A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.
I am always inspired to see someone challenging the norm.
Madeline Stuart is an 18-year-old aspiring model, and she’s here to challenge society’s rigid definition of what “beautiful” is.
Madeline, who lives in Brisbane, Australia, has Down syndrome.
She writes on her Facebook page that she believes;
“modeling will help change [society’s] view of people with Down syndrome.”
“Exposure will help to create acceptance,” she says.
According to WPVI-TV, Madeline struggled with her weight as a youngster. Thanks to healthy eating and exercise, the teen lost 45 pounds. Madeline now dances, swims and does gymnastics and cheerleading.
Madeline’s mom, Rosanne Stuart, said she hopes her daughter will inspire other individuals with Down syndrome to make similarly positive lifestyle choices. Studies have suggested that children with Down syndrome are more prone to be overweight.
“People with Down syndrome can do anything,” Stuart told Buzzfeed. “They just do it at their own pace. Give them a chance andyou will…
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These words speak to me in the deepest way. In my 10 year decent into depression and anxiety I did all of these 5 things along my 2 year climb out of it. If you are suffering from depression and anxiety and can’t see a way out know that there is and here is how to do it.
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Four years ago today, I took my first tiny, shaky steps down the road to recovery from the depression and anxiety that devoured me. As I look over my shoulder, the anxiety and depression no longer are bearing down on me, waiting to pounce again, and there is enough distance between the road I traveled then and the road that I am on now for me to look to the future, not the past. On this unconventional “anniversary”, though, I find myself recalling how I got from there to here and feeling immensely grateful for that journey.
When my world imploded, I had no idea just how many steps it would take to find, get on, and stay on the right path that would lead me out of the suffocating darkness back to the light. There were plenty of proverbial “one step forward and two steps back”…
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