If you follow me on ANY social media forum, be it Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, then you know I was at the IDEA World Conference this weekend in Los Angeles. I saw a lot (can you say Shaun T.?), learned a lot (always a pleasure to take a class from my head homegirl Viveca Jensen at Piloxing) and wondered a lot. I kept asking myself, “How did I get here? How does so-in-so who is so major know me who is still in the minor leagues? I don’t even do anything athletic.”
As I was leaving my first class on the last day, a woman caught up with me and asked, “What’s your sport?” I looked around to see who she was really talking to and then I noticed she was staring me right in the eye. I must have looked startled because she said, “Your quads. I was looking at your quads.” Now me and my thighs have this love/hate relationship but I looked down to see if I saw what she saw and I didn’t. I quietly replied, “I’m a dancer. Well, sort of. I do Piloxing and Zumba and I teach modern dance. I tried to run a little bit but….” And I went on and on about trying to make myself “sound like something I wasn’t. I’m a dancer and I AM an athlete. And the same way I tried to justify this conversation was the same way I tried to justify the e-mail I got from Jami at Under Armour on Wednesday when I was in between flights.
Again, if you’ve seen ANYTHING I’ve done in the past couple of months then you know I have been all over Under Armour’s What’s Beautiful campaign. The theme was to “redefine” the female athlete. I do most of my work “offline” so I wasn’t real sure how to show Under Armour that I was behind them all the way. When Under Armour and FitFluential (the AMAZING company of which I am an ambassador) had the idea of a “group” project, I was on it. I was so on it that I didn’t sleep for weeks. What all of that planning and praying and begging (smile) turned into was two days that changed my life forever. I had eleven women meet for a “blind-sided” workout (they didn’t know what was going to happen) that pushed them BEYOND where they thought they could go and gave them all the courage to pursue other activities and then the next day, I taught a Zumba “What’s Beautiful” party to 175 people. There were tears, hi-fives, people signing up for memberships, hugs, Under Armour gear everywhere and immense gratitude.
But, back to the story….
Jami offered me and three of my fellow FitFluential ambassadors an invitation to come to visit the Under Armour headquarters in Baltimore next week!!!!!!!!!!!!! And as I excited as I was, I felt a sense of, “well, I’m not an athlete.” But I AM an athlete and I have worked my butt off behind the scenes to not instill that in myself but in the lives of every woman I come in contact with whether it is through Piloxing or Zumba or yoga or just someone asking me where I got my shoes from and where can they get some. 🙂 Feeding into people is what I do and I feel so blessed that Under Armour chose to feed into me. And having this news gave me the desire to go farther than I would have (one handed burpees. Really, Shaun T.?) because I want to inspire people with my life and not just my letters on a page. I am going on behalf of every woman who feels like she has lost her voice because she wasn’t like the others.
We ARE athletes!
But, Under Armour, can you not ask me to do any squats? I have a feeling I am going to be sore for a while. Ouch. 🙂
Thanks, Under Armour and FitFluential!!!!!!!!!!!
I will be packed early and ready to go! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!