This past Saturday I was lucky to attend an event hosted by Luna Bar and Run Street in downtown New York City. Walking into the event, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Honestly, all I knew is that there would be some sort of 5K run, a tour of Lower East Side street art by female artists, and brunch & cocktails at Vandal, seeing as exploring different neighborhoods, fitness, and trying new restaurants are some of my favorite activities, I didn't need to know more than this to say yes. What I didn't know walking into the event, is that I was about to spend a few hours of this slightly rainy afternoon engaging, growing and connecting with a group of strong, beautiful women across all age groups, ethnicities, professional careers, and passions in a unique and inspiring way.
To start the afternoon we met at the restaurant to drop off our extra belongings, change into our t-shirts (who were designed by one of the female street artists who also joined us on our run and tour), and get to start meeting the other women involved in this event. After a few minutes of catching up with some friends and meeting some of the other babes involved in this event, we were off to start our run! Over the course of just over three miles, we stopped at fifteen plus locations where we learned about the street art in that spot and the female artist behind the artwork. It was so refreshing to actually take the time to stop, enjoy, and learn about so much of the street art that we pass on the streets, especially when I know I am usually only on the street to get from point A to point B, instead of taking time to recognize and take in everything that happens in between.
Each stop was also another opportunity to get to know the other ladies I was with on this adventure. As we stopped at each piece of art, we all took the opportunity to talk about which pieces spoke to us and why and to take amazing photos of and in front of the artwork (I mean, it was an event of social media influencers - would you ever expect anything else?!?). I was so impressed by so many of the women I was surrounded by - the energy that they emitted as they jumped in front of each piece to pose and the skill and technique behind so many of the photographs they took (reminder to self: for next event I need to practice my tricks in advance).
When we finished our tour, we piled back into Vandal where we were instantly greeted with cocktails (& cocktails). We sat around long tables chatting, getting to know each other better, and sharing our stories (oh and eating all the delicious eats & treats thanks to Vandal!). The team putting together this event did an amazing job of reaching out to and connecting strong women. I know I say that all the time, but this event was just another example of the community that social media has created and the amazing people I have met and connections I have gained since starting TSC. I am so grateful to have been a part of this amazing event. I encourage you all to put yourselves out there, say yes to events where you're not sure who you may know or what exactly to expect, and put yourselves in situations where you can learn and grow as often as you can. I know I am so glad I said yes to this event in an already non-stop action packed weekend, because these are the experiences you can't always recreate.