For the forest said nothing, it just let her breathe
She sat at the back and they said she was shy,
She led from the front and they hated her pride,
They asked her advice and then questioned her guidance,
They branded her loud, then were shocked by her silence,
When she shared no ambition they said it was sad,
So she told them her dreams and they they said she was mad,
They told her they’d listen, then covered their ears,
And gave her a hug while they laughed at her fears,
And she listened to all of it thinking she should,
Be the girl they told her to be best as she could,
But one day she asked what was best for herself,
Instead of trying to please everyone else,
So she walked to the forest and stood with the trees,
She heard the wind whisper and dance with the leaves,
She spoke to the willow, the elm and the pine,
And she told them what she’d been told time after time,
She told them she felt she was never enough,
She was either too little or far far too much,
Too loud or too quiet, too fierce or too weak,
Too wise or too foolish, too bold or too meek, Then she found a small clearing surrounded by firs,
And she stopped…and she heard what the trees said to her,
And she sat there for hours not wanting to leave,
For the forest said nothing, it just let her breathe.’
(Author: Becky Helmsley)
FA's Woman’s Day Event
We enjoyed a day full of cake, mimosas, froffy ciders by Shy brewery, yoga by the lovely Jess Lear, wise words, new friends, popcorn whilst watching the movie Pretty Strong, and informative words from Mienke Richter and words and stories by the legend Marianne Schwankhart.
I think it’s safe to say the day was a big success!
It was beautiful to see how girls and women and some brave men from both within and outside of our community came together on a lekker day and took the space and activity line-up and made it their own.
Scallywags Sports Bra
We are also very happy and proud to have released the Scallywags sport bra. An epic, comfortable bra with a ferny dark green glow. Perfect for climbing and even a swim after a hard climbing session in the kloofs. The Scallywags sports bra is available in the FA gear store for R420.
We Move Up
There couldn’t have been a better name for this event, because one thing we all saw and learnt throughout the day is to be strong, believe in yourself and your abilities and just move up.
A Community of Strong Women
We would like to continue with ‘We Move Up’ and make more events and gatherings in the future to let the community of strong women grow, learn more about the life around us, adventures, rock climbing, slacklining, yoga and each other, our bodies and much more!
So keep a lookout on our socials, another We Move Up event might come up sooner than you think!
Big thanks to everyone that made this happen and came to enjoy a very lekker event!