She Can & She Did is a storytelling platform dedicated to redefining what strength looks like.
she can & she did.
In 2013, I started a blog after going viral for taking selfies with hot guys behind me while I tried to survive a half marathon.
But blogging didn't come naturally to me. For most of my life, I tied shame to every single aspect of my story. I was drowning in insecurities and problems at home. And I lived in constant fear that my friends and classmates would find out and either humiliate or abandon me so I buried my story deep, deep in a shame cave and pretended that everything was OK.
Then, in 2009, after my first year of college, my younger brother Scott died in a tragic accident and I lost control. That year, I ended up gaining over 75 pounds trying to survive my loss. Trying to survive each and every day was so exhausting that I couldn't hide anymore. It was the first time in my life that I truly wanted to give up.
That's when I found running.
8 marathons later, I still think the fact that I'm a runner is hilarious. For most of my life, I was the self appointed President of the "I f*cking hate running club". I missed over 75 days of school one year in high school to get out of having to run in PE. But running changed my life. And the truth is, running never got easier for me. I'm a terrible, terrible athlete. But I like to think that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really gets easier. You just get stronger and the pain becomes your new normal.
When I started my blog in 2013, I wanted to inspire people who were struggling to find a way to feel proud of themselves and laugh along the way. But after a few years of sharing my story, I wanted to create a space for women who, like me, had a hard time seeing and believing in their strength and give them a way to share their stories as well.
She Can & She Did is a platform dedicated to redefining what strength looks and feels like.
All my life, the health and fitness industry showed me how strength is supposed to look, and it never looked like me. Today, I call bullshit.
From chasing impossible goals to discovering that the only way you'll fail is if you fail to try, She Can & She Did is dedicated to the smart, strong, emboldened, driven, funny, and ambitious women who are brave enough to share their imperfect journeys about how they can and will do whatever the hell they want.
We all have a story to tell and a voice that deserves to be heard.
I can't wait to hear yours.
Founder of She Can & She Did