International Women’s Day

One of the things I have loved most about my new day job is how supportive our team is of each other. We celebrate our successes together, we step in when and where we are needed, and we do what we can to help each other grow as professionals. But most importantly – and the piece that means the most to me – is that we have each other’s backs. It’s a gift, and after having experienced the opposite culture in jobs and teams past, I am grateful.

Women inspiring and supporting other women was also a big piece of the inspiration behind Rio. My intent for the center was to create a space where people could unplug from the stress of daily life and instead focus on all aspects of their selfcare. When there, our clients weren’t focused on what’s for dinner. They weren’t panicking over forgotten permission slips, stressing over an out of control inbox, or obsessing over any of the multitude of other things that we women carry on our shoulders daily.

Within Rio’s walls, we focused on taking a moment to breathe and be present. We found ways to keep learning and developing ourselves – independent of our roles as moms, sisters, friends, coworkers, and partners. It was a designated time for us, about us.

Now that Rio has evolved into its next phase, what I have learned is that the physical space is less important than the intent of the moment. In taking time each day to breathe and mindfully unplug from the world, we show up better in the rest of our lives.

Those moments of selfcare allows us to keep showing up. It’s that simple.

So today, on International Women’s Day, I send a huge shout out to all the amazing women who get up day after day and make the choice to keep showing up. You are an inspiration to us all.