If ever there was a girl to inspire Emmie to be bold, brave and adventurous, then Australia's Jessica Watson is the one. Back in 2010, at only 16 years old she became the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. I think most of us would remember the controversy at the time, and the determination and confidence of this incredible young woman who continued to fight for her dream.
And from now until July 2016, Jessica is being recognised as one of Australia's most daring adventurers in the Australian Museum's new exhibition - Trailblazers: Australia's 50 greatest explorers.
Imagine! 16 years old, at sea all alone, sailing around the world. Doing her own maintenance, cooking and schooling and very day getting closer to making history. For 210 days out on the ocean this incredible young woman was achieving her dream and showing people around Australia and the world that girls really can do anything - in fact, anyone can reach their dream if they are passionate, driven and believe in themselves.
Jessica recently did a Q&A on the Museum's Facebook page and I managed to jump in ask her how she maintained her confidence and faith in herself while she was out on the ocean. Lucky me, I got a reply almost straight away:
"It's not always easy," she said. "For me, having clear goals was really important. I also had someone teach me positive thought techniques, they were really simple but helped a lot."
What is it that makes some people believe they can do what most would see as an impossible dream? Jessica said her parents encouraged her adventures spirit - so to really is up to us to foster our children's inquisitiveness and adventurous spirit.
"It's important to encourage a passion for adventure. Mum read me a lot of adventure books and I think that had a big impact on me. Mum and dad also gave me and my siblings a lot of freedom to go off and explore on our own."
Amongst the other 49 amazing explorers are the wonderful Nancy Bird Walton - Australia's first female commercial pilot and an amazingly inspiring woman, and Emily Creague, Australia's first female outback explorer, who my Emily is now named after.
There's also a free kid's Trailblazers app to help make learning about our trailblazing explorers even more fun.
WIN A DOUBLE PASS FOR TWO ADULTS TO THE MUSEUM & TRAILBLAZERS EXHIBITION:
Thanks to the Australian Museum you can win a double pass for two adults - kids are free - including complimentary access to the whole Museum and the Trailblazers exhibition. Simply sign up to the mumpack travel newsletter [top right on follow the link below] to go into the draw. Winners will be drawn randomly at 5pm on Monday 27 December. The exhibition is at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Good luck!
**Photos courtesy of the Australian Museum