what I intend to do for the next one or two months, is really just start connecting and have large meetings to be like, ‘Now that you have elected me, how can I show up for you?’ “

On whether they hope their success will motivate other underrepresented groups to run for office in Worcester or elsewhere:

“Actually, that was kind of my plan when I was running. I was running out of time when I think, you know, the pandemic was happening, there was a racial reckoning in the summer [of 2020], and I was feeling a little bit hopeless. And I felt like, I work with youth, and they were also hopeless. And I felt like, as someone who accumulated some power and privilege — from refugee to college-educated, to being a director to being someone in the community seen as a leader — that meant I had the duty to reflect and represent our community, and that’s why I decided to run. I hope that people can once again see themselves in the government and believe and imagine themselves here. And that’s how we make change.”

This segment aired on November 9, 2021.

How to be a morning person

Morning Edition Host
Rupa Shenoy hosts WBUR's Morning Edition.