Every major point in my life is marked by a strong figure that I looked to for inspiration and stood in awe as I watched them power through life’s adversities with their heart on their sleeves and a smile strapped on their face. If I never had people to look up to, I would never improve myself. I’m that little sunflower chasing their sun rays. This is not a definite list, there are so many people I look up to, but the people written here mean a lot to me. I don’t know them all personally, but their story keeps me going.
There is no one word that encompasses who Caroline is. I have known Caroline now for 10 years. I can still picture her in high school, she was small yes, but my god you would never forget her. She is a firecracker in her own right, she is smart, she is funny, she is everything. But these aren’t the reasons why I love, respect and admire her the most.
For as long as I can remember Caroline has been a hustler. At one time she can be working 2 to 3 jobs, looking after her siblings (she’s the eldest out of four) and achieving the best grades she can. You would never know though. She is incredibly humble and works quietly in the background until BAM you’ve found out she completed her honours and she’s been offered the chance to continue on to do a PHD. She’s doing an exchange at the moment and I am so incredibly proud of her. I look up to Caroline in so many ways. It doesn’t matter what is thrown her way she remains strong around others and takes everything in her stride and it makes her stronger. She is the prime example of a modern, young woman achieving big things.
I will always clash with my parents and have different opinions, there is no doubt about that. It’s just the nature of a parent-child relationship, it’s a good way to have a good debate and understand different viewpoints. However, I will always have respect for my parents. The things they have gone through and done for their family is tremendous and the glue that they are to the family is strong.
My parents have been together for a long time, and as the eldest I’ve seen them take challenge after challenge and saw it make them grow. Raising four kids is tough, especially when each child is head strong and independent like they are. My best qualities I get from parents and they way they raised me. One day I hope to be as good of an example to my kids as they were.
Jules Von Hep and Sarah Powell
My favourite podcasts of all time is the Jules and Sarah Podcast and Wobble. It’s funny, it’s cathartic, it instantly puts me in a good mood. Jules and Sarah as individuals have been through a lot through their mental health journey and body confidence journey. Every week they sit down, they record the podcast and it doesn’t matter what they have gone through in their own lives, they are always there for the Port Salut Crew.
As entrepreneurs, I am instantly drawn to them. They are successful in their own right and have started their own businesses and followed their passions to the point where I want to try my hardest to start my own passion projects and turn them into something that is amazing on its own and inspiring. Their awesome outlook on life and can do attitude not only puts a smile on my face but makes me want to be a better person. There is nothing better than someone that inspires you, but someone that makes you want to be a better version of yourself.