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"To burden yourself with perfection is unrealistic," the mother of two said while accepting the Role Model Award

By Tara Fowler
Updated December 18, 2014 10:55 PM
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Ladies, Kate Hudson has a few words of advice for you.

While accepting the Role Model Award at Thursday evening’s PEOPLE Magazine Awards, the mother of two admitted she initially found the accolade a bit intimidating.

“When I thought about what a role model is and I started to look up the definition, I got completely freaked out by all the ways that it was defined,” she said.

“Until I found a definition by a young girl named Natalie,” Hudson continued. “Natalie said a role model is a person with a clear sense of what is important to her, putting forth the effort to improve and create things that will make a difference. Those are the principles I live my life by.”

Hudson went on to say that she hopes she inspires women to live authentically.

“Life is a journey with its ups and downs, its challenges and its triumphs and all the while, you need to stay resilient and focused on your goals and your truth. To burden yourself with perfection is unrealistic, but the joy of living authentically and fearlessly is the life that I would like to live.”

“So if I can have an impact on one thing tonight, it’s to all young girls and women: Give yourself the permission to honor who you are and even more importantly to learn who you are. To honor your aspirations, to be kind, to be courageous, to take risks and don’t ever let anyone ever push you around.”

Hudson, 35, finished by thanking her family, including sons Ryder, 10, and Bingham, 3.

The actress recently called off her engagement to Muse frontman Matt Bellamy.

“Despite this, they remain very close friends and committed co-parents,” her rep told PEOPLE.

See Kate’s Full PEOPLE Magazine Awards Speech: