Fortune does favor the bold, and I promise that you will never know what
you’re capable of unless you try. – Sheryl Sandberg
Boldness, especially in this day and age, seems harder and harder to come by. I don’t mean an “in your face bold”, I mean a subtle, strong bold where “I will speak when I feel I need to be heard bold”. There’s so much more critique given to teens these days, especially influenced by social media, and it can make us all (not even just teens) feel like we have to make ourselves smaller. That’s what I love about this beautiful senior, Ashley…she doesn’t see the need to make herself less-than to fit in. She knows who she is, and she’s proud to be the kind, amazing young lady that she is. She is a graduate from Round Rock High School, and she is active in the Sweethearts club. The Round Rock Sweethearts Club is a philanthropic organization that gives young ladies the opportunity to serve their communities. It also gives them leadership experience and a way to make new friends. For Ashley, it’s been a deeply meaningful part of her life. She also works as a lifeguard and swim instructor, and enjoys sharing her love of the water with little ones. “I am passionate about kindness, and I love being around kids”, she adds, “That is why I love being a swim instructor.” Right now, the most important things in her life are her family, her friends, and her academics. She’s managed to keep a very busy schedule, and maintain all three, which I really admire.
This easy-going and lovely young lady was a delight to work with. She was so excited to celebrate her senior year with me, and shared that she treasures memories like the football games and homecoming with her friends. I knew that for such a special girl, I needed to find the right location, and since she had asked for florals, greenery, and water, we made all of that happen. Ashley just has a wonderful spirit about her, and it’s no surprise; her biggest role model is her mom, who is equally lovely, mature, and kind. “One of the most important lessons I have learned is to treat people the way you want to be treated”, adds Ashley, “I just really hope to see peace in the world.” After her upcoming commencement, she plans to attend A&M.