Monday Motivation - Best of the Week

Posted by – June 13, 2016

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Good-old Hillary Clinton.  Remember when she used that Harriet Tubman quote at the Democratic National Convention and Black people was like, "word up Hillary?"  You just gone drop Tubman lyrics on 'em?

 

Well, we think that quote is PERFECT to insert right 'chere, right now, this moment...

 

"If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going."  #GetFree #DontStop #WontStop 

 

We have committed to 100 miles in June - walking for our own liberation!   All of us.  We want to win.  We've got this.  Even if you've fallen behind.  Pick up the pieces baby.  We need to see you at that finish line.  You!  Keep going!  This is the time when some want to fall back.  It's hard.  You're tired.  It's hot.  Nah.  We are cheering for you to be free, ready, able-bodied.  Let's go! # SistersKeeper  Tell us how you're doing using #GirlTrek!

 

Friday Fire: Take Flight

Posted by – June 10, 2016

"You should know that you are doing awesome work that is so far reaching beyond just walking. It is healing to our people, our communities, our cities and our nation.  Sisters are pushing fear aside, pushing stereotypes aside, pushing aside the naysayers and they are saying "I AM ENOUGH!" and that alone will change the face of our people and this nation and I am truly proud to be part of the MOVEment!!!! God bless you and be with you GirlTrek!!!!" - Nadia

 

The Why: Because it is healing our people, our communities, our cities and our nation.

 

The How: By pushing fear aside, pushing stereotypes aside, pushing aside the naysayers and saying, "I am enough."

 

The Who: Our sisters. The MOVEment.  You

 

This month's challenge: #GetFree. 

Special Announcement: The Adventure Squad

Posted by – June 07, 2016

Listen.  We can't stop singing "All the way up!" because we have - not one, not two, but - NINETEEN women to lead the Summer Trek Series this year!!!!  GirlTrek came ALL the way up. Go 'head and cue the music :

All the way up

I'm all the way up
I'm all the way up
Nothing can stop me, I'm all the way up!

Now that you are nodding, introducing your 2016 Adventure Squad...

Black Women Walk 100 Miles for Freedom

Posted by – June 03, 2016


Subject: Black Women Walk 100 Miles for Freedom


  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Black Women Walk 100 Miles for Freedom
[NATIONWIDE]  

Watching Roots ain't enough. 

Last year, 15,000 Black walked 100 miles for freedom!  Well, it's going down again right now - and you are invited.  All you need are a pair of sneakers and a LOT of determination! 

This is collective action!  If you are reading this, someone respects you as a leader. Please forward this email to 3 women you know and respect.  This is how movements happen - don't let it stop in your inbox!


We will succeed in 3 easy steps:

 

STEP 1: TAKE THE PUBLIC PLEDGE.

 

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom in our community!  Let's honor our ancestors by living our healthiest, most fulfilled lives!  How?  A new tradition called The #GetFree Challenge!  For the entire month of June, Black women everywhere will give up one thing that makes us sick and replace it with 100 miles of walking! 

Time to Get Free!

Posted by – June 01, 2016

[Anticipation: Today at 6PM, ET something major is happening with the GirlTrek website.  You'll have to read below for the full details but we we're so excited we decided to put a teaser here.  All we can say is, remember when phones finally got 3-way calling and you could let your friends listen in while you were macking (yes, macking) with the guy you met at the mall? Yup, the GirlTrek website was good but it's getting better!]
 
It's June 1st. You know what that means? Time to #GetFree!
 
We've been bound by our unhealthy habits for too long.  It's time to claim freedom! 

Weekend Victory

Posted by – May 28, 2016

#Mamathon Victory Celebration!

In May we set out to honor our mamas, our grandmothers, aunties, sisters - the many women who have stood in the gap for us and loved us into existence.  We set out to honor the women in our life with 52.4 miles of walking and lots of joy and celebration - and BABY!!!! We did that! We did it for our mamas - for the women who greased our scalp and pressed our hair on Sunday mornings, the women who made a way, who were sometimes mom and dad - women who sacrificed everything - women who taught us to pray first and to never give up.

 

People across the country took notice.  Ebony magazine wrote about it in a full spread here.  "The campaign celebrating healthy Black motherhood is called MAMAthon 2016. In the three years since MAMAthon began, it has become the biggest national walk dedicated to Black mothers in America."

 

Now that's what it looks like to change the very culture of your community. New traditions that honor the things most important to us through health activity. 

 

If you haven't already completed your Mamathon miles, welp! Don't do your mama like that!!! Make it count this weekend. Skip the BBQ's, call on Jesus and hit the pavement! Once you're done make sure to let us know you crossed the finish line by completing the "claim the victory" form here. 

 

Need some inspiration?  See below.  Feel the love and joy radiating from each picture.  This is what the #Mamathon looked like across the country - beautiful - free - joyous - radiant - strong - healthy! 

Friday Fire: the Best Part

Posted by – May 20, 2016

The best part of this journey....
 
We've been asking women to tell us the best part of their GirlTrek journey as they claim their victory each month.  Last night as I was scrolling through all of the testimonies we've received so far, I lingered on one - "the best part of my journey is the part where I'm first, I'm important." Submitted May 1, 2016 by Donna Stamps in Edwards, MS.
 

Last Saturday, Donna Stamps a GirlTrek Team Leader, a mother of four, wife and friend to so many, passed away.  We hadn't intended to write about her here, but last night there were her words starring back at me on the screen and it felt like she was speaking for all of us, to all of us.

GirlTrek makes women feel something deep down.  We feel it - we feel important and like we matter -  and then we take that feeling and share it out with others.  In turn, they feel important and like they matter. That's what this movement is. 

Special Edition: 10 Changemakers

Posted by – May 09, 2016

I wish I could tell you just how big of a deal this is.  

If I were a betting women, I would put all my chips on you.

Everyday women.

Vanessa and I barely made it out of college.  I'm praying right now that the bursers office at USC never gets my new phone number.  We are regular women.  Regular.   We STILL argue over Jodeci and Boyz II Men (cough #BoyzIIMen were better.)  We binge watch everything -  Friday Night Lights, Scandal and Breaking Bad.  Regular.  Two friends who met in college, acted a fool in the club, stood as bridesmaids at each others' weddings and cried the ugly cry when someone did us wrong.  You know what I'm saying?  

So as ordinary women we always knew it.

Women are the answer.

We are the leaders, innovators standard-bearers, role models, change-makers who will make all of the difference in Black lives and communities!  If we stand ready, willing and able to serve up that Ida B. Wells-we-shall-not-be-moved-type radiance, nothing can stop us.  If enough of us do it, we can achieve what Sojourner challenged us to do.  We can "turn this world right side up again!"

Live Broadcast Tomorrow!

Posted by – May 05, 2016

What a time to be alive.
 
Tomorrow afternoon, Friday May 6th at 4PM, ET, you can tune in for a live broadcast from the GirlTrek Facebook page to watch us award $10,000 in seed money to 10 Black women with powerful ideas to make their communities healthier. Why? Because investing in Black women to invest in their communities is the smartest thing we can do. 

Tara, Joy, and Trimella

Posted by – May 02, 2016

It's working.     

Joy and her daughter finished the 30-Day Jumpstart this Saturday. "We did it! Together. We're getting those golden shoelaces!  I'm so excited!"  

Her victory is proof positive that Vanessa was right.  "Mothers ARE the answer." 

Let me explain.   

Back in 2011, I started a hiking program with the girls in my 5th grade class.  Girl + Trek.   (That's where our name comes from.)  I was literally obsessed with a cRaZY statistic that said that HALF of my students, black girls - born in the year 2000 - would get diabetes if levels of exercise and diet stayed the same. It hit me hard -  like a machete through my classroom.    

The treks were wonderful -  girls smiling, laughing, putting their feet in babbling brooks. All that.  Then it happened.  A difficult conversation.   

Vanessa asked, "Is a hiking program really going to move the dial on the health crisis facing Black women and girls?"  The answer was no. We changed course. 

Today, we ask a bolder question.  A question rooted in Black history and collective action, "What would happen if a million Black women took to the streets of their neighborhoods?"

 

Everything would change!