This past January, I had the incredible opportunity to go to Hawaii for the first time. Even more amazing than that, it was Adidas that invited me to go along with them to attend the Wanderlust festival in Oahu at the Turtle Bay resort. The Wanderlust festival is a celebration of mindful living; the festival provides all kinds of yoga and fitness classes, meditation workshops, live music, and delicious foods. The goal of the trip was to attend the festival and partake in all the different activities it offered, while the Adidas crew filmed and photographed us for their Spring Issue campaign. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!
Four gals were invited by Adidas and attended the festival with me: Lindsay, Jasmine, Carlena, and Sarah. Though none of us knew each other prior to Hawaii, we quickly became friends through our 5am wake up calls, incessant need of iced coffee, and our love for relentlessly singing Rhinnah’s “work, work, work, work”.
The four days that we spent in Hawaii amounted to be the experience of a lifetime. We hiked up Crouching Lion trail (despite my intense fear of heights), took hula hoop and slack lining lessons, did plenty of yoga, a crack of dawn boot camp, surfing, ate poke bowls and acai bowls, got backstage at the Citizen Cope concert, and, perhaps my favorite part, had hair and make up done and retouched several times throughout the day 😛 #sorrynotsorry.
What stood out to me the most though was not necessarily our breathtaking surroundings or the awesome new things we were trying (don’t get me wrong these were incedible!) but instead the relationships I was forming with the women around me. There’s a stigma that has existed for a while now- girls are catty. Girls are judgmental. It’s easier to make friends with guys than it is girls. Though I’ve certainly taken part in these beliefs at different points of my life, I’ve taken a step back from it over the last year because a variety of experiences have proven those thoughts wrong. What I discovered over the four days in Hawaii was that I was with a group of kickass women, all pursuing different paths in life, who wanted to connect, have fun, and learn from each other. I felt so lucky to have been given the opportunity to spend time with them and make new friends. Yes, occasionally I’m a bit of a cornball.
Three months later, Adidas Women has officially gone live with the content that they shot in Hawaii and to say that I’m stoked is an understatement! I’m part of their Spring Issue campaign, which features eight women and their unique approach to fitness. I was also featured on their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from April 19-23. Here’s the fun lil recap of the trip as well:
And this is the moment where I stop and pinch myself. I have a take a step back here and reflect. A year ago, in April 2015, I had just started going to the gym on a consistent basis and somewhat randomly decided to make a fitness instagram account. Twelve months later, I’ve been given to opportunity to travel with Adidas and be featured across their pages as a woman of fitness. Though I won’t take away from the work I’ve put into this and the drive that I have to continue, I am incredibly humbled and grateful for opportunities like these. I feel lucky and genuinely so happy to be able to explore this new path in my life.
Just a simple reminder that your dreams do not have to remain dreams. Believe you can do it, be willing to put in the work, and take action.