Rebecca Fox’s goal is to inspire women to dignity, beauty, faith
Rebecca Fox is editor and founder of the online “Eve’s Crown Magazine.” She lives and works in La Jolla. After graduating from Barnard College at Columbia University, Fox worked in public relations and finance in New York City. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 18, she struggled with mental illness and substance abuse for a number of years.
In early 2000, Fox left the business world and the hustle and bustle of NYC for a quiet cabin in the woods to pursue natural healing and social work. Over the next 10 years, she pursued a program of recovery and worked with women in the areas of domestic violence, parole, foster care and substance abuse. After a severe relapse nearly claimed her life, she said she was restored to “dignity, beauty and faith by God’s abundant love.” She now commits her life to helping women from all walks of life.
What brought you to La Jolla?
I was born and raised in La Jolla, at Scripps Memorial Hospital, in fact. I’ve lived in La Jolla Shores all of my life except for the time I spent in New York City, the western United States and abroad. I remember walking on the beach as a little girl, as I do to this day. I used to always cross paths with Hap Brahams, our pastor from La Jolla Presbyterian Church. That beach is still so central to my life. Every once in a while if I go out later in the morning, I will see Bill Gibbs on the boardwalk. So many of us use the beach as a sanctuary.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
There will always be the obvious improvements to be made, like the routine maintenance required for any other town or the humanitarian efforts that we can all lend our hands and hearts to. These things cannot be improved instantaneously. They require persistent effort from all of us. One thing that can be fixed instantaneously is our own hearts. In serving others in our community, we truly heal and fix ourselves.
What inspires you?
People who serve and mentor others, inspire me. Mother Teresa is at the top of my list. It is my dream to write about the Mother Teresa Home for the Dying in Calcutta. I heard a story about a Swiss banker who gave up all of his worldly possessions to volunteer at this home, changing the bedsheets of the penniless patients within its walls. Karin Donaldson, Pam Farrel, and Christian vocalist Mary James all inspire me.
I am blessed to be surrounded by women who inspire and mentor me. I have been taught to turn around and do the same.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
Jesus, Camille Claudelle (one of the greatest female sculptors of all time), Scheherazade (for she lived to write and she wrote to live), Dostoyevsky (it goes with- out saying), Maire Jaanus (one of my favor- ite professors at Barnard; I took four of her classes and she was my thesis advisor. Never have I seen before such a collision and col- lusion of art, culture, philosophy, literature, metaphysics and linguistics all in one lec- ture, one thought and one book), my mother, Joyce; my brother, Nathan; and his girlfriend, Angel.
What are your five favorite movies of all time?
“Mozart & The Whale,” “Overboard,” “Princess Bride,” “Enchanted,” and “The Man from Snowy River.”
What is it that you most dislike?
Abuse of a human being in any way shape or form.
What is your most-prized possession?
My 6-year old dog, Sky. I adopted her from
a pound in Utah. She has been my love ever since. She has this amazing gift for giving hugs just when you need them. She is a Brittany Spaniel who surfs and kayaks. She has one blue eye and jumps for joy always!
What do you do for fun?
I try to have fun all day. I love to laugh and joke. When I have time off, I’m always working or creating or connecting. But in my down time, I love to kayak, sail, jog … soon I will be ice-skating. In fact, if a friend of mine were to suggest something active to do, I would most likely be up for it!
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
Life is truly a blessing!
What would be your dream vacation?
Hmmm … my friends have a sustainable yoga retreat on an island in Panama, where I once stayed in a hut covered in palm fronds. That sounds really good right about now.
— Editor’s Note: Eve’s Crown will launch its signature conference series, “Protect Your Heart,” a benefit for young women in foster care, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego. Tickets and booths are available at EvesCrown.com The event will be an evening of music, fellowship, fashion and shopping. Guests include singer and worship leader, Mary James; Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center; Pink Lagoon boutique; and author Arlene Pellicane. Among the sponsors are Redeemed Girl Ministries, The Step Family Ministry, Step Up Foster Youth Mentor Ministry at The Rock Church, and San Diego’s Military Outreach Ministry.
Eve’s Crown has filed for 501(c)(3) non- profit status. For more information, call (858) 869-3737.
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