Name: Greice, 30 years old
Submitted by: Her best friend
Location: Cork, Ireland
What's going on?: Greice moved to Ireland from Brazil after she completed her BA Fine Arts (Distinction) with the hope of expanding her horizons and discovering more about herself in the process. She knew nobody here. She worked numerous subsequent retail jobs and worked hard. This was never appreciated - she held down two jobs (one of them where we met, in a shitty retail environment) while completing her MA Art History and getting top marks in her thesis, despite this not being in her native language). She soldiered on like a trooper, even after getting let go, with 3 days notice after one of these shops unexpectedly closed. After putting up with these horrible working environments and the strain of working so hard Greice's mental health suffered. She was being bullied and overworked by a company that didn't realise the amazing person they had in their clutches. She had a mental break, severe anxiety, her OCD came back with a vengeance and she would barely leave the house. It was touch and go and It was awful to see her like this. She quit the job that was making her ill and took illness leave and to this day is still on these benefits. However, little by little she's fighting her way back to her old self, shaking off what she went through at these jobs and slowly starting to become herself again, she's got more tattoos, an undercut and is slowly morphing into her best self...she's even in the process of drafting her PhD Proposal on Female Artists in war-torn Bosnia and representation of sexual violence through art. I'm so proud to be her friend and I would love the opportunity to show her some of the love and respect that this beautiful, amazing woman deserves after 5 years of hell.
What do you love most about this girl?: Greice is firecracker, her spark may have been dimmed for a while, but slowly her flame is reigniting (with the help of some good Finnish metal and a few risque tattoos). I love her for everything she is, but mainly its her dark twisted sense of humour. Even when she was in a heap on the floor she was still able to lift her head, laugh, and swear like a sailor while making fun of herself. She also always makes an effort for her friends - you could think you were just popping into hers for a coffee, and instead she'll have a fondue pot, chocolate fountain and full cheese board complete with sangria and a RuPaul marathon planned (true story). In short, she's the best - and I'd love her to hear that from someone other than me.
Anything else you want to tell us?: Greice is a staunch feminist - the best kind with a wide range of idols - she loves Kat Von D, Sons of Anarchy, Caitlin Moran, Ru Paul, Metal and Lady Gaga - anything referencing these or quoting them is bound to make her smile enough to ease her anxiety even for a second. That's what I hope the outcome of these letters will be. I do not want any mention of faith, God or religion in my letter.
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