Archive for August, 2013

Meet the Wilderness Girls: Rachael

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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Rachael is the Wilderness Girls’ authority on sustainable home economics. She believes our families and our homes extend beyond our street address to include our communities and our planet. By day Rachael works in Energy Management & Sustainability for a Fortune 500 retailer. At home she is Mama, Wife, Sister and Daughter in a multigenerational household. She has been married to Jacob since 2001 and they have a young daughter who is the love of their life. Rachael serves her church social justice ministry and is an accomplished Toastmaster. She loves reading, knitting, movie dates with Jacob and hanging out with The Wilderness Girls.

 

The Wilderness Girls Q&A

Questions posed to each Wilderness Girl, from her fellow Wilderness Girls.

Question from Christie: If you could go anywhere in the world for a month with all expenses paid and be 100% assured that no harm would come to you where would you go and what would you see?

India! I would start with the golden triangle: Delhi, Agra (to see the Taj Mahal), and Jaipur. After that, I’d head for Mumbai and then round out the month on the beach in Goa.

Question from Christina: If you had the chance to interview someone (living or dead), who would you choose and what’s one question that you would ask them?

After much thought, Ben Franklin. I would ask him where he found the inspiration for his inventions and how he innovated the way he did. I’d be interested to see what he thinks of today’s technology and which of our everyday things he imagined in his time.

Question from Jenny: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I’m pretty nosy so invisibility and mind reading are attractive options, but I might be too tempted to use those powers for mischief instead of good. I think I’d have to go with time control in the end. If I could control time and do more than one thing at once I would be sure to use that power for good! I’d play with my daughter and do house chores and take classes online all at once without missing a thing.

Question from Rachael: It’s your birthday, you have a beautiful cake and you are surrounded by friends singing Happy Birthday. As you blow out the candles you think about how fortunate you are. Suddenly, a Fairy Godmother appears from the wispy candle smoke. “Congratulations!” she exclaims. “The Fairy Godmother High Council has decided to grant this birthday wish because it will bring joy to so many people.” What did you wish for? Why?

I wished for the girls of the world to be educated because research shows over and over that when we invest in the education of girls we reduce poverty and crime, increase the age of first childbirth and help the whole community to live healthier lives. Educating girls is a huge part of the solution to most of our global problems.

Photo taken by Bryan Babich Photography.

Meet the Wilderness Girls: Jenny

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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Jenny is the Wilderness Girls’ gal about town, focusing on travel and lifestyle. She is a firm believer that you can find adventure anywhere, be it across the world or in your own backyard. Jenny’s day job as a production manager for the nation’s largest content marketing firm involves coordinating hundreds of print marketing pieces a year for dozens of healthcare and Fortune 500 company clients. Her OCD tendencies that she cultivated throughout her life make her a natural fit for this type of work, and she hopes to pass on some of those skills to her readers to use in their travel and everyday lives. At home, she spends time with her husband, Bryan, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Penny Lane and Eleanor Rigby. She spends her free time remodeling their 1957 ranch, seeing as many movies as possible, and enjoying time with friends. She loves Disney, cupcakes and HGTV marathons.

 

The Wilderness Girls Q&A

Questions posed to each Wilderness Girl, from her fellow Wilderness Girls.

Question from Christie: If you could go anywhere in the world for a month with all expenses paid and be 100% assured that no harm would come to you where would you go and what would you see?

I know that safety wouldn’t really be a concern there, but I would do a trip through Europe as I would be able to travel to a large number of countries, see amazing architecture, and most importantly, eat a lot of amazing food!

Question from Christina: If you had the chance to interview someone (living or dead), who would you choose and what’s one question that you would ask them?

I would probably interview Abraham Lincoln as I would be incredibly curious to find out what his post-Civil War reconstruction plans would have been (since he was assassinated before reconstruction began)  and also to get his views on politics today.

Question from Jenny: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

It would be one of two things. I would either want to be able to stop time so that I could get more done during the day (my big goal would be to learn another language), or I would want to have super speed so that I could travel more quickly from coast to coast, or at least avoid the headache that is the airport.

Question from Rachael: It’s your birthday, you have a beautiful cake and you are surrounded by friends singing Happy Birthday. As you blow out the candles you think about how fortunate you are. Suddenly, a Fairy Godmother appears from the wispy candle smoke. “Congratulations!” she exclaims. “The Fairy Godmother High Council has decided to grant this birthday wish because it will bring joy to so many people.” What did you wish for? Why?

I would wish that no one would ever have to worry where their next healthy meal was coming from. Because of food insecurity (not knowing where your next meal is coming from), and hunger, there are many children who are not growing to their full potential, physically or mentally.

Photo taken by Bryan Babich Photography.

Meet the Wilderness Girls: Christina

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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Christina is the Wilderness Girls’ resident craftaholic, focusing on home decor & party planning. She’s here to prove that you don’t need a big budget to make your house a home.  During the week, Christina works in Real Estate for a Fortune 500 retailer, is a member of her company’s Toastmasters club and attends school in the evenings. But, on the weekends you’ll most likely find her in flip flops, painting, playing with her dogs or sneaking out of the house to wander through a vintage shop or thrift store. She lives in Phoenix with her husband Rob and their two defiant chihuahuas Corbin Dallas & Frank Stein. She loves brass animals, gummy bears, spray paint and her Vitamix.

 

The Wilderness Girls Q&A

Questions posed to each Wilderness Girl, from her fellow Wilderness Girls.

Question from Christie: If you could go anywhere in the world for a month with all expenses paid and be 100% assured that no harm would come to you where would you go and what would you see?

In the 70’s my Nanny traveled through Italy with some friends, and when I was little, she used to tell me stories about her time there. One of my most prized possessions is a photography book from Venice that she brought home as a souvenir. While there are so many amazing places I would love to see, I think I would have to choose Italy. I’d drink lots of wine, eat pizza and visit the ruins of Pompeii, St. Peter’s Basilica & the Uffizi Gallery. It would be a unique experience to visit a foreign land and walk along the same streets that she walked along forty years ago.

Question from Christina: If you had the chance to interview someone (living or dead), who would you choose and what’s one question that you would ask them?

Katharine Hepburn has and will always be my most favorite actress. She was an amazingly talented actress and a fascinating woman. She was a bold, courageous, feminist who fell madly in love with a married alcoholic. I’d be thrilled to hear the story of her twenty seven year love affair with Spencer Tracy.

Question from Jenny: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I count myself a lucky girl for getting to grow up in Southern California. As a little girl, we were at the beach every weekend. So, I really enjoy being in the water – it’s my happy place.. I love to swim, play in the waves, snorkel and I could float around for days. I would choose to have gills like a fish, so that I could breathe underwater.

Question from Rachael: It’s your birthday, you have a beautiful cake and you are surrounded by friends singing Happy Birthday. As you blow out the candles you think about how fortunate you are. Suddenly, a Fairy Godmother appears from the wispy candle smoke. “Congratulations!” she exclaims. “The Fairy Godmother High Council has decided to grant this birthday wish because it will bring joy to so many people.” What did you wish for? Why?

While world peace has been overused by beauty queens around the world, I’d still choose it over any other wish out there. I’d wish for all our troops to come home.

Photo taken by Bryan Babich Photography.

We are the Wilderness Girls

Monday, August 5th, 2013

It all started with a trip to Flagstaff.

Christie invited Christina, Rachael & Jenny for a weekend road-trip north to admire the early autumn leaves. While planning the trip, Christie had intended to host a larger group of ladies, but when they set off early one Friday morning, they found themselves only four.

The trip started with breakfast at a small town diner, comfort food and coffee around the table with each girl agreeing that it was nice to have a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Before checking in to their cabin, they stopped in town to stock-up on supplies. On the list were only the essentials – Honeycrisp apples, yarn, pistachios & matching Minnie Mouse pajama pants.

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Somewhere between the nature hikes and glasses of wine by the campfire, four women found true friendship and the Wilderness Girls were born.

Each girl contributed to the trip in her own unique way, Rachael gave lessons in knitting, Jenny simmered mulled wine, Christie ensured that each girl was prepared for their daily hikes and Christina served her chicken chili blanco. They laughed, they shared stories from their youth and there was (healthy) debate. It was clear that they were each very different from one another, yet still had so much in common.

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Christie, Christina, Jenny & Rachael. We are the Wilderness Girls.

We believe equally in the power of individuality and community; that while we may be on this road together, we’re each on our own journey.

Through this blog space we aim to feature thoughtful content from four unique voices; and we intend to portray a clear message to our readers: whether you’re a Partner, Teacher, Nerd, Foodie, Nurturer, Artist it’s ok to be you.

So join us, won’t you? Adventure is out there. And, all of this is wilderness.

P.S. We hope you’ll come back tomorrow! Each day this week we’ll introduce you to one of the Wilderness Girls.