Taylor Jo Steele - Arizona Interview by Claire Plath Nomination by Diane Kennedy Photography by Lissa Ann Photography Issue 27 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Taylor Jo is an inspiration to all of us. She is the girl with a golden heart, always takes the consideration of others before her own. She loves with her whole heart and is grateful for all the individuals that have an impact on her life. She acknowledges and thanks all the veterans and police officers for their service as she sees them daily. She makes lunch packs for the homeless and distributes them in the streets of Phoenix. Taylor always motivates those that need it; she believes in them as we believe in her. She is one of the most incredible young ladies we know, we can all learn from her selflessness and love for life.
Photography by Lissa Ann Photography
What are some of your goals for the dance community you are involved in? Some of my goals for the dance community that I am involved in include me leading by example showing love, connection and support for one another. To show that it doesn’t matter what level, ability, age or facility you train in. I want my community to be less focused on competing with sister studios and more about supporting one another and focus on the love that we share for the art of dance. I understand that I am young, but I have seen other dancers be sad, feel left out or judged simply because of where they go, how long they have been dancing and whether or not they compete. I want to be a part of a change that focuses more on what we have in common and less focused on our differences.
How do you help those in need through your kindness and compassion towards others? I believe being involved with our communities by doing small acts of kindness can make a change in our world. Some weekends I help the homeless by making lunches for those that are living in the streets of Phoenix. These lunches include a Peanut Butter and Jelly or Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Oreos and a bottle of water. It’s something small but worth the smile that will stay with me when I see and hand deliver their lunch packs.
Tell me a little bit about the walks for charities as well as fundraisers you have been a part of it to help those in your community. Every year my family and I pick walks, runs or rides for a cause that helps donate towards local charities such as an adult or children’s hospice, hospital charity, funding for eating disorder education prevention and support, make a wish foundation, and burned victims. My sister and I also created our own tradition to purchase with our personal money a present every holiday for a little girl or a little boy who are in need.
Image by Joyce Steele - Supporting others from another facility
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished, and how did you do it? The hardest thing I’ve ever accomplished was rock climbing. I kept my focus up and didn’t look down.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Keep making goals and work toward achieving them.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? In 5 years from now I will be graduating high school. My plans are to go to college and graduate with a Doctorate Degree in Medicine.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? Besides dance being my number one, I enjoy hiking, taking long bike rides with my family, camping and drawing.
What is your hidden talent? I can draw very well!
Image by Joyce Steele - Lunches for the homeless
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? I have great parents that help with that. We have schedules for all activity and work hours listed on my fridge that way I can pack my clothes the night before for dance and school.
3 Things on your bucket list. Skydiving when I turn 18, visit Ireland and create an epic event fundraising for a cause.
Who do you find inspiring? I find my parents inspiring, they have taught me everything I know about helping others in need, they are hard working parents and give my sister and myself everything we have.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I am a bighearted person that enjoys making someone smile whether I give my peers a compliment or give them a hug on a bad day, I love to help people.
Anything else you’d like to tell us? Never give up on your dreams!!
Taylor Jo will be featured in Issue 27 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!