Girl on Your Left is a story about resilience and overcoming various obstacles that life throws your way. The story revolves around my mother Dorothy and her overwhelmingly positive mentality. Not much could stop her; she lost her husband, was left with three young kids, and still somehow found time to train for an Ironman, all in the span of a few short years. And in case you are unaware an Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. None of these numbers could deter her though; she wouldn't be stopped.
When training, she routinely would pass other cyclists or runners saying as she flew by "Girl on your left!", something she became known for. Unfortunately she is no longer around to say her tagline as she actually passed away during the Ironman that she trained so hard for. And while she may never cross that finish line, in my heart I know she has crossed it a thousand times.
I started Girl on Your Left as a way to honor her and a way to make sure her story of overcoming some of life's biggest obstacles and still remaining true to herself doesn't fade away. Everyone should know about Dorothy and how incredible she was as a mother, daughter and friend. With this tiny little shop, I hope to spread her story as far and as wide as I can.
Thank you so much for your support! Even you just here reading my mother's story means the world to me. I am hopeful that the next time you face any sort of obstacle that you think like Dorothy and shout out "Girl on your left!" as you leave those obstacles in the dust!