Hi there, it’s me again. I know I know, you feel like you have been here before. But this time it isn’t your soul speaking, its me, the one who has been writing these blogs all this time. While I know many of you, the beauty of this tribe is that it keeps growing. I wanted to take some time to introduce myself to our new #torquebabes. Nothing makes me happier than walking into the studio and seeing all of your gorgeous faces. I know that we were all put in this studio for a reason and one of the greatest things about this tribe is as time goes on you usually find out why. I can’t even begin to tell you how many beautiful souls paths have crossed mine because of this studio. How many people have become family because of this studio. And most importantly, how many people have helped me through some of the darkest times in my life….because of this studio. It is one of the greatest blessings in my life and without it, I truly cannot tell you where I would be.
So for those of you that don’t know, my name is Caroline Menges. I am 22 years old in my final semester at Penn State (adulting is 7 weeks away people, SOS). I am an Elementary Education Major and cannot wait to dedicate my life to shaping the minds of all of the adorable tiny humans on this earth. I knew from a young age that I loved leaning and children and my career and passion for my career was very clear to me. Not only do I love children, but I also LOVEEE traveling (if only my bank account had the travel bug, too). I have stepped foot on almost all of the continents and have seen some truly amazing things. I am torn between hiking the Andes Mountains for days or walking out of the outdoor shower in Africa and seeing an elephant (I hope my towel was cute!!). Tough race I know, but elephants win. Always. I am so grateful for the opportunity to travel. I think that as we grow in life we truly take every single experience and carry them with us always. That is something that I wish for everyone… to see the world with their eyes and let that imprint on their heart forever. While I love to travel some of my cheaper past times include matcha soy milk lattes, mantra bands, the color navy, tacos, tacos, tacos, Grey’s Anatomy marathons, and Eeeep…Lamarca! And spending time with my family, friends, and boyfriend, DJ. Oh, and spin. I like that ish.
The million dollar question… how did I find TORQUE? To be honest it was out of complete luck (but was it luck or meant to be all along?) I played soccer for two years in college and when my time on the field came to an end I knew that I needed that physical activity to remain in my life, but didn’t necessarily want to be running miles on miles. My dear friend Beth said, “you should try spinning.” I knew what it was but never imagined it would be this amazing. I asked around and an OG TORQUE spinner Jen Lee said, “Go to TORQUE, it will change your life.” And she was not wrong.
I think that like many things in life, they come at the right time. While we may not know it at the moment, it will reveal itself. I can still remember the moment it happened, the moment where TORQUE made sense. It was dark, Jessie J was playing in the spin room, the candles were lit, and I was sobbing. It just made sense. I knew I was supposed to be there. To not only get stronger and healthier but also to heal. I can honestly say that this studio, these people, the music, the cheers, the love, the inspiration, turned my life around. It put me on a path to success and self love. It showed me who I was and who I wanted to be. It helped me understand the pain of my past in a way I'm not sure I ever would have. TORQUE has changed my life and for me it is just that simple.
Not only has TORQUE taken me on a journey to know myself, it also brought me this. The Tribe Times. My baby as I like to call it. Writing has always been a passion of mine. I just never thought I would be able to use it in my life. Until one day in the spin room (funny how so many magical moments happen there) Summer told us that there is no time like the present. That it was time to pick up the pen and write a story. While some of us took that figuratively, I took it literally. I took a deep breath, swallowed the nerves, and asked Summer if I could write a blog for the studio. And here we are over a year later. It has been a beautiful outlet and positive influence in my life. I cannot thank you enough for supporting me, reading this, sharing, liking, loving, all of the above. It means the world to me and I need you to all know that.
So everyone, that is me. I hope that this blog can inspire you to chase your dreams, catch your breath, open your eyes, feel with you heart, and soak up each and every beautiful second of this life. Welcome to the Tribe Times my loves, I hope it leads you to only beautiful places.
As always, sending all my love to you all wherever you may be!