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Skirt Sports Ambassador Reminds us “Why”

I did not write this, but as a Skirt Sports Ambassador and someone who really belives in the Skirt Sports ethos, I wanted to share a story that was shared with the ambassadors.

A few weeks ago we lost longtime Skirt Sports Ambassador Lisa Young Morrissey after an incredibly brave fight against Glioblastoma Multiforme 4. Lisa truly embodied what it means to be a Skirt Sports Ambassador.

Those who had the chance to meet Lisa, know her strong spirit, inner strength and generosity. Lisa remained strong, positive, focused and determined as she fought this disease. Even before her battle with cancer, Lisa had fought many life battles. She was a warrior and a survivor for many years. And she didn’t waste any time feeling sorry for herself, because she knew that didn’t help.

Lisa wanted to be a mom all of her life. That is one of the first things that I learned about her. She fought to have kids and when she could not deliver her own, she fought to adopt, getting in just under an age cutoff to adopt her two sons. She loved those boys and her world revolved around them, not in a bad helicopter way, but in a positive, strong, supportive, loving way. One of the early conversations I had with her right after her diagnosis, she said to me, “I just want to live to see my boys grow up.” And although she won’t be here on earth to do that, I know she will be watching over those boys and that she has instilled in them what they need to go on.

While Lisa was in her final days, she communicated messages to her twin sister, who recorded them and I want to share two with you today.

To all my friends: Live! Life is for the living. Please live your life to the fullest.
The other message that I recorded was: Better days are coming for you. Better days are coming for all of you.

So let’s honor Lisa by living life to the fullest and continuing to represent the true embodiment of what it means to be a Skirt Sports Ambassador. Be the best athletes and people that we can be, fight to overcome the challenges that we are presented with, value our differences and love each other despite of them, support others as they face their challenges and strive to be a positive role model for others. And know that you have the strength to get through whatever you are faced with and that better days will be on the other side. Skirt love to all!

#RealWomenMove @SkirtsSports redefines the real women

I am proud to be a Skirts Sports Ambassador. It is a company that has not only supported me as I started on my journey. Even now, the truly believe in my story, but they even through the fact running has been less about racing and more about staying connected to the fit, strong capable me had meant the world to me.

Which is why the #RealWomenMove campaign has me so excited.


Skirt Sports defined #RealWomenMove

“We’re on a mission to empower unmotivated or intimidated women and young girls. Let’s show them what it looks like to make health and fitness a priority, despite the daily obstacles that get thrown in our paths. It’s that simple

“Who is a REAL woman? She is proud of who she is. She is confident. She does not judge, but rather encourages other women. She is comfortable in her own body. She accepts and loves herself as she is. She prioritizes health and fitness.”

I honestly think Skirt Sports nails it with their definition. But let add to the definition with some real life definitions in my own life. These women should know who they are.

To the woman who fought through depression, self doubt and pain to compete in her first fitness competition this weekend and has found her true confident self again. You never gave up on yourself even when the clouds had been darkest.

To the woman who is refusing to let oral cancer bring her down and define her. You fight with a smile and a laugh and continue to do everything you can to inspire others.

To the woman who knows she is still in a process of learning all about fitness herself and is still fighting challenges, but she refuses to let those challenges stop her, and decided to start a group to help others learn from each other.

To the woman who makes it a point between raising a son as a single mom, working and going to school to make her health an priority. Your gym posts always inspire me to get moving.

The the women (I know, but its a group) who don’t care that they will always be towards the back of a race, but they are out there giving it their all, and to the women who might be at the front of the pack, but cheer for the back of the packers and encourage their fellow runners everywhere.

It is not about size, it is not about weight. We as a society get so focused on being skinny, eating right all the time, the scale, not liking your body because your weight isn’t down. Its about accepting the challenges that life throws at you, realizing no one is perfect but doing everything you can to be the best you.


So here is the challenge for you.

Post your own #RealWomenMove stories, photos ect to social media using the hashtag #RealWomenMove and #SkirtSports. For every 5,000 hashtags, Skirt Sports will donate a “Get Started Scholarship” that includes a Skirt Sports top, bra, bottom, hat, socks, and a free entry to your first 5K (or comparable race). Submit your story or nominate a friend today