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Check Out Delaney Kuepper’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Delaney Kuepper.  

Hi Delaney, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I have always loved the water. From the age of 2, I was swimming with my parents in our backyard pool, and soon I was immersed in the culture of San Diego’s surf scene. I became obsessed with Junior Lifeguards, and I joined a swim team so I could be safer while surfing. I frequented Cardiff Reef with my dad, and we would go out paddle boarding almost every morning. When I was in middle school, I joined a local waterpolo team and instantly fell in love with the sport. I began playing competitively a year later. Now at 18, I am enrolled in UC Irvine to play collegiate waterpolo at the D1 national level. I will always have a love for the water, whether it be the ocean or a pool, and I hope I can always have it be a part of my life. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
As I’m sure many other people experienced, the pandemic created a lot of mental health problems for me. Being in isolation allowed me to discover more of my passions, but it also revealed my anxieties. Since then, I have been an advocate for mental health, especially for other women and athletes. Although having anxiety and depression can cause many hardships, I have realized how much I value the good days. I seek to be present and care for myself, and each day I am getting better at coping with the struggles I face. 

Another challenge I face has been my allergies. I learned that I am allergic to dairy and gluten my senior year of high school, so trying to find foods that suit my needs has been a struggle. I am now collaborating with allergy-conscious brands that support me being a healthy, happy athlete. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Another passion of mine when I was younger was modeling and acting. During the pandemic, I began modeling for my own small business and selling vintage clothes. This sparked my passion for helping others find fashionable outfits. I am now a part-time content creator through Instagram, and I hope to continue this through college. I love expressing my creativity through my posts and sharing my passions with other people. I am also an advocate for mental health, sustainability, and body positivity. I hope that I can share these values with other people through the content I post. 

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
A piece of advice I live by is that being bad is the first step of being good. Anything good in life will take time, practice, and patience. It’s okay to fail, it’s okay to look stupid, and it’s okay to not know what you’re doing. Over time, and with the help of others, you can reach your goals. Although it may feel uncomfortable, the best thing you can do to reach your goals is to start now. Don’t push off your goals thinking there will be a perfect time to start. That time will never come. If you have a goal, try to reach it, even if you think it is unattainable or too early to start. 

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