Jaime is a freshman at Capital University. She loves all things music + theater, so she loves acting + going to see productions with friends. She loves elephants + can’t leave the house without Chapstick. Read on for her CHAARG Journey —
I joined CHAARG because I wanted to be surrounded by empowering women who would help me grow + thrive into a better version of myself, ++ I got exactly that! My passion for health + fitness was ignited when I realized that I was as excited with the inward changes I saw in myself as much as the outward changes. I think people tend to think mostly of the physical benefits when they think of leading a healthy lifestyle by working out + eating right, but I noticed after being in CHAARG for a while that I started to view myself + others differently. The way I thought about myself + felt about myself was different. Instead of always putting myself down + comparing myself to others, I felt comfortable in my own skin + confident that I could do anything I set my mind to, ++ I started seeing that in other women as well!
I’ve been dealing with an illness for quite some time now + after getting several tests done by doctors [including bloodwork, x-rays, EKGs, etc.], I still don’t have many answers. Because my illness kept me from getting very involved in CHAARG last semester, I thought that coming in second semester would set me back + I’d be on the outskirts because everyone else had already made so many friends, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Some of my greatest friendships on campus have come from CHAARG + the girls there want me to succeed. My CHAARG friends have helped me become the happiest + healthiest version of myself, ++ I am so grateful.
I struggle with depression, so it’s easy for me to want to be a hermit in my room + stay in my bed 24/7, but CHAARG has given me a new outlet to work out my anxieties as well as a foundation for so many new, incredible friendships, which makes me happier than I’ve been in a long time + makes me so excited for the future.
My favorite workout is anything that involves dance! I’m not the best dancer, but I love doing it anyway. Dancing serves as an awesome cardio workout while still allowing you to let loose + be silly. Play Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, or Justin Timberlake, ++ you’ll find me on the dance floor.
I am #inCHAARG because I’ve fought a long battle to finally love myself, and finally being able to love myself feels great! I’m also #inCHAARG to help my fellow #CHAARGies feel confident, loved, ++ powerful!
I want women everywhere to know that you can + you will. You are capable, you are powerful, ++ you are your own boss. Build up other women as well! We’re all in this together, so help empower others to be the best version of themselves.
“Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” // Lin-Manuel Miranda
#CHAARGJourney highlights our members’ amazing journeys through CHAARG — physically, mentally, emotionally. You can continue to follow Jaime’s CHAARG Journey on Instagram. We love you, Jaime, ++ are so thankful to have you a part of the CHAARG Community!