I met this inspirational young woman the other day on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. As I am here for a couple months this summer, I thought it was time to get outside on the lake and try wake surfing. Everyone is talking about and getting excited for NLand Surf Park to open (North America's first public wave park...Kelly Slater's wave is private ;)). Due to not having waves until the park is ready, this was the next best option.
A group of us went out on a friend's boat (Thanks Baylie <3) and stayed on the lake until dark. It was such a relief to be in the water again! While on the boat, I met Mary Ralph Lawson and was immediately drawn to her happy and positive attitude. We started talking surf, travel, California, and Costa Rica and a few days later, I had a follow up interview with her. Mary Ralph is a fun-loving mermaid who seeks adventure and wakes up with smile on her face. She is such a great reminder that we can choose to be happy, we can choose to smile. Here is more with Mary Ralph Lawson:
-Tell me a little about yourself and your passions.
I am an Austin girl, born and raised, and a Malibu based (sometimes ha!). I have always loved anything to do with the outdoors and the water and I am always up for the newest adventure and choose to have a good time. I have traveled to many countries and love all the possibilities that traveling brings. My quote, that you can see on my Instagram bio and on some of my apparel says, "Cheers to the amazing adventures and all the beautiful people and places you meet along the way". I really believe that a simple smile could lead to a million things, and the answer "yes" can take you anywhere you want to go. My life motto is smile and say yes, and you will go far.
-What is the mission of mralphlawson.com and where do you see yourself in the future?
The mission of my website is have a platform to say more than the Instagram limit of a caption or a single photo. Within my website, I have a blog, where I open up about my self. You can read about anything from my love and belief in Jesus Christ to the ways I'm not perfect as well as other topics like the latest fashion trends I'm loving, or the places and things I want to do. Also, on my website I have an online store where i sell jewelry, apparel, etc. In the future, I see myself living on an island or next to the ocean, owning my own store, and hopefully traveling the world as a living.
-What gets you out of bed every morning?
The sunshine that is peering through my windows, the endless possibilities a new day can bring, the comfort in the fact that yesterday is over, and the truth that the best is yet to come.
-What is the BEST advice you have ever received?
...a smile can lead to million things.
...always cheers to the trains you missed, because they led you here to this.
-What is some advice you can give to young women pursuing their dreams?
I say go for it. Smile and say yes. Your path might be windy and overgrown, but God has a plan for you better than you can ever imagine. I say pursue your dreams, work hard, and have fun. If you can dream it, you can do it. It's true. I'm 19 and have done things I am so proud of and lucky to have accomplished at such a young age, and it is because I set my mind to it and did not take no as an answer.