Saturday Spotlight: Shinta Reinlie
Chapter: Team RWB Houston
Member Since: 2014
Motto: “Nothing is permanent – Buddha”
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“A good friend of mine introduced me to Team RWB in 2014 since I started seeing similar faces on most of races I participated. I was returning to running after a few years hiatus. The reason I stuck around was the positivity, the inclusiveness, and support that Eagles community offered to new members, old members, and anyone in between. I felt that everyone wanted to get to know me, genuinely. They offered support, even when it wasn’t asked. I met members that now feel more like family, who I could build lasting friendships and connections.”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“I tried triathlon because of Team RWB. My favorite moment was when a dozen Eagles showed up to give support on my first triathlon ever ! Sep 2014. I was so humbled, honored and valued, and couldn’t find words that describe my gratitude and joy having them there, cheered, motivated, and supported me. My Eagles family showed me how to be a team mate, a member of community. They brought the best out of me. And since then, I made promise to my self that I would pay it forward to Team RWB, and community in general.”
How Do You Serve Your Community?
“I’ve been involved and becoming long time donor of an organization in Indonesia which helps providing scholarships to children from low income family. I finished my bachelor degree with a help from a donor, because it was too much financially for my parents to support. So, I’m paying it forward. Thanks to Georgina Biehl, I got to help fostering dogs with K-9 Angels of Houston which are rescued from local shelters and awaiting their forever family. I adopted one of the fosters dog and he has been part of my family for a year now. Meditation practice has been part of my life the past 5 years, and it changes my life in significant way, that I promised myself I would help meditation center(s) to bring awareness of meditation to mainstream, including Team RWB. I’ve been volunteering as meditation class leader, giving introduction to meditation in small class format and just being an ambassador to this wonderful practice.”
What Inspires You?
“The opportunities to make positive impacts to others inspire me. It helps me to look out for others, to focus the attention away from my own ego and comfort. Many Team RWB members, both civilians and veterans, have been through so many challenges in their life, mentally and physically. But seeing them thriving, not just surviving, because of the community embracing them, inspires me to focus on bringing joy to others, not only to myself. Show them love, kindness and compassion, and see them blossoming to be beautiful souls. That’s something we can do to ourselves and to others.”
How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?
“So big! Physically, if it wasn’t for Team RWB, I would never finished a marathon and triathlon. But most importantly, on mental side, Team RWB inspires me to be honest with myself, because I felt supported no matter what. It becomes family to me. Both my emergency contacts are beautiful souls I got to know through Team RWB. That’s how close we became. Vulnerability, something new that I learned because of this wonderful group of people, and it helped me to open myself more as a soul, and get professional help to deal with my emotional and mental challenges. Team RWB helped me launching my personal transformation, inside and out. And the results, I do really like the person I became today because of it.“
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“Don’t think much, just do it ! Be prepare to be included, embraced, valued, and supported. You get what you give 🙂“