Inspired: Cara Hicks & Kym Ott

Women Celebrating Women

The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out. Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves, told by those they inspired most.

Photography by Emily Pérez Long

 

 

inspired: Cara Hicks

inspiration: Kym Ott

 

In my calling, I am blessed to be surrounded by so many incredible women who support other women, but the one I know the most is the one who has known me the longest: my amazing mama. 

As a single mom of three kids for most of my life, my mom didn’t have it easy; at times, she worked multiple jobs, but she made sure that she did everything she could to be there for her kids, family, and friends.

She is the most encouraging person I know – she sees the potential in every person she meets and doesn’t hold back when it comes to lifting others up. Even many of my friends have shared how grateful they are for my mom’s thoughtful words. 

In addition to her encouragement, she modeled what it was like to make the most of what you have and to never overlook the richness and resources right in front of you – especially relationships. She always reminds me that the most important relationship is with my Heavenly Father.

She’s handled hard things fearlessly with grace and faith. I’ve watched her lean on the Lord when things looked impossible and make bold moves in faith. I didn’t realize what a gift this was for most of my life, but I’m truly inspired by her in so many ways. 

 

“She is the most encouraging person I know – she sees the potential in every person she meets and doesn’t hold back when it comes to lifting others up. ”