What makes a person inspiring? We all have people that we look up to; people that we strive to live up to or people that influence us in some way, whether its in the goals we set or simply the things we hope to achieve throughout our lives. But everyone wants to achieve different things; everyone derives his or her inspiration from something unique. So what makes a person truly inspiring? And how widely can that label, ‘inspirational’ be applied?

People inspire us for different reasons depending on what we desire most in life. Fashions icons like Audrey Hepburn or Coco Chanel may inspire those who are interested in fashion and style, while entrepreneurs and technological innovators like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates may inspire those who are captivated by creation and design. However the one thing that these people have in common is that they are all trailblazers of their domains, setting new standards and accomplishing the previously unthinkable.

I think that to be inspiring a person needs to have accomplished something in a way that is new or distinct. They need to be a pathfinder, a trendsetter, and pave the way for something new to replace the old. If you are not moving forward you are moving backward, and without these influential and pivotal persons in the various fields of society, we would be nowhere.

These people we often find inspiring have a certain air about them. They breathe life into everything around them, filling their surrounding environments with an electrifying energy that is positively contagious. Simply being in their presence inspires people to believe in something, to expect more of themselves, and to strive for the impossible.

I can’t say I have a set list of people that I find inspiring, nor do they all derive from one single category or field. Too many things attract and fascinate me to be able to focus on one characteristic or quality that I find inspiring above all others. To name a few, however:

I find the confidence and conviction of Jennifer Aniston to be inspiring, and something that all women should strive for.
I find the elegance, poise, and grace of Kate Middleton to be something that everyone should aim for, even in their unhappiest of moods. True grace comes from remaining poised in even the most uncomfortable or awkward situations.
I find the energy, warmth and happiness of Blake Lively to be infectious and I am constantly wishing I could enjoy life half as much as she seems to be.
And I find the success, artistry, and pure innovative talent of Lilly Pulitzer to be the most inspiring of all. She gives new meaning to the phrase ‘when life gives you lemons (or citrus), make lemonade (or adorable shift dresses!)’ 
Who inspires you and why? Something to think about if you really want to know what you should be working towards in life!

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    September 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I think any woman who is self confident and has self-worth is inspiring. Too many women these days feel they need to act like someone other than themselves to make friends or get far, but really the first step to being happy is loving yourself. All of the women you chose are definitely inspiring.

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      Olivia Tennant
      September 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      I couldn't agree more, you said it perfectly!

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    September 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Great post! I think Alex said it perfectly, I agree with her view 100%!


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