Siala Robson made it to the grand final of the Voice last week. At just 18 years of age she has dealt with a lot of hardship in her short life. Her family experienced domestic violence and ended up living in a women's shelter. But music got her through the really dark times. Even though she didn't win the voice, she is a winner in my eyes. She is an incredibly talented writer and musician. If it hadn't been for her hardships, she might never have picked up a guitar and written her first song.
Diamonds are formed under extreme temperature and pressure. Hardships can help make your life into something brilliant like a diamond. You are stronger than you realise. If you are going through some really tough times find a creative outlet to express how you're feeling like music, art or writing. There is support out there if you need it - you don't have to go through it alone.
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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.