[April 2012 Fearless Girl] Murrieta CA Teen Photographer

This month’s Fearless Girl hails from Murrieta, CA!  Cassidy is a tennis star that has an amazing heart on and off the court.  Her tennis skills and rankings are impressive, but her heart for helping others in the community make her that much more beautiful.  One of the things that struck me most about Cassidy is the depth of her love for other human beings.  The fact that this teen girl is so compassionate for others speaks volumes.  She is already planning and carving a path to make a difference in this world.

How many of us have exited the freeway, seen a homeless person on the corner, and locked our car doors? 

Not Cassidy.  She recognized the despair in their eyes at an early age and is determined to make a difference.  As far back as she can remember, she has felt the need to help the homeless.  When her family drove past a homeless individual at a freeway exit, she was the little girl that begged her parents to help in some way.   By the time she was 8 years old, she had a stash of granola bars in her parent’s glove compartment box to hand out when she saw someone in need.  Then in middle school it grew to carrying cases of water in the car to pass out to those in need.  And now she carries little zip lock care package in her car for the homeless, filled with necessities such as water, imperishable foods, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap.  How does Cassidy want to leave her mark in this world?

“My goal is to launch a non-profit organization in support of showing love to those in need before the end of my senior year of high school.

I want to start a rally.

I want to spread hope, faith, grace, and LOVE.

I want to make a difference.”

Cassidy, you are truly and inspiration and a fearless role model.  Many adults could learn a thing or two from you, seriously!  YOU inspire others to not be self-centered and find a way to make their own difference in this world.  The world is really a better place with you in it.  And I can’t wait to see the amazing things you accomplish.  I have not one doubt that you will do amazing things…things that make ME want to be a better person.

Let’s learn more about Cassidy and her fierce tennis skills…

 

 “I am fearless because I strive everyday to use my God given talents and faults for His glory and make every effort to do better today than I did yesterday.”  -Cassidy

If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?

“Have you seen the movie Jumper? I would be a transporter, free to travel anywhere I wanted in the blink of an eye. I would see the world and immerse myself in other cultures.”

(Psst…when you figure out how, I want to go with…PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE!)

“The one thing I know for sure is beauty is found deep within.”  -Cassidy

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

“Honestly, I have never thought about my favorite thing about myself…I guess it would be the fact that I’m a klutz and I can heartily laugh at myself.”

(Girl, if you can laugh off your quirks, you are definitely ahead of the game.)

If you could give other teen girls one piece of advice, what would it be?

“Follow your dreams…even when it gets tough…especially when you fail over and over again…continuously get back up! Most importantly, always be yourself…non-uniformity is more fun!”

Who inspires you?

“My mom inspires me to be a strong and confident woman of God.  She inspires me to want to be a better person.  She is wise, brave, full of support and a woman I hope to one day be like.  She encourages me to work hard, to live every day with a purpose, and to always remember that today could be my last.  She inspires me to love my enemies, to be myself, and to turn the other cheek when it gets hard to cope with life.  She is a beautiful and pristine image of what a wife, a mother, a woman should be like through the thick and thin.  I do not know where I would be today if I had not had her by my side this whole time.  She is my best friend and no one will ever know me better than her.”

Fearlessness defined by Cassidy:

Fearlessness smells like…a freshly opened can of tennis balls.

Fearlessness looks like…an ace to close an epic rally when you’re down Love-40.

Fearlessness tastes like…sweat.

Fearlessness sounds like…silence, when you toss that first serve.

Fearlessness feels like…numb focus, when everything else disappears and you’re left with your opponent.

 

 

As you could tell by her definition of fearlessness, she LIVES AND BREATHES tennis.  By living and breathing tennis, I mean this is the girl that watches YouTube videos studying shots.  She is the girl that researches proper health routines for athletes and the psychology of a tennis player.  She is the one that will give up a social event if she has a chance to be on that court.  How many of you have received a FB message from her dying to set up a match?!

She plays club tennis with the Murrieta Tennis Club and is on the team at her high school where she has had the honor of being the Team Captain.  Cassidy is a definite talent out on the court.  She has been the MVP, awarded All-League 2nd Team, and the #1 singles player ALL YEARS at Murrieta Mesa High School.   Outside of her involvement in club and the high school team, she also competes in USTA (United States Tennis Association) tournaments.

 

Cassidy wants to continue playing tennis when she hits college.  She will be a huge blessing to whatever team she chooses…what an inspiring and good-hearted individual she is.

If there was one thing she could do if she knew she would not fail, she would want to represent the USA in the Olympic Games.

Cassidy, you are a gem.  Your potential is endless.  Go after what makes you happy in this world and fills your heart with pure joy.  It was such a pleasure to meet you, and I wish you nothing but the best.

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Much love and many aces Cassidy,

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