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 Rich Smith
inspired: Cari Brown | inspiration: Catharine Coll
“I am inspired every day to be more and to do more in my life by her example, and the fact that she never stops believing in me.”
I first met Catharine eight years ago at a small ballroom dance showcase here in Chattanooga. Little did I know how much this amazing person would change my life. I was a beginner student at the time and new to the world of dance.
What I first noticed about Catharine was the way she held her own across the dance floor. She radiated with a confidence and sense of purpose that I longed to learn. I knew immediately that I needed dance in my life. I wanted to learn how to embody that type of elegance and grace.
Several years later, I was blessed with a dance instructor internship and the opportunity to work with Catharine. She welcomed me with open arms and was nothing but encouraging and supportive as I learned how to share this wonderful art with others.
Catharine and I have been through the good, the bad, and the not so ugly. We have had each other’s backs at numerous Dancing with the Chattanooga Stars, Dare to Dances, and student showcases at the studio – not to mention countless rhinestoned costume changes.
In addition to being an accomplished dancer, my dear friend is also a talented graphic design artist. I am inspired every day to be more and to do more in my life by her example, and the fact that she never stops believing in me. She has taught me so much about myself not only in dance, but in life.