#ThePowerofShe with Athleta

Growing up, I've always loved hanging with the guys, getting dirty and the challenge of showing them up. I spent my child hood hopping on dirt bikes, slide tackling through games of soccer, and spending time in the mud. (Mud portion may still be relevant to today...)

Fast forward 10 years and there's nothing I love more than throwing back a cold beer with the guys and my fiance Nathan - also known @venture.seeker across IG - who teases me relentlessly for my "ladylike" qualities. (Insert shoulder shrug here) Now we own our car that goes off road and we overland and smell like shit for weeks at a time living out on the desolate road. The most make up you find me in is eyeliner and some tinted moisturizer on the days I go to work and if my nails are painted, someone probably had to pay me to paint them.

Despite my love for challenging the dudes, I still have some of the girliest tendencies. I REALLY love fashion and design, pretty pinks things still make me go "ooooooh!" and I have an absolute love for Hello Kitty.

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As I've navigated my early 20's, self identity has been a HUGE struggle, not because of who I do/don't know who I am, but because of some of the ways society and brands portray who we are as girls should be. I've always been a plus sized girl living in a smaller world, figuring out if I'm too tom-boy or chubby to fit in, always working out of my shyness and relentlessly riding myself into the ground for not figuring out what I'm supposed to be doing in my life.

For this reason, I was so stoked to partner with Athleta! Since the beginning, Athleta has been inspired by everything women and girls are capable of, whether they’re serious athletes or just getting into fitness. Even though I grew up as an athlete, now I'm into fitness on a different level which means hiking, training and lifting. I wear workout gear when I camp because it's honestly THE BEST - and Athleta's pieces go from casual wear to workout real quick.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, I LOVE ATHLETA’S MISSION IS TO IGNITE A COMMUNITY OF ACTIVE, HEALTHY, CONFIDENT WOMEN AND GIRLS WHO EMPOWER EACH OTHER TO REALIZE THEIR LIMITLESS POTENTIAL. WHETHER WE ARE TALL, SHORT, CURVY, THIN, DARK, LIGHT, RAINBOW, ALIEN, GAY, GIRLY, OR THE BIGGEST TOM-BOY OF OUR LIVES. 

The brand is not only a community for female empowerment but focuses on providing premium and quality apparel that fits all women’s bodies and needs. With my butt, I NEED a brand that thinks that way :) It’s all about total performance, feminine style and the versatility we as women need for our entire active lifestyle, from work to workout to weekend. Plus, in 2018, 40% of the fabrics they use are now made from sustainable fibers - including some of their swim prints!

WHEN I’M IN MY ATHLETA GEAR, I’M INSPIRED TO BE EMPOWERED AS NOT JUST A WOMAN, BUT A PERSON WHO IS WORKING TOWARDS GOALS AND DREAMS TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF MYSELF. I AM MY BEST SELF - NO MAKE UP, SMELLY CAMPING STYLE AND ALL. THAT IS THE #POWEROFSHE.

P.S. THEY ARE HAVING THEIR SEMI-ANNUAL SALE - SO GO SHOP NOW!

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This post created in partnership with Athleta in exchange for product. All opinions and thoughts are my own.