As Seen on Facebook

Today I posted this picture to my facebook wall because I thought it was ironic that a US Olympian, who was ridiculed by the media last year for smoking marijuana, is now the most decorated Olympian of all time. Normally I keep my political and controversial positions to myself, realizing the internet is not a great place to air your personal opinion, especially if you use it for business, but I decided this was a pretty bold statement considering the current events in our world and country. By the end of today my post had been reshared 14 times by my personal network, making it clear that my opinion was shared, literally, by my facebook friends.

So in this day and age, when we are connected to thousands of people at any given time, with our information, photos and ideas being shared around the world, sometimes even without out our knowledge, how do we handle this responsibility?

We are told we have to be careful with what we put on facebook not just because what our grandma or little brother might see (my 12 year old brother joined facebook today as well, giving me even more to think about on this subject,) but also our bosses or clients.

This guy may not want to advertise he drinks and drives.

Recently I have had the interesting experience of “meeting” several people in person that I before only knew on facebook. I have had people know things about my life, my travels and my business who I have never met before and while it is flattering it has also brought to my attention the importance of protecting your online brand.

In my industry it is known that Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and now Instagram can be important tools to getting your name and business out there. Your “online brand” is not just important to entrepreneurs or business owners, but to anyone managing their social media profiles.

In a recent Jobvite study, 92% of recruiters said they are using or plan to use social media in their hiring process.

The survey polled more than 1,000 companies. Since they started using social media sites to hire, 50% reported finding more candidates, and 43% said they now find better candidates.

How do we find a balance between being ourselves, sharing our style, opinions and humor without hurting our chances at a future job or even a relationship?

My first suggestion and what I spent a few days last week doing, is to go through old albums and pick out the best and moving them to another album of “keepers.” Many of my albums were old, some even from 2008 and while I stand by my 19 year old self and all the  fun time and decisions I made, I don’t need everyone I connect with on facebook to see. I made many of my albums available to “ONLY ME” with the privacy setting under the edit album setting. This way I still have the photos but they are private to me.

I don’t want to delete all my cherished photos from Spring Break 2008 in Rosarito, but I don’t need the world to see them either.

If you haven’t already, put your family, business associates and potential clients or co workers in a restricted list. This way, if you want to share something with your buddies, like your Vegas vacation photos, you will not regret it when your boss asks if you are feeling okay after such an exciting weekend.

Social media has helped me build my business, raise funds and awareness for non-profits and maintain and build friendships all over the world. It can be a great asset to your life as well if you use it for good, not for evil (unproductive hours wasted on stalking your ex or  playing farmville.) Remember to be positive and to only post things you will be proud of a month or a year from now because once it is on the internet it is there for good!

My video on Your Positive Brand Online!

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Travel with a Purpose – A summer in India for Dr. Interns

Travel is one of the most rewarding experiences a person has in their life. Whether it is a family vacation, a semester abroad or a backpacking trip with friends, these experiences not only stay with us our whole lives, but shape who we are and how we see the world.

In today’s age we are lucky enough to have easy and affordable means of travel to just about anywhere in the world and with technology and the internet we can book these arrangements from anywhere with a press of a button. It is no doubt remarkable and in a lot of ways makes our planet a much smaller place. Where we could once only read about or see on a screen we can now visit ourselves, embarking on great journeys and having exciting adventures of our own.

It is a wonderful thing to see so many people of our time going out in to the world to see, touch, taste and experience first hand the wonders of different cultures and while it is breaking down barriers that once made us feel so different from one another, it is also an  opportunity for us to become better global citizens.

Our neighbors are not just the people on our street or in our city, they are in the bordering country or opposite continent where most of our products are produced and services provided. We depend on each other so much more than we realize, not just for business, but for assistance. There are so many organizations out there doing great things to assist our global neighbors in need and yet there is still a great need for more help.

Instead of just visiting these amazing places, taking cool photos in front of a monument or pristine nature scene, I have sought out to be an active assistant to the communities I visit. Even if it means collecting garbage from a popular hiking trail or beach, I want to be a positive impact, not just another tourist stopping by for a photo op. In each trip I take I look for a different cause I am passionate about and an organization I would be a good fit to volunteer with.

Dr. Interns is one of those organizations. With a mission of bringing sustainable healthcare solutions to very capable, developing parts of the world they are connecting college students interested in the medical field as well as travel to experiences in the world outside their own neighborhood. Dr. Interns is creating a new kind of world traveler; a traveler who is making a difference.

I am excited to begin my first experience of India, where I will be assisting with the marketing campaign for Dr. Interns at their first international program at the Kailash Cancer Hospital in Gujarat, India. I am joined by Ketan Patel, the passionate and intelligent organization director, and 15 incredible college students dedicating their summer to assisting at the hospital as well. We will be recording our story with the goal of inspiring many more to travel and to be active global citizens. Changing the world is easier than it looks. Don’t believe me? Try it.

-Lindsay M Hawley

Dr. Interns Marketing Director

 

Coachella Season. Are YOU ready? Tips & Tricks from a Music Fest Vet.

Its that time of year again, kids. When thousands of music lovers and fashion forward hippies and hipsters fill the desert valley of Coachella for the 3 day music festival. The festival has become such a massive event  it is now two weekends of not only music shows, but parties that rank among some of the greatest I have ever seen and been apart of.

This year I am happy to say I have only one client at one event I am managing , GUESS, rather than last year my double duty with GUESS sponsoring a party during the day and Cosmopolitan Hotel at night. It was nuts, but nothing this promo pro couldn’t handle.

Aside from the obvious advice, (drink lots of water and don’t take so many drugs you pass out in the middle of a crowd,) I have put together a few videos to help with those little things you might not be considering.

GET THE COACHELLA APP FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE! It is Free and will totally help you  map out and plan your schedule.

**It seems as if Coachella is a complete dead zone for cell phone service, regardless of how many Gs you have. Your best bet for communicating with your friends are walkie talkies or get the pay as you go phones. Those worked all over because they run off different towers.**

How to Pack, What to Wear, What NOT to wear, Weather proofing and such:

What to carry with you, key accessories, safety and such:

A MUST HAVE! Kinsey debuts her BRAND NEW Kinsey Scarves line just released for Coachella! Many ways to wear it, for men and women. Adds a colorful, unique touch to any outfit, anywhere! Get yours in time for Coachella, pool parties, summer time, anytime!

www.KinseyScarves.com or contact her directly on KINSEY SCARVES FACEBOOK to get yours quick and support a local young entrepreneur who is pursuing her passion for fashion as well as a career and is giving back to the community! My kind of girl!

Hats off… err.. Scarves off to you, Kinsey!

Want the scoop on one of the hottest parties in the desert this weekend? Rolling Stone is hosting some fun in the sun and I got permission to SHARE! RSVP quick, before it gets too full!

Peace. Love. Coachella. (& Scarves!)

Vlogging. It’s SO Hot Right Now.

Video + Blog = VLOG!

You may have noticed a serious amount of videos being uploaded by myself and several others recently, all thanks to a good friend of mine, Tim King of Tim King Photography who has challenged his network to Vlog once a day for 30 Days. 30DayVlogChallenge.com

I have been meaning to step up my video and social media presence for some time and since I recently forced myself to learn basic video editing on imovie I thought, why not? I accepted Tim’s challenge.

A week in and I have already lost 1 water proof camera to the ocean, hours of sleep and possibly friends who are sick of me vlogging while we hang out, talking about vlogging, or forcing them to be in my vlogs. After only one week I know I am not the only one on this challenge wondering, “What was I thinking?”

Well daddy didn’t raise no quitter and it doesn’t hurt that I feel the guilt if I miss a day from my friend Tim. I’m sticking with it.

Even if its sometimes ridiculous, stressful and hours of work, like most things that are a challenge, it will be worth it. The content I will be putting out and the quality of my videos will continue to improve.  I have already seen a spike in my traffic to my youtube channel, social media pages and website and I am excited to continue the progress as well as learn from all the other amazing vloggers on the challenge.

Here is a few of my favorite so far. I promise they will get better! 😉

My First SXSW Interactive

You might have heard about South By Southwest.

No, it is not a Southwest Airlines Conference. It is a week long event in the beautiful city of Austin, Texas, where their nightlife regularly thrives, music scene is world known and the people are much hipper than the rest of Texas. Many have compared it to my beloved San Diego and I can see why!

SXSW.com explains it simply: “where the future of media is defined. This unique event connects leaders in the Music, Film and Interactive industries with the companies and agencies needed to succeed.”

SXSW Interactive, which just ended, is focused on emerging technology, a focus which has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies. The past few days I have felt as if I was in the center of the future, surrounded by brilliant minds and passionate hearts, all creating change, progress and exciting things for our World!  My mind has been swirling with excitement for all these ideas and incredible inventions/solutions people are creating. I have found myself in some of the most intelligent, genuine and meaningful conversations of my lifetime, often with people I just met. People are interested in what you think, have to offer and have so much to offer back.

I also must include, I enjoy the look on people’s faces after I respond to their inquiry about “what I do”  or “what brings me to SXSW.”  I love breaking down stereo types that people have about someone who looks “ditsy” and seeing the way they completely change their tone or the topic of the conversation when they realize I have unique thoughts and a passion for learning and helping others. It has happened multiple times a day and instead of being annoyed for people being “blonde prejudice”, I’m happy to be changing so many people’s opinions! Moral of the story, don’t judge a brain by it’s cleavage.

Thanks to some generous friends passing on their credential badges to me, I have been able to participate in some awesome panels and lectures including “Blogging for a Cause” and “Philanthropy for Everyone” where 4 experts sat on a panel and gave talks on different tips and answered questions.

My favorite was a lecture by Seth Priebatsch, CEO of SCVNGR and the new company LevelUp which takes the daily deals model and incorporates “gaming” elements and incentives that will keep consumers coming back for more, not just “hittin and quittin” when they use their deal. It was my favorite because it was most informative to the way the market is moving in that area with mobile payments (using your phone instead of cards) and several LMH Promotions clients (ClubHost.com, theDrinkCity.com) are using similar tactics for hospitality.

Attending these workshops with me were Nadav Wilf, of DiscoverSD, an awesome friend of mine who appeared in previous blog What Would Love Do? and fellow Love enthusiast and all around passionate and positive person, Daniel Band . You will be hearing a lot of great things coming from both these inspiring people!

Tomorrow is the final day of the tradeshow, which I am excited to attend and learn more and network with all of these growing technology / social companies and solutions.

As I can hear from my room on the 37th floor, SXSW Music has started, and  with more than 2,000 performers playing in more than 90 venues, SXSW Music is one of the biggest Music Festivals in the US.  I have been keeping an ear to the street, literally and virtually for the best shows in town and have been RSVPing to as many cool shows, among them being DJ’s GirlTalk, DuckSauce and Skrillex, bands The Shins, Neon Trees, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., We Are Serenades and soooo many more I hope to get to see.

I have been advised to go with the flow, which is what I do anyways and trust the Party Gods will put the right adventure in front of me. Be sure to keep an eye out for my blog on the parties and “fun” stuff I have been experiencing here in Austin. Which believe me, there is TOO much fun to be had in this amazing town during this exciting time. Too much to even fit in this post. Until then, nerding out and loving it!

What Would Love Do?

How can a simple sweet question have so much pressure behind it? I have always loved Valentines day, or any holiday or any day really that was different and fun. Who doesn’t like wearing green and drinking green beer on St. Patricks, regardless of if you are Irish or even know why we celebrate it so enthusiastically here in America? Just like “Spirit Days”  in high school, these unofficial, cultural holidays should be fun and just another reason to celebrate life. So why is there so much negativity these days around Valentines Day?

I remember when every kid in class got a Valentine, there were heart shaped cookies and candies involved and maybe you spent an whopping 15 minutes on a handmade card for that special someone you hoped noticed your extra effort. Now, if you don’t have a romantic evening of roses, champagne, fancy dinner reservations and some jewelry in the mix somewhere you are supposed to feel bitter or unloved.

Why?

I can understand someone who is legitimately heartbroken over a lost love or recent romantic disappointment but why so much Anti Valentines energy going around?

People should realize that the pressure comes from those evil marketing campaigns meant to make you feel like if you aren’t buying or being bought what they are selling, you aren’t in the club this year.

I would like to take a stand and remind people that LOVE is not just meant for romance or for one person. Love begins with yourself and once you realize that, you will not need flowers or a box of chocolates to feel validated, you can fully enjoy roses or a box of chocolates courtesy of the person who loves you most, YOU.

In addition to being our own Valentine, look around at ALL the potential Valentines you have all around you. The past few years I have enjoyed dressing in ridiculous pink outfits and passing out heart suckers to anyone I came in contact with through out the day, clients, people at the gas station, post office, friends and neighbors. I have found I felt happier and more full of love than if I was spending the day with only one special person.

This past year I wanted to extend the bottomless love I have been experiencing lately with some of my neighbors who really need love. I coordinated with another inspiring community leader, Nadav Wilf,  President of Discover SD and a dear true friend to me and our friend Francine to become “Project Cupid.” We went through Downtown San Diego passing out Valentines candy, Starbucks coffee, water bottles, cupcakes and lunch bags with an assortment of supplies like hand sanitizer, chapstick, gloves and tooth brushes.

We heard incredible stories of struggle, illness, families coming together or falling apart but most of all, gratitude. Everyone was polite, gracious, honest and in generally good spirits. If the group split up and I offered someone something they would say “No thank you, your friend already came by.”  I was shocked. In all the hours I have spent passing free stuff out for promotions I have never experienced as much unselfish, grateful and polite behavior as I did this Valentines day. As Nadav’s account described:

” I was really taken aback by how polite, thankful, but most of all how present they were. Each person had a story and genuine caring for one another and I felt really connected to them. It reinforced the notion that we are all one. We all want the same things out of life and in one way or another, we are all at times lost in our path to attaining love and happiness.”

As I sat on the train, writing this and reflecting on Love, a young man sat next to me and began reading over my shoulder. He asked what I was doing and I told him about my blog. He then pulled it up on his iphone and began asking me all about my travels and questions unrelated to my blog as well. At first I was giving short answers and trying to continue my flow of writing but he continued to interrupt me and I refrained from feeling annoyed but still didn’t want to lose my concentration. He then asked if the words inscribed on the inside of my forearm were a tattoo. I stopped and looked at my arm, the fresh ink I just got yesterday and the raised words “What Would Love Do?”

Here I am writing a blog about giving kindness and love to anyone and everyone and I was missing this opportunity to connect with the person next to me. We spent the next 15 minutes discussing his goals in life and how we both love our Grandmas and want to be there for them as much as possible. He got off at Fullerton to go visit his Grandma and help around the house and I was almost sad to see him go. I am confident in my decision to put those words permanently on the most visible part of my body to me. I always said I would never go above my ankles and joked I would probably end up with “socks” instead of “sleeves” but this has already made a positive impact on my life and will forever remind me to Be Love. Besides being one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, it is in Jason Mraz’s handwriting from the love note he wrote me at Sundance. Now that’s what I call Love.

(Jason and Toca sing a capella at the show I saw at Spreckles in San Diego in November)

Happy Valentines day. Love to you.

First, Be Love. Its easy.

A Charming 3rd Sundance

As anticipated, Sundance was a complete success. While working as a hostess at the private events at the Grey Goose Lounge I met some fascinating people and more familiar faces than I can recall. Besides having Quincy Jones commenting on my “nice stems” and SNL’s Chris Kattan creeping on me, I was pleased to meet Elijah Wood and told him my life is incomplete until Wilfred season 2, thanked Richard Gere for an inspiring contribution to my newest favorite book, Me to We and served drinks to the handsome faces of James Marsden, Joshua Jackson and Aziz Ansari (the hilarious Indian guy from Parks & Recreation.)

It was an exciting 5 days to say the least, however, my shining moment was meeting Jason Mraz, my idol (some might say obsession) for the past decade. I was fortunate enough to befriend the director of the Bing Lounge which has been my favorite event every year, known for hosting great music shows of all kinds. When I heard (on twitter) Jason was performing at Bing the next day after the In Search of Incredible award presentation I was thrilled, as I had been following the Search of Incredible since the beginning. This campaign, sponsored by Intel and Asus, high lighted inspirational stories around the World and was hosted by Jason Mraz, who is incredible himself, not only talented but with his involvement in many social, eco and global issues.

The presentation of the videos and winner of the Search of Incredible moved me to tears (which is very rare unless Jason Mraz’s amazing musical talents are involved) and was truly incredible! The venue was so intimate, I felt like we were all a bunch of friends experiencing something very special. During the break between the presentation and Jason’s performance I met the winner, Dan Hedlund and his wife who stood by him through years of chemotherapy and his battle with cancer. It was a true account of love and support and absolute commitment. Truly Incredible. It was just as much an honor to meet them and thank them for being inspiring to me to look past minor challenges in my loving relationships.

Dan, his wife and another “superfan”, Dayne and I took up the front row and enjoyed the hour long set performed by Jason and Toca Rivera, his percussionist/ vocal partner for the past 10 years. These two men, with just their instruments, made some of the best live music I have ever heard (and I have seen a LOT in my 23 years, thanks to my rock n roll ranger father.) The show was also streamed live through Bing, Facebook and Jason Mraz site and yours truly’s front and center dance moves graced the computer screens of millions  of viewers worldwide. You are Welcome, for making that show that much more entertaining! I watched it later and my little blue beret never stopped bouncing!

Jason ending the show with his hit “I’m Yours”  and Yours Truly dancing and singing her booty off in the front row!

After the show, my friend, the director of the event, secretly ushered me (and my new friend Dayne) backstage where we met Jason and Toca! Dayne got his Ukulele signed and I got to finally have my chat with Jason I have always dreamed of (and on several occasions came close to) having. I thanked him for making music with a message, told him “Remedy” got me through high school and his whole last album has been on repeat in my life since 2008. We discussed the Inca Trail (as we have both completed it) and the magic of Machu Picchu. (Our Feliz Navidad video at Machu Picchu was inspired by a less cute video Jason made with his friend there) We joked about surfing back home in San Diego versus Costa Rica and also explained how his blog and general attitude about life has motivated me to be more involved in spreading peace & love at every opportunity. He even wrote me a little “love note” on the set list I snagged off stage, including the message I have adapted as my personal motto “What Would Love Do?” It was a moment I had thought about for years and finally manifested the perfect opportunity. Such an a-Mraz-ing moment it was!

By Saturday night I had already achieved a huge goal but when I noticed Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and the author of my favorite business book, Delivering Happiness, sitting at a table at our event, I knew the Universe was not done giving me amazing opportunities. I had remembered Tony’s favorite drink from when he was the speaker at the 2010 Classy Awards in San Diego and I had been appointed his unofficial cocktail waitress. I caught Tony’s attention, asked him if he wanted a double Grey Goose and soda with a lime and he was surprised I knew his drink and called me over. I explained how I knew him and how his book inspired me to focus LMH Promotions in a direction I was passionate about and for purpose and how the profit came much easier since. His book changed my life and in thanking him I got to explain more of my vision and he was so impressed he made me pinky promise him I would email him and set up a meeting in Las Vegas where the Zappos headquarters is located. I told him to consider it done.

The rest of Sundance was a whirlwind of working crazy events, free swag, the usual amazing parties that went into the early morning hours with famous actors and their agents, producers, musicians and all around awesome people but that’s a bonus to the meaningful moments that have changed my life forever.

SUNDANCE 2012!

Not even home a week and my bags are already repacked, only this time instead of trek gear and bikinis, my bags are stuffed with coats, scarves, boots and beanies, ready for the snowy playground that is Park City, Utah during the magical 10 days of Sundance! The Sundance Film Festival is not only movie premiers and a complete Hollywood takeover of the quaint mountain resort town, but also some of the best private parties and events this part of the world. I’ve had the pleasure of working James Franco’s “3s Company” party, Paramount Pictures Red Carpet event, The Twitterhouse and numerous nights at Las Vegas’ “TAO” nightclub, transformed from a parking garage to the luxurious and exclusive nightclub. Its pure snowmagic and this year will be my 3rd, and best year yet.

My travel companion, Kiersten, is coming for her first time and we are both excited for some work and play and most of all, to network with some talented and ambitious industry folk who can help us find the best way to utilize our own talents. In the last few months we have had some amazing adventures for purpose and pleasure and have taken countless photos and videos. It’s our dream to reach a greater audience this way to inspire and bring awareness to the many causes and organizations doing great things to change the world and who need help! So many people we have met love the idea to make every trip incorporated with a humanitarian element so it is my wish to show how reachable that goal is. Here are just a few of our high lights from Asia and South and Central America:

The Inca Trail!

Machu Picchu!

Costa Rica!

You can see more videos on my youtube channel.

Who knows, maybe next year Kiersten and I will be at our own premier!

Its Beginning to Feel a lot like Navidad!


All we want for Christmas is wi fi and a hot shower and we found the coolest hostel either of us have ever been to! A Cusconian, hippie, travel party compound with different dorm wings and awesome paintings everywhere, a bar inside, a courtyard with beanbags and table tennis, a kitchen with people from around the world cooking and eating. It looks like a South American party dorm! The study room I am in now has the constellations in actual little lights on the ceiling and above me  is Orion, the archer, my favorite constellation.I feel at home on this big green bean bag chair blogging away next to Kiersten.
Although we love staying with Daniel and his family,  it is nice to be close to the main plaza with hot water and internet.
Its only about 4 soles (1.50 US) to get a cab back to Daniels up on the hill so we will make it back tomorrow to help Rosa prepare the Christmas meal. Kiersten even said she would break her pescetarian ways to dine on traditional guinea pig for Christmas!

I am excited to be back in Cusco for Christmas and glad we are through with the commute we did the last 3 days.
We spent 20 hours over the past 3 days in different cramped tin cans of death on windy unpaved roads with waterfalls and landslides blocking roads we had to drive through. We took video of us driving through a foot of water that was running down the side of the mountain and it literally just running down off the cliff we drove along with no barrier or anything to stop the car from going over. We drove through at least 15 of these road hazards. All without any seatbelts. (Sorry if I am scaring you Grandma, but obviously the angels are looking out for us so thanks for the extra prayers)

Our first night was spent in Quillabamba where Daniel our guide is from. We saw the land where he grew up and spent several years running the coffee and mango farm, raisig his 3 younger siblings while his parents were in jail for being revolutionary union organizers, fighting for the rights of the local people. Such an inspiring story and an honor to know such a wise person.

Its a really small town with a really colorful, fun and friendly vibe. It reminded me of the same coziness of Siem Reap in Cambodia. Kiersten and I agreed it felt familiar.

While visiting a dining hall where Daniel’s friend throws events for her restaurant, we were invited  to come back to the party later that night, which we learned was a Prom!!
So we did what any 23 year old American girls in Peru do when invited to a Prom: We rented dresses from the shop across the street from our hostel and showed those teens some of the best moves of the west.
It was an awesome night. Footage to come soon!
The second day we spent another 5 hours in a sketchy cramped car only this time we had to get out at one point and cross over a makshift bridge about 50 yards long and 100 feet above a rocky muddy river. The bridge was simply two 2x4s laid across steel beams unsecured so balance was key. I dropped my poncho halfway across and two of the workers scrambled down into the ravine to retrieve it for me and fought over who got to return it. Such chivalry!
Although it was the Summer Solstice it was rainy so I was happy to have my poncho still.  We missed  some amazing solstice festivals and parades in Cusco but being in the jungle made up for it…We went to one of the sites of the last Incan refuge where the last of the Incas were tracked down and killed by the conquistadors who also destroyed all evidence of how the Incas lived. A shame. Kiersten and I wondered what our world would be like had we learned  more from them.
The sun did come out for a few hours while we did the tour and while we gave our offerings of coca leaves in the Incan fashion for the Intitayta (sun god and most important God to the Incas)
Daniel our guide played his flute for us as the sun went down on the longest day of the year here and Kiersten tried to bring back her high school first chair flute skills. Apparently an Incan flute is much different but I applaud her effort.

Overall the near death car rides were worth the spiritual experience we got at the last known Incan sites where not a single other person was around. We definitely felt the spirits.  Speaking of spirit, I am actually feeling the Christmas spirit back here in Cusco. There are street performers in the Plaza de Amras and all the lights and decorations are really pretty along the old colonial brick roads and cathedrals.

It feels like a real Christmas and I feel like actually getting in the spirit which is rare. It feels more genuine down here, like people appreciate their family and the meaning of Christmas so much more. It is more important to share a panetone (big spice cake that comes in a box with a handle) than presents.

Kiersten and I have been blogging machines for hours now and are the last remaining travelers in this study. Both of us are craving our own panetone to share in celebration of Christmas Eve in Cusco. I am so blessed to have this opportunity and a wonderful “non-domestic partner” to share it with. Excited to spend Christmas back at the Hogar with the girls and bring our Christmas surprises to them. The true meaning of Christmas is sharing your love, remember that.

South America or Bust

Here we are just 30 hours away from our departure time to South America. Kiersten and I have been non stop back and forth between LA working, fund raising, preparing for our trip and trying to squeeze in a climb up Cowles Mountain here and there to train for the trek.

The Fun-Drai’s-er we hosted at Drai’s of Hollywood on Wednesday was such a great evening. Kiersten did an amazing job getting the location and raffle items donated and LMH client GUESS donated gift bags and goodies for all our guests as well as some hot shades some people walked home with. The evening was so classy and no one complained about the tasty and strong complimentary Peruvian Pisco Parton cocktails. 😉 We raised over a thousand dollars in just a few hours but the feeling of accomplishment Kiersten and I left with was worth so much more. It definitely was a success.

Tomorrow is our final day in the states and last fundraising event. We would like our friends to please join us at Searsucker for brunch tomorrow 11am-2pm so see us off. We have a section of the restaurant and they are donating 20% of sales to Peruvian Hearts. We’d love to see the people we love before we embark for the holidays abroad!

This time next week we will be in awe of the ancient ruins of Machu Pichu after a 5 day trek over the Inca Trail. It has been on my “To Do” list for years since I saw this video Jason Mraz made on his trip up the Inca Trail.  It will be a serious challenge and I am not sure how my asthma will be at that elevation but I’m prepared to die trying. Mind over matter. One foot in front of the other. Just like any other day….

I’m most excited to meet the girls at Hogar de Jesus Molina who will be recieving the help from the fundraising we did through Peruvian Hearts. I have seen their pictures and thought of them everyday for 6 weeks and can’t wait to hug them and sing songs with them. I really can’t wait to decorate the white fanny packs GUESS donated with the girls. Inside a chapstick, hair tie, headband and comb in each. I borrowed the idea from Model Citizen Fund who creates emergency survival backpack kits for disaster relief. Model Citizen Fund has donated 30 backpacks that will be shipped there next week.

My excitement grows every minute but the passing minutes seem to be getting shorter as I am still not finished packing. Off to finish the daunting tasks still on my list! Then off to South America!