April 28, 2010

things are happening.

Man, life is wild. Sometimes I look around me and everything seems so surreal. Did Lauren and I really travel around the country? Are we really planning on doing it again? Am I really graduated from college? Am I an adult or something? I have to stop myself from asking these questions because it starts me spinning into future mode (which isn’t necessarily bad), but I need to just constantly remind myself to live in the moment. Time is flying by and I can’t stop this train (shout out to John Mayer), but just live… right now… in the moment.

That’s what I did this weekend. Lauren mentioned in her last blog that I had a little surprise up my sleeve for Saturday afternoon and I sure did, so I figured I would let y’all in on it! I asked Lauren to be a bridesmaid in my wedding!!! It was a glorious Saturday afternoon – the weather was perfect – and we went to an amazing hidden gem in Malibu called Malibu Family Winery. We had an amazing day where I tried to do just that – live in the moment. The incredible moment of love, friendship, beauty, nature, happiness…all things that make me smile. Oh, and thankfully Laur said YES to being a bridesmaid : ) – so I was very excited!!

I think another reason why I am just blown away by life is because: the end of this week marks a year of Lauren and I being graduates of Pepperdine University.
I just cannot believe it. I think I am in denial that I am a graduate in the first place, so the fact that it’s been an entire year and I cannot say that I am fresh out of college nauseates me while also brings tears to my eyes. I was on Pepperdine’s campus last week showing a friend from home around (she was trying to decide on colleges… but now she has decided on Pepperdine – yay!). I digress – I was on Pepperdine’s campus and they had already started setting up for graduation and I am probably embarrassing myself by saying this, but it brought me to tears. Just a year ago, we graduated and within the past year, we traveled across the country and filmed a documentary. It blows my mind that now, a year later, we are in post on the doc and are once again starting the cycle over by planning another road trip to launch the school programs and premiere the film… WILD!

Oh man… good things are happening all around. Another one of those GREAT things is an incredible company called Bella Royale has agreed to sponsor Kind Campaign by giving their customers 10% off their amazing skin care products, while also donating 20% of each purchase to Kind Campaign! *Just use the coupon code bekind at check out!!* Visit http://www.bellaroyale.com for more information about the amazing company and incredible skin care line!! This is HUGE for us since we are paying out to so many things right now (post production on the documentary and everything that comes along with traveling across the country) so we THANK the incredible women at Bella Royale SO much!

Like I said… things are happening. I am heading out of town so I hope y’all have an amazing next couple of weeks!!! And momma and meme… since I will be gone and won’t be able to call you... HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
*For those of you wondering… Mother’s Day is May 9th. Do something KIND for your Mom – she is an incredible woman!

love love love,

April 23, 2010

Fundraisers, Concerts, Kind and the Weeks Endddd

SOOOOO excited for the weekend!!! Its been a really long but VERY productive week. I am going to Vegards in a little to edit and I cant wait. We are at that stage where every minute of the edit becomes more and more exciting because the film is developing so quickly now. yay! :)

Yesterday I had lunch with Jack (one of our producers on the film and my dear/bun friend) and his good friend Susie Spain. She runs the non-profit Angels at Risk. We are talking about coming together to have a fundraiser/awareness night concert at The Roxy in West Hollywood. We were talking about people to play the concert and Jack was throwing some really amazing names around...Edward Sharpe being one of them :) Nothing is set and stone...not even the actual show...there is A LOT that we need to work on to make this happen. But its in the works and just the conversation is exciting!!! We are thinking of doing it in the beginning of September to kick off the school program road trip.

I havent seen Molly since lasttttt...what was it...Wednesday!!! 9 days ago! Sadness!!! wait... that is a lie. haha I saw her Tuesday at our meeting with Carolyn Himes. Speaking of Carolyn Himes... We have our next fundraiser on SUNDAY JUNE 6th from 4-6pm at Haute Cakes Cafe in Newport Beach!! Its going to be awesome and we want all of you there. You can come hear us speak and watch a bit of the documentary. We are also looking for sponsors who are interested in helping fund the school program and documentary post production. You can come to the fundraiser to be a part of this. Or, you can visit our website and donate!! Here is the link: DONATE We would love to meet all of you on June 6th! Here is a link to the Haute Cakes website so you can see the location of the event: Haute Cakes

So back to the weekend-- I am going to see my roommate/bestie sing in a KIIS FM concert/competition tonight!! The winner gets to sing at Wango Tango! I know she is going to win, caaaaause she rules. Her name is Samantha Marq and you have to check her out!!

Tomorrow I am meeting at Molly at 2:00 and I actually dont know what it is for because she is being secretive about it. So I will let you know at the end of the weekend what its all about.

Sunday I am going to see my good aussie friends, Stefan and Jonno, and their new documentary film Somewhere Near Tapachula, premiering at the Newport Beach Film Festival. I have seen a cut but am soooooo stoked to see the final product. It will be super inspiring to watch. Check out the trailer. Its such an important film that everyone should see.

Aiiighttt. Have a wonderful weekend! Do a random act of KINDness :)

Love Wins.

April 20, 2010


Yesterday Vegard and I worked for about 8 hours on the doc. I love those long days in the edit. Man. I am so excited about this film. We have a first cut pretty much finished...its a 3 hours movie at the moment. But little by little we are chipping away at each section, adding things, taking things away, and integrating new ideas. Its so hard to go through all the footage and watch so many amazing stories and have to choose which ones to put in. Some of my favorite moments and interviews from the road trip cant be in the film- for various reasons...doesnt fit, we already have a similar interview, sound issue etc...-- and it KILLS me! I just want a 150 hour film with everything we have ever shot. no. that would be terrible... but you know what I mean.

I cant wait to add all the music to the film. I was watching the first act yesterday all the way through and I didnt even realize there wasnt music playing until after... thats a good thing. I was watching and felt really emotional and thought "dang. this is really good". but usually when you edit, its the music that really drive those emotions home. I realized while watching that the music is going to be an extra bonus...something that makes it even better...not something that makes the film. The film could do without music and that realization affirms to me that we have a pretty sweet little doc goin.

welp, everything is great with the doc. still need some significant funding but I am hoping with some prospects we have going, that will be taken care of. fingers crossed :)

love wins.

update update update


Well, at least this time it hasn't been a whole month before a blog... so we are getting better... right?!? Not really, but just know that we are trying to keep y'all updated!!

We had an amazing event at Fred Segal! Thank you so much to
everyone who came out to support us - it was such an amazing and inspiring feeling to be in a room surrounded by such amazing people! We had such incredible and uplifting conversations that night and we cannot wait to see what happens with the new
friends that we made! A special thank you to Darrylynn with the Good Works Space, at Zero Minus Plus, within Fred Segal. Also, thank you so much to Westlake Custom Framing for doing such an
amazing job with our frames for the installation!! Also, another shout out to Pro Lab Digital for helping us with more printing and creating the banner for the installation!!! We could not be where we are right now without the constant help of others! Thank you thank you thank you!!

I am going to wrap this up because I am about to leave to go to Lauren's to get some work done on this school program road trip tour! We are so excited about it and fingers crossed, hoping, and praying that sponsors/funding comes through so that we are able to do this road trip and reach as many schools/people as possible in the shortest amount of time! After that Lauren and I are heading down to Newport for a meeting with an amazing woman that we met at the Fred Segal event! We are meeting with her to talk about a possible fundraiser down in Newport in the next month or so... so we are very excited!

We will keep you posted with more updates soon! If you haven't had a chance -- check out our channel on youtube!!!

Have an amazing day!

love love love,

April 7, 2010

Come to our event at Fred Segal Santa Monica this Friday!!! Its going to awesome! Red Carpet, drinks, musical performances, Kind Campaign talk/info/documentary clips/installation, merchandise, Umami Burger, Fred Segal.... heck yes!

Join the event facebook group by clicking here!!!

April 5, 2010


Its always crazy to realize how quickly time flies. When I go to write these blogs, I realize how much time has gone by and I feel so bad!!! However, in light of the last couple months, its hard to feel bad about anything relating to Kind Campaign. I cannot begin to express how thankful I am for this project, the change it is making and all of the people involved.

Anyway, here is a rundown of some important things that have been going on and I PROMISE we will be better about posting from now on!

Editing has been so fun! Me and Vegard are working really well together and just this last week have restructured how we are approaching the story a bit. The new idea works so much better and will make for a better film. I wasn't sure what the editing process would be like with so much footage, or how hard it would be to create a story out of so many smaller stories...but...it's happening and its working and the only issue we are running into is having too much good footage to choose from...not a bad problem to have :)

A few weeks ago, Molly and I went down to Palm Desert to watch the Young Woman Ambassador groups present their Kind Campaign projects. To be honest, I dont know that Molly or I knew exactly what was going to take place that night. What we ended up witnessing was about 50 girls who have taken Kind Campaign and created their own projects/versions of KC to
integrate the movement into their own schools and communities. The girls put so much time and work into their projects. There were multiple times where I couldn't help but tear up because of the overwhelmingly honored feeling I had while sitting in that room. They created their own mini-documentaries, had KIND week at their schools, had their whole student body dress in pink, created their own version of Kind Magazine...there were so many amazing projects. I think Molly and I left with some new ideas because their projects were so innovative! It was
just so crazy to see how a seed was planted and how its branches are extending into schools and communities in this way. The fact that we weren't even aware that there were Kind weeks taking place in schools to celebrate Kind Campaigns message...yea, I really dont know how to describe how happy that makes me.

This Friday, Fred Segal Santa Monica is hosting a Kind Campaign fundraiser/awareness night!!!!! We installed an installation into the store last week to raise awareness and funds, so the event is also serving as an official launch for the installation. (if you live
around santa monica,
CA, go check out the installation- it will be there until May 6th) We are going to have a lot of cool things going on at the event- a silent auction, live music from Samantha Marq
and Nicole Vaughn, drinks, documentary footage, the installation, merchandise, and of course, Molly and I will be speaking about our upcoming plans for the film and school program. Which brings me to the next important bit of information!!!....

Once we put word out that we are going to launch our school program this Fall we received insane amounts of emails from teachers and schools all over the country wanting us to come speak and screen the film. We realized trying to go to all of these places is going to be hard unless we go back on the road. Sooooo that is what we are doing! This September-December we are going on a Kind Campaign road trip 2.0 to hit hundreds of schools and screen the film around the country. It will be an amazing 4 month journey and we are ready for it!! One of the major goals of this project has been to provide these school assemblies and to offer them FREE OF CHARGE. We have began planning the logistics of our schedule but now have some serious money to raise to over the next few months to make this all happen. It will happen though... I have realized when Molly and I put our minds to something, it happens. end of story :) Anyway, I cannot WAIT to get back on the road and hopefully go visit some one of the schools we met with on our first KC road trip. A new adventure awaits!!!

I think one of the most important things to mention right now is the suicide of Phoebe Prince. Her death is a grave reminder of the fatal consequences of girl-against-girl "crime", but even further, its a reminder to ALL OF US that THE WAY WE TREAT OTHERS does have CONSEQUENCES. I feel for her family and everyone in her life. I wish she knew she wasn't alone and that she would be okay. There isnt much I can say because its honestly so upsetting to think about... All I can hope for is that her death will be a wake up call for a lot of people. Check out this link to read more about this story: http://www.truecrimereport.com/2010/01/phoebe_prince_15_commits_suici.php