My mom, Myrna Loy Dobbins, lived out evolve’s “love in action” mission as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher for more than 30 years, touching the lives of countless students with her kindness and unbridled commitment to education. She greeted each new school year with excitement, always striving to be better, to give more of herself to her kids, to find something that would spark a love of learning in them.
Of course, while she was committed to the children in her classroom, she matched that tenfold with her love for my brother and me, and later in life her grandson Troy. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for us.
She not only made hot breakfasts for us each morning, on particularly cold days she would heat her robe in the oven alongside the biscuits so that I could be wrapped in its warmth when I awoke. That’s love.
She and I spent countless languid summer days drifting in the backyard pool of our Texas home, dreaming of distant lands and a future where anything was possible. There were no limits.
And as I grew into a teenager and semi-adult, she’d remind me each time I went out at night to “remember who I am.” I’m sure I rolled my eyes then, but the reminder stays with me today.
Mom was named after the movie star Myrna Loy, who rose to fame in the 1930s and 1940s. While my mom’s life wan’t as glamorous as her namesake, the two Myrnas shared an inner light that made this world a better place, that made those around them feel loved and safe.
Mom would have loved the top we named after her. It’s soft and classic, understated but beautiful… a lot like Myrna herself.
She’d be especially thrilled to know that the top includes a giveback to the Henna School in South Africa. She fell in love with Africa during one of her last big international trips, and one of my favorite memories of that trip was Mom chatting with a group of young children in one the country’s poorest areas. She lit up in that moment, just as she had for 30 years standing in front of classroom of five and six year olds.
Mom passed away in 2014, but her legacy lives on through me, our family, all the children she taught and now this top from evolve. I know she’s smiling down on us.
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Mom, thank you for seeing me, the real me.
My mom, Toni Renee, was one of a kind. Her infectious energy lit up the room, and her uncanny ability to make every person she met feel “seen” was her greatest gift. Mom had a very special knack for seeing people just as they were. She didn’t care about degrees, 401Ks or the size of your house. She wanted to connect with the real person. Like a super power, her piercing, big brown eyes could penetrate armor and masks, revealing the truth beneath the surface.
She expressed love in action in her own way. When I was a child, she worked as a waitress at a local truck stop. At night, Mom would spend hours upon hours drawing happy faces and writing “Have a Great Day” on the backs of her tickets.
During holidays, she would go door-to-door asking for donations for families in need. She had such a huge heart for anyone who was struggling and often took in friends who were trying to get back on their feet.
Mom would be so proud of her namesake top. It’s bold, unique and a little wild, just like her! I’m pretty sure she would never take it off.
Mom was so proud of me. She kept every single memento from her visit to our home in Los Angeles or our trips back home to visit her. And I mean every memento… even the paper parking pass we gave her to park on the LA streets. She thought it was so cool that her son lived in Hollywood. Every person who came to her house probably heard a story about that parking pass.
Mom passed away in 2014. In her last days, she’d lost her ability to speak and was unresponsive for several days. But then suddenly her eyes began to flutter and those big brown eyes came back to life.
Me: Mom, if you can hear me, blink your eyes.
Me: Mom, if you know I love you a million barns full, blink your eyes. (We always measured things in barns. Must have been the farm I grew up on!)
Me: Mom, I see you! And I know you see me. If we’re setting each other free, blink your eyes.
She blinked, and less than a day later she was gone.
But I can still close my eyes and see her brown eyes staring deep into my soul, laughing with me, prodding me to be my best self.
In my life and through evolve I carry on her legacy. I promise to see and love people for exactly who they are.
Mom, I know you’re here with me, every step of the way. Thank you for seeing me, the real me. I love you.
revolucion was born from founder Jason Leon’s belief in the transformative powers of yoga and his passion for using business to create social good.
Inspired by his fellow yogis and the extraordinary social entrepreneurs he met traveling to places like South Africa and Thailand, he sought to find a way to take the love and light he experienced on his yoga mat out into the world.
Launched in April 2016, revolucion offers a full range of high quality, yoga-inspired fitness apparel for women and men.
But revolucion is much more than yoga-inspired fitness apparel; it’s a commitment to a better world.
revolucion partners with non-profit organizations committed to social justice and the quest to end poverty. Each item purchased includes a social giveback, from two days of school for a girl escaping the sex trade in Bangkok to a personal hygiene kit for a homeless youth in San Diego.
revolucion seeks to empower and inspire those who wear its clothes… to be their best selves and to be a part of something much bigger. Each piece is thoughtfully designed to make you feel beautiful from the inside out.
Together, we can make a difference. Together we can change the world.
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