I don’t know about you guys, but I get super excited for these interviews each week! This week, I’m introducing you all to Kylie. One thing I really admire about Kylie is how she carries herself with confidence. So, I thought I’d dig a little deeper and have her talk a bit about what helps her to stay true to herself.
(1) Tell everyone a little about yourself.
My name is Kylie and I am a sophomore in high school. I play soccer, run cross country and I coach and compete in swimming. I have two younger brothers and a younger sister - who I love to spend time with.
(2) In a world that tells us we are lacking in some way, how do you manage to be accepting of yourself?
I have had difficulties being accepting of myself, but I have found that sticking to my standards has made that so much easier! I have built myself a reputation that stands out because it’s clean and wholesome, and it’s a lot easier for me to accept myself because everybody knows who I am and most people know not to ask me to change.
(3) How do you cheer others on?
One thing I do to cheer others on is I love to send notes in the mail, or I’ll send a quick message by text or Instagram. I also love to give out compliments at school, and I find that complimenting others helps to feel more cheerful and good about myself.
(4) What is your advice to someone struggling with feeling not good enough?
My advice would be to lift up others. The times that I have been the most down on myself are the times that I kept to myself and decided that I wasn’t good enough to talk to people that I considered ‘popular.’ Now I find that talking to everybody, regardless of how popular I think they are, has helped me to feel better about myself and realize that I can be friends with lots of different people without changing who I am.
(5) Where do you find inspiration?
I love to find inspiration by looking up quotes. My favorite ones are often by inspirational speakers or from General Conference talks. I like to use quotes as goals, and when I have a goal in mind it really helps to lift my spirit and gives me the energy I need to keep myself going. One of my favorite quote/goals to live by is by Minor Myers Jr, “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”
(6) You are pretty bold and speak your mind - where does that courage come from?
I believe in standing for truth and righteousness, and whether that is giving somebody a compliment, defending what I believe in, or upholding my standards, I feel like it is my responsibility to speak up for what I believe in because the best way to share the gospel of Jesus Christ is by living it.
(7) What are some ways you have FUN without compromising your standards?
First, I pick friends that I know won’t pressure me into doing things that would break my standards. When I am with those friends, I like to play sports and games. Also, I love hanging out with friends at church dances.
(8) What is the most important character trait you look for in a friend?
I look for friends that are supportive of me. I want someone who supports me during highs and lows, supports my standards, and supports how I choose to live my life.
(9) How do you pick yourself back up after a bad day?
After a bad day, I like to listen to music and read my Book of Mormon. I’ve found it is hard for me to remain angry while I read the Book of Mormon.
(10) Who do you turn to if you need a pep talk?
I turn to my mom when I need a pep talk because she knows me and she knows what I personally need to hear.
(11) What do you see as the biggest roadblock for you peers to be brave and have their ideas heard?
I would say it is probably a lack of self confidence. Some of them don’t believe that their ideas are good enough, or they believe somebody else’s idea is better so they just follow along even if they don’t agree.
(12) What do you wish adults knew about teens today?
Something I wish parents today understood is how harmful it is to let their children do whatever they want. Recently my class was watching an R rated movie in class. The day of the movie, I found out I was the only one who had not signed my permission form. It was shocking to see how many parents thought it was acceptable for their Sophomore to watch an R rated movie because content in that is harmful and something I do not want in my mind.
(13) Just for fun:
Mountains or Beach? Mountains
Favorite Treat? Strawberry Shortcake
Favorite Christmas Song? What Child Is This?
Favorite Holiday? Christmas
Favorite School Subject? Math
Favorite Family Tradition? We have pumpkin pancakes for breakfast every General Conference
Person you’d most like to have lunch with? Al Carraway
Are you guys as impressed with Kylie as I am? Her determination to stick to the standards she has set for herself is so inspiring to me.