Living everyday as though life has given you a second chance and making the most of every moment is advice that is hard to argue with.
Viktor Emil Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Mr. Frankl was the founder of Logo Therapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy”.
The theory is founded on the belief that human nature is motivated by the search for a life purpose; logo therapy is the pursuit of that meaning for one’s life. Frankl’s theories were heavily influenced by his personal experiences of suffering and deep, deep loss in Nazi concentration camps.
He was once quoted as expressing, “Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.”
It seems an argument could be made that most of the world’s population in some form participates in Logo Therapy.
“We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.”… Harrison Ford
One such beautiful young woman that found a purpose very early in life is the shapely Australian model Robyn Lawley.
She was only the tender age of 15 the first time she went to a modeling agency.
Robyn is from the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. She is best known as one of three cover models of Vogue Italia’s June 2011 issue, the second plus-size model to cover Elle France, the first plus-size model to be shot for Australian Vogue and GQ Australia and the first Australian plus size model to be on the cover of Australia Cosmopolitan.
Robyn was also Vogue Australia’s first plus size model to appear in an editorial specifically produced for Vogue Australia in the magazine’s 52-year history.
She seems to have walked a higher and more purposeful path as though she is already living life’s second chance.
Our Aussie Princess has walked runways around the world, most notably in a one-model show for OneStopPlus for Fashion Week, streamed on to a New York Times Square moving billboard, Elena Miro in Milan Fashion Week and Peter Morrissey for Sydney’s Fashion Week.
Here are some of her awards.
- Robyn was voted the winner of the Australian Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless Female, Rising Star Award 2011.
- Robyn was also selected for Sydney Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the year award for 2011.
- Robyn became an ambassador for The Australian Ovarian Cancer charity in 2011.
A bright out going brunette, Robyn is eloquent at speaking for herself as well.
At her site robynlawley.com.au she smiles, “Robyn was also the first Australian plus size model to be on the cover of Madison, an Australian Fashion magazine and has shot countless editorials for magazines around the world such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Look, Mode, Marie Claire and Elle magazines to name a few.
Robyn has worked with world renowned photographers including Lee Broomfield, Michel Haddi, Thierry Le Goues, Raphael Mazzucco and Steven Meisel and is also the first plus-size model to appear in a campaign for Ralph Lauren.”
That is an extremely impressive resume.
Why don’t explore Robyn’s roots in Western Australia.
Western Sydney is a major region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Western Sydney is also used to refer to the Greater Western Sydney region, which is the combination of Western Sydney as defined above and the Macarthur Region (also referred to as South-western Sydney).
We always love to electronically visit Sydney.
The fantastic travel site lonleyplanet.com does as well. They smile, “After a lazy Saturday at the beach, urbane Sydneysiders have a disco nap, hit the showers and head out again. There’s always a new restaurant to try, undercover bar to hunt down, hip band to check out, sports team to shout at, show to see or crazy party to attend. The city’s pretensions to glamour are well balanced by a casualness that means a cool T-shirt and a tidy pair of jeans will get you in most places. But if you want to dress up and show off, there’s plenty of opportunity for that among the sparkling lights of the harbor.”
With all of that natural beauty you don’t want to just stay inside.
They have some suggestions on that as well. “National parks ring the city and penetrate right into its heart. Large chunks of the harbor are still edged with bush, while parks cut their way through the skyscrapers and suburbs. Consequently native critters turn up in the most surprising places. Great clouds of flying foxes pass overhead at twilight and spend the night rustling around in suburban fig trees, oversized spiders stake out the corners of lounge-room walls, possums rattle over the roofs of terrace houses, and Sulphur Crested cockatoos bleat from the railings of urban balconies. At times Sydney’s concrete jungle seems more like an actual one – and doesn’t that just make it all the more exciting?”
We agree. Very exciting.
Although Robyn’s life reads like a second chance materialized, it is not without challenges.
Robyn is afflicted with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome with SLE lupus – a rare condition where immune cells attacks healthy cells.
In an interview with Marie Claire Magazine, Robyn opened up about the rare condition she suffers from. The magazine reports, “Speaking about the health issues she faced after giving birth to her first child in February, the beauty began losing her vision, before the ability to talk and walk slowly degenerated.
After spending a week in the hospital believing her body was shutting down, the model was diagnosed with the condition which can lead to blood clots in both arteries and veins. The disease can also lead to pregnancy-related complications such as miscarriage, stillbirth and premature delivery.”
Robyn made a decision not to have any more children.
“First, I have to thank God for giving me the gift that he did as well as a second chance for a better life.”… Oksana Baiul
Being a person who lives life to the full, she doesn’t let her ailment slow her down.
A health protagonist, Robyn’s wonderful cook book is available at: http://www.booktopia.com.au/robyn-lawley-eats-robyn-lawley/prod9780857980472.html
Along with being a loving mother, Robyn is also a swimsuit designer.
That is something she is also sensational at since in part she looks so gorgeous wearing them.
A study in Robyn’s life is an appreciation for not wasting the moment you’re involved in and making the future ones really count as well.
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Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.