I hope you’re as excited as I am to recap my 2012 Perform Beautifully Oakley Ambassador Experience in the beautiful Napa Valley, California. I thought gabbing about how I was going to this wonderful fitness retreat before I went was bad (how I won it in the first place could easily have overloaded people-family, friends, boyfriend, coworkers) but coming back has far surpassed my previous gush fest as I’ve now oozed my experience to anyone and everyone who would listen. I could never “over “relive this trip in my mind, looking through pics, videos, or by telling all those around me. Consider yourself warned. Since I want to share it all with you, this may have to be a few posts versus just one- this stuff is just way too good.
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
My man drove me to the airport. As we drove and before I left, I had NO IDEA how much Id be representing the midwest, let alone Indiana. Since I really was one of the few, I made sure everyone knew how much I loved it and how great it was and all what its allowed me to do with my life. I have such love in my heart for my hometown and I cant appreciate more those friends, family, and experiences that make it one of the warmest places around. I hope that I showed just how brightly we all shine despite not having a beach or mountains or perfect weather 24/7. Though, wouldnt that be quite a cherry on top?
Hes dreamy…hard to leave.
When I arrived to California, the weather was puuuuurfect, I met an incredibly successful business owner and Mom from Wisconsin who had one of the top selling eye clinics around- top seller being Oakleys, hmm I wonder why, and my adorable New Hampshire boot camp/personal trainer, world traveler power house AJ- her eyes twinkled and her smile made me feel at home. I knew this trip was going to fly by…
I had a whole
sweet suite at a top of the line golf resort and spa, ALL TO MYSELF! I slept like a King. And yes I loved my fresh white robe- walking around like a Kardashian.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
-Henry David Thoreau
Shortly after arriving we had a cocktail meet and greet with the fellow 2012 ambassadors and some original ambassadors from last year. We also met some of our Oakley mothers/family. They took care of us over the weekend, with “taking care of” as an understatement. They truly all were so sweet, warm, and playful. From the staff, to the account reps, to the pro athletes and celebrity trainers. My cheeks still hurt from smiling. There was a dynamic mix of triathletes, personal trainers, marathoners, bloggers, social media extraordinaires, singers, outdoor activists, slackliners and all around beautiful performers. The 10 ambassadors were joined by the Oakley company that is specifically focusing on Women (roar!!!), the top selling accounts for Oakley, and magazine marketing/editors!
Below Texan Cari, myself, Carolina Carly, Manmouth Christine, and New Hampshire AJ during our appetizer, cocktail introduction to Oakley as a brand/company. We then had a dinner and saw the new line we’d be wearing all weekend. A true sneak peak! No one was wearing what we had, not in stores yet, color me special, because I sure felt it.
Below, along with Page, Cali triathlete with blog, Christine tickle me romantic musician and skiier from Manmouth, Carly’s fast legs from Carolina, and a Texan rockstar personal trainer, bombshell boot camp leader. I could go on and on about these chicas- obviously.
Our incredible swag we got from Oakley! Asics running shoes, Garmin (OMG!!!), fantastic Oakley gear, Oakley shades, and the list goes on. Fitness magazine also hooked us up with more swag below!
Yummy and colorful din din!
The next day at breakfast before our Stretch by Asics, Rolling O Lab experience, Garmin presentation, and 5k run in the winery!
How gorgeous is this run!? view!?
At winery with original ambassador Lacey- owns her own yoga business! Looking good in our Oakleys!
At one of the winery’s, we went to several, I literally wanted to soak in every moment with every inch of my being.
We ate dinner here, after a hike up to the winery, we ate here in this gorgeous dining area
Cari, my Texan all star, thought I should put LETTUCE in my hair instead of a flower- you know, for brand recognition and all 🙂 Thank you Cari (http://www.cari-fit.com/)
An awesome, refreshing booty workout with Katrina and Karina from www.toneitup.com
Katrina (pictured right) is from Indy!
We visited the Culinary Institute of America and had a great dietary presentation by pro triathlete Jenny Fletcher and RD, among many other things, and 5x Ironman finisher Marni Sumbal! She is such an inspiration and great resource- we were told we look like sisters. http://
Pretty Hike- sweet wind mill!