We were not made to merely survive. We were made to thrive!
To thrive is to flourish in every area of our lives: physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and relationally. Learning how to thrive is a process, and it is our goal to create an atmosphere that assists women on their journey.
Whether through yoga and movement, meditation and mindfulness, creative therapy, enjoying a good book from our library, playing in our adult sandbox, finding out about local charities and ways to give, doing a little work in our co-working space, relaxing in one of our stress-relief rooms, getting a massage, a facial, or a wellness pod session, learning something new in our classroom, or enjoying a healthy snack and a variety of drink options; the women of RVA will have a place to connect, grow, learn, and have the chance to discover more about themselves.
Just a little over two years ago, I found myself diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease. I underwent aggressive, high-dose antibiotics via a PICC line, had to endure a spinal tap, and dealt with a host of symptoms which affected my day to day life immensely. Shortly after this diagnosis my daughter and I’s relationship became strained, and she stopped talking to me. I was struggling in almost every area of my life during this season. It was in this place of pain that my journey began. I knew things had to change, that I had to change. So, I cried out to God and then went to work. I got my hands on every piece of personal growth material I could find, I started exercising and learning how to take the best care of myself possible, I read, I began to get up early to spend time for myself, by myself. I made sticky notes with positive affirmations and stuck them up around my bedroom. I renewed my mind, gave up the negative thoughts and beliefs I had about myself. I started to thrive. I didn’t get instantaneously better, but I was making progress, and with each day I grew stronger and more confident.
Now my sister and I want to share what it means to thrive with as many women throughout the Richmond area as we possibly can. Our heart is to provide them a place and a space to learn who they are outside of what they do, to help them learn that they are better women, better mothers, better spouses, better partners, better employees, and better people when they take time for themselves, when they care for themselves, when they love themselves.
It’s so important that we set aside time for ourselves, that we nurture who we are as women, that we support each other, connect with each other, and encourage each other to take the best care of ourselves inside and out!
We are here to help you thrive!!!
THRIVE is about women, for women.
Excellence is our purpose; encouraging women to thrive is our passion. Our mission is to blend our purpose with our passion in order to encourage, support, and empower women to take care of themselves in a new way. Our vision is to inspire women to grow and express who they truly are through exploration, education, physical fitness, and self-care.
Blog post author: Anne Marie Hawke