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Sophia Roe's passions didn't begin as passions—they started as mere distractions to her tough childhood. The child of two substance abusers, Roe ended up in the foster system but found comfort and stability in both food and music. In the new episode of Second Life, Roe tells Hillary Kerr about overcoming unconventional beginnings, dropping out of college twice, and becoming a chef, wellness expert, and thought leader.
There are many things to admire about Roe, but her outlook on like is particularly contagious. "I'm a girl who spent half my life in foster care," she tells Kerr. "I don't have a relationship with my mom. I have no family. I don't even have a photograph of my dad. I lived in a car. A two-time college dropout and I'm the happiest person in the world. Nobody sleeps better than me. I'm so happy. Remember you get to choose… You get to choose how to handle your day." If that's not a quote to live by, we don't know what is.
Roe also has advice when it comes to pursuing your goals—and faltering along the way. "Check in with your dreams because they change," Roe says. "Check in with yourself. Pull yourself over and check your GPS. And sometimes your GPS is totally broken and you just get a whole new system. That's okay, too." Head to iTunes to subscribe to Second Life to hear more about Roe's inspiring self-made success story.