Monthly Archives: July 2015

Hurdlers

Hurdlers

 

I know I go on and on about how much I love what I get to do.

All of the various moving parts of my freelance life are satisfying in their own way (and I have a pretty blink-inducing amount of variety on the list of pursuits that I…pursue…in order to maintain a livable wage), but writing for GORGO has been a unique experience.

Fitness is a passion of mine. Well, I’m passionate about the idea of it, and I do a passably good job of maintaining my own, but I’m talking about advocating for it. Encouraging it. Affirming it when I see it.

I’m always excited to meet new people who are performing fantastic feats in their fitness journeys, and often helping others in the process, and GORGO has opened a lot of doors for me to do that. I’m given an assignment, usually to cover someone I’ve never heard of, and I get to talk to them, hear their story and all the amazing things about their life, and then I get to share it with you all.

That’s a lot of fun.

But sometimes I also get the chance to put someone up front and center that might not not normally get to be seen and heard, and let me tell you…very little in life beats that.

The two women that I talk about in the Hurdlers article, in the current issue of GORGO aren’t superstar athletes with corporate sponsors. They aren’t business women with a publicity team helping them spread their message.

They’re both two moms who have not only done incredible things for their kids and their families, they’ve also somehow been able to find time for fitness in their lives. Plus, they’ve been able to push towards goals that often elude folks who have scads of extra time and energy.

Not only that, both of them are dealing with more than your average bear when it comes to life issues; one with kids who have had intense needs, and another with physical challenges of her own. Being a mom with kids and trying to balance all that that entails (and homeschool them, which both of these weirdos do, too) is enough on its own, and enough to merit the writing of a book on how to manage it all without losing your mind. But to handle all that and still want to live your own fitness life on your own terms, and have the courage and chutzpah to do it? That’s incredible.

These are my heroes.

Subscribe to GORGO and get amped up with strong women stories every two weeks. It’s a good investment.

No ads, no airbrushed models, and no apologies for the strength.

Sarah Wilson of Fashletics: Strong, Fit and Feminine

Sarah Wilson

 

It’s always a safe bet that any woman that I’m scheduled to interview for GORGO is strong, savvy, and worth learning more about.

I’ve met some really wonderful people, and it never fails to encourage me, when I hear their stories and find out what’s made them who they are. Their fitness journeys are just one part of their lives, it’s true, but they usually play a big part in the overall narrative, and I love becoming connected with other women on the quest to be as strong as possible, for as long as possible.

Sarah Wilson, of Fashletics, is one of those women. But more than that…she’s a woman on a mission to build women up, and affirm their choice to strive for strength. (She’s also on the warpath against the idea that lady lifters are in danger of “looking like men” if they get too strong.)

I’m not a frilly gal. I don’t usually even wear jewelry, but I think it’s probably because there’s not a lot of it that appeals to me. (I also do a lot of stuff that would tear it off my body or cause me to lose it, and so it seems silly to put it on in the first place.)

But I regularly wear this…

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It can be hard, trying to find out for yourself what a “Strong Woman” looks like. I won’t even get into the match of mind chess that is trying to teach it to your daughters, but to quote the kids these days…The Struggle is Real.

But we have each other. And now, thanks to Sarah Wilson, we have cool jewelry, in addition to nice, positive t-shirts and coin purses.

Go read her GORGO feature online (it’s free!), and visit the fashletics website and browse.

And keep on keepin’ on. Keep on lifting heavy, if that’s your thing, and keep on, above all else, seeking strength.

An Event Like No Other: Elaborate Collaborate

Elaborate Collaborate

Elaborate Collaborate image by Tim Hearn

I get to do a lot of cool things, as a food/art/entertainment/fitness writer.

Whether it’s eating at some of my city’s best upscale establishments, trying new physical endeavors for a fitness feature, or getting paid to watch (and write about) movies, I really have a swell deal.

I could say that all of those things are equally great, and that it’s just my career as a writer that is so fulfilling, and that would be true. Just like mothers don’t have favorites among their children, I have a fondness for all of the subjects in my rotation, and my basic love of writing is what makes this so satisfying as a pursuit.

But I would be lying to you if I didn’t admit that art is special.

One of my latest assignments for Slice magazine was an article about a truly unique endeavor coming to IAO Gallery in Oklahoma City this month (July 17th). The curators behind it (romy owens and Kelsey Karper) are enthusiastic about the project and bringing new and exciting art exhibits to OKC, and the exhibit is free to the public…what more can you ask for?

Go read the article (and subscribe to the print version of Slice–a gorgeous publication) and plan on visiting the exhibit at some point during its five week stretch at IAO Gallery.

“Art is literacy of the heart.” – Elliot Eisner

Yoga for a Cause

CASA yoga

Copyright © 2015 CASA of Oklahoma County, All rights reserved.

If you love yoga, and love helping children, then mark this coming July 16 on your calendar and make plans to join up with other like-minded yogis at Hidden Dragon Yoga for an evening of stretching and giving.

Participants will meet at Hidden Dragon (26 NE 10th St, Oklahoma City) at 7:00 pm, walk to Coffee Slingers, and head up to the roof for a sunset session of yoga, live music, and refreshments. The cost is whatever your conscience dictates, and all proceeds benefit CASA of Oklahoma.

CASA (which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates), provides trained court appointed volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in the Oklahoma County juvenile court system. (Can’t make rooftop yoga on the 16th? Click here to find out how to donate to CASA, and click here to see what you need to do to in order to become a CASA volunteer.)

If the thought of children languishing in the system is gut wrenching to you, and you’ve always thought that you had to be a social worker, a cop, or foster parent to make a difference, this is your chance to help without doing any of those things.

You can either un-stow some money to give (every little bit helps), or you can volunteer your time. (Training is generally 40 hours at the outset, 12 hours annually, and CASA requires a year commitment; case experts meet with the principals in a case monthly, and attend all court hearings.)

Not convinced something like this makes a difference? The National CASA Association has determined that children with a CASA volunteer on their cases:

Receive more services than those without.

Do better in school (more likely to pass courses, less likely to exhibit poor conduct, and less likely to be expelled).

Are more likely to be adopted.

Are half as likely to reenter foster care.

Are substantially less likely to remain in long term foster care.

It’s one way to help a serious situation in our community. So roll up those mats, and head over to Hidden Dragon on July 16!