I started these quarterly events to empower women to have open discussions — the goal is to have a shared human experience with elements of movement + personal / professional development. I am a firm believer in community + connection — and when we can come together + be vulnerable, we are stronger together.
So, how the heck do we slow down? In our full-of-goodness world, it can be tough. Last night, beautiful Villanova Women gathered at Sweaty Betty Tribeca in support of this effort. Aileen Axtmayer of Aspire with Aileen + Lori Gildea of The Pure Bag joined me in sharing their stories + insights into how we can integrate self-care into our lives. We kicked off with a Core Blast + Restorative Yoga class then dove into our intimate chat. Post-class, we were fueled by Sweet Nova – delicious + refreshing Smoothie Freezes – + enjoyed 20% off Sweaty Betty’s new collection!
Lori shared how her experience with illness (from bacteria / virus that she picked up at the gym) inspired her to start The Pure Bag – the stylish + germ-resistant way to protect your gear. and you! Using resources + relationships through ICE, the Villanova Business school accelerator, Lori has built her brand + business + launched recently – in March of this year. I love the passion + dedication Lori has poured into her business + The Zip Pocket goes with me everywhere.
As a holistic health + career coach, Aileen spoke about how her brother’s fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma inspired her to take her health + wellness more seriously. She spoke about setting boundaries, understanding your why / defining your values, figuring out life hacks to fit in the experiences that are meaningful for you + finding out what works best for YOU.
What an energizing evening — I always leave these gatherings feeling motivating + inspired. Thanks for everyone for shining bright + showing up! Raffle prizes were generously provided by Chi Chi Life, Aileen, Lori, LYMBR + Sweaty Betty.
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