A Body Warrior to Meet: Robyn

March 3, 2008 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

What I love about myself:  I love that I continue to create a multi-dimensional life that satisfies my mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.  By day, I am a program officer at a local foundation, working to strengthen our community.  By night, I am a triathlete working to strengthen myself and find new limits in my training and racing.  Through my Tri to End Homelessness campaign, I combine both sides of my identity.

My biggest challenge in accepting my body and beauty: Maintaining perspective.  Life is so much bigger than my dress size!
My biggest support in learning to appreciate myself: My family, my coach, my collection of numbers from completed races!
Beauty is:  Sweating, spitting, grunting like a wild animal,(sometimes swearing!), digging deeper than I knew I could as I pump my arms and legs and lungs and spirit up the last hill in a race to cross the finish line, reborn.
Why I am strong:  I can run, bike, and swim all day long.
Why I am beautiful:  I can run, bike, and swim all day long for a purpose greater than myself.   I’m Tri-ing to End Homelessness by raising awareness and funds for Genesis Home  –  a shelter for homeless families with children in Durham, NC.  In 2008, I’ll be completing my first half-iron distance triathlon and raising $7,300 in recognition of the 70.3 miles I’ll be covering on race day.
What women must know:    As George Bernard Shaw said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”  Change is ALWAYS possible.  You are the one you’ve been waiting for.

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