#CHAARGTurns4 [woot woot!] so we asked Y O U why you CHAARG. There are 7000+ girls in CHAARG, each with different backgrounds, stories, + reasons behind joining this organization ++ each girl has a different reason for staying in CHAARG. Whether it’s the community, the support, or the challenges, we’re not only celebrating the conclusion of CHAARG’s 4th year — we’re celebrating each one of Y O U for being such a vital addition to the community. CHAARG wouldn’t be the same without you [yes, you!] or any of these other rockstars. Thank you for being vulnerable + sharing your stories, ++ thank you for shining your light in this organization : )
ALICE GANTMAN // Ohio State University
There are an infinite amount of reasons why I love + have stayed in CHAARG for about 2 years. I found a community that inspires + motivates me to be m absolute best. It has given me the comfort I needed to learn + grow + truly find not only my *fit* but find myself as well. Because of CHAARG, I found the will to live after suffering through crippling depression. I found my love for health + wellness, choosing to switch my major as well as get certified to be a yoga teacher. I found courage to be true to my values + priorities. I found strength to develop as a person + overcome personal weaknesses that came with the depression, my inflexibility in my planning + scheduling + negative thinking about my self + situations. I am so blessed to be part of this organization, especially at OSU with this amazing team that has only taught me more than I could have ever imagined.
KRISTEN MEAL // PURDUE UNIVERSITY
There are so many answers to this quesstion, but I’ll narrow it down to one — I CHAARG because of these girls right here. The positive community, the uplifting smiles, the endless support, + the motivation to be my best self. My heart is always so full after surrounding myself with the wonderful, positive women in CHAARG. I can’t think of a more empowering organization dedicated to encouraging girls to be their happiest + healthiest self. I CHAARG because it changed my life + I want to help do the same for others. CHAARG girls are my inspiration. <3
ASHLEY SEIGAL // PURDUE UNIVERSITY
CHAARG has changed my life in so many ways. Before I became a CHAARGie, I was a completely different person. I was lost. I had no self-identity, I had zero confidence in myself, + I was afraid to try anything out of my comfort one. This girl that y’all know — the extroverted, happy, lively girl that is typing this right now — did not exist 1.5 years ago. It took me a long time to love myself + acknowledge my self-worth, ++ I owe it all to CHAARG. I CHAARG to represent passion + positive vibes. I CHAARG because I believe in the power of possibility, that you can do anything that you set your mind to. I CHAARG because I believe in *growth.* It is perfectly okay to love your mind, body, + soul while recognizing that you are on a journey to become the best version of yourself. I CHAARG because it means that I am part of a community that empowers women + spotlights the fact that we are capable of the unbelievable, the extraordinary, the unimaginable. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be a CHAARG girl. I reflect on that girl I used to be. I remember thinking to myself, *Wow, look at these girls. They are beautiful, inspiring, + confident. I wish I could be strong like them.* Now, here I am. I have come such a long way + couldn’t be more proud of myself. I CHAARG because we are only given one chance at life + I am determined to make the most of it.
DEJANI LOWE-HILLIARD // LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
[*She is clothed with strength + dignity — she can laugh at the days to come.* Proverbs 31:25] I can honestly say that 2016 has been a roller coaster filled with ups + *mostly* downs. This verse means the world to me + spoke volumes especially when I was in a pretty dark place at the beginning of the year. Each day, I’m reminded that I have a bigger purpose + *ish* just happens. CHAARG has really been my crutch + seeing y’alls posts on insta motivates me so much. I’ve said this time + time before, but the CHAARG community is honestly #WhyICHAARG.
I choose to CHAARG because I’ve never met a better group of girls who just automatically accepts you for you without even knowing you. They also push you each + every day to reach your daily + long-term goals. Even with setbacks, there is always a friend you can go to + it not have to be about fitness. I CHAARG because you’ll always have great people because of this organization.
Ashleigh // University of Iowa
This time last year, my workout consisted of 3.5 mile runs + 20-30 minutes workout DVDs. Now, I workout anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours — not because I feel like I have to spend so long working out, but because I want to! I’m running really long distances [my record is 12.22!], I’ve signed up for a half-marathon, + I’m lifting heavier dumbbells when I do strength training + intervals. Today I did rowing + running intervals, totalling at 6500m + 5.52 running. If you told me last October that I’d be doing this, I would’ve laughed so hard + thought you were crazy. I CHAARG because it’s built my confidence up so much. I realized I was holding back something in me that I always had. I get stronger everyday + with this strength has come so much confidence in myself + love for life in general. I no longer feel confined to the dark basement of my house where I would workout — the world is my gym + I lovev it. I CHAARG because it encourages me to be the very best version of myself.
EMILEE BUCCI // University of Toledo
One year ago today, I had to walk one of my best friends, a girl I considered my little sister, back to an operating room where she donated her organs + was taken off of life support. She taught me to be grateful for what I’ve got in life + showed me how to be happy regardless of your circumstances. When she left this world, I didn’t think I would be able to do those things. I was completely broken + still feel that way sometimes. Thankfully, CHAARG was there for me. I’ve struggled a lot with happiness this past year + I take a lot to heart. I feel things waaay too much + I never thought I would find this thing called happiness in a world that’s so sad. I’ve found my place in CHAARG + it has showed me that happiness isn’t some destination I’m going to eternally land on. Some days are going to be hard, but I’m going to take the time that I need then push forward. I quickly realized CHAARG was one of those things that made me happy + it helped me get through those rough days. I cannot thank this organization or the amazing girls enough for unknowingly helping me.
SAMANTHA VOGT // LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
After a long time of hating my unhealthy lifestyle, of feeling alone + completely without confidence, I joined CHAARG to make friends + ended up starting on a path that has changed my whole life. I am so much healthier, happier, + more confident. When I hit bumps in life, everything doesn’t fall to pieces because I’ve learned how to roll with the punches. If I can’t, there are 7000+ CHAARG girls to go to for inspiration, support, + love. Thank you CHAARG for giving me the tools to work towards the me I want to be. I’m still figuring out who I am, but now, I’m not afraid to find out.
Your words inspire us//others more than you’ll ever know. CHAARG on bebes <3
+ Mary K [@itsmarykfit] // VirtCHAARG Chicago