I have been inspired by so many amazing women in my life and I want to give something back.
I am a working professional with a wonderful career in health services. I have beautiful family and the best friends a person could ask for. My life is full and amazing, but that has not always been my view. Over the years I have struggled with self-doubt, low self-worth, low self-esteem, addiction, poor body image and disordered eating.
It has been through the courage of other women, simply saying “me too”, while extending their hands and their hearts to lift me up and help me grow, that I have become the emotionally solid, independent person that I am today.
I can proudly say that I truly value and love the woman I am today, and I fought like hell to become her.
One of the ways I empower and invest in myself is through cycling. I’m an avid road cyclist and a someday will be mountain biker .
I am hooked on the sport of cycling. It gives me such joy, confidence and just enhances my life in so many ways.
Earlier this year I became a brand ambassador for SOLIDarity Cycling, an amazing women’s cycling apparel company. They are rock solid in their belief of women helping other women. When I filled out the application I was asked why I thought it was important to get more girls/women on bikes. I would like to share my exact reply because it was straight from the hip or really from the heart, unfiltered and I could never re-write it any better to communicate why I do what I do and believe what I believe.
“To share the feeling of connection and accomplishment, to lift each other up and become stronger together, to make the world the way we want it, not just try to survive in it under bullshit terms such as (beauty looks like this…, good girls behave like this…women don’t do that… I SHOULD be more like…”) F**k the shoulds, there is NO ONE MOLD. We are unique for a damn reason. Took me a long time to figure that out.
That is what SOLIDarity represents to me.”
That statement is what I want for all women. That is what I want for my daughter.
A while back I was chatting with a friend who was starting her own business I said “Live your passion, share it with others“….
Now it’s time to take my own advice. I hope my passion encourages you to give cycling a try, but beyond that, to know that you are and have always been enough.