The Ambassador Series: Paula Villadelgado

WHAT DO YOU CONNECT WITH THE MOST ABOUT THE SHE.IS.BEAUTIFUL MISSION?

What I absolutely love is the idea that to be beautiful is to feel capable, however that looks to an individual. The mission of this race organization I feel goes beyond the ability to support girls and women in coming into their own through running but truly transforming the idea and meaning of beautiful. So often Beautiful is understood as a physical characteristic, how one appears but this race series and the She.Is.Beautiful organizers are challenging that very thought process to push all of us to see beauty as someone’s character: intelligence, kindness, persistence, strength and so much more. All these things are what I try to challenge my own self in valuing in others, in honoring within myself and instilling in my 4 sons.

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HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?

Beauty to me is more of an action. Are you kind to yourself?  Are you kind to others? Yet are you also a champion for others and yourself?  Do you stand up for what is right, what is good, what is building in others? Beauty is more a descriptor of how one chooses to be rather than how one looks

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SPREAD BEAUTY TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD IN 2018?

As a mom of 4 boys, youngest with special needs it is of utmost importance to share the beauty of acceptance, inclusion, understanding and friendship. For the past 3 years we welcome anyone in our community and others to do it virtually to join us in June for one day of a fun run and celebrating our youngest while sharing the messages stated above. The day always coincides with Rare Chromosome Awareness Week, something that affects our family. We do this to share awareness but most importantly the beauty of accepting everyone and building friendships. In 2018 my family and I will continue this message within our community and continue spread this via social media. We say in our family “Broken Crayons Still Color”. Despite what may be considered our individual shortcomings, despite what some might be wary of because of the uncertain, despite any differences everyone can still create a beautiful picture by building relationships with others.

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RUNNING MAKES ME FEEL

Connected. It is obvious that running can make me feel free but when I’m running I feel connected. I feel connected to my community that waves and honks to me as I stroller run through neighborhoods (I’m a regular to be seen where I live). I feel connected to the running community that is unbelievable supportive. I also feel connected to other stroller runners. Since I run with my youngest nearly everyday, there is a certain solidarity in pushing a stroller and getting miles done knowing so many others get it done also.

RUNNING HAS TAUGHT ME

That I don’t give up. Such a cliche but when I’m out on the pavement and am tired and want to give up I can tell myself one more block, one more street light or one more mile. I can push myself through the hard and see the pride at the end. This is such a lesson I try to remind myself when life gets hard. I can keep on going and get through it. Running reminds me of strength I didn’t know or sometimes can forget I have.

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