This month's Woman Warrior nomination goes to Molly Moran. When asked what it means to be a Woman Warrior, Molly responded, "To be a Woman Warrior is to be strong; not only physically but mentally as well. A Woman Warrior stands up for her values and fights for her dreams. She motivates and inspires others with her actions and supports the wins and successes of other females. Most importantly, a Woman Warrior is true to herself and never sacrifices who she is for anyone."
In three words, she describes herself as strong, determined and resilient. Molly has certainly encompassed these three traits throughout her life and continues to do so each day. From a young age, Molly has been an athlete, and whether its through sports, triathlons or marathons she constantly seeks new ways to challenge both her mind and body.
Growing up, Molly never had any real female role models that were athletes. In fact, most of the media coverage on television and in magazines were females being portrayed as what society deemed they should look and act like. Molly struggled with the pressures of looking a certain way, while desperately wanting to embrace her athletic body type. Molly took a pledge to break down barriers for women by encouraging and inspiring them that there is both beauty and power in strength.
Looking back on the years, Molly recalls, "It took me years to really appreciate my body and my muscles. I've learned that it's way better to be a top competitor in the field than to live up to some made up 'ideal image' from society." Molly is a firm believer that you never fully know your body's potential until you test it. With this mindset, she soon found herself pushing her body to new limits by competing in triathlons, IronMans and Marathons.
With every new challenge Molly embarks on, she not only learns new things about her body physically but also about her unwavering inner strength and mental toughness that propels her to reach the goals she sets for herself.
A true Woman Warrior motivates and inspires others through her actions and supports the wins and successes of other women. Molly - you are certainly a force to be reckoned with when it comes to staying true to yourself and motivating and inspiring those around you. You exude physical and mental toughness and it is clear that you strive every day to be the best possible version of yourself.
Read Molly's Pledge:
How can I be featured as a Woman Warrior?
We want YOU to show us what makes you a Woman Warrior. Each month, we will select a Woman Warrior to be featured on our social media and email blasts. Submit your story through our Woman Warrior Wednesday page on the Stella Valle website!
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Lots of Love + Success,
Ashley + Paige
Images courtesy of Myke Yeager Photography