Nabi Williams

On Yourself
What does self-discovery mean to you?


Taking the time to be still and listen to yourself without judgement.

Self discovery is reflecting upon who you are when no one is watching and considering what makes you feel like your most authentic self.

Some things I do to help me connect with myself include journaling, reading books, giving myself tarot readings, taking scenic walks and going on runs.

I’m also very interested in learning languages because it’s essentially a process of rewiring your brain to learn new sounds, phrases, and even modes of thinking and viewing the world.


What is your relationship to your sexuality?

Historically, society has made it difficult enough for queer black, inidgenious people of color to simply exist. For me, being able to take that power back means to just be.

This idea that queer people have to look or act a certain way can put an unnecessary amount of pressure on people, when all we want is to just exist irrespective of labels.

On Sexuality
How do you give yourself pleasure?

Trying something new! As much as I want to say I dislike change, I feel the most pleasure and empowered when I step outside of my comfort zone and immerse myself in a new environment.

Recently, I visited Little Odessa / the Brighton Beach neighborhood simply because I had 1) never been and 2) Russian / Eastern European culture is so foreign to me. I was a little apprehensive at first, being that it was obvious that I was an outsider, but I had so much fun eating the foods and walking around an area where almost everything is written in the Cyrillic alphabet.

Whether it’s going to a new restaurant or walking around a neighborhood/place I am unfamiliar with, I love the excitement and joy it brings me.


How do you ask for what you want?


“Before I ask for anything from anyone, I always have to make sure that I know what I want for myself and if it feels authentic to me as well as give myself the reassurance that I deserve to have what I want, regardless of what others may think.”

On Womankind
What advice would you have for women early in their self-discovery?


Do what makes you feel like you’re honoring your most authentic self, and do it without any shame.

There is no right or wrong way to be a woman, all that matters is that it feels right for you.


In terms of pleasure, what do you think women don’t talk about enough?


Pleasure is mainly about taking the time to do what makes you feel good. I think a lot of women —or even just people in general — don’t talk about the importance of leisure and taking a break.

Growing up, I was always surrounded by women who worked all of the time — to the point where it was unhealthy. Although we should all aim to be hard-working people like our parents, grandparents and ancestors, I think it’s also vital to realize that taking breaks and enjoying life is also equally important.


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