August 30, 2009

please share your story with us!

Hello again --

Wow, now I am really on a roll. This is third blogs in three days...

So, we are about to leave in two days and wanted to call out to anyone who is interested in sharing their story -- specifically in the cities below. We will be in these cities and would love to talk with YOU!

  • Tillamook, OR
  • Boise, ID
  • Idaho Falls, ID
  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • Cody, WY
  • Rockford, IL
  • Gary, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Maumee, OH
  • Fremont, OH
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Dover, DE
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Macon, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Selma, AL
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • El Paso, TX
  • Deming, NM
  • Lordsburg, NM
  • Casa Grande, AZ
  • Yuma, AZ
Email if you or anyone you know has a story or thoughts to share with us! We would LOVE to talk with you! Please pass the word along to anyone you know in these cities!

Hopefully we will see you soon!

love love love,

final days until take off.


So, as I stated in my last quick post, it has been quite a while since my last blog. But, it has been on my to-do list 'to blog' for quite a while. Actually since the one month out marker, it has been sitting there on my to-do list. Is that weird/allowed? To put 'blog' on your to-do list. Well, either way I did it. Look what good it did -- it's been over a month now and I am finally getting around to it. But I guess that shows the importance of the items it has been sitting amongst on the list. All things that were imperative be done in order for us to leave on the trip. Speaking of, we are hitting the road THIS Tuesday.

Before I get into talking about the road trip, I just wanted to do a small re-cap on the past month or so. Thankfully, Lauren updated you on some of the exciting things that have been going on around here! August has been a busy month -- we found out that Tom was funding the project the same week we found out that we were going to be on Dr. Phil (and it happened to be my birthday week!) -- wow, that was a great week! Our excitement at this news was unreal. It was escalated to a degree of shock, surprise, and surreal-ness. Then, in the same weekend that we found out that Crown Toyota was donating us a Toyota Sienna to use for the duration of the road trip, we also found out that Chris Harrison (host of The Bachelor and TV Guide) and family wanted to sponsor the trip by providing the gasoline to fuel our newly donated van! I have said before that throughout this entire process, there have been so many moments that I just look at Lauren and want to pinch myself to make sure that this is all real. Ever since Lauren came to me with the initial idea, things have been spiraling out of control -- in an amazing way.

Now, bringing us back up to this past week. Tuesday morning we found ourselves sitting in a dressing room of the Dr. Phil Show, knowing that we were leaving exactly a week from that day to begin the journey of the documentary road trip, we were so elated and excited. Our families came out to support this momentous occasion, and we celebrated afterwards with a wonderful lunch surrounded by loved ones. I wanted to make a special note to thank Katie Krause for getting our name in front of the Dr. Phil producers -- check out her blog at Also, we so enjoyed meeting Rebekah Jeffries, one of the women featured on the Dr. Phil Show the day that we were on. She is going through some tough times right now in regards to female bullying, but she is being so strong and courageous by speaking out about her experience. Check out Rebekah's website:

We loved every second of the excitement of Dr. Phil Show, but we also knew that we could not sit still. We had to keep moving, working and preparing for our road trip departure. Thursday was an exciting day for the Kind Campaign Crew -- we headed out to Crown Toyota in Ontario, California to pick up the Toyota Sienna that they have donated to Kind Campaign for use throughout the road trip!!!!! We could not be more thrilled. From experience (my mom has rocked the Sienna minivan in her day) I know that this is a wonderful vehicle and couldn't be more perfect for our road trip! Just to plug the wonderful dealership that donated us the car, if you are thinking about purchasing a vehicle, definitely take a look at, they have been so KIND to us and I know they will do the same for you!

Once we had the car, we wanted to make sure that we would be noticed as we drove across the country, so we have spent the past few days in the process of getting the car wrapped. We fell into the arms of a wonderful company, Pro Lab Digital, (check them out at and they have made the impossible possible by getting it done in a matter of days! Specifically Joe at Pro Lab Digital has gone above and beyond to help us out!!! He is a kind man with a kind heart -- check out his newly founded non-profit, Rise Up! Help the Homeless! at!

Well, I think I covered the big events in the past couple of weeks -- of course Lauren and I have both been running all over the place, calling all over the place (literally all over the country), and loving all of it! Now it is down to the wire. We have two days until we hit the road on an adventure of a lifetime, and we are so excited for you to experience everything with us!

I want to share an example of how horrible I am with blogging. I started this blog while waiting for a trailer hitch to be put on the car, now a day later I am finishing it up in the short time that I have at home before heading over to Lauren's for a production meeting. I was going to put if off until later, but since I have been doing that for over a month I didn't allow it. Anyways, on that note -- I better be going -- my mom and I are heading over to Lauren's abode to meet up with her and her mom, and Chris, our cinematographer. We have a pretty intense production meeting ahead, but very exciting as well. Get ready for more regular blogs as Lauren and I are both making this a priority in order to share our experience on the road with you! I have a feeling that next time I blog, I will be on one of the most incredible adventures of my life with some of the most amazing wild!

love love love,

August 26, 2009

roof over our heads...


Long time, no blog! I will do a recap of the crazyness of the past couple of weeks later on tonight. But, right now I wanted to call out to all of the homeowners, home renters, apartments owners, apartment renters, anyone with a roof over there head! Last minute are out of a place to stay in several cities, but we have faith that we can rely on friends, and friends of friends of friends of friends... to help us out!

There are five of us total, Lauren and I, our moms, and Chris, our cinematographer! We are not picky about sleeping (we just don't want to sleep in the car : ) ) and love meeting new people -- so really if you know of anyone in any of these cities -- please call on them and see if they wouldn't mind us sleeping in their home for a night!

Please pass this list along to anyone you know, as we leave in less than a week!! Email me,, if you know someone or pass along my email to anyone who may be able to house us for a night! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

The date is the night that we are in that particular city.

City: Watsonville, CA: September 1

City: San Francisco, CA: September 2

City: Mitchell, OR, September 4th

City: Crawford, NE: September 8th

City: Gordon, NE: September 9th

City: Cedar Rapids, IA: September 10th

City: Rockford, IL: September 11th

City: Fremont, OH: September 14th

City: New York, NY: September 18th

City: Baltimore, MD: September 20th

City: Meridian, MS: September 27th

City: Baton Rouge, LA: September 29th

City: El Paso, TX: October 3rd

City: Lordsburg, NM: October 4th

City: Casa Grande, AZ: October 5th

love love love,

August 17, 2009

one more thing...

We had our fundraiser last Friday at Coconuts in Capo Beach and it was FANTASTIC! Everything went so well! It was located in my hometown (orange county) so a lot of my friends from high school showed up which was really fun. The bands that played were so good too...such incredible talent in the O-Sizzle! A couple of the artists who performed will have music in the documentary too! Thanks to Sanctuary (Eric Botelho in particular) for putting it on for us!

Check out Nikki Vaughn and Andy Lawrence! Their music will appear in the film!

Love Wins.

Exciting Updates!

TWO WEEKS until we hit the road. I have never been so excited/nervous/anxious/stoked all at the same time!

So many amazing things have been happening lately. First of all, our documentary is almost fully funded!!! (thanks to a specific individual who has been incredibly supportive throughout this whole process :) ) We also got a car!!!!!! Next week we are going to Crown Toyota in Ontario California to pick up our road trip vehicle! I cant wait to name him... or her. we will see what color we get haha.

Everything is coming together BEAUTIFULLY! Cant wait to get on the road and get this started!

Love Wins.

August 6, 2009

Dr. Phil

EXCITING NEWS!   We are going to be on the Dr. Phil show to talk about Kind Campaign and the documentary!!!!! The show is taping the 25th of this month and we are SO stoked! This will be such an amazing way to get people thinking about this issue and will get people excited about the road trip (which we will be leaving for ONE WEEK later!)  This is so crazy!!! I cannot describe how incredibly blessed I feel at this moment. I can't wait to meet him!

Here is a link to Dr. Phil's website: 

Love Wins.

August 5, 2009


Im sitting here, just working and researching. It's late but I'm feeling very awake. This is probably a direct result of the AMAZING day that just unfolded.  First, I met with an incredible person. His name is Tom and he has been a huge support for this project and a mentor of mine for the last few years.  He has graciously decided to fund the film.  The IMMENSE amount of thanks I want to project upon him is to big to even grasp.  He is one of the most KIND, generous and amazing people I know and with this money, there are so many things we will be able to do with this film.  Things that I was hoping to do but wasn't sure how to pull it off.   Then, Molly and I were contacted by someone about something AWESOME!  I actually cant talk about it yet, but once we have the okay, we will let you all know what's going on.  Its really exciting though and will for sure help promote the documentary road trip. 

Speaking of which, we leave in less than a month and I am getting SO excited.  The adventure is going to be life changing.  Hopefully the product of the adventure (this doc) will be life changing for some people as well.  Thats the whole goal.  To create a change through starting a dialogue about this issue. 

I got the new camera this week! Been playing around with it and all I can say is W.O.W. 

welp, time to get back to work and hopefully catch some sleep. 

night! :)

Love Wins.