Darby Ingram-Rauluni wants other young people to know one thing: their lives are limitless.
Through taking the risk to pursue her interests, the young Griffith Wiradjuri woman has launched an online shop to complement her blog Hill Sixty.
The idea to sell simple keepsakes of affirmation cards and tote bags came as a way to finance the blog but with the intention of sharing Wiradjuri language and reminding people to live slowly and with care.
"With the tote bags I chose the word 'Yindyamarra' because even before I had the language to identify it, it's pretty much how I've been raised," Miss Ingram-Rauluni said.
Yindyamarra is a Wiradjuri word to describe doing something slowly, with respect and intention, something that's challenging for the cadet journalist and full time university student.
Miss Ingram-Rauluni started blogging four years ago as a way to process and discuss her experiences growing up in Griffith and in 2020 it caught the eye of the National Indigenous Times who offered her a position as a cadet journalist.
Now into her third year of a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology, Miss Ingram-Rauluni wants other young people to know that possibilities in life are many and to lean in to what interests you.
"This was all without a plan. We're limitless and the options are endless. All of this opportunity didn't come the way I thought it would. I am doing a degree but my interest in my hobbies is actually what's brought a lot of this to me," she said.
"The blog started out not nearly as confident or specific to identity and race and the things I'm interested in now," she explained.
"But it set the tone for me to start critically thinking about my adolescence, the people around me and how my culture influences everything else in the world, but also how my town influenced my culture."
You can read and follow Miss Ingram-Rauluni's thoughts at the Hill Sixty blog here.