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Tuesday
Dec062016

NBCF + Girl Reinvented, LLC = Making a difference 

If you read my "about" section, you know I created a textile brand, DishRaggs.com, and with it, the best brand extension in the world, my CharityRaggs GiveBack Program

My DishRaggs are a fun and whimsical way to brighten up your kitchen, and CharityRaggs takes that idea to a whole new level with the $5 giveback program. $5 of every CharityRagg sold will be donated to charity! Now, you can brighten up your kitchen, or give the perfect gift, and spread good will at the same time.

Breast cancer is a devastating disease, affecting millions of women (even men) every year. If you have not been personally affected by this horrendous disease, I bet you know someone who has. I know I do. Some brave souls have won the battle, while others have not. It's a dark, ugly reality, but we can not bury our head's in the sand and pretend this silent killer doesn't exist – or won't happen to us. We are all at risk. We must stay strong, support each other and be proactive. While a mammogram may not catch the disease for everyone, it's still our #1 defense against this silent killer. How do you fight an enemy you can't see? By being proactive and vigilant about your own health and by supporting organizations that help the underserved and misinformed – through early detection, education and support. 

Girl Reinvented, LLC is proud to support the tireless work of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Our official partnership aims to bring awareness and raise much needed funds to give all women, and men, (of every race, religion, and socioeconomic background across this nation) a fighting chance.  

I currently have two different CharityRaggs available to support NBCF. Click HERE to learn more!  

$5 from every NBCF CharityRagg sold will be donated to NBCF to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. #HelpingWomenNow

Thursday
Dec012016

#stronglikeagirl

Girlreinvented.com was active during my teardrop adventure, and now she's back on for my next adventure, 6 years later, building a company from nothing out of a garage. Blogging takes time, of which I have very little of these days, so for quick updates you can visit my Girl Reinvented,LLC FB page. I am not narcissistic enough to think people would've cared about the daily happenings between my adventure and now. However, my three years on an outrigger racing team in CA (2013-2015) would have been a outstanding chapter to document – it's such a unique, badass sport. Anyway, the point is, I think we're all programmed to be a little narcissistic, but it's up to us to put ourselves in check. Of course that's harder than ever to do in this "selfie" society we live in. Btw: 6 years ago when I was on my adventure, selfies were not popular (or at least not in my Blackberry world). However if you look through my photos, I took a million of them! I was so excited to learn photography that I would carry my tripod with me everywhere I went. For me, it was less about taking a "selfie" and more about documenting my adventure and playing with depth perspective on my Canon SLR. Every single picture holds special meaning. This Montana shot is by far my favorite! No filter at all (I don't think filters existed back then, lol). This is me when I finally saw the Montana sign for the first time cruising down I-90 with my teardrop camper in tow. I was so excited. I had dreamed of visiting Montana all my life. I pulled over, jumped out of the car and quickly set up my tripod. Looks doctored, but it's NOT AT ALL! This is the real highway sign and me pointing at if from at least 100 yards away. 

Anyway, I'm someone who loves when things come full circle. I wait for the spirit to move me – for something to feel right. I need things to click and make sense. And when they do, and the stars align, BAM, it's magic. I get so excited I want to explode. 

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Wednesday
Oct192016

"BREATHE WITH YOUR EYES" Dish Towel 

One of my newest designs! This one is special because, well, I think he's really cute. Seriously though, my Live Free Bear represents my Girl Reinvented travel adventure – and a man I met a long the way. 

Live FREE

Be Brave

Seek Adventure

Breathe With Your Eyes

Do you get the meaning of "Breathe with your eyes?" It means slow down and soak it all in – all of beauty that surrounds us. Find beauty in the small things. 

I wish I could take credit for the saying, but I can't. During my adventure I was occasionally on Match, the dating site. My profile read "I left NYC to travel the country..." As you can imagine, men were not lining up to date me, but I did receive a tremendous amount of emails from guys encouraging me and cheering me on – which is the last thing I expected. It was really awesome, actually. Match is home to a lot of creepy guys, but when you leave to travel the country (and not actually datable) it's a natural vetting process. Who knew? The creeps are just plain creepy and looking for one thing – therefore no creeps contacted me. So weird for Match.

One particular email stood out from the rest. It was from a man named Jerome, "I missed you on both ends," his email read. He had just left San Francisco to move to NYC and here I was smack in the middle of America sitting at the confluence of the Mississppi and Wisconson Rivers to be exact. Jerome had traveled the country quite a bit, even hitchhiking across Canada. He understood. "I would give you some suggestions on sites to see along the way, but I don't think that's necessary as your heart will guide you. The advice I will give you, however, is to breathe with your eyes." His words touched me unlike anything I had read or experienced before. My journey was mostly silent, except for the one way conversations I'd have with Lulu and of course some nice folks I'd met along the way. More than anything, my journey was a deeply visual experience. I was learning to appreciate the beauty in the small things.

 

Thursday
Sep292016

Camping World! 120 stores! Hallelujah!  

100% of me thought I'd leave my meeting with the Camping World buyer with a handshake, the obligatory "thanks for coming, we'll be in touch," and maybe a cookie (that I would steal from the conference room in an effort to eat my feelings). Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd leave with an answer. 

I only had 30 minutes to present. While this might not seem like a lot of time to most people, anyone who knows me knows I can talk FAST, so the time constraint didn't bother me. If anything, they might ask me to leave early. I was standing in the conference room of the Holiday Inn in Blowing Green, KY pacing anxiously. It was 1:35. The buyer was actually 5 minutes late. I was a nervous hummingbird ready to explode, or puke. 

"It never hurts to ask, it hurts not to ask," wise words spoken by my old mentor, Kerry Cannon – the man I credit for teaching me the most important things I could ever hope to learn in business, and lighting my entrepreneurial fire. The other quote I always remember, "50% of something is better than 100% of nothing." lol You're awesome Kerry. :-)

Most of the meeting is a blur, but I do know it could not have gone any better! I may or may not have told Kristen, the Camping World buyer, that I wanted to kiss her. Errr I'm fairly certain I freaked her out. I was so overwhelmed and excited I didn't know what to do with myself. Camping World currently does not carry textiles, BUT that is all changing! CW has decided to create high end camping kitchen show rooms in most, if not all, of their stores and my timing could not have been more perfect! I'm still so green when it comes to things that I need to do to make this happen, but Kristen and CW couldn't be more awesome and willing to guide me. I'll be in all of their stores and online.

CW wants to work with people who are excited to work with them. Considering I lived in a tear drop camper for the better part of a year, I know the market! I AM Camping World. I LOVE Camping World. I'm so excited to work with them it's crazy! Woot Woot. 

I was halfway out the door when I ran back and asked Renae, the lovely woman who checked me in, to take my photo. I am absolutely certain everyone there thinks I'm insane.

 

Wednesday
Sep282016

Presenting my DishRaggs line to Camping World today! 

I'm about to walk into Camping World in Bowling Green, KY to meet with one of their buyers! I'm so excited and nervous I might hurl, seriously.

I've expanded my line to include handmade wax fabric coasters (OMG I love them) and premium ringspun cotton towels. I've also changed the size of the flour sack towels to include a large kitchen size (with a serged edge hem, done by yours truly) as well as a smaller size to be used as a hand towel -- for the bath. 

In most cases you're not buying a "matching" kitchen and bath (hand) towel set, but in the world of RV'ing and boating, your bathroom is right on top of the kitchen so it makes sense to have a matching set! Right?! That's my theory anyway and what I'm about to present it to Camping World!!! 

The wax fabric coasters with a matching towel is the perfect gift -- especially in the reusable cotton sack! I've designed a "boozy" elements line as well as the periodic table for coffee, white wine and red wine! Here are some quick pics I took this morning before I left Nashville. More to come! I don't want to be late so I need to hustle. 

xoxoxo


Tuesday
Aug092016

meet my new textile brand : DishRaggs! 

It's been 6 years since I embarked on my very unplanned 328-day odyssey across the country, but it still feels like yesterday. An experience like that changes you forever – the way you think and approach life. How could it not? Two of the most relevant things I learned: you need to always have faith and always follow your heart ~ your heart knows what's best and faith will guide you.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase" ~ Martin Luther King

I'm still not sure how I ended up living in a tear drop camper for the better part of a year, but I wouldn't change a second of it. For some reason I was meant to – whatever that means. I let my heart guide me and although I may have seemed bat-sh*t crazy at times (and maybe I was) it opened my eyes to a better way of thinking: it's way more fun and liberating NOT to do what's expected of you. Your heart usually has a different plan, so be true to yourself.

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Monday
Aug082016

piper in a diaper 

When I went snowboarding in Jackson Hole this past winter, Piper spent her first time in sleep away adventure camp. It was going quite swimmingly until this happened....  

Piper was the smallest dog in the bunch and the only dog that would occasionally use a wee wee pad (if need be). Well that's all fine and dandy if the other dogs didn't chew it up on her.

Piper in a diaper. While her LA street cred is definitely questioned here, I think she pulls it off well.  

 

Monday
Aug082016

meet piper...

Piper and Lulu's ashes :(The day Lulu died was one of the hardest days of my life (9/8/2014). Rolling over in my soft, comfy bed, only to find her cold, stiff, lifeless body next to me is a devasting moment I will never forget. All of a sudden she was gone. Losing a pet is cruel and unusual punishment no matter how it happens. I've been on both sides (putting a dog down and sudden loss) and I can honestly say they both suck, but in this moment this sucked WAY more. 

After a couple days locked in my apartment crying uncontrollably, my tears finally subsided long enough for me to have the irrational, unstable idea to go to the dog park. WTF was I thinking. I think I was definitely drunk, and to a drunk person, this idea makes perfect sense. I poured myself another very tall, stiff martini and made my way to the park. No dog, just a large cocktail. I seriously needed an intervention. At least I wasn't dragging an empty leash behind me. I sat alone on the park bench sobbing for at least an hour as I watched the dogs play. Somehow our regular friends weren't there (thank God), so at least I didn't have to talk to anyone. Btw: despite what people may say, drinking does help. 

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Monday
May022016

my chapter as a print model! dick's sporting goods!

Camping alone with your dog for the better part of a year in a teardrop camper will definitely change a person. I've always been a risk taker and the glass is always full in my world, but that kind of experience changes your soul. Nothing is remotely out of reach. 

Which takes me to my next adventure –– which is less of an adventure and more of an experience. One day I was flipping through an Athleta catalog and thought to myself, "self: I can do that" (print modeling that is). I'm not a fan of posing for pics (I much prefer goofy selfies and headstands), but still figured it was worth a shot. Why not? Seriously. I have absolutely nothing in the world to lose and at least I can know I gave it a shot. YOLO! 

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Sunday
May012016

and then there was outrigging... dana outrigger racing team

What is outrigging you ask? Don't worry, I wondered the same thing... 

I've reinvented myself so many times at this point I'm losing count! Let's see... after leaving my NYC life behind in 2010, I camped across the country for a year with my dog in a teardrop camper, got certified as a yoga instructor in Pacific Palisades, California, opened a yoga studio in Laguna Beach, got signed by a fitness & sport modeling agency in LA at the ripe young age of 40 (my WTF yay me moment), and then I joined an outrigger racing team! Life is meant to be lived. Don't die before you're dead! ;-)

BECOMING AN OUTRIGGER PADDLER! (2013– 2015)

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