I have been an admirer of Beatrix Potter for as long as I can remember. Of course I loved her stories and the fact that not only did she write them but illustrated them as well. She never gave up on her dreams of publishing her work and though it was initially considered frivolous, her books are still published today. But over the years it was her commitment to care for the land that inspired me even more. As a child her British family vacationed in the Lake District of Scotland and as an adult she purchased the farms over time in order to preserve the land for future generations, and the area is now known as Lake District National Park. In a time when women of her status were meant to manage the home, she instead chose to live a creative life, focusing on the things that were most important to her, and finding success in it.