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Caroline Smith

Co-Owner, Bear Arms CrossFit Gym

Financial Wellness Officer, BB&T

Treasurer, Newberry Young Professionals

Leadership Newberry, FASTTRAC

Downtown Newberry

My Favorite Quote: “Life is what you make it so make it beautiful.” - unknown

I heard this a very long time ago and it reminds me that every day we have a choice, every moment, we have a choice to be positive or negative.  You have the choice to decide.

Newberry is where I fell in love with my husband, Ryan, and we knew one day we would settle here and raise a family. We wanted to give back to the community and we couldn't think of a better way than through health and fitness, so we opened Bear Arms CrossFit Gym.

My vision for Newberry is for it to become a place in which people will work, live, and play.

The advice I would give my 20-year old self is to to have pride in all of your work. Take responsibility for your mistakes, learn from them, and move on. Stand up for yourself when you know you’re right -- it’s ok to have a voice even if you’re the minority in the room.​ Also to know that everyone has a problem - something tragic that has altered their view. Will you let your "something" define you or change you? That choice is yours.

You would be surprised to know that I am dyslexic and some people could see this as a weakness, however I have grown to make this a strength. I am transparent about all aspects of my life to hold myself accountable, to encourage others, and to continue the lines of communication.