As a young girl, I longed to be a part of the “in” crowd. Specifically, I wanted to be a part of a small group of girls that were the best of friends. We were all friends really and I got invited to their homes for sleepovers and birthday parties and such, but I always felt like I was slightly on the outside craving a deeper connection.
This very much summarizes the way I have also felt in recent years watching the sisterhood of the Oiselle Volée team flourish. (In French,oiselle means female bird and volée means birds or a flock flying or in flight.) I’ve been in love with the company, and what they stand for, for a number of years now and have yearned to be a part of it even though I didn’t want to admit it. I am drawn to the comradery of the membership and to the endless amount of inspiration.
A few months ago, and I believe it is directly tied to my move and my desire to create new relationships with like-minded kindred spirits, that I decided I’d join the Volée team at the next opportunity. The timing could not have been better either. After coming down off of my marathon high last weekend, I was feeling really disoriented without having a goal to focus on and the uncertainty about where I’m heading next. This team is exactly what I need.
Whether it’s meeting other local runners, connecting online more broadly, or simply making a friend or two, the people we surround ourselves with weave into our beliefs of what we think is possible, and how we view ourselves and our potential. ~ Lauren Fleshman
This week, I became an official member of the Oiselle Volée Team and I’m so excited to get to know my fellow birds and fly with them!