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imvictoriabrown. I will always be a creature of experience, refusing to let grass grow

I will always be a creature of experience, refusing to let grass grow under my feet. Another incredible #ArtBasel in the books. Feeling more inspired than when I arrived after soaking in all of the sunshine, artwork, music and energy that I possibly can. Until next year!✌🏼xxVB

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imvictoriabrown. Beachside is my best side 🙃

Beachside is my best side 🙃

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imvictoriabrown. #art

#art

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imvictoriabrown. Quick vacation sweat 💦 with these babes @sjadenyc & @aubreylauryn bef

Quick vacation sweat 💦 with these babes @sjadenyc & @aubreylauryn before Basel-ing today #artbasel @soulcycle

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imvictoriabrown. Brb, Basel ✌🏼

Brb, Basel ✌🏼

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imvictoriabrown. 👆🏼The face that accurately depicts how today made me feel 👆🏼
Thank

👆🏼The face that accurately depicts how today made me feel 👆🏼 Thank you. -They say the path to abundance is found through practicing the art of being grateful. That when we lead with gratitude and are grateful for what we have, that more of that same good has a way of somehow finding its way to us. I believe in that. I believe in the setbacks. I believe in the failures. I believe in the good in people. I believe that when I can’t do things on my own, it’s ok because I have an army of people who believe in me. • What I’m trying to say is that circumstances, are just that, and you ultimately get to choose where you go from where you are. I’ve decided I’m on an elevator and the only direction is up. Are you with me? xxVB • #thankyou to everyone who gave me a warm embrace, thoughtful card, beautiful flowers or welcome back smile today. I appreciate you ✨

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imvictoriabrown. Out of sight, maybe. But you were definitely never out of mind. I’m ba

Out of sight, maybe. But you were definitely never out of mind. I’m back. See you tomorrow @SoulCycle xxVB

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imvictoriabrown. The biggest lesson I’ve learned recently... I’m not a superhero, I can

The biggest lesson I’ve learned recently... I’m not a superhero, I can’t do it all, AND THAT’S OK! Even when I have to take some time away, the bike will always be there for me and the community will always be there for me and that means everything. It’s never mattered if you can do every move on the bike or how fast your legs move. What we do is bigger. It’s all encompassing and we realize we aren’t alone in our fight. • Sending so much love and a giant shoutout to all the beautiful instructors I got to hop into class with, who have let me ride in your back rows as I get stronger and work my way back up to the podium. It’s been a blessing to have such authentic gorgeous souls lead me, to be a student again and to be in the presence of each of your strong communities. Thank you for the love and thank you for the sweat. @SoulCycle mark your calendars...I’M BACK! December 4th. And I cannot wait to see YOU! xxVB #VBSquad #VeryBestSelf • And thank you to everyone who stepped in and subbed my classes in my absence, I appreciate you! xx

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imvictoriabrown. I don’t always have time to stretch or to use a foam roller...life’s c

I don’t always have time to stretch or to use a foam roller...life’s crazy busy and always coming at you fast. That’s why I am in partnership with @Biofreeze for fast relief on the go. Spray it or roll it onto your sore muscles to cool the pain and keep going. It’s been there for me so I can push through the hard stuff and continue to show up for everyone else, day in and day out. #BioFreeze #sponsored

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imvictoriabrown. Guess what? ...I’ve had my heart broken several times, and I survived.

Guess what? ...I’ve had my heart broken several times, and I survived. I’ve been fired from a job I loved, felt like I lost my identity, and I found myself again. I’ve applied for positions I knew I was qualified for and been rejected, yet this year I was promoted. I’ve gone through hard times with family, but we got through it and we laugh and we share the important moments together. I’ve been disappointed by friends I thought would be around forever, but I made new ones who have my back better than anyone else ever did. I’ve left cities filled with people I adore and started over 3 times, it turns out there isn’t a limit on how many people you can love or how many people can love you. • When a door closes in front of you, there’s nothing wrong with you, you’re just being rerouted to what’s right. Don’t forget that we have to fail sometimes, feel rejection or feel heart ache and that it’s just a part of our process. There’s a bigger story being written, let it unfold as it should. If I didn’t go through all that I did above, how would I ever feel true appreciation for success when it finds me or true love when it’s staring right back at me? • Food for thought tonight. None of us are perfect. And we sure as hell shouldn’t try to be xxVB

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imvictoriabrown. The truth about being a fitness professional: We train like profession

The truth about being a fitness professional: We train like professional athletes, but we don’t have an off season. (sponsored) The long and short of that is- we have to get really good at recovery. My secret weapon is @biofreeze. The quickest fix you will find for relieving joint and muscle pain, so you can get back to your life after you train hard. 👊🏼 #BioFreeze #sponsored 📸: @airij23

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imvictoriabrown. #SmallBizSat will always hold a warm spot in my heart. My Dad is a sma

#SmallBizSat will always hold a warm spot in my heart. My Dad is a small business owner and I grew up watching him and my grandparents run every aspect of a successful glass business. I’ve seen first-hand what it takes and it’s no easy feat. I’m proud to be an #AmexAmbassador and shine a light on a day that encourages everyone to #ShopSmall. My favorite local spot, a lux consignment shop in Georgetown called @EllaRue, owned and operated by two sisters. Be sure to get out and shop small today! Tag your favorite local small business below! @AmericanExpress #AmexLife

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imvictoriabrown. Me: Hey @marshapalooza, can you take a picture of me with the turkey f

Me: Hey @marshapalooza, can you take a picture of me with the turkey for Instagram? Grandma: If you post that on the internet, I am going to comment “Who are you kidding?! Take the Tofurkey out of the microwave?!” • Leave it to your family to always call you on your shit. You have to have those people in your life, the ones who keep it real with you. I’m thankful for everyone in my life who helps me keep my feet on the ground. You know who you are! -Tell me what your thankful for today?! xxVB

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imvictoriabrown. This year, Thanksgiving isn’t the only thing that’s caused me to think

This year, Thanksgiving isn’t the only thing that’s caused me to think about what I’m thankful for. To be honest, I’m really grateful for everything that’s happened recently. A lot of moments that have sent me racing into the unknown, having to quickly find my way in the midst of uncertainty. But isn’t that life? How are we supposed to learn anything if we don’t lose our way and aren’t tested from time to time? • Giving thanks for the hard stuff today. The things that make me real, the truth that’s sometimes behind my smile, the circumstances that make me who I am and give me perspective on what’s really important. Are you thankful for your hard stuff? There is always a positive within any negative. xxVB

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imvictoriabrown. I am not the sum of what other people think of me, I am the sum of wha

I am not the sum of what other people think of me, I am the sum of what I think of myself. ...the same goes for you, in case you forgot today.

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imvictoriabrown. Vulnerable! OMG! Swipe right for unedited before and after shots of my

Vulnerable! OMG! Swipe right for unedited before and after shots of my @lovesaranghaeskin 45 day challenge. I always say “the most important relationship we will have in this lifetime, is the one that we have with ourselves.” Makeup is something I have always felt like I needed. I would hide my skin under layers of foundation and envy women who didn’t wear any at all. Within the 45 day challenge, I noticed a dramatic difference in my darker pigmentation and skin tone over all. • REAL TALK. I was in the hospital for 17 days straight. A lot of your vanity goes out the window, if not all of it. But I will say...getting up each day and looking at myself in the mirror, I liked what I saw staring back at me. Thanks to @lovesaranghaeskin -Try their Korean Beauty line, with their patented method of extracting the good stuff from mushrooms. Your future self will thank you for the anti-aging, skin tone evening properties. I highly recommend xxVB #ourlovestorystartsnow #45daystohealthierskin #saranghae

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imvictoriabrown. I loved living in California. But I missed being close to my family an

I loved living in California. But I missed being close to my family and I missed the seasons! I’m not saying the snow and the cold air doesn’t get old real fast...trust me it does. But there is something magical about waking up to the first snow covered ground of the season 🤗❄️What’s your favorite season? Is anyone else loving this weather as much as me?!⛄️😍

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imvictoriabrown. I’ve always been a serial optimist, above is a pic of me doing my best

I’ve always been a serial optimist, above is a pic of me doing my best to shine a positive light on what the last 16 days have been like. • I don’t think I quite realized how public my life is until I ended up here. • Two weeks ago I got on an airplane the same way I have countless times before. Was feeling some pretty intense chest pain and shortness of breath...enough to alert the flight attendant. Cue every light on the plane turning on during an overnight flight to ask if there was a doctor on board. I was both mortified and completely terrified at the same time. Having an oxygen tank on, contact with the doctor on the plane, another one on the ground and feeling like I couldn’t take a breath while 30 thousand feet in the air was an uneasy feeling. When I landed I was taken to the Emergency Room where I really thought they would tell me I was dehydrated and needed to rest and would send me home. However, after a routine chest X-ray, something wasn’t right and I was admitted to the hospital. At this point, multiple doctors a day were showing up in my room, having some pretty serious conversations about some pretty serious possibilities. Having no idea what was going on, I made the choice to be quiet about what I was experiencing. My life doesn’t always have to be broadcast through a megaphone and I wanted to be with my family as I sorted through my emotions and learned more about what was going on. • We have ruled out the scariest options, thank God 🙏🏼 and now I just need to focus on getting better and regaining strength. Hoping to be back on a bike really soon. I have missed my #VBSquad family terribly and I am sorry for keeping you in the dark. Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out, sent love, well wishes, flowers etc. it has meant the world to me. • I’m usually great with words. Words are the thing I love most. Everything I wrote above feels choppy, like it doesn’t flow and isn’t eloquent. I tried to change it, edit it, make it flow better -but then I stopped myself. Life is far from perfect and none of us are immune to the reality that it can all change in an instant. I have said this in class before and I will remind... *CONTINUED BELOW*

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