Saturday Spotlight: Nicole Bowman-Layton

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Chapter: Mid-Atlantic Region

Member Since: January, 2015

Motto: “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I joined after seeing several members of the Sub 30 Club, a Facebook group created by Runner’s World columnist Ted Spiker, attend events. They shared wonderful stories about how they were meeting people. I wanted to expand my real-life social circle and Team RWB membership was free (still is), so I joined. I didn’t see a chapter for Morgantown, WV, so I automatically asked to help them start a chapter. Once then-chapter captain Katie got in contact with me, I backed down on my offer to lead, but jumped in right away.”

What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“My favorite experience was being able to participate in a GORUCK event I wouldn’t have been able to attend if not for Team RWB’s partnership with GORUCK. I was serving as a chapter captain in Wheeling, but I had serious doubts about my ability to do a good job. During the event, I had an opportunity to lead our group from Point State Park to another part of downtown Pittsburgh. While I had a rough start, the encouragement of the cadres (they’re like leaders of the event) gave me the courage to step outside my comfort zone. I still carry that mentality with me today. If I can survive six hours of GORUCK, what else am I capable of?”

How do you serve your community?

Currently I am without a chapter, so I’m serving my community by helping out at my kids’ schools. I also pick any trash I see when I’m rucking or walking. In the past when I was involved in the Wheeling chapter, we organized rucks that donated food to a local pantry. I also was a Cub Scout den leader.”

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What Inspires You?

“My kids inspire me, as does the idea of living instead of simply existing. I want my daughter to see how strong, powerful, and confident she can be. I want my sons to see how women deserve respect. I want my ledger to be full of things I’ve done.”

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“I’ve dealt with lot with issues (economic, mental, physical, etc.) in my life. I often used those issues as an excuse for not doing something. I was too scared in a lot of ways. Through my journey with Team RWB, I found a little more self-confidence, more of a wild streak, and more of a willingness to lead. These were all things I dreamed about but was too afraid to do out of fear of putting myself out there. I’m still dealing with these issues, but now I have the mindset of dealing with (rather than hiding from) these things.

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“Team RWB has many opportunities for Eagles to grow as individuals. Take your time and do as much as you feel is right for you. There is always something for everyone, and if you see a gap in activities, you can help cover that. Team RWB is for everyone — even shy people who loathe socializing (I hate to admit, but that’s me sometimes). You will get a lot out of your time with the organization, just give it a try.”