Real women empower. They empower each other. They empower men. They empower their communities. What does it mean to empower? It means to see everyone as equally capable of being his or her truest version of themselves. Being able to pull out the most awesome version of everyone they encounter. Valuing each and everyone’s unique qualities that make them different and ultimately beautiful. Never judging, looking down upon, or belittling anyone. Going out of the way just to lift someone up. Unraveling all of the negative thoughts that have engulfed so many people into believing they aren’t good enough. Creating a space where all of this can be done and welcoming with open arms and an open heart. That’s empowerment. (I also just described the VIBE Squad in a nutshell; they empower me each and everyday.)
To our loyal riders,
Wow. I am at a loss for words. My heart is so full. Saturday was a celebration of many things but most importantly it was a celebration completely for YOU. We hope you felt that. For the many beautiful, beautiful souls who were unable to attend -we celebrated with you in spirit. You were missed.
Let's talk more about you. Your energy is indescribable and contagious. You never JUST show up. You show up as the raw and real you. You have brought down your walls and have allowed us in. You walk through those doors, hop on those bikes and you give the room your ALL. You give each other your all. We see you. We feel you. You make us so proud.
A lot of life situations give you these two choices: You can choose to get better or you can choose to get bitter. I like to talk about things that everyone is going through but no one actually talks about. It’s what connects us on a spiritual level. Whether it’s heart break, chronic pain, an illness, depression, anxiety, a betrayal of trust or any life altering event (big or small), we’ve all been there. “Life is hard but you’re harder, faster, stronger.” It’s a message you will hear from our VIBE instructors, not just from Kanye, in one variation or another.
Have you ever had a friend that berates themselves when they are feeling down? Of course you have. They start saying things like “I’m so stupid, I suck at this, I’m lazy…” and the list goes on and on. It hurts you to hear them say those words and it upsets you so you tell them not to talk like that. You get mad at them, but then you’re thinking and saying those same things about yourself the next day. What’s the difference between your friend saying stuff like that about themselves and you? NOTHING. Something we often forget about is self-compassion.
When I spin, I feel like I’m on top of the world. Instead of getting a runner’s high, I get a spinner’s high -a VIBE high. That rush is addictive, spinning has helped me stay in shape, and my heart is in the best shape it’s ever been. After my accident, I never thought I would be able to get the cardio and physical activity I need, but VIBE proved me wrong. However, I’m only human and I have my good days and my bad days (that sometimes turns into a week). We all have those days and it’s perfectly normal. Just because you have a bad day doesn’t mean you have a bad life.