Who Run the World? Girls.
Every Monday and Wednesday I get the chance to go to November Project, I am part of something special. Well, this morning...I was part of something even MORE special. My beautiful, wonderful (and equally, short and feels-y) friend Stefanie led an all-female November Project workout in conjunction with Michelle Obama's United State of Women - a summit in DC celebrating the awesome achievements of women throughout the years and looking at the next steps forward in the ongoing fight for gender equality. Feminism, ya'll.
Anyways, as I sweated my way through steep hills, hoistees, and dozens of pushups - all with a sprained ankle (oops) - I realized my original "grin and bear it" smile was not a fake, let's just get this over with smirk. As I ran up my third hill, I realized why I was smiling. I was totally surrounded by strong, fit, fierce, hot, successful and beautiful women...who were all encouraging each other in any way possible - high-fives, motivational "you got this"'s, smiles, a gentle tap on the back to keep going up the hill, and tons of really genuine and heartfelt compliments (we started the day with 6 compliments to 6 squats).
In this day and age, it's unfortunately shocking to see such simple and meaningful encouragement when we're raised to be competitive - women vs. women, whether it's in the workplace, the gym, the dating scene...you name it! I'm definitely guilty of this more than I'm comfortable admitting to myself - down talking other females in my head, simply pushing myself to be "better" than the royal "her," and constantly comparing, sad when my success doesn't match up to those around me. Why am I not congratulating her accomplishments, appreciating her unique talents, skills and personality?!
Today, that whole sense of urgent competition was gone. Sure, we all raced hard. But, we pushed each other and inspired each other to go just a little bit harder because we wanted to see that person rise to be their best. Every lady was strong and supportive. The energy was absolutely contagious and carried with me all day - supportive, encouraging, kind, accepting and loving.
So, while the United State of Women may tackle some of the world's bigger issues, today's special November Project United State of Women workout showed me just how big of an asset females can be to each other. Your sisters are there for support and to fight the fight with you - not against you. Why tear each other down when we can lift each other up?! We can accomplish so much more -fixing the pay gap or just running a mile - together.
PS - Thank you to all the ladies of NP, who truly inspire me and push me to be better - fitness and health-wise, but more importantly, as a person.
*All photos by the lovely Stef, the biggest badass I know.