She Can & She Did is a storytelling platform and free running community dedicated to connecting women and redefining what strength looks like.
You don’t need to be a fancy pants writer to submit to She Can & She Did, we welcome voices of all different backgrounds and perspectives. All we ask is that you speak, share, and question honestly, vulnerably, and with compassion. It's OK if you don't have all the answers, all we're asking is for you to speak your truth.
Now, to help get your stories flowing, we’ve narrowed in on five different areas:
This Is What Strength Looks Like, My First Race, I Am An Unlikely Runner, YES I CAN, and Making Impossible Possible.
From career and family to body image and letters to our former selves, sharing our stories can be an incredible vehicle for change. Don’t worry about waiting until your writing perfect, just send your stories in. We’re here to make you shine!
This Is What Strength Looks Like
Your story can be as short or as long as you'd like but the most important element is that you show the world that strength comes in all shapes and sizes. Maybe it's the story of the day you joined the #sportsbrasquad. Or the story behind how running helped you see your strength. For so long, the health and fitness industry portrayed strength and wellness as one body type. Call bullshit and share your story. We can't control what others say about our strength, but we can control how we perceive it. Representation matters. Your voice matters. Be seen. Be heard. Show the world what strength actually looks like.
My First Race:
Do you remember your first race? The fears, the doubts, the excitement you felt standing at the starting line of your very first race? Maybe it's your first 5K or half marathon or perhaps it's the story behind your very first marathon. We're looking for all the real, raw, and vulnerable lessons you learned from your very first race.
The Unlikely Runners:
For so many of us, we spent a majority of our lives believing that we’d never be able to enjoy being physically active. Maybe we aren’t naturally athletic. Maybe we thought we “let ourselves go” and after a couple hundred attempts to diet and workout so that we could lose weight, we didn’t believe we’d ever look the way we thought we needed to look in order to feel powerful, confident and beautiful.
Hell, maybe you’ve tried to become a runner a million different times and never stuck with it until something changed and you realized it really was all about putting one foot in front of the other. That once you were able to embrace the suck, eventually, your hard work would pay off in a way that's difficult to describe. That feeling is LIFE CHANGING. Running and accomplishing a goal or crossing a finish line makes you feel empowered. Strong. Motivated. Capable. Beautiful. Energetic. The list goes on and on.
I want you to tell this story: I never thought I’d be a runner.
Remember, your story is for anyone struggling to get out the door. For anyone who looks in the mirror and cringes. For anyone who feels like they’ll never be able to feel proud in the skin they’re in. So many people hate running. So many people hate going to the gym. But we know that getting active can be a lifeline. It’s just really hard to get started. So to combat the bikini body BS, I hope that we can show people that working out and getting active isn’t just about weight loss. Health isn’t a look, it’s a lifestyle.
There are no rules, just your truth. So my fellow unlikely runners, let your voices be heard.
YES I CAN:
Becoming a runner. Making a healthy lifestyle change. Committing to ending the negative self talk. Running your first half marathon. Running your first marathon. Breaking a time goal you thought was impossible. Deciding that you aren't going to quit on yourself anymore.
There's always a moment in our journeys when we stop assuming we're going to fail and we start to tell ourselves, 'YES I CAN'. Maybe it happens in an instant or maybe it happens after you cross the finish line. Maybe it happens after a moment when you want to quit. MAYBE IT HAPPENS ON A DAY WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO TRY ON JEANS OR WEAR A BATHING SUIT TO THE BEACH. Regardless of how or when it happened, we want to share your story behind your 'YES I CAN' moment.
Make Impossible Possible
To run your first 5K.
It starts with an impossible dream.
To run a marathon.
To break 2 hours in the half marathon.
To break 4 hours in the full.
To become a runner.
What is the story behind your impossible dream? Maybe you made it possible. Maybe you've failed or fallen short two, three, or twenty-four times but you're still trying. SHARE THE STORY BEHIND HOW OR WHY YOU WANT TO MAKE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE.
When submitting your stories to She Can & She Did, please remember to:
Include your name, email, and any photograph(s) you’d like shared with your piece, and a link to your blog and social media handle (if you'd like to share them). If you'd like to share anonymously, include your name and email but let us know that you'd like to remain anonymous.
We know how brave it is to share your story, and they will be treated with the respect they deserve.
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What are you waiting for? Use your voice.
Thank you for your honesty, vulnerability, and courage. We can’t wait to hear your story.
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