The stories keep coming in and I can't get enough of em! This week I continue on my mission to share ALL your GRRRL Live 2018 stories. I never want to forget what happened in Las Vegas that weekend! They say "whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" in our case we left a whole lot of stuff behind and we came home new women with an even stronger sense of sisterhood. Something like that can't just stay in Vegas. We took it home with us and we're using our circle of influence collectively to change the world one GRRRL at a time. -Kelly
"I wrote this in the closed Facebook group but it's important to me so, I'm gonna write it again! Being seen and accepted as a woman and sister was my favorite part of GL18. There were no questions about me presenting as a masculine female. No one at GL18 called me "sir" or used the wrong pronouns. I was simply loved as a grrrl and it means the world to me. Thank you for creating an environment where that is possible KO and team!! Aside from that HUGE part of GL, attempting a deadlift for the first time with someone to check my form (I've done them at home but never with anyone around) was a big confidence booster. Thank you Karina for your guidance during the Meg Squats workshop! I'm feeling better than ever about picking things up and putting them down!
Since getting back to life in Minneapolis, I put up the GRRRL pledge in my bathroom and have been taking good care of my fresh GRRRL tattoo that Cara added to my bad ass lady sleeve. The daily reminder of the pledge and tattoo make me want to push myself to be the best grrrl possible while empowering other women to do the same. GL18 was life changing. I'll be back next year! :)" @butchtalk "I don't even know where to start! I've been proud to be part of the #GRRRLARMY for almost 2 years now, and decided I needed to make time to meet (in person) more of these amazing souls I have been connecting with. GL18 did not disappoint! The energy and love in the room, on that first night, was so real and powerful. Having the opportunity to meet, share stories, and network with so much positivity was beyond any expectation I had. And yes, while there was lots of laughter, there were some happy tears too (xoxo Kathy Hardman!). It costs nothing to share a kind word or act with someone, to lift someone up, to tell someone YOU MATTER, YOU are AMAZING, you CAN get through it, WE can and WILL! We are here to support each other, and kick some a** in life! Thank you so much to the MFCEO, K.O. for gathering the army, and thank you to Bridge Raftery for always capturing the best in life through your incredible eyes! We ARE GRRRLs!" Amalia Chevalier @fitjourney_southbay
"GL18 literally changed my life. I can’t express how grateful I am for the GL18 experience. I have never been able to walk into a room of over 350 women and not feel judged. All I felt was pure love and acceptance. They are the sisters I never knew I needed, but now I couldn’t live without.
The speakers were incredible. I felt on multiple occasions that they were speaking directly to me. When Melodee Meyer had us break the boards with what was holding us back, I felt a huge emotional release. When Inspirational Eve had us share our personal belief about ourselves I immediately panicked but when I spoke, my sisters listened. It was an emotionally rewarding weekend, one that I will never forget. I will definitely be back for GL19!"- Love Kristen
"Words will never be able to fully express the emotions of what I felt at GL18. When I arrived in Las Vegas I stopped and thought to myself , holy crap Jenn you seriously full out to Vegas alone to meet a group of women you've never met before in person and your rooming with complete strangers! Then I thought, well hell you've seriously done worse. I didn't realize at the time that it was going to be one of the best experiences in my life. To be in a room with over 200+ women you've never meet in your entire life and to feel their energy, the love , the passion and the support. It was definitely the most amazing experience I have ever felt. I went to Vegas alone but came home with 200+ sisters. GRRRL LIVE 18 lit a fire under my ass! I want every women in my family to experience next year. My mom, my grandmas ,aunts ,cousins, nieces the whole neighborhood and the world! If you ask why , I'll say it's because they need the education and to understand times are definitely changing. We are women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicity but we all share common things. We all have stories. We all just want to love ourselves and be comfortable in our own skin. It's time for a change. We are an army of women who empower each other! "- Jennifer Cantu