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For the final blog post of 2017, we typically survey everyone's favorite memory of the year, and collage them together for a "best of GritCycle look back"; we think it's safe to say that our unanimous, most favorite and treasured memory of 2017, was the coming together for one of our own, Kelli, on December 23rd, to raise money for her growing medical bills resulting from a terrifying brain surgery and stroke recovery.

   

With less than two-weeks notice, with only two days before Christmas, our staff and clients showed up physically, mentally, and with their hearts wide-open to express how much our Kelli means to us.

   

Kelli's 90-minute ride had an instantaneous waitlist, and instructors and staff were generously donating their Saturday afternoon without a second thought.

It was a fantastic chance for the Monarch Beach crew and the Costa Mesa crew to shine together.

   

In addition to the ride, we raised money with an outstanding raffle where our winners took away generously donated gifts from TK Burger, Citizen Water Co, LululemonStyle Society BoutiqueBear Flag Fish Co., Jans Health Bar, Wild Taco, 2145 and The Lost Bean - Tustin.

Oak and Coal, Tabu Shabu, Mutt's and State Farm provided food and refreshments

   

We still are selling the much-coveted "Kelli" tees and tanks----and again, all the money will go to Kelli's gofundme account.

   

A special "thank you" and mention must go out to Casey Line and her Husband, Patrick Field, for creating and managing Kelli's gofundme account. Dear friends of Kelli, Casey + Patrick immediately stepped in and saw to Kelli's pressing need for financial assistance with these astronomical medical bills.

 

 

When we asked those closest to Kelli what they remember most about this special day, it was a concordant agreement: although the day itself had several unforgettable moments, nothing could top Kelli gettin' back on the mic for "Drop THAT Kitty!!!":

 
Kelli is the type of girl who gives so much of herself to everyone around her. She always has a smile, a compliment, and a positive outlook for every situation. Watching the community rally around her, and give those gifts back to her has been amazing. There was so much love and positive energy radiating throughout the entire studio that day. 

 As one our founding principles, Grit Cycle strives to have INTEGRITY permeate every decision we make.

 When Matt and Marisa came together with their vision for Grit Cycle, "INTEGRITY" punctuated almost every conversation for their mission. One of our shop's first designs was the inteGRITy t-shirt.

As Grit Cycle is growing, evolving, and moving forward into the next generation of Grit Studios {Long Beach}, we think it's important to reintroduce that founding principle of Integrity; in a season of change, albeit positive, it's always important to return to the heart of what built you and grounds you.

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We asked our staff how they define "INTEGRITY"; as always they didn't let us down:

"Integrity and being genuine go hand in hand; nothing's more attractive than a genuine human. In all you do stay true and authentic. And surround yourself with the same type ."- Steph Castro-Woods

 

"InteGRITy is HUGE for me!  At the end of the day, this means that I walk the walk and talk the talk. I'm motivating people all day to live their best lives...mentally and physically.  If you see me in the wild, you are going to find me practicing what I preach."   -Cassie Piasecki

"My definition of Integrity is being true to yourself.  Holding tight, my morals and values of life and never compromising what I truly believe, or myself, just to fit in.  Living an honest life breeds true authenticity." 

-Jessica Ginsberg

{pictured here with her mother who she says raised her "to have integrity and self-worth."}

"To me, integrity means being genuine with your words and actions. Integrity also means treating others with respect as well as demanding the respect you deserve and not allowing others to treat you poorly or being a doormat. It goes both ways. It all comes back to the golden rule by doing unto others…."