A girl with passion, strength, generosity and radiance: I have had the privilege of calling her my best friend for nearly seven years now. Kailee Heller is an aspiring photographer, NYC college student, all things aesthetics guru has been by my side through thick and thin, and between every odd and awkward end of our years of growing up. Our friendship has been unique, with 100 miles between us, but it has made it that much more authentic. I had the chance to dive in to the topic of self love with Kailee, and I hope she finds how valued she is through this.
Q:What does self worth mean to you, in retrospect?
A:I think that there’s something challenging about trying to describe self worth. I’m not 100% sure if I can really find a place where it starts and ends. I know that it can range from how much you value yourself and your actions to how certain events can make up who you are. I know that personally, it is something that becomes a measurement to myself.
Q:How has the new adventure of the past year helped you redefine yourself?
A:I just finished my freshman year of college in NYC so you can definitely say thats been a huge new adventure. Looking at my senior year of high school, I felt like I knew who I was and who I wanted to be. Although moving away didn’t change who I was, I have changed the way I think. I have learned more about myself and I go after more things now.
Q:With what you know now, what do you wish you could have told your younger self about how to find comfort in who you are?
A:I would tell myself not to stress out over things you can’t fix. Every thing that you will go through will make you into the person you are. I can’t even begin to count how many times I thought nothing good was going to come out of a horrible situation, but I can’t even begin to explain how thankful I am for those situations now. They have made me the person I am today.
Q:What are some do your favorite ways to remind yourself of how truly valuable you are?
A: I like to surround myself with friends who bring out the best in me. Whether thats shooting video footage or photographs of them or just talking to them, they make me feel special. There is something truly magical about finishing a project about people that you like and seeing their reaction that makes me feel valuable and makes me feel successful. I am also someone who really confides a lot in my friends so being around people who are supportive of me and believe in me, makes me feel the best about myself.
Q:Are there any songs/books/films/shows that have helped you find peace and reassurance in your self worth that you wish everyone would connect with?
A:The show The Bold Type has greatly influenced and changed my life. It takes place in NYC so for someone who just moved there, it is beyond relatable. It goes through the stories of 3 friends who work together are are just friends. Simple as that. They bring each other up and support each other and never tear each other down. It is something that I think needs to be represented more in the media to show healthy relationships. It shows how successful females can be and how to support each other.
Q:If you were to choose five words to describe how you are, keeping in mind your worth and incomparable value, what would they be?
A:Ambitious, bubbly, imaginative, boujee (I’m kidding), determined, and talkative. They encapsulate my constant need to go, go, go, but my equally as active side of always knowing there’s something more out there that I can get to.