The Ambassador Series: Devony Taylor

What do you connect with the most about the mission?

It’s really hard to pick just one thing because honestly the whole mission resonates with me. One line that really speaks to me is “We believe everyone deserves to feel beautiful, strong, smart, and capable in their own unique way.” I truly think that this is so important. While every person deserves this, it seems like so much of what we see in media and so many messages in society target girls and women telling them just the opposite. As a mom with two daughters, this line strikes a chord because this is something I want for my own girls. I want them to know that they don’t need to strive for an artificial image of perfection. I want them to feel it in their soul that they are beautiful just as they are, that they are smart enough and capable enough to accomplish the goals they set out for themselves, and that when things get tough, they can work hard and get through it. Those are lessons so many of us struggle with throughout our lives.  

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How do you define beauty?

I see beauty in how a person lives their life. It’s in how you treat others, the world around you and yourself.

How do you plan to spread beauty to your local community and the world in 2018?

2017 was a year of crushing scary goals. I trained for and ran the Big Sur 21-miler in April and the Portland Marathon (my first!) in October. I had an amazing community of women who supported me by encouraging me in online communities and by showing up to run training miles with me. In 2018, I want to return the favor by actively supporting  and encouraging women in my community as they go after their big scary goals whether it’s starting a Couch-to-5K program, starting over again after having a baby or tackling a marathon.

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Running makes me feel ______.

Running makes me feel free, powerful, strong and so very HAPPY!

Running has taught me….

Running taught me that I am strong and can do scary things. Running taught me that I deserve to take care of myself. Running has taught me not to take the ability to run for granted.

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