Becca WertheimBecca Wertheim is 19 years old and lives in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of The Blue Ridge Mountains. She began writing Live High on Life for Teens during her junior year of high school when she was 16 years old. She attends UNC-Asheville, where she is studying to become a school teacher. Aside from teaching, Becca has big dreams for her future. She plans on speaking at events and conferences to empower more teens, expanding her organization for teens, and of course, writing more books! Becca hopes to impact teens around the world by sharing the simple ways to live a life full of happiness…and she will. I’ve known Becca for the last almost 4 years and she never fails to totally amaze me. She is a friend and a sister and I couldn’t be prouder of her!

FearlesslyGirl: What does being fearless mean to you?
Becca Wertheim: Being fearless is all about not being afraid to be yourself. It’s about following your dreams, standing up for what you believe in, expressing your true self, and living the life you want to live—without worrying about the possibility of failing, and without caring what others think about you. It’s about loving yourself and having the confidence, self-esteem, and perseverance to do anything and everything you set your mind to. It’s about knowing that you have what it takes within you to live the greatest life you can imagine!
FG: What do you think holds girls back from being outspoken and stepping out of their comfort zones?
BW: I think the biggest thing that holds girls back is fear of what others are going to think. This also ties in to the fear of failing and low self-esteem. When we’re afraid of failing, often times it’s because we don’t want others to look down on us, or think negatively about us. This goes back to self-esteem as well, because when we don’t fully believe in ourselves, we allow the opinions of others to shape the view we have of ourselves. When that happens, it’s difficult to take risks, be outspoken, or step outside of our comfort zones. But when we set the negative thoughts or opinions of others aside, and don’t let that get to us, we truly gain a sense of fearlessness and determination to try new things, express our personal opinions, and ultimately take leaps of faith to bring us closer to our goals and dreams.
FG: What advice do you have for other girls on being fearless?
BW: If you have something you’re passionate about that you want to accomplish, don’t let anyone or anything stop you from getting there. Keep moving forward and don’t be afraid of failing. If you do fail, use it as an opportunity to learn and grow, but get back up and keep moving towards what you want. Don’t let the opinions of others, or fear of what others may think, be a reason for you to hold back. Courage and determination are incredible traits to have because when you combine those with passion and goals, you will be unstoppable and capable of accomplishing incredible things! I think this quote by Dr. Seuss has a great message that relates to being fearless: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” I’ve had that quote on my wall since middle school and it always reminds me to just be myself!
FG: Who is your fearless role model?
BW: When I was 15 years old, I met an incredible young woman, and at the time, I had no idea that she would completely change my life. That woman is Kate Whitfield, my close friend and mentor and our #1 Empowered Gal. When I first got connected with Kate, I told her about my book and my dream of inspiring teens. I couldn’t believe how much we had in common, and it was amazing to see how successful Kate was even at a young age. She was doing the things that I’d dreamt of doing since I was 12, and seeing that she was actually able to accomplish her goals was the biggest inspiration to me. Any doubts I had of myself quickly faded. Kate became a big sister to me, and was proof that no matter how young you are, it’s never too soon to make your dreams a reality.  Constant support, encouragement, and inspiration from Kate helped me get to where I am today. She was and still is completely fearless, and by seeing that trait in Kate, it makes me feel like I can be fearless, too!
FG: What obstacles (if any) did you feel you had to overcome on the way to being authentically you?
BW: In middle school and the beginning of high school, I really worried about what others thought about me. I was a people pleaser, and my personal view of myself was often based on how I thought others viewed me. This constant pressure of trying to be liked by everyone got me absolutely nowhere. It was holding me back from expressing myself and doing what I truly wanted to do with my life. One example of this is my book. When I first got the idea of writing Live High on Life, I was worried that my peers would think it was cheesy and make fun of me for it. But I realized that I couldn’t let that hold me back from following my biggest dream. So even though I knew that not everyone would be supportive, I kept moving forward and believed in myself. I blocked out negative thoughts and stopped thinking things like, “What if I fail?” or “What if they don’t like it?” I kept writing, and never gave up, and now I’m so proud of myself for finally making my dream a reality. I had an irrational fear of what others would think; when it turns out that they were actually super supportive! If I had kept worrying about what others thought, I would have never finished my book. This experience has changed my life because I now know what it feels like to be fearless and I’ll be able to accomplish anything I set my mind to and be who I truly am, without letting the opinions of others or the fear of failure or rejection get in my way.
FG: And for fun, 3 fearless facts about you…
  1. I’ve been really into journaling ever since I was seven years old. I write in my journal almost every single day.
  2. I love watching Food Network and I secretly wish that I had my own cooking show, even though I’m not that great of a cook haha.
  3. I love hiking and spending time in nature! I’m also really into photography and I always bring my camera with me when I go on hikes.
To learn more about her new book, Live High on Life for Teens, visit www.livehighonlife.com.
You can also become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/livehighonlife, follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beccawertheim, and check out her blog at www.beccawertheim.blogspot.com.

 

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