I really enjoyed this book - Teagan and Sam have such a great attitude no matter what life throws at them. They have some great life advice plus there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that you don't see on social media.
22 year old Pheobe Ho is one of the 7 News Young Achiever Awards Finalists. Because of her experience of eating disorders she is passionate about mental health. Pheobe is a Headspace National Youth Advisor, was the UWA Guild Welfare Officer in 2018, won the Cruickshank-Routley Memorial Award for her contribution to life on campus, and has run many mental health programs.
When asked what advice she would give her teenage self she said:
1) Know that my self-worth as a person is more than my shape, appearance, and weight because I am the connections I’ve formed with other people, and the memories I’ve shared with them.
2) To have persevered in help-seeking and to have known that it may take several tries before you “click” with the right psychologist. I generalised my first not-so-positive experience to all other psychologists and out of seeking help for a long time. But when I found the right psychologist, it was extremely beneficial to my recovery.
3) To enjoy life, surround myself my positive people, and value me for me and all the amazing things I can do- walk, run, talk, socialise, etc. and not buy into images of body ideals on social media that are often photoshopped and an inaccurate representation of reality.
Dutch girl, Lilly Platt, is a youth ambassador Plastic Pollution Coalition, and a child ambassador for HOW Global and World Cleanup Day - not bad considering she is only eleven years old! She's a bit of a character but the world needs more people like her.
Ash Barty is a 23 year old Indigenous Australian tennis player who just won the French Open. This is her first Grand Slam win and it has taken a lot of effort and determination to get there. When she was 18 years old Ash took a break from tennis because she was struggling with the pressure of being a professional tennis player and home sickness. She even played cricket for Queensland for a while. Thankfully she made a return to tennis in 2016. Last year she was made the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador and also supports young players.
Check out this funny Facebook video - If women and men switched places.
Here are a couple of videos from IWD over the last couple of years.