Hey Everyone! I know you have been patient, waiting for me to get back to the normal Kelly O flow with my blog posts here, and here I am! As you have observed on instagram, Twitter and Facebook- I recently (last week) took the trip of a lifetime with some AMAZING people—out to places in Arizona I had never seen, let alone heard of.
This trip was sponsored by Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Not sure if you knew about Gorilla Glass (I learned a LOT about it this past week) but Corning Incorporated makes some of the most tough and durable glass for some of the best smartphones and electronics products in the world. We all don’t really think about that, do we….the glass that helps protect our close-to-most-valuable possession (our smartphones)? And yet, this is the stuff that allows to carry on with our rugged and tough lifestyle without carrying around our phones in a bubble wrap box- can you imagine? LOL.
Don't MESS with Mama's phones.
I have SO MUCH to share with you all about my trip, I almost don’t know where to start. I plan to do several posts on our adventures so I can share part by part, probably day by day, our fun in the sun, the rain, the cold, the mountains, the caves, the canyons—yea, I am not joking around y’all, we hit ALL OF THOSE!! It was an extraordinary experience that changed me (for the better) in so many ways.
I also got to experience this adventure (and it really was an adventure) with some incredible people who I now consider my besties. Although who knows they may be filing a restraining order against me at this very moment.
Today’s post might be a good spot to introduce some of my counterparts to you. Because trust me, you will want to find these awesome peeps online and tune in to what they put out. I had SO MUCH FUN with all these men and women and learned so much about so much.
First, let me introduce you to my lady blogger friends. Beth Santos is also from Chicago and founded She’s Wanderful (how cool is that name??) Beth speaks my language. She is gorgeous, has a sassy haircut and sassier outlook on life. When I first saw her organization I was wowed and then after spending time with her, I had this realization that my travels have taken me all over this country, but wow, I have yet to get out and see this WORLD. Spending more time with Beth on this trip I was WOWED by how many places she’s been and what she knows—and I plan to tune in to her and Juliana (see below) on my world explorer plan to commence in 2016. Not just talk. A real plan of action—this is calling me now after this trip.
Next is Juliana Dever – an actress who has been on the show Castle for years with her husband (a lot of people don’t know that the characters are married IRL, how cool is that??) and has been a world traveler for YEARS—and started sharing her journeys via social media and just recently started a fab blog. Juliana is legit cool. She’s fun, sassy, beautiful, down to earth and hysterical. I’m telling you—the four of us girls had SUCH A BLAST TOGETHER it’s like we were meant to be a girl band, only I can’t sing or play any instruments. But I can air band like a boss, I wonder if that counts. You have to tune in to Juliana and her show- and her blog—she’s also someone that changed my travel plans forever. She shared a stat early in the week about how 40% of Americans don’t have their passport and I was like OH DEAR IMMA GET MY BUTT KICKED NOW (I am one of them!! I have only been to Punta Cana and briefly to Mexico on spring break, we will NOT talk about that experience where they almost didn’t let me back in the country….!). I made Juliana a promise that I’d have my passport started within a week of getting back to Chicago- so she is gonna be all over me to make sure I stay true to that. IT’S ON!
And then we have Leticia of Tech Savvy Mama.
I have mad love for Leticia. I told her after this trip I was getting shirts made with I LOVE LETICIA on them. Her blog and her tech coolness is LEGIT—I wrote down about 700 new tips and hacks I’m going to apply to my life in the future. She knows her stuff- from things we adults need and use to kids and family tech. Y’all know how much I love my nerdy tech tawlk. Leticia is the be-all-end-all tech tawlk diva, and I mean that in a good way. And she has a sassy bob haircut that I envied all week and she is ridiculously fun, high energy, hysterically funny and also just plain adopted mom to everyone. She saved me in the car many times with that “mom-arm-over-the-passenger” thing when we’d have to slam our brakes on because of obnoxious truckers getting in our way. (That’s a whole other story!!!)
People – I could not imagine 3 better counterparts to this trip. These ladies ROCK in every conceivable way and they made my trip and now my future—so seriously awesome.
I hope to start – that you’ll check out their blogs and their social media channels and follow them and subscribe. Cuz, trust me, you’ll want to be tuned in to the four of us going forward. It’s about to get REAL.
My next post in the #GorillaGlass4 series will share our adventures – with details and amazing photos we took wait til you see them- day by day. I cannot wait to share this with you. This trip was an adventure, and it challenged me. Every day was tough – tough rides, tough climbs, tough terrain and yet, I became tougher and rose to the challenge and now, there’s no going back to the person I used to be.
AND THAT IS AWESOME. Dear Corning Gorilla Glass 4, thank you for this extraordinary epic adventure that changed me forever. You rock. Love, Kelly.