One of the most important aspects of IVY is building community and earlier this week that was on full display when, void of my knowledge, two people that are close friends of mine and strong supporters of IVY, but have never met each other, met up and hung out in Chicago.  I have known Kaylie for the better part of a decade and met her while I was touring the country as a musician.  Natalia's friendship is fairly recent and started when she contacted me about an IVY board in the summer of 2015.

The part I love about the IVY Community is that it's not just connecting myself to people, it's about connecting people to each other.  I believe that we are not here on this earth to do life alone, so seeing two friends of mine and IVY, hanging out and creating a lasting friendship and connection makes me burst with excitement.  This is why I created IVY.  I want this to be a place where people can be inspired, meet likeminded people, feel encouraged, and if you'd like a longboard or some swag along the way, well I guess we can do that too:) Thanks for allowing IVY to be a part of your lives and if you want/need to connect with some inspiring and incredible individuals in your area, hit me up, and I'll see what I can do!

-Steve Weigel

-Photos by Mckenzie Hanson

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