Q+A with Shipping Wizard: Adam Horan

Adam joined the WYL team almost a year ago as a Customer Happiness Intern. In the spring, he came on full-time, and he's been deemed the "Shipping Wizard." Get to know Adam with our latest Q&A:

What’s your favourite memory with WYL?

My favorite memory of working at Wear Your Label has definitely been being able to meet the band Hedley and film with them. The weekend in Halifax was unforgettable and the people I was able to meet made the weekend 10/10.

What’s your favourite piece from the summer collection?

My favorite piece from the new summer collection is hands down the Rebels Like Themselves T-Shirt because it has a really good meaning behind it: “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” It has a deep meaning whether it may be mental health or being self-conscious about your body, loving who you are is something everyone should do, so go ahead and be a rebel.

If you could describe your mental health struggle in one word, what would it be?


How is being a man and having mental health been different for you?

My whole life I've been told to man up, whether I fell and hurt my knee at the age of two or I'm having a break down at the age of 20. The challenge comes when you "man up" and oppress your feelings to the point where they over flow and you explode. This happened to me this past February and it just went downhill from there because I keep telling myself to "man up" and "you have a beard, you can't be acting this way, you have to show you're strong and capable of anything that comes at you", that caused me to become someone I wasn't, I began hurting the others around me and not allowing me to be whole. That was also when I realized that I am allowed to go to those dark places and feel my emotions, no matter my gender, as long as I didn't stay there. I set myself free from that term, man up, and allowed me to be me, beard and all! I think this is a lot of the problem that men face everyday, there is this thick stone wall put up that doesn't allow room for us to breath and eventually that wall tumbles over, crushing yourself and sometimes others.   

What’s your favourite form of self-care?

Mine would have to be being in nature, hands down. There is this feeling that allows you to let everything go and are able to focus on what is around you while what may be troubling you slowly drifts away. The fresh air and the sounds that aren’t the usual sirens or cars allows me to notice other things in life and how I may be struggling, but there are better things out there and to hold on because good things are coming.

Fun Q's!

Favourite place in the world?

My favourite place in the world is the Catalonia Region of Spain where I got to go for 2 weeks in high school. The people there were so nice, Barcelona and the countryside were picture perfect, and the weather was amazing.

Favourite Fast Food?

My favourite has to be Taco Bell, mostly because it's so good and Beefy Cheesy Potato Burritos are a thing.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I really wanted to be a baker because me and my mom would watch The Food Network a lot and some of the things that were created amazed me.

What would you tell your childhood self?

"Don't listen to them, you do you kid."

Go-to piece of clothing? 


 Photos: Kelsey Schroeder

1 Response


August 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, Adam! Great interview! You shared a lot which makes you vulnerable but worth it if others can learn from you! So insightful! Keep up the great work!

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