It was important for us to include the everyday Australian’s who inspire us in this latest chapter of Be That Girl, so when we called out on our social channels we couldn’t help but fall in love with IRL sisters Celine and Caroline!
Beyond sharing a strong and supportive bond only sisters can truly appreciate, Celine and Caroline share their insight into what it’s like growing up as young Australian women and how to stay positive throughout the pressures of perfection and social media; “Stay patient, positive and learn to enjoy the process of the journey of self-love. Be kind to yourself, love who you are – you will be able to achieve this.”
Tell us a little about yourselves.
CELINE: Born in Geelong but we grew up in Bendigo. I work full time in accounts and administration for a Building Inspector. As well, on the side I assist with teaching dancing at a local dance school.
CAROLINE: I’m currently studying a Double Bachelor in Nursing and Midwifery.
What is your favourite ordinary moment?
CAROLINE: Laughing with friends and family. The small moments that are easily forgotten.
CELINE: Being around good people; people who are like-minded and share the same common interests, same values and perspective in life are my type of people. As ‘ordinary’ and cliché as it sounds… being around my family, fiancé and friends are really what truly makes me happiest.
What’s one characteristic you share being sisters?
CAROLINE The ability to make the other sister feel better no matter what, either through laughing or being supportive.
CELINE: We are by each other’s side no matter the situation. She is my best friend.
What’s a positive mantra you tell yourself to stay motivated?
CELINE: We take it one day at a time. There is no point worrying what is going to happen in a week or even a months time. So much can change in between.
Do you feel the pressure to fit into a construct of perfection?
CAROLINE: With instagram and social media, I find myself thinking and wishing to look like and live like the girls that I see online but in reality it’s hard to strive for perfection. We only see a small snippet of people’s lives and I think it’s important to remember that social media is a highlight reel of people lives, so it is so easy to get sucked into it all.
CELINE: Not anymore. I feel pretty confident in who I am NOW and I found that since my early 20’s I know who I am and what I stand for as a person. I won’t lie; it has taken me a journey to be where I am.
The use of social media is growing, although it is a great platform to use, there is the pressure to be ‘perfect’ and the influence to ‘do it for the gram’ – which I think is really scary for the next generation growing up with a wide range of social media platforms. There are people who post about being the ‘happiest’ online who are really not that happy offline. You just never know, so it’s truly important who we choose to follow and look up to on social media as well as our idols in our everyday lives.
What’s a change you’d like to see happen for 2019?
CAROLINE: A positive movement towards empowering girls and young women to strive to be the best version of themselves, always. Also for people to realise that they are the key towards their own happiness.
CELINE: Not even just for 2019, I would really like to see more people practicing self-love. Sometimes taking a step back in life is what we need, and to evaluate what is important to US as individuals. It is a serious process that doesn’t happen overnight. Stay patient, positive and learn to enjoy the process of the journey of self-love. Be kind to yourself, love who you are – you will be able to achieve this.
What do you do to unwind?
CELINE: I absolutely love nights in binge-watching TV series (currently loving Lucifer & Stranger things). These winter nights are perfect for this!
CAROLINE: Watching a movie or YouTube videos.
What does BE THAT GIRL mean to you?
CAROLINE: BE THAT GIRL means to be your own GIRL BOSS. Nothing is more attractive than confidence. BE THAT GIRL reminds me to strive for my own individual goals and to do what really makes me happy. Self love is so important to me, and BE THAT GIRL it is a reminder to be inspired by other girls but not copying their every move. Everyone is individual, and we can be like our idols, but our own version of them.
CELINE: BE THAT GIRL to me means be YOURSELF and make yourself happy. This is where self-love comes into perspective. It is a journey where we must go through exploring, evolving and adapting through the different stages of life. This means finding out what you’re most passionate about and having close connections with your family and friends. This is where the magic happens. We are the people we surround ourselves with. When you find this kind of connection whether it’s a partner, friends or family… don’t EVER let go! We are in control of our own happiness and it is our responsibility to embrace the best version of ourselves we can be.
Enjoy the journey and celebrate the ordinary. Explore the latest chapter of the BE THAT GIRL movement and watch the full film here.