Last updated on July 28th, 2022 at 04:41 pm
When we think about what we can accomplish when we put our minds to it, I often look to Kate Middleton as a role model for going after your big dreams.
Everything she has done to be a future queen has been amazing, considering she has had to carry herself with such poise no matter what happens to her or how many cameras are watching.
In April of 2011, I wrote a story that garnered some viral success called Kate Middleton Stole My Royal Wedding Dream.
Thinking back to where Kate was (and where I was) in April 2011, inspires me to think self-reflectively.
What have I accomplished?
What do I want to accomplish that I keep putting off?
And in reflection, I still look to Kate for inspiration on how far we can all go with our big dreams.
Why I Love Kate Middleton
It’s not every day I can cheer-lead for a fair-skinned, light-eyed, athletically inclined brunette who openly admitted, “I’m a bit thick” in the past.
She’s fearless; she follows her own style. (It takes a lot of guts, in my opinion, to wear so many hats. And she wears them so well.)
She’s a competitor. She’s been rowing competitively to complement her pre-wedding 23-inch waist! Dukan Diet–not to mention she’s played sports her whole life.
This primped princess can kick ass!
She parties in Day-Glo. (A favorite pastime of my friends, too. Life’s too short to be polished all the time. Nice to know the future queen can let loose.)
Lastly, she shares many milestone characteristics of a typical twenty-something—she’s held multiple jobs, switched careers, and experienced the “break-up-and-make-up” cycle of love.
Any twenty-something who’s ever struggled or questioned any part of their career can appreciate anyone who has done the same. Kate Middleton, now 29, attended the University of St. Andrew’s where she met the handsome prince and received a degree in the History of Art. After college, she worked briefly for the accessory chain, Jigsaw, as an accessory buyer. It was rumored that she was going to quit to become a professional photographer, which did not end up happening.
Instead, Middleton started working for her parent’s party supply company. Now, technically she’ll never have to work a day in her life, but it’s nice for the future princess to jump back and forth with career choices and felt the indecisive burden that goes along with fully experiencing your 20s.
Kate Middleton, the girl-next-door-turned-princess, is my new style icon, favorite “celebrity” and my new reason to believe in myself again. I, middle-class, Midwestern, Missourian girl-next-door, can dream bigger than my small-town roots.
Kate Middleton gives me hope. Not that I will marry the King of England one day, but hope that anyone from anywhere can live out a dream that’s bigger than themselves.
Katie Eigel is a world traveler and self-proclaimed Wine Geek In Training who spends her days writing for various travel and wine publications. She ultimately married her very own Prince Charming, but still crushes on Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
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