“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself”
– Anna Quindlen
Hey GirlMoguls! It’s Rose here, with an inspirational quote I found! Today’s quote comes from Anna Quindlen, an American author, journalist, and a columnist. She is Barnard College graduate and has written five best selling books, out of which three were made into motion pictures. She has also written for numerous New York newspapers. I think Anna Quindlen captures the quintessential dilemma with most young girls today. In this day and age, teenage girls all across the world face challenges, but none that are as tough as having the pressure of being perfect. School, friends, and society demand a girl to have the perfect looks and the perfect hair and makeup. It’s not easy to be a young girl today without feeling the need to look just right and match up to the rest of the other girls. Girls feel insecure not being and/or looking their best. There is always more competition amongst girls than there are with guys. I know I feel that kind of pressure in school.
I think what Mrs. Quindlen is trying to say here is that we need to begin to love ourselves for who we truly are. Stop trying to be someone you are not and start accepting yourself for who you really are. It is not easy to give up on striving to be the best, but that shouldn’t push you to become someone that you are not. We should all try to become the best of our own selves, and do the best we can. Then, we can just be content with who we are instead of obsessing over what everyone else thinks! So, girls, let’s take her advice and try it! Let me know how your journey goes!
Maddy Schaffrick was only 7 years of age when she put on her snowboard on a snowy mountain for the first time. Eight years later, at the age of 15, she is a member of the 2010 US Olympic Qualifying Snowboarding Team and more importantly, a teen snowboarding phenomenon. Isn’t that so cool? She is currently ranked 9th in the world in her snowboarding division. Already with 8 years of experience under her belt at such a young age, she excels in Half-pipe, Slope-style, along with Giant Slalom and Freestyle. Those are the various types of snowboarding that Maddy is mastering as we read!
Her hard work and determination has led her to become a pro as she made her professional debut in 2008. Some of her current achievements include winning 4th Place at the USSA Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colorado against some of the biggest athletes in the world, winning 3rd place at the USSA Grand Prix in Killington, Vermont, winning the Best Trick and Most Progressive Rider awards at the CoverGirl Snow Angels invitational in Snowmass, Colorado, and making a debut appearance at the X games.
Maddy is an inspiration to so many girls just like us all around the world. Not only does she have to balance school, friends, and family, she has to live a normal teenage life during the off-season of snowboarding while still being a professional athlete. If the pressure of being a professional athlete is already not enough to handle, she has to deal with everyday pressure from a normal
teenage girl’s life. I love reading about her and her adventures, because is literally and figuratively blazing trails. In my eyes, she is a real GirlMogul by pursuing her dreams and having fun while doing it!