She Can & She Did is a storytelling platform dedicated to redefining what strength looks like.
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 I lived in constant fear that my friends and classmates would find out and abandon me so I buried my story deep, deep in a shame cave and pretended that nothing was wrong.
Then, in 2009 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. It felt like I woke up one day and didn’t recognize the person staring back at me. It was the first time in my life that I just wanted to give up.
Then I found running.
9 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.
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 others to share their stories as well. Women of all different backgrounds who aren’t just running, they’re running for their lives.
All my life, the health and fitness industry showed me how strength is supposed to look, and it never looked like me.
Today, I’m calling bullshit because strength doesn’t have a look. It’s not a size or number on a scale, it’s a feeling.
She Can & She Did is a platform dedicated to redefining what strength looks like.
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.