It’s November – Give Thanks!

Notes from GeNienne

I am certainly feeling the chill in the air lately! I hope you are all staying warm out there and taking care of yourselves! The end of November is nearing and it’s the BEST time of year to focus on gratitude and appreciation towards the things that are most important to us.

Take the time this month to be appreciative and SHOW your thanks. Do NOT focus on what is missing… focus on things of abundance and things we sometimes take for granted. Thank a man or woman in uniform when you see them in passing. Hug your mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, child a little harder and a little longer the next time you see them. Above all else, give praise and thanks for your health and well being every day when you awake and every night as you lay to rest.

Lucky for me, I get to be an aunt to my AMAZING nieces and nephews! I am extremely thankful for their cheerful presence in my life and they always help to keep things in perspective for me.


I will ALWAYS be thankful for my career as an NFL and NBA cheerleader. The experience brought my dear friend Jamilla into my life. Read today’s featured article to see why a current NFL cheerleader is thankful for her experience.

I am SO thankful for all of YOU! You make me smile everyday with your determination and positive attitudes! Thank yourselves for all of the hard work you put towards your goals.

Thankful always,

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Thankful for Professional Cheerleading
By Charo, Captain of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders

While I sit here and sift through all of the incredible memories I have experienced as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader, not only do I feel remarkably lucky, but so full of graciousness. Making the team in 2010 took an exceptional amount of hard work and commitment on my part, but ultimately, it was one of the best things to have ever happened to me. Because Thanksgiving and the holidays are approaching, here are the top six reasons why I am thankful for this amazing chapter of my life:

⦁ My renewed awareness and appreciation for fitness – Being surrounded by my toned and hot teammates is more than reason enough to be mindful of my health, but NFL cheerleading definitely gives me a keener sense of varying body types, the understanding that they can all be beautiful, and the motivation and resources to be the healthiest me I can be. For that, I am thankful.
⦁ The honor to work with talented women in a leadership capacity – As a captain this year, I have learned so much about being a leader, but also about being a part of a team. The ability to discover what motivates people, earn respect rather than demand it, maintain transparency and open communication, and always display accountability are all relevant skills that I can continue to develop and transfer to any other position in my life. For that, I am thankful.
⦁ The unique travel opportunities – The Middle East, China, the Caribbean… and with my teammates! Going overseas to perform for our U.S. troops was life-changing; I never would have grasped the comprehensiveness of their service and sacrifice until I was able to witness it firsthand. And performing in the Chinese New Year Parade, shooting our swimsuit calendar in exotic locales every year – these are all once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that scream carpe diem. For that, I am thankful.
⦁ The ability to juggle commitments that give my life balance – Although sometimes it seems like a Charo clone would be necessary, the fact that my schedule is so busy gives my life an overwhelming sense of balanced productivity. I have learned to prioritize, lessen procrastination, and take needed breaks so that I can fully engage in my career, cheering, relationships, social events, and life tasks. This sharpened ability has also prompted me to appreciate the present moment that much more. For that, I am thankful.
⦁ A large-scale medium through which to share and practice my passion – Dancing has been a part of my soul for as long as I can remember. Cheering for the Redskins allows me to dance not only on game days in front of tens of thousands of fans, but twice a week at practice and at several other events throughout the area. Dancing is my outlet, my answer, my stress-reliever, my language – and I am doing it professionally. For that, I am thankful.
⦁ The passionate, hilarious, talented, and intelligent women on the sidelines with me – These women are muse-like inspiration to be strong, kind, and humble. Each and every woman with whom I’ve cheered has something unique to offer, but I am also lucky enough to call them my sisters. These women are a part of the reason I wake up and the reason I can honestly say that I absolutely love my life. Whether our WRC experiences are good, bad, crazy, or irrational, all that matters is that we are together. I adore them, I idolize them, I laugh with them and (try to) make them laugh. They are lifelong friends. And for that, I am thankful.



Salute to Service (Veterans Day)

Notes from GeNienne

Hello Lovelies!
I absolutely LOVE the month of November!! For so many reasons…

First, the weather change. Even though I strongly “dislike” (my Mom said not to use the word “hate” – LOL) cold weather, I absolutely love layering clothes, and wearing boots, warm jackets and cute scarves. Fashion is so much fun in the colder months.

Second, it’s the month that stresses being THANKFUL and GRATEFUL. In the hustle and bustle of every day life, we sometimes forget to give thanks to the little things… that are actually BIG things yet we sometimes take for granted. Like… the ability to walk, talk, run, laugh, hear, see, smile, and DANCE!! And of course, we should all be thankful for our health, family, friends, and teammates.

Last but DEFINITELY not least, it’s the month that our country honors the men and woman of the military. Those that sacrifice so much for us… day in and day out. I witnessed this sacrifice first hand many times as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader. I was honored to be selected to go on numerous USO, DOD, and AFE Military Appreciation Tours as a WRC. I visited garrisons/military bases in Afghanistan, Qatar, Bosnia, Kosovo, Italy, Spain, Greece, Japan, Turkey, Guam, Kwajalein, and Micronesia, just to name a few. These trips were life-changing experiences that I will FOREVER be grateful for and remember. #SalutetoService

Today’s featured article focuses on our military and giving thanks to our troops. Everyday but especially this month, thank a man or woman in uniform when you see them in passing. Donate your time or financial rewards to a cause in support of the branches of our military. Be reminded that WE ARE because THEY ARE.


Signing off with thanks,


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Salute to Service

The NFL holds the military close to its heart. Not only to NFL coaches and players show their support at home and abroad, but so do the beautiful cheerleaders that grace the sidelines!

Throughout the month of November, the NFL raises money through their Salute to Service campaign and donates the money to the USO, the Pat Tillman Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project. The USAA is the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL.


Being a professional cheerleader is so much more than simply dance & glamour. The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and many other dance teams are recognized for their constant support and engagement with our service members at home and overseas.

At home, you will see the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders represent the United States Marine Corps, Navy, Army & USA pride with their uniforms, routines and song choices throughout the Washington Redskins home game on November 16th.

Away from the Washington DC area, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders have graced military bases in areas like Japan, Djibouti, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, Dubai, Europe and even locally here in Virginia & Maryland – among many other places over the years! It is an amazing honor to represent the United State and the Washington Redskins overseas, and to help bring a little piece of joy from home to those serving us overseas. In January 2014, eight 1st Ladies of Football went on the 45th Armed Forces Tour of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders to Afghanistan.


Inside of the US, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders are also able to spread joy to our military! The below photo was taken in 2012 in Fort Drum Military Base, in NY!


If you would like to show your military appreciation throughout November, you can post a “thank you” by including #SalutetoService in your social media posts!

If these experiences are something that seem rewarding to you, consider working harder towards your goal of becoming a professional cheerleader! Through the NFL & NBA, there are many amazing opportunities to volunteer to make an impact on those who serve us.


Leap out of Your Comfort Zone (Election Day)

Notes from GeNienne
Hello there!

First… before I get into the “main dish” of today’s Note… Did you vote? I sure hope so. If not, get to it

So… a recent experience had me thinking a lot about this term “comfort zone.”

We’ve all heard people say, “You need to get out of your comfort zone. You need to stretch yourself. Do something different. It’ll be good for you.” Everyone seems to agree with this idea, but what do we actually know about this term “comfort zone”? What does it really mean?

While this sometimes means you should simply try something different, there is another meaning behind this term. Your comfort zone is any type of behavior that keeps you at a steadily low anxiety level. Imagine something you do all the time like getting ready for work, walking around, watching TV, doing your favorite workout DVD, or dancing around in your house. Everyday activities that you’re used to won’t make you feel anxious and uneasy, so these activities are part of your comfort zone.

A lot of the anxiety that comes from leaving your comfort zone is due to uncomfortable levels of uncertainty. When you are not 100% sure of how to do something, when you know you are not an expert in a certain area… this could lead to uneasiness, fear, and avoidance. However, if you take a leap of faith and just try it… what is NOT in your comfort zone could eventually make its way to being a fun, enjoyable, and stress-free activity.

I am currently experiencing this at new heights and levels right now. Most of you know that I’m an avid public speaker – through consulting, hosting live TV shows, the Pro Cheer world, and even at NBA basketball games. But recently, I started working at a local TV station. Let’s talk about WAY OUT of my comfort zone. I don’t really have experience putting together a news story… and it’s been 7 years since I edited using Final Cut Pro. But I wanted to try it…. So I am. With every additional day at the TV station, I am building my confidence and feeling more and more comfortable in this new role. The feelings of anxiety are turning into feelings of comfort. But if I stayed in my comfort zone, I would not be experiencing this new, exciting career opportunity.

Take a chance. Take a risk. Whether it’s a new career choice, a hot new date, or a new dance skill…Just DO IT!!! You can only grow if you try.

Sending Cheers, Hugs, and Comfort your way!


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Do everyday things differently. Take a different route to work. Try a new restaurant without checking the reviews first. Go vegetarian for a week, or a month. Try a new operating system. Recalibrate your reality. Whether the change you make is large or small, make a change in the way you do things on a day-to-day basis. Look for the perspective that comes from any change, even if it’s negative. Don’t be put off if things don’t work out the way you planned.
Take your time making decisions. Sometimes slowing down is all it takes to make you uncomfortable—especially if speed and quick thinking are how you typically function! Slow down, observe what’s going on, take your time to interpret what you see, and then intervene. Sometimes just defending your right to make an educated decision can push you out of your comfort zone. Think, don’t just react.

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Trust yourself and make snap decisions. We’re contradicting ourselves, but there’s a good reason. Just as there are people who thrive on snap decisions, others are more comfortable weighing all of the possible options several times, over and over again. Sometimes making a snap call is in order, just to get things moving. Doing so can help you kickstart your personal projects and teach you to trust your judgement. It’ll also show you there’s fallout to quick decisions as well as slow ones.
Do it in small steps. It takes a lot of courage to break out of your comfort zone. You get the same benefits whether you go in with both feet as you do if you start slow, so don’t be afraid to start slow. If you’re socially anxious, don’t assume you have to muster the courage to ask your crush on a date right away, just say hello to them and see where you can go from there. Identify your fears, and then face them step by step.

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