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Elizabeth Hawkins (Libby)

Tell a bit about yourself.

My name is Elizabeth Scott Hankins, but everyone calls me “Libby”.   I am a 23 year old senior at the University of West Alabama where I will graduate in the spring with a degree in special education.  I have a pulmonary disease called Cystic Fibrosis.  In February I moved from Alabama to North Carolina with high hopes of receiving a life saving double lung transplant at Duke University Hospital.  I had been denied transplant consideration at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, due to a resistant bacteria.  I was accepted into the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Duke, so my mom and I moved to North Carolina.  On April 17th I was blessed with two beautiful, healthy lungs. After two weeks in the hospital, I was discharged and continued post transplant rehabilitation. I am currently still living in North Carolina, but I hope to return to Alabama within the next few months to start living out all my dreams that have been made possible by my donor.


What are your hobbies?

I have cheered for ten years.  This will actually be my first year not to be a member of a squad.  I cheered all through high school and made the decision to move away from home and cheer in college.  I cheered at UWA for four years and served as captain for two of those years.  I was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, and I worked on campus as a student ambassador. I always enjoyed being involved at my school. This past summer I volunteered at a special needs school in the three year old classroom.  That was one of my most memorable summers, and it made me confident in my chosen career path.

 I have two dogs, Harper Lee and Miss Maudie, that make me happier than I can describe.  I have never met a dog that I didn’t like, and snuggling with mine is one of my favorite things to do.

I also love to journal in my Bible.  I love to paint pictures to accompany scriptures that mean something to me. This has helped me cope with my adversities, find strength and courage, and truly feel peace.  I have grown tremendously in my faith through journaling, and exchanging ideas with in the journaling community is exciting and fun.


What do you plan for the future?

My biggest plan is to just LIVE!  I am so thankful just to be here today and to know how it feels to take full, deep breaths.  I began culturing a resistant bacteria when I was twelve years old.  This particular infection drastically reduces your opportunities for transplant consideration.  Honestly, until our family learned that Duke accepts high-risk candidates in some situations, we were running out of options.  If it were not for my donor, I would not even be able to think of a “future.” After I move back to Alabama, I plan to return to school in the spring and complete my student teaching; then I will be off to graduate school!  I have a special place in my heart for children with Down Syndrome so I definitely see a job working with them and celebrating their exceptionalities.  Later during my career, I hope to have the skills to work in a juvenile detention center where I can work with troubled children.  I would one day like to adopt a child a special needs child.  Living in an old farmhouse with a huge backyard full of rescue dogs sounds just about perfect to me!


What do you think the true meaning of love means to you?

     Love means SO many things, but one of the biggest things is acceptance.  I don’t think people should have to change or hide who they are in order for people to love them.  I know that if my friends had thought of me as “that sick girl” then I probably never would have gotten this far in life.  Instead, I was blessed with the most understanding and supportive group of people you’d ever imagine.  When I was diagnosed with CF at age two, my family could have made a very different choice about how to raise me.  They were absolutely determined that CF might be “part” of my life, but it would never be my whole life. My mother always helped me embrace my life and said yes to as many adventures and experiences as possible.   It was a different kind of life than my friends had, but differences are meant to be celebrated.  I never tried to hide being sick. It would have been impossible.  It came as part of the package, and if people could not “accept” that then they were missing out.


What’s your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment would be living my life the way that I wanted to!  My life has been full of hospitals, surgeries, pricks, pokes, tears, and struggles, but just because those things had to be part of my life did not mean they had to be all of my life.  I have always been a “go get it” kind of girl.  If it was something I wanted, I made sure I worked my tail off until I got it.  I moved away from home knowing that I would assume more responsibilities than some people would have in their life, but I knew I would not be happy unless I did that for myself so I did.  Cystic Fibrosis is such a nasty disease that takes so much away from you.  Upon diagnosis, you’re given an “average” life expectancy.  Who wants to be “average”? Certainly, not I!  So instead of living like I had a death sentence countdown, I decided to live like someone had sprinkled joy on my life. It was my best decision I’ve ever made.


What is your perspective view of the world?

When I read this question, my mind immediately went to a quote from Anne Frank – “In spite of everything, I still believe people are truly good at heart.”  I think the world is struggling right now for sure, but I know that hard times don’t last forever.  I wish we could all stop pointing fingers at this and that and come together.  Our lives are so precious and not everyone realizes that, but when you’ve lain down in bed at night and prayed that you would wake up the next morning, you realize just how important life.  My donor lost their life, and I am still living only because of them.  How amazing is that?  Someone was so selfless to save my life, and they never even knew me.  


What is one thing you’ve struggled with?

     Something I have struggled with is watching people take their lives for granted.  It burns me to my core to hear someone complain about something so small when so many other people are fighting daily for their lives.  I know there are people in the world who have it far worse than I do so when I catch myself wanting to complain I shut it down.  It was always hard for me to watch someone just simply breathe and know that they didn’t realize how precious a simple inhale and exhale was.  There are so many people who will take their last breath today, so we should never take a single one of ours for granted.


What is your daily motivation everyday?

     My daily motivation is my donor.  I want to live a life that would make him or her proud.  I want them to look down on me from heaven and say, “I am glad that girl got my lungs. She is going to change the world.”  I want to live my life like my donor is watching.  I believe he or she is.  We are in this together, and my donor is never far from my thoughts.


What do you enjoy about your life?

     I enjoy being able to have such a different outlook on life.  I had to grow up faster because what was my version of normal wasn’t everyone else’s version of normal.  I have had a lot of people tell me that I am “wise beyond my years”.  I see things differently because I know how it feels for life to be so different.  I without a doubt have my faults, but I do think I am pretty good about trying to see the best in every situation.  If there is a silver lining I will find it, and I will celebrate it.  


What is something you could change about the world?

     I wish that I could change the way we judge each other rather than love each other.  My heart is deeply drawn to people with special needs, and nothing makes me sadder than to see them be mistreated or disrespected.  They are amazing, and people who do not take the time to appreciate them are missing out on something wonderful.  It costs nothing to be kind; it is heartbreaking that some people don’t realize that.  Their smiles alone could light the world, and it’s sickening to know some people are so judgmental that they will never experience that.  


11. What’s one thing that interested you about TNWTL MOVEMENT?

     The quotes on the Instagram account are one thing that I really like about The TNWTL.  I love how a combination of words can completely change, inspire, and comfort you.  My mirror, refrigerator, and notebooks are covered with quotes that make me laugh, cry, and most importantly think. Since high school I have been writing down every quote I ever came across that meant something to me.  I love that something so small can help someone so much.


12. Do you have any questions for me?

No questions – just a thank you for asking me to be a part of TNWTL Movement! 

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Kelsey Woods 

1. Tell a bit about yourself

2. What are your hobbies

3. What do you plan for the future

4. What do you think the true meaning of love means to you

5. Whats your biggest accomplishment

6. What is your perspective view of the world

7. What is one thing you’ve struggled with

8. What is your daily motivation everyday

9. What do you enjoy about your life

10. Do you have any questions for me

1. My name is Kelsey Woods. I am 18 years old and live in a small town called Decatur, Tennessee. I am a laid back go-getter who just enjoys the simple things in life. I love to explore this beautiful earth and capture the moments that sometimes get overlooked. I also plan on attending Lee University this coming Fall to study Business Management.

2. I enjoy capturing life’s moments whether it be through writing, videoing, or photographing and sharing/ hearing people’s stories. My friend and I started our own business selling handmade jewelry and decor so making things is a hobby that’s near and dear to my heart. I also love doing anything and everything outdoors.

3. I envision my future as being very spontaneous. I want to still be young at heart along with growing and maturing with my husband and family that I will have. I expect my business to flourish and allow me to run it as a full time job. Once I have graduated from Lee University with a degree in business, I can only hope and dream that I can one day have my own business. 

4. When I think of the word love I think of the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ. I am a christian therefore I believe in worldly love and Godly love. Worldly love is only temporary and it fails us constantly, but Godly is everlasting. He shows us his love through action therefore I think that is the most powerful way to show/ give love. Love is opening up the door for your girlfriend or uplifting or boyfriend when he’s down. It’s smiling at a random person on the street. Love is when you have a desire to do everything you can to keep others happy. Love is a decision not an emotion. It is so powerful that we can’t even comprehend it. Love is shown through our actions and I think we forget that sometimes.

5. My biggest accomplishment is receiving the  Best All Around award my senior year of high school. The award is given to the-like I said- best all around student. It ties in academics, athletics, and personality. Once my name was called, I couldn’t help but burst out into tears. It was truly a moment of joyfulness for me and I will forever cherish that award.

6. I’ve always been a glass-half-full kind of gal. I visualize the world as this beautiful piece of artwork that is just waiting to be explored. I think society has brainwashed us to only see the bad parts of the world. We sometimes forget that we all have one thing in common: the world. If we don’t realize that simple fact, then we are headed down a dark path. There are plants and animals that have been here longer than humans have yet us humans think we still run the show. Once we realize that it’s possible to live in unison then we can ultimately enjoy the world and all it has to offer. Through different geological figures and rich history, this world has to many tiny details that are just simply mind-blowing. It’s okay to slow dow for a minute and just enjoy the great outdoors. Once we connect with the world, we can connect with each other.

7. Since my sophomore year of high school, I have struggled with depression. I didn’t get help until my senior year and can honestly say that mental illness is a serious issue. Throughout the years, I had this little cloud of sadness and worry. I didn’t think much of it because I had a lot going on. I was told that it’s normal to feel a little sad. I’m a girl so it’s a normal side effect of my “lady time.” I had hypersomnia so it was a normal side effect of my sleep disorder. Everyone around me just brushed it off their shoulders so I did too. At least I tried. I would sit in my room in complete darkness and stare at a blank wall. I couldn’t feel. I had no emotions whatsoever. I didn’t even feel sad, I just felt numb. I would miss out on doing fun things with my friends and I missed out on important dates like picture day at school or the 4th of July. I got anxiety every time I thought of something I couldn’t comprehend. The anxiety would lead to panic attacks that forced me to leave the classroom with tears flooding my eyes, but that was normal. It was all just normal. Lots of people go through anxiety and depression especially during their teenage years, but so what? If there is counseling and medicine out their why are we offering it loud and clear? Why do people think it’s cool and hip to be depressed? Depression ultimately leads to suicide so why aren’t we scrambling to help? It’s because depression can’t be understood unless it touches us personally. I’ve always rolled my eyes at people at school that act sad when in reality they aren’t acting. Most people are too embarrassed to tell anybody about their mental health because they are told that it’s “just normal.” Depression is a real thing, normal or not. Mental illness is a real thing. It’s time that people know that these things are normal and that’s okay. There is always an outlet with suicide not being one of them.
8. My motivation comes from my family. My mom and dad have always worked every day to keep my older brother, little sister, and I happy and healthy. They are the most selfless people I know so I wake up every day inspired to try to give back to the world what they have given me.

9. I cannot complain a single bit about my life. I enjoy the spontaneity of it. Taking random road trips with my friends. Hiking to swim in waterfalls and seeing overlooks. Taking photos and videos of people that are genuinely happy. Going to different countries and learning about different cultures. I enjoy just letting go of all worries and doubts and finding inner happiness. God gave me two feet that can walk and two hands that can serve so I wake up every day with the choice of choosing to be happy and seeing every moment as an opportunity to make others happy or choose to be mad at the world and let it tear me down. The obvious choice is to just be happy.

10. What made you want to start this movement?

McCall Newman Interview 

 

 

1. Tell me about yourself

2. What are you truly passionate about

3. What do you admire

4. What is true love to you

5. What is your persepective view of the world

6. What are your goals in life

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years

8. What are your strengths and weaknesses

9. Who inspires you if you have an inspiration

10 . What is something you would change in the world

11. What is the biggest accomplisment you’ve had

12. Describe a typical day for you

13. Do you have any questions for me

1. My name is McCall Newman, I am 17, and I will be a freshman at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN this coming fall. I believe solely in living life to the fullest everyday;of course, some days will be more fun and more spontaneous than others, but to find the good and happiness in each and every day gives you a reason to smile. I travel every chance that I get, whether it’s to another city or across the country I’m down. I love to hike, rock climb, basically anything outdoors.

2. I am truly passionate about working for what I want, helping others, and encouraging others to try the things that I do.

3. I admire people who have natural talent that they love and are able to make a living off of that talent. They have the opportunity to live off of something they have a passion for, and have endless opportunities to be spontaneous and tour the world.

4. True love, true love. True love to me is kissing someone good morning with nasty morning breath, true love is putting someone else before you, true love is knowing your spouses pant size, true love is unconditional.

5. My perspective view of the world hmmm, well considering I refuse to watch the news most of the time I believe the world is amazing and full of opportunities and adventure; however, in reality, society can be sickening. Shootings, murders, explosions, riots… Reasons why I don’t watch the news…

6. My goal is to become a successful entrepreneur in the Agricultural Business industry. With this occupation I can travel basically anywhere I choose to (because the world revolves around agriculture, am I right?)

7. In 5 years I see myself at the end of my gap year, you see, I will be attending college for 4 years and then I plan to take a year of travel and to work seasonal jobs.

8. My biggest strength also tends to be one of my biggest weaknesses. I am a very independent individual allowing me to work alone, do things by myself yadda yadda yadda… But it also makes it extremely hard for me to ask for help or to let someone into my life who provides for me.

9. My dad remains the most inspiring person to me. He is a very strong person who loves to help and teach people. He owns his own business, he rides dirt bikes like a pro, and does CrossFit with me! He’s a pretty awesome dude.

10. Let’s see, I would change where my tax money goes. I do believe that there are people who are truly disabled and need assistance,yes. Consequently, there are also people who just refuse to work and choose to be lazy. That’s who I don’t want to support, if I had to work for what I have they should have to also. #sorrynotsorry

11. My biggest accomplishment, I mean I could say something cliché like “I made above a 4.0 as my final high school GPA” but honestly I could care less about that it wasn’t that hard. So, I’m going to say my biggest accomplishment is working for everything I have. Most of my high school friends never had to get jobs through out

12. A typical day in McCall world: Wake up at 5am, do CrossFit at 6am, eat breakfast, go to class, go to work, study, go back to the gym and Olympic lift or do accessory work, then hit the hay.

13. Why did you pick me?

Caitlin Barron Interview

Tell me about yourself

My name is Caitlin. I’m originally from Denver, Colorado and I am studying Finance and German at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. I have a younger brother who just graduated high school and two cats.

What are you truly passionate about

I love exploring new places and being outside. I’ve always enjoyed and taken every opportunity to travel, be it through service trips, study abroad opportunities or family vacations. I also take every chance I get to hike or even just walk around outside.

What do you admire

I admire genuineness, independence, openness and respect.

What is true love to you

To me, true love is putting something or someone above oneself without a second thought. Furthermore, that thing or person helps shape one’s identity in a way that without it, him or her, one feels incomplete.

What is your perspective view of the world

I believe that the more you reach out to others and express a genuine desire to get to know them or at the very least treat them with respect, the more positive opportunities  for personal growth or new relationships will come your way.

What are your goals in life

I hope to get a job that provides me with financial security and enables me to continue to pursue my passions such as traveling, while also making a positive impact on my community. I hope to maintain the great friendships that I already have and continue to spend time with people who inspire me and who enjoy my company as much as I enjoy theirs.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years

I see myself working in financial services in Denver, Dallas or maybe abroad (i.e. London, Frankfurt, etc.). I would like to pursue some form of higher education, whether I return to school for an MBA or maybe even go to law school.

What are your strengths and weaknesses

One of my greatest strengths is also one of my biggest weaknesses. I am very detail oriented and organized which has helped me do well in school and position me for various professional opportunities. This ability also enables me to manage my time well and balance work, school, social and personal activities. On the other hand, I can easily get caught up in minutiae that have little greater effect, detracting from my ability to look at the bigger picture and sometimes causing me undue anxiety.

Who inspires you if you have an inspiration

My brother inspires me with his ability to humbly achieve impressive personal successes without losing his carefree attitude, spontaneity and ability to always make the best out of a situation. His positive energy almost always rubs off on others in the best way possible.

What is something you would change in the world

I think a lot of the world’s problems could be alleviated and future problems avoided if people took the time to step into the shoes of others and consider more points of view. People should reach out to others more often before making rushed judgements or hasty decisions. I think that often times, when people see others making an effort to understand their own point of view, they also become more open and receptive.

What is the biggest accomplishment you’ve had

My biggest accomplishment is receiving the President’s Scholarship at SMU. This has allowed me to pursue exactly what I wanted to study in a city with innumerable opportunities and to meet some of my best friends. This program connected me with incredibly smart and talented people and paid for me to work and study abroad last summer (a summer that I wish I could repeat every year).

Do you have any questions for me

Who/what inspired this project?  Do you think that you have positively impacted or inspired others?

Taegan Sewell Interview 

1. Tell me about yourself

I’m a senior cheerleader and I love old people and dogs 

2. What are you truly passionate about

cheer and Jesus 

3. What do you admire

kind people 

4. What is true love to you

someone who will never give up and be loyal 

5. What is your persepective view of the world

as of right now it is disgusting and horrible 

6. What are your goals in life

to make money and support my family with every need 

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years

in college 

8. What are your strengths and weaknesses

strengths: good at giving advice, strong, idc

weaknesses: low self esteem, emotional, i have high hopes 

9. Who inspires you if you have an inspiration

my mom 

10. Hobbies?

cheer and working out 

11. Favorite Music

anything 

12 . Do you have any questions for me

nope 

Macy Lewis Interview 

1. Tell a bit about yourself

My name is Macy and I want to make this world a wonderful place for everyone and everything in it. 

2. What are your hobbies 


I have a few hobbies; I love to draw, write, read and i’m in colorguard at my school. The most important hobby I have is making people smile and happy. I love trying to be a voice for others who haven’t quite figured out to be a voice for themselves. Although most of my motivation is online in my Instagram posts (@macylychae) I feel a little bit can go a long way. I want to inspire others to be the change they want to see in the world. 

3. What do you plan for the future 

My plans for the future are undecided. I would love to possibly be a missionary or humanitarian and give back something to others. Much closer plans I have in mind would be volunteering at my local animal shelter and the Penelope house being is ive already donated to them on a few occasions I feel it’s time to take it a step farther. 

4. What do you think the true meaning of love means to you 

The true meaning of love to me is unconditionally caring for someone. Someone may have a billion flaws, issues or problems but if someone else truly loves them those things will be looked past. True love is looking at someone and having your heart scream that the person in front of you is the one. 

5. Whats your biggest accomplishment 

My biggest accomplishment so far was donating my hair and I plan on doing it again when it grows back out. 

6. What is your perspective view of the world 

The world can be a scary place but if you have someone or something in your life to keep you going, you can conquer anything and realize the world might not be so bad after all. Our world has had a great amount of conflicts in it lately and it makes me sad to see all of these people blinded by the hate, I can’t help but ask myself where is the love? I want to help bring the love back into our society. 

7. What is one thing you’ve struggled with 

I have struggled with figuring out who I am. I’ve always been on this journey in life to figure out what my purpose is and to figure out who I am, but at the end of every day I look back and see that my main goal was to put a smile on someone’s face. I now realize my struggle was never really a struggle all along, I just knew this is what I was called to do in life. 

8. What is your daily motivation everyday 

My daily motivation is realizing that short and you should always live it to the fullest. Life is something people take for granted by not being positive or grateful which is okay maybe every once in a while but all of that time you will look back in the future and see it was wasted. 

9. What do you enjoy about your life

I enjoy everything about my life. No it’s not perfect, but I choose to make every “bad” situation into something great. I’ve also got a wonderful boyfriend, fantastic friends and family and loving pets in my life. Oh and also fast food, I couldn’t live without it! 

10. Do you have any questions for me

Not any that I can recall at the moment, but great job for starting this movement and thank you for this amazing opportunity!

Holland Currie Interview 

1. Tell abit about yourself

I’m a shy person but once I get to know someone I open up and become silly and wild. Sports are basically my life. I’m a senior ini high school so the pressure is on for college. I’m the firend that helps keep the peace but can also get a temper. I have two sisters and a brother.

2. What are your hobbies

This is easy, it’s volleyball, I’ve played for six going on seven years and a newfound intrest in soccer. I love to color, that may seem a bit immature for a 17 year old but its soothing. Also my firend that I hang out with almost every weekend she’s basically a sister.

3. What do you plan for the future

After high school I plan on going to college, hopefully UNC Pembroke for undergrade and grad to study and become a case worker for the court. I want to help kids in bad homes get help and into a place where they would better be taken care of.

4. What is something you admire

The stars, they just amaze me about how big the universe is and sometimes I just lay down and look  at them. Also I admire Taylor Swift because she tries to help empower young women to believe that no matter what anyone tells them that they can achieve their dreams.

5. What does true love mean to you

True love is taking someone else’s burdens and helping them fight through them. True love is fighting through tough times so you can stay with that person. True love is accepting each others falws. True love is loyalty, faithfulness, and trust.

6. What is your perspective view on the world

My perspective of the world is that there is so much to see and do but, in our lifetimes, their is too little time to do it all. I think that we should do everything we should to make the world better and more positive and we should help others even if others don’t see.

7. What do you enjoy about life

I enjoy that life gives us the opportunity to make mistakes then a second chance to fix that mistake. I enjoy that we have time to travel and see new things and meet new people. I enjoy that we make friends that could last forever or just a school year.

8. What is something youve struggled with in life

This is something I don’t usually tell but I have always had epilepdy which makes eveyday tasks harder for me. When I’m in school I may miss a few important second of information or when I’m on the court or field I may cost the team a point becasue I’m not able to be in the moment.

9. Is there anything you would like to tell the world i didnt mention

I’d just like to say to anybody struggling with any disabilities that they shouldn’t let that stop them from anything, play the sport you love, join a club, don’t let it hold you back.. And to anybody with eating problems it gets better you are perfect the way you are and if you want to lose weight don’t starve yourself, or make yourself throw up go to the gym bring a friend if it makes you uncomfortable you’ll find it’s actually fun to work out and maintain a healthy weight plus have a little muscle. Finally, to everybody go, do want you want to do, follow your dreams you only have a limited ammount of time on the earth so be crazy, be silly, be adventrous, be you.

10. Do you have any questions for me

No.