Friday, October 19, 2012

Role Models by Quotation Marks

Hello everyone! It’s Farrell from Quotation Marks.
You may remember me from the giveaway last month. I make handwritten script scarves on etsy in an attempt to help people give the perfect gift!

But enough with the small talk. Does anyone else kind of hate small talk? There was a stage when really simple questions (“What do you do?” “Uh, I graduated college yesterday and I have no idea what to do with my life thanks for asking!”) seemed really awkward to answer.

You know one of the hardest ones for me? The silly icebreaker question, “Who is your role model?”

For some reason this question always threw me for a loop! I’ve never had a “role model” - that one person that summed up exactly who I hoped someday to be. I felt like I had no idea what a woman was supposed to be like – think about all the crazy messages women get these days. I wondered…

Should my role model be someone who was a wife and mother?

A crazy hard working career woman?

A strong Christian?

A brilliant academic?

One of the best things I ever did was a very simple exercise that somehow cut through all my complicated thoughts about role models. I first thought of some of the qualities that I would like to embody as a woman. Then I thought of people- multiple for each!- that inspired me in that particular category.

It was an amazing feeling for me- the girl without a role model- to look down at a list of more than 20 people who inspired me!

My mom, a woman of conviction.

My dad, the hard working entrepreneur.

My college roommates, beautiful women who fight social injustice every day.

My college roommate’s mother, a pastor dedicated to “a long obedience in the same direction.” 

My co-worker Sarah, working mom who does it all.

Katie Davis, a missionary in Uganda who has adopted 14 + kids as a single mom.

And how about Lena B., the blogger who loves her son, daughter and husband and is their rock in the midst of lots of different needs??

I know why I could never pick a role model: I have too many! I am a wife, a grad-student getting my social work degree, an etsy shop owner, and a businesswoman. I’ve yet to meet anyone who does all those things, too. But you can look at my life and find a person that inspired me, and who was a role model for me, in every category.

Today let’s do something a little different. Let’s use the comments section as one huge list of role models! I can’t wait to hear about who inspires you and what qualities you hope to embrace in your life!

If you didn't know of OR love Farrell before, I bet you do now!
She is amazingly inspiring & talented... I am so happy she posted this here today.

I hope you'll comment with some of YOUR role models...
Mine are:
My mom, my sister, mother of special need children, my grandmother, my friends and FARRELL!! ♥

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  1. This is a REALLY good post! Thanks for sharing! I would say my role models are my hard working parents who have done so much with so little in life!

  2. This is a REALLY good post! Thanks for sharing! I would say my role models are my hard working parents who have done so much with so little in life!

  3. Honestly, I can't think of a role model. lol. I'll have to think about it! Maybe I'll make a post for it! :)

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