Claiming your creativity (and recovering from burnout) with Rosita Choy

“I never thought of myself as being creative. But at a certain point I needed to tell stories out loud on stage.

And part of that was because some of the social justice work I was doing, I felt people needed to change something more than their logic about things. You know, racism is illogical, but I felt like we had to get beyond that, that you couldn’t rationalize it. And also that emotionally, some people just feel different things along those lines.

And so my storytelling was a way for me to put something out there that was rational in thought, but also had emotion and could move the spirit and that’s where I hit on it: that being artistic means you touch people’s spirit. And so I started to come to terms at like, oh, maybe I am creative, maybe I am artistic, because I want to move and touch people’s spirit.”

Rosita Choy has spent her career of more than two and a half decades dedicated to social justice nonprofit work, with an emphasis on immigrant rights, racial equity, and anti-poverty.

She’s been on staff for organizations such as the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, American Friends Service Committee, and Amnesty International.

Rosita is now an independent consultant and coach helping to promote healthy and sustainable organizations and work cultures. She specializes in burn-out prevention and recovery. She is also a public storyteller who performs on stage as “Una China Latina,” spinning tales about growing up immigrant and Chinese in Chicano L.A.

To learn more about Rosita and follow her work, you can check out her website RositaChoy.com, or follow her on Facebook. If you’re in the DC area you can also attend her upcoming workshop on April 9th titled “Enduring Idealism: A Workshop on Surviving Nonprofits.”