Note: I’m going a little rogue in terms of what I post about. I might get a little serious and then sappy so if that’s not your jam, you have been told.
Today is a day where we need to truly look at how far we have come and yet how far we have to go. In one instance, a not so happy one, I’m referring to the terrible incident that occurred on Sunday and the violence that has seemingly increased in conjunction with wrongful gun access. I can’t adequately put my thoughts into words but my thoughts, prayers, and heart goes out to those who have been affected. This violence and hatred is uncalled for and needs to end.
“We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer, and love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony Awards 2016)
I’m also referring to a more positive subject and that’s the movement of women. A couple of weeks ago we saw that one of the November Project DC leaders – Kaelan Dickinson was planning a NP_DC women’s only workout. It was inspired by The United State of Women summit, where very influential women will be coming together to speak on a variety of topics as well as educate and inspire those attending to take action. Of course we have these lovely links to learn more about what’s going on, so educate yourself!
^^ yes I linked the picture to the topics so you decide…excel work or education reading 😉
But back to today. You have probably seen and gathered how close I have become with people in November Project. It’s safe to say that they are the closest thing I have to family back east and life certainly would not be the same without them. I have so many wonderful people to look up to, support, and be supported by. Whether we know it or not, meeting one another, interacting with one another (even for just a short time) has and will continue to help build confidence, build strength (for the mind and body) and build a better community.
The women that I surround myself with are role models. Three amazing women from our own tribe – Katherine, Terri, and Meg, decided to lead our own “United State of November Project Women – NYC” workout. We met at 72nd street in Riverside Park by the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt and got our bounce going right at 7:02. Punctual as can be.
From there we made our way down to some stairs and grassy area where we proceeded to have 25 minutes’ worth of exercises, all themed and named after influential women. My memory is failing me right now but I did remember the “Michelle Obama” Dips and “Ellen DeGeneres” dance party finale.
There were a couple of times during the workout that the leaders would scream “who runs the world?” to which we would have to respond “GIRLS” and then find a partner and complete 10 curtsy lunges. It was amazing to see the amount of women show up at a pop up workout, support one another and just have fun while sweating it out before the workday.
^^ Our amazing leaders this morning
Before we departed, Meg left us with a little speech. Please note this is paraphrasing and not nearly as powerful as when Meg said it.
“This community has been one of the best things to happen to us. The amount of support and love we have for one another – just know that you will NEVER be alone. We are there for each other during the good and the bad and we need to continue to support one another. This is our time to stop putting ourselves down (we all do it to ourselves), putting others down around us. We may not like what they are wearing or how they act, but we need to stand up and fight for ourselves because we are the generation to make a change. Maybe if we continue, we can make sure that the next generation of girls and women don’t have to go through the same crap that we do”
We may only see one another for 1-2 hours a week, but those 60 minutes build up and are oh so powerful. This is the only life we have to life and it’s about time to make it a great one.