Full disclosure, I don’t love the word empowerment; I think it’s a cheap buzzword that corporate America has made trendy. That being said, I believe in the premise of people feeling fulfilled, and strong, and confident- in work, in health, in life. So when tasked with describing how November Project has empowered me, there’s only one way to tell y’all how it feels:

I do my hair toss
Check my nails
Baby how you feelin’?!
Feelin’ GOOD AS HELL.

Me except my hair is in a bun and I still bite my nails
Me except my hair is in a bun and I still bite my nails

Lizzo captures it perfectly–that’s what November Project has done for me. NP, at this juncture in my life- has got me feeling good as hell. 

When you move to a new city, know barely anyone, and have generally very little clue what you’re doing with your life- it can be easy to retreat into your shell. Now, I was a fairly confident person before I began leading this Tribe of yahoos (read: loud and from Long Island), but NP has done much more for me than boost my self-esteem. It has created a space where I can surround myself with intelligent, convicted, driven women. Having female heroines and icons to look to is one thing- but standing shoulder to shoulder with them every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during a Bounce is quite another. I would be remiss if I didn’t shout out all the dudes in our Tribe who appreciate and elevate strong, independent ladies- y’all are dope. 

We do not have to shrink ourselves or make ourselves softer for anyone. Be loud. Take up space.
Be loud. Take up space.

I LOVE the intensity with which November Project Tribe members exist (mainly because it validates my own highly competitive nature). But even outside of workouts, people are serious about their causes- and they show up for them. Talk to any Tribe member about their passion project- their eyes light up. This passion, this intensity, this FIRE has taught me so much- about new charities, new organizations and new ways to do good on this planet. I feel armed and equipped with so much new knowledge that I didn’t have a year ago. Having a space to learn, and to grow, and to expand, is really fucking invaluable and cool- it has completely altered the way I interact with my new home and community in DC.

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I want to thank you, each and every one of you, that has ever shown up to a workout. Your attendance, participation and enthusiasm drives me more than you could ever know. I saw fashion designer (and wrap dress VISIONARY) Diane Von Furstenberg speak a few months ago and she dropped this nugget of wisdom on the audience, 

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.”

Well, I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up- and I don’t necessarily know the type of woman I want to be either, but I do know that I get closer to being her every day– and that the best parts of myself have been cultivated and amplified by November Project. 

Look at this fucking woman power.
Look at this fucking woman power.

In summation, if you’re celebrating International Women’s Day by wearing red, or shopping at a female-owned business, or not shopping at all, or simply remembering and owning the fact that you’re a woman- I want you, no, I NEED you to know that you are validated. If November Project has taught me and empowered me to do one thing, it’s to always go ahead and say a few small words that could change someone’s entire day. So, good fucking job, keep being you, and I am beyond glad that you are here. 

SPREAD GOOD VIBES, today and always.♥️

NPowerment (DCA)
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