Strong Girl: Kim Beckwith

Meet Kim. Kim Beckwith.

kim nurse

When I read the article in The Oregonian about Kim being selected as Marshall High School’s princess, I remember looking up at my dad during breakfast and saying, “This girl rocks.”

Kim, without a doubt, is a tough girl.

Right before the high school Rose Festival selection, a man tried to make off with the tip jar where Kim was working and she wasn’t about to let him get away. She ran after him, got ahold of him and then he fought back. On the day she was crowned princess, she sported five stitches and a black eye.

She showed everyone that beauty means bravery. True beauty is not exemplified in a sparkling dress. True beauty is found is standing up for what you believe in and for the protection of others.

Since our Rose Festival experience, Kim has gone on to show resilience in ways that match her tip-jar episode five years ago. She is a stunning young woman who cares and loves others even if it means inconveniencing herself.

Kim is one Strong Girl and her words illustrate that completely.

kim graduating

How does the word “movement” fit into your life, especially any changes that have happened over the last few months?

The word “movement” is perfect in describing my life after college. I received my bachelors degree in nursing from University of Portland last August. Since then, I’ve moved away from my beloved family and friends in Portland to be with my husband in the Bay Area of California. For me, physically moving away gave me a chance to reinvent myself as an independent woman.

What are you currently doing and what brought you there?

Where am I? I would have never guessed in a million years that I would be in Reno, NV and once again having to share a long distance relationship with my husband. I moved to Reno last November when I was offered a charge nurse position at a skilled nursing facility. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. I struggled with the thought of living 3 hours away from my husband, but I knew I had to start my career somewhere. For those of you unfamiliar with nursing, the Bay Area is completely saturated with nurses, making it far too difficult for new grads to find jobs. What am I doing now? As of two days ago, I was offered a unit manager position for the rehab/ventilator unit at my facility. Climbing the ladder!

What is one goal you have this year?

I just want to be good at what I do. Nursing is tough and I want to remain motivated to be a better nurse every day.

kim married

Currently, who/what do you draw inspiration from? When you wake up in the morning, what pops into your head and gets you saying, “Today is my day!”?

My parents are my number one inspiration. They’ve worked so hard and I can’t thank them enough. The least I can do is make them proud.

What is one thing you know to be true? What is your statement of faith that drives you to keep doing what you’re doing?

This awesome quote by Theodore Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

What is something new that brings Joy to your life?

No question, my family means everything to me.


Thank you, Kim, for sharing your beautiful story with us! You are full of light and your smile says it all. You’re pouring out goodness into the world and it’s so evident what an impact you have on those around you.

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