Hi, Blowfish B.log readers! My name is Chelsea and I run a personal style and lifestyle blog called Tea Talk! I am also a full-time graduate student (graduating in May with my master's in Communication Studies), and enjoy spending my days sipping iced coffees, going on adventures with my sweet boyfriend, Scott, and chasing around my Cavalier King Charles puppy, Scout!

With winter finally here, the Arizona sunshine and heat that my state is most famous for has finally dwindled down and we're getting some extra chilly, and grey days around here. Since nine months out of the year we see some seriously high temperatures (I'm talking 115+ in the summertime!), I'm alway thrilled when I get to pull out my winter coats, boots, and scarves (and drink all of the hot coffee that I want, of course). However, I have realized that while the cold and the winter sunsets are amazing to experience, winter days sometime have me feeling a little down (they call that the winter blues, right?). So today I thought I would talk about my three favorite ways to bring a little light into a grey, winter day!

1. Go for a walk around your favorite neighborhood. The cold (and the snow in other areas) oftentimes make us feel just like staying in for the whole day, but I've learned that getting out and going for a walk always lifts my mood and leaves me feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day.

2. Bright lipstick + fun accessories = perfect winter combo! I've learned that the best way to brighten up a simple winter outfit is to add a touch of color to your lips, and adorn your outfit with a little extra sparkle and shine! Lately my go-to lipsticks have been MAC's Plumful and Radiant Cosmetics' Daphne, both of which are very easy to wear - for those of you out there who are a little weary of lipsticks (like I was up until about five months ago!). I've also been really into ban.do products these past two seasons, and love the extra pizzazz they bring to my everyday outfits - like the metallic pom pom flower featured above!

3. If all else fails, get a hot coffee with a friend. Coffee dates are my ultimate pick-me-up. If I'm ever feeling down or stressed, a coffee date with a friend always helps to perk me up and level out my thoughts. Plus, hot coffee is the best at warming you up and gives you a little caffeine boost that you more than likely needed (always, in my case!). 

I would love to hear about your favorite ways to beat the winter blues! Do you have a favorite coffee shop you like to hang out at, or a bookstore that you roam around in searching for the perfect winter read? What about your favorite winter lipstick shade? 

Thanks for having me Blowfish Shoes, and until next time!

-Chelsea xo

 

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So, it's no secret that we love partnering with bloggers, artists, designers, stylists, photographers, musicians over here - we love to be inspired by all the amazing things that people are creating! We wanted to celebrate some of the awesome women that make up our Blowfish family, so we started this It Girl program! An It Girl exudes effortless originality, isn't afraid to express herself, and offers a bit of the unexpected! She also has amazing style - so we've asked her to pick a selection of her favorite shoes!

Meet Valentina Duracinsky!  She is a blogger, musician, fashionista, traveller, and just an all around renaissance woman!  She writes lovely posts (she guest blogs for Blowfish too) and lyrics and we love seeing her in our shoes!  You can check out her amazing blog here, or one of her performances here.  Valentina was the obvious pick for our January "It Girl" and she is the first of our International bloggers! In 2012 we launched International Shipping, so in 2013 we are working on spreading our shoe love around the globe, with help from fashionable role models like the lovely, Valentina.

Our interview with Valentina:

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Davis, California and then moved to Spain when I was seven. When I turned ten, my dad was offered jobs in New Jersey and Paris, France… he chose Paris.

What's your idea of the perfect adventure?

What an interesting question… A little story before I answer. I went to Dublin last summer,  alone, with no plans, just a friend who let me stay in his house. It was frightening to know very little people but I decided to just 'go with it and I said yes to any opportunity that ended up being loads of fun. So, I think the perfect adventures are sometimes those that aren't planned.

When did you start playing music and where do you find the inspiration for your songs?

I've been playing guitar for over twelve years. I started writing songs when I was a teenager (I'm glad I can't remember any of those). I started writing what I call "real songs" the summer of 2011. My first song was about a boy… sheesh. He was Irish and for some reason I felt inspired! At least it got me started. I focus a lot on lyrics. Beautiful lyrics that can mean different things to different people. I'm so proud of the songs I've written since I bought my 000-15 Martin guitar last September. Lisa Hannigan, Nick Drake, Ben Howard and Anaïs Mitchell have been my main inspirations in the last few months.  I used to think I could only write about myself because I'm the only person I really know, but I just finished a story-song about a fisherman. It's completely fictional! I had no idea I could do it. I love it. Writing songs is amazing. Actually, coming up with anything that hasn't been sung, written, hummed, or painted before is both frightening and exhilarating. Each song I write is different and I make sure they don't all sound the same. I use different instruments to come up with new ideas and sounds. I recently bought a harmonium. It would be my favorite instrument I own if I wasn't so head over heels in love with my guitar.

What was your favorite thing about 2012?

Oh my goodness! Have you seen my "highlights of 2012" blog post?? I wanted to cry after I wrote it. 2012 was such a wonderful year… I think my favorite moments were getting my guitar and going to Ireland in the summer.

What are you looking forward to most in 2013?

I decided to take this spring semester off to go back home with my guitar and focus on songwriting. I also can't wait to go to Ireland and play every single Open Mic available. I also look forward to sharing my adventures on my blog… who doesn't want to hear about Paris! I would love to record my debut album but I'm not sure how to get there. One step at a time. Everything will happen when I'm ready for it.

What do you have planned for your time in Paris?

First and foremost, songwriting. Music will be my #1 priority. I will try to get a part time job & I will try to blog often. To be honest, there are so many things to do in Paris… I can't wait to see my friends, to go thrifting (best thrift stores ever!), to drink legally (I'm very european, in that view), to have some time to myself, to cook… there are so many things I want to do! Living in Europe also means being able to travel quite easily. I can't wait to discover new cities, to meet new people, to grow with the experiences.

What has blogging taught you?

It has taught me to understand the line between sharing too much and just enough that I feel comfortable. It's also taught me what hard work is!! I have classes, I have to sit down and write songs, and I have to update my blog ever day or two. Sometimes I forget that a normal college kid doesn't have this much to do. It's also taught me how to work with companies, and how to promote things on the internet. So many more things, really...

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself living in Ireland. I see myself already done with my debut album and –I hope– successful enough that I can tour the country, and the world! Everyday my blog grows, so by then, if would be nice if blogging was a part-time job, so I could focus solely on music.

What are your favorite places to shop?

I absolutely love thrift stores. I only recently started shopping online, and I have to say my favorite shops are Blowfish and Ruche! Oh, and let's not forget Dear Creatures.

Are you more of a flats or heels kinda gal?

I'm in between to be honest. I never wear high heels, maybe just an inch or two. I'm terrified of falling over. I've done it. It's not fun. It makes my mother laugh when I tell her the stories though.

What is your favorite season and why?

I think my favorite season is autumn. I just love the colors! But then every season has something beautiful to offer. Snow in winter, flowers in spring… But it rains all year round in Ireland.

Where is your favorite place you've ever been?

Can you guess? Ireland, of course. Hands down. I'm in love with the country, with the people, with the music, with the beer (& Baileys). It's where I want to go after college.

In what ways (if any) has traveling the world helped to define you & your music?

You learn from each place you visit. Traveling makes you grow; you learn of new cultures, new ways to see the world. My mom is Colombian, so I go Colombia every other summer. It's very different from any other country I ever visited! It opened my eyes. As to how traveling defines my music, I don't really know yet. I'm sure there's some influence somewhere in my songs!

 

 

I have a couple pairs of

I have a couple pairs of blowfishshoe,and i want more but my mom and dad will not let me. BOO HOO!
January 6, 2013 - 10:45 - Twitter - Facebook

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This week, I’d like to take you all to the seaside. I discovered Pinterest rather recently, and became obsessed just like everyone else. It’s a wonderful invention. I also discovered that I love the sea… which is weird because I’m terrified of sharks, and, until now, I thought I was also terrified of the sea. I’m not sure what happened but I love everything nautical at the moment. If I could be anywhere right now, I’d say Ireland, on a cold beach, walking silently, listening to the waves, and writing songs. Here are some wonderful pictures that encapsulate that atmosphere I’m talking about!

 

You can find all those images and more on my Sea:Nautical Pinterest board.  Hopefully I can share more lovely images with you soon.

 

Cheers, 

Valentina Duracinsky

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1. casual chic. pair the Tugos with boyfriend jeans and your coziest of sweaters, and you are all set for a weekend full of running errands or having brunch at your favorite breakfast place! like i mentioned, they are super comfy, so you could wear these babies out all weekend long! 
2. skinny jeans it. the wide ankle opening makes it super easy to tuck in your favorite skinny jeans! whether or not you go with a color pair of skinny jeans, notice the pop of teal (in the first photo of the Tugos) at the opening that adds some fun to the whole look already! 
 3. dress it up! wear the Tugos with a mini skirt or dress and your favorite pair of tights! they give any girly dress look the right amount of edginess to it, especially with the two buckles on each side of the shoe.
so what did you think? did you have a favorite look? 
or if you own a pair of Tugos, what is YOUR favorite way of styling them? 
 
thanks for having me, Blowfish Shoes! you guys rock! much love. ilene (aka illy) 
 

Hi Achilla! We have a full

Hi Achilla! We have a full lineup of guest bloggers at the moment, but Ill get in touch if we have some space open up in our program! Thanks!
January 15, 2013 - 12:39 - Twitter - Facebook

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 So, it's no secret that we love partnering with bloggers, artists, designers, stylists, photographers, musicians over here - we love to be inspired by all the amazing things that people are creating! We wanted to celebrate some of the awesome women that make up our Blowfish family, so we started this It Girl program! An It Girl exudes effortless originality, isn't afraid to express herself, and offers a bit of the unexpected! She also has amazing style - so we've asked her to pick a selection of her favorite shoes!

 

Meet our newest "It Girl", Kim, from Oh Sweet Joy!  She is an amazing lady and always busy crafting, baking, and putting together dazzling outfits.  If you are into super cute hair accessories (who isn't?), the I would certaintly check out her shop.  Great Christmas gift ideas!  (hint hint Santa)  Check out our interview with Kim for more about Kim!

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town in Texas, north of Dallas. Think Friday Night Lights, but no Tim Riggins. 
 
What is your favorite food?
Oh gosh. I think I'd die without cheese, so let's go with that. :)
 
Are you more of a flats or a heels kind of girl?
I wear more flats during the day-to-day, but I love wearing heels. I think heels are something special that we (women) get to wear to feel extra put-together and sassy. If I'm having a frumpy day, heels seem to always make it better!

What’s your favorite color?
Robin's egg blue! The minty hue makes my heart pitter-patter and I'd paint every wall that color if I could.
 
What’s the best part about living in Boulder, Colorado?
Oh goodness, where to even start? I think knowing that this is simply where we are supposed to be makes it an amazing place to live, but I especially love the restaurants, being able to hop in my car and be at a hiking trailhead in no time, cross country skiing at the park right by my house when it snows, and experiencing all four seasons... all the while being super close to Target and Anthropologie. Win-win.


 
How did your previous job as a personal shopper at Anthropologie shaped your own fashion choices?
Working for Anthropologie taught me to take risks with my wardrobe choices and also to wear what makes me feel best. I think my personal style has always been a mash-up of many styles, but I was able to hone in on what I loved and somewhat nail down what my style was. Working with my clients and helping to build their personal wardrobes opened my eyes to see how important it is to only buy things you absolutely love! I never let anyone leave with something they weren’t wholly convinced on. I'd have them either think on it for a couple of days and then decide OR take it home and if they didn't reach for it to wear in two week's time, bring it back. That's been my rule-of-thumb ever since. There's simply no sense in buying items you won't be SUPER excited to wear as soon as you get it home.

When did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2009 and it has been such a crazy journey!  It started as a way to keep in touch with family when we moved from Texas to Colorado and has grown into a lifestyle blog that encompasses love, life, DIY, news for my shop, recipes, fashion, and all things handmade. It's a pretty baller part-time job if you ask me!


 
What is the most important thing that blogging has taught you?

1. How to not take myself so seriously.  At the end of the day, my blog is simply not that big of a deal and I often need to just turn off the computer and enjoy real life.

2. Sometimes we have to make our everyday inspiring by seeing the beauty in the simple things of life. 
 
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I love vintage ads and how classy the women are always dressed! I also love black & white old school TV shows and would rather watch I Love Lucy over Gossip Girl, but seem to be able to draw inspiration from both Blair Waldorf and Lucille Ball's fashion choices, alike! ((I've never said that before and I'm kind of giggling over here.)) I love classic and timeless silhouettes with a quirky print, mix of textures, and/or eclectic layering pieces. 
 
Do you have any fun holiday traditions?
Christmas Eve at Memaw's house is my favorite tradition. All of us cousins are pretty much all grown up, but we still draw names and exchange gifts and have a huge dinner. Ever since I can remember, we've gone back to Memaw's house after the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service to sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus (I do NOT care how corny that sounds!), blow out candles, and eat red velvet cake. 



What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
New Zealand! Chase and I spent almost 3 weeks there for our honeymoon, driving around the North and South Islands. Every city and town we visited was absolutely charming with stunning views everywhere we went! It almost seemed magical. We loved eating fish & chips and Tip Top Ice Cream almost every day, and the Kiwis were just all so dang friendly! I would go back in a heartbeat and sometimes secretly pray that God would ask us to move there ;)
 
What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
Our little bundle of joy that's due in April!! I'm really excited about jumping into this journey of parenthood with my amazing husband. It's going to be a sleep-deprived roller coaster of joy!
 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I'll hopefully be a mom of two (I'd love a boy and a girl!) and would also like to be living back in Texas closer to family. As much as I love the mountains, this girl misses a good plate of BBQ, Whataburger, being able to spend weekends at the lake, and being just a drive away from the house I grew up in. Whether we're in Austin or still here in Boulder, I hope to still be creating, challenging myself when I'm in a fashion rut, and staying true to who I am. It's easy to fit into a cookie cutter in, both, the blogging and handmade world, but I hope that I can always have a unique perspective, a real voice, and choose joy when life isn't easy. 

 

 

I love Kim! She is great and

I love Kim! She is great and so it her blog!
December 9, 2012 - 19:55 - Twitter - Facebook

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Where I wear my Kick Back boots.

These are the most wonderful boots ever. Why? Because I love being comfy and these are just that! I've worn them a million times, and various times on the blog. Here are some of my outfits and the different places I've worn the boots.

1. Spinning around

This was my first photo shoot with the boots. I chose a lovely floral dress, some black tights and the boots. The outfit was perfect for spinning around. Don't ask me why, just do it. It's fun!

2. Getting ready quickly

I didn't have time to pick out an outfit that day. I had classes and I had work and I wanted something comfortable to wear since I work with kids and they run around a lot. I wore a simple cape with tights and the boots. Voilà! I realized it was a pretty cool outfit so I took some pictures to share.

3. Singing songs for people

I had a concert this past Thursday and I didn't even have to think about my outfit. It was 100% clear to me that I would wear my Kick Back boots. The concert went amazingly well and I'm pretty sure it's because of the boots! haha.

4. On a walk

The other day, my friend and I went for a walk, and I wore my boots. Not much more to add. It was a great walk :)

5. For a simple look

Yesterday, my friend Bing Bing took some outfit pictures with me for my blog. I chose this beautiful vintage dress with the boots. It's very Lisa Hannigan-ish. She's my favorite songwriter, and this dress is so her, I just had to pair it with the Kick Back boots that are also so her. Look her up, you'll see!

 

Get your own pair of Kick Back boots by clicking, here

 

 

Hi Jenn! You will be in our

Hi Jenn! You will be in our thoughts! Thanks for sharing your love of our boots!
December 10, 2012 - 10:16 - Twitter - Facebook

Hi, I am Jenn 26 years old. I

Hi, I am Jenn 26 years old. I had a pair of your shoes and lost one and i want another pair its just i don't have the money due to having crohn's disease for 15 years now i actually had surgery last wed too. It's just been a tough road and its not over yet. You have great quality shoes <3 Jenn
December 1, 2012 - 15:45 - Twitter - Facebook

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Hello, Blowfish blog readers! My name is Ilene (aka illy), and I write over in a part of blog world called Much Love, illy, a lifestyle/fashion blog. I also keep busy with an etsy shop that goes by the same name of my blog, where I create handmade accessories - from headbands, earrings, to over-sized hair bows and more! A few random facts about me include my mad love for bright colored tights, my daily cups of coffee, and I can never say no to a good movie!

And I don't know about you, but since I live in South Carolina, where it just started to feel like fall. Today as I headed out to meet a girlfriend for lunch, I finally got the chance to bundle up in a scarf, a pair of boots, and a coat and it's only in the 50's! I remember when I lived up north in Chicago, 50's was practically the peak of summertime for us. Whether or not you live in the south or up north, I know winter time can be a time where most people throw fashion out the window and get sucked in the blues of the bleak, autumn and winter months. So today, I just wanted to chat about how I like to stay colorful and cheery even during the midst of the gloomier months of the year!

1. choose a bright, colorful lip color. I know a lot of people get intimidated  by bright colors, especially when it comes to lipstick - but you don't have to be! Find a color that fits your skin tone and just experiment. A touch of red, pink, and even darker purple gives a whole different effect to an outfit and will be the touch of color to add some pizzazz to your winter wear!

2. wear a colorful scarf. Scarves of any print or bold color can do wonders to any outfit! And with how popular scarves are these days in the fashion world, you are bound to find one or two to fit your style. Avoid the neutral colors and go with something bold and bright. If a patterned or printed scarf is too much for you, go with one, colorful color - and of course, choose a scar that will keep your neck warm! That's the important part, right?

3. rock some colored tights. Anyone who knows me or has read my blog, knows I am obsessed with colored tights - probably for as long as I can remember! (I was definitely that girl that walked around with the white tights with little pink hearts - so 1990's, right?!) I am a firm believer that every one can rock the colored tights look. They are not only warm, but they also come in every color of the rainbow! What about you, my friend? What are some trends or different ways that you like to keep boring, autumn or winter outfits colorful and cheery? Do share - I'd love to hear your thoughts! And be sure to swing by and say, "Hello!" over at my blog. I love making new friends!  Thanks so much, Blowfish Shoes for having me! You know that I love you guys! <!--3--><!--3-->

I love this brand I've been a

I love this brand I've been a buyer for many years!. I love how they mesh classic style with a hip modern feel. I want to invest in the Bendy but i have several flats, Heels, and boot. I wish they would right back they tom-ques flats in a worn out black jean material and my pair our on there last leg. Keep up the good work guys you've got a loyal fan here who's always spreading the good word!
November 22, 2012 - 21:20 - Twitter - Facebook

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So, it's no secret that we love partnering with bloggers, artists, designers, stylists, photographers, musicians over here - we love to be inspired by all the amazing things that people are creating! We wanted to celebrate some of the awesome women that make up our Blowfish family, so we started this It Girl program! An It Girl exudes effortless originality, isn't afraid to express herself, and offers a bit of the unexpected! She also has amazing style - so we've asked her to pick a selection of her favorite shoes!

Meet our newest It Girl, Jackie Capozzoli.  This blonde ambition is the jewelry designer and owner of JAKIMAC, a graphic artist, a total fashionista, and brand new to Los Angeles.  Jackie moved out west from Chicago with her puppy, Blueberry, to join her long-time boyfriend, Tom.  She is diving right into the fashion scene, already exploring the local shops and eateries, checking out the beach and getting used to the warm fall weather.  

Jackie's charisma, drive, and personal style made her our top pick for our December It Girl.  Keep on the lookout because some of her amazing designs will be featured in our Spring 2013 photoshoot!  

 

Our interview with Jackie:

Do you prefer heels or flats?

Flats.  I can't wear heels, unless they are wedges or platforms.  I like kitten heels and cowboy boots because the heel isn't too high.

What are your hobbies?

I love yoga, hiking, hanging with my doggie, and I also paint occasionally.

What do you like to listen to?

I like classic/alternative rock.  I love Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, and I've been getting into crazy female vocalists like Grimes and of course, Florence.

What are your favorite things about L.A.?

I love the downtown Fashion District; it is a great resource for jewelry, textiles, and apparel.  I also love hiking and being active all year long.  

What's the best meal you've had in L.A.?

My best meal was at the 101 cafe.  I got a bagel with lox and it was $14, but it was so amazing and so worth it.  It is a typical diner atmosphere, but I had just watched Pulp Fiction, so being there was really cool.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Wasteland on Melrose & Melrose Market on Sundays.  I may be showing my jewelry at the Melrose Market, so look out for me!  There are some great deals on vintage clothing.  

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in old objects.  I collect rocks, take those organic shapes and try to mimic them.  Also, street style. I see what a person is wearing and adapt that into something I can make my own.

How do you stay inspired?

I try to make something every day.  I either sketch or play around with materials to keep my mind thinking.  It is also important to get out of the house and keep moving those gears!

What jewlery designers do you admire?

I love Pamela Love.  She is amazing.  I also love Delfina Delettrez who does a lot of insect inspired jewlery.

What is the most important lesson you have learned as a business owner?

It is important to take risks, but limit them.  I also learned to be more self disciplined.

What is the most rewarding part about owning your own business?

Finding a customer that really falls in love with a piece.  I made a custom antler piece for musician that he wore to all of his shows.  I love showing my jewelry at music festivals because you can meet the customers in person and see how the piece pulls together their outfit.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to be leading designer with multiple awards under my belt.  O, and showing at New York Fashion Week.  I want to be doing full on accessories, handbags, shoes and more leather goods.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself…

I am a Jeep owner, and proud of it!

Look out for our fabulous It Girl, Jackie of JAKIMAC!  You can find her in our Spring '13 lookbook, showing at fairs and festival all across the map, perusing the shops in downtown LA's fashion district, playing around Venice beach, or walking her dog around her new home in Hollywood.

 

Hi Ellie, Sorry for the late

Hi Ellie, Sorry for the late response! Things have been busy at the Blowfish office these days. Please send me an email directly to lindseyw@blowfishshoe.com so I can take a peek at your blog. I recently took over the blog outreach program and I'd love to see if you are a good fit! Thanks! Lindsey
November 15, 2012 - 17:05 - Twitter - Facebook

Surprise surprise, not even a

Surprise surprise, not even a response. Really sad Blowfish. I used to LOVE you as a company but knowing how much you play favorites I have a feeling I won't be loving you much anymore. Guess not everyone can be in the Blowfish Club?
November 12, 2012 - 19:31 - Twitter - Facebook

What does a blogger have to

What does a blogger have to do to work with Blowfish? I have a good following on my blog and I've emailed Blowfish but never had anything come of it. I keep seeing bloggers who get to work with Blowfish and I'd love the same opportunity.
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Here is a little recap of our Instagram Costume Contest!  We asked you all to Instagram pictures of your Halloween costumes with #bfhalloween!  Thanks to everyone who entered!  Seeing your pictures all week made us smile.  Here are some of our favorites…

As you can see, it quite a difficult decision, but we decided on @misskait as our winner in her Harley Quinn costume!  We loved that she made this costume herself, it was fun, original, and she looked like she was having just as much fun wearing it!  

Remember to write down your favorite Halloween costumes from this year so you have ideas already when you have to decide what you are going to be in 2013!

 

 

YAY Kait!!

YAY Kait!!
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Just over two years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  She was one of the healthiest and strongest women I've ever encountered, so when I learned she was sick with cancer, it changed my life.  In the past, I thought that cancer only affected unhealthy or old people; this couldn't be farther from the truth.  I know now that cancer does not discriminate.

I didn’t get to see a whole lot of my mom while she was on the road to recovery since I was already living far from home at the time of her diagnosis.  It often feels surreal when I tell people my Mom is a Breast Cancer survivor, since I only saw her a handful of times when she was sick.  In so many ways I wish that I could have been close to her so I could have been more helpful, but selfishly, I know that it would have been hard for me to see her sick on a regular basis.  The mom I knew was never sick.

Although we were separated by many miles, my mom was always in my thoughts and I made efforts to relate to what she was going through in my own way by making changes in my own life.  I started eating healthier, practicing yoga, and finding balance, mentally and physically.  I learned the risk factors and tried to eliminate as many as possible.  I stopped drinking out of plastic water bottles, started using natural deodorants, cut down my meat intake and started eating super foods like papaya, mushrooms and cacao.  I figured we have the same genes, the same tendencies, and I could at least try to make an effort to reduce my own risk factors.  As I began making healthier choices, I felt like more of a grown up; funny how that happens.  

I researched preventative measures, but up until recently, I didn’t know a whole lot about what it was like to actually battle Breast Cancer.  My Mom didn’t feel as comfortable talking with me about her sickness, probably because she didn’t want me to worry.  I can certainly understand, because much like my mom, I sometimes have trouble talking about my feelings as well. 

Through Blowfish’s support of Breast Cancer Awareness month I have attended two events with Susan G. Komen, and had the opportunity to speak with our It Girl, Zandi DeJesus, who is an amazing 28 year old breast cancer survivor.  These experiences have helped me to learn more about the disease and connect with women like my Mom.  It has been a truly wonderful experience.  

My mom’s battle with Breast Cancer was tough, but it also helped us grow closer, and helped me realize I needed to make healthier choices in my own life.  I also loved seeing our family come together and how wonderful my Dad was in the ways that he cared for her in her time of need.  He honored his vows to care for her in sickness and in health and he allowed me to feel confident that she was ok, and for that I am so grateful.  

My mom has been in remission for a year.  Now, I see in her a new appreciation and zest for life.  I imagine her experience fighting for her life helped her to take a step back and focus on what is most important, living in the present and finding peace and happiness.  As I get older, I see myself in her more and more, which I know is a good thing.  My mom is amazing, loyal, graceful, loving and strong as ever.  I admire her fight and am thankful for organizations like The Beautiful Day Foundation, who work to help women like my mom find hope and get better.

 

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