Hiking Adventures and Entrepreneurship Networking Apps and Meeting Shaun, Owner of OURA | Divine Hostess

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you probably know hiking is a favorite pastime of mine. It’s not the work I love or even the heat from direct sun– it’s reward. I love being rewarded after the work of the climb with an amazing view, cool breeze at the higher altitude, and the sense of achievement.

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Walker Canyon Reserve, Lake Elsinore

Although I do enjoy solo hikes, I’ve already learned hiking is wonderful activity to share with friends or even people you’re getting to know.

Recently I joined a networking app called Shapr which connects to your LinkedIn account and you can find like minded people to collaborate with, hire, be a mentor, etc. I’ve made a solid handful of great connects including Shaun, co-founder of OURA.

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After learning a bit more about his social enterprise, I had to share more about their mission with all of you. OURA makes a  sleek, sporty baseball cap which is uniquely designed to remain clean while granting the wishes of pediatric cancer patients.

 Hats are filthy. They’re one of the few things we wear but rarely wash. OURA’s hats have millions of microscopic minerals infused directly into the thread, so their hats are self-cleaning while being completely sustainable and environmentally friendly. Their hats have 9 other healthy features which you can explore here.

“My brother, Keane, and I started OURA after Keane survived childhood cancer”, said Shaun. “We wanted to create a healthier hat but we also wanted to give back to pediatric cancer patients. For Keane, having his wish to meet President Obama granted completely changed his outlook towards treatment and propelled him towards survivorship. We wanted to help other young patients in their recovery journey as well.”

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Now it’s OURA’s mission to grant a wish each time 1000 hats are sold, and they are well on their way.

OURA is named after origami.

There is a Japanese legend that folding 1000 origami cranes results in a wish. With every 1000 OURAgami hats sold, we grant a pediatric patient’s wish and bring healing hope to their recovery. Every hat is a part of that wish. It is 1000 people coming together to help a child in their fight against cancer.

What I love most about meeting new people is the reminder of how connected we all are– even before we meet. I too have have family members diagnosed with cancer, and if you’re reading this you may have as well.

Now when I hike, I’m super excited to wear my OURA hat while knowing they’re just one step closer to granting a wish. To support this amazing company by purchasing a hat, you can visit their website and use the discount code: DIVINEHOSTESS for 10% off.

If I’ve learned anything in my life it is that we are all connected, and knowing this makes the journey a little easier, and lot more enjoyable.

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The Season is Changing | Wonderfully Made Podcast

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The seasons of nature and the seasons of life change regularly for a reason. Each one goes away, but comes back again eventually. Accepting the cycles of life can help you not be so stuck on your current circumstances.

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In this week’s episode of the Wonderfully Made podcast, I give a visual of the changes that occur when nature ushers in spring time. As you listen to the this visual, know that there is a parallel in your own life which is cyclical. If you happen to be in a season you do not enjoy, know that it will be eventually leading to a new one. It is all a part of the process of life.

 

What to Do When You’re Feeling Totally Uninspired | Wonderfully Made

What do you do when you are feeling uninspired?

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Sometimes it goes beyond a simple moment of writer’s block. Sometimes we are feeling totally and completely uninspired. What can we do in times like this? I share a few tips of how to work in and through this process in my latest episode of the Wonderfully Made podcast.

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When you do take a moment to step away and gain clarity, make a mental note of what worked. Was it getting out in nature, hanging with family, taking the dog for a walk, or listening to one of your favorite songs?

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Remember: it may not be convenient, but these things happen, but they cannot last forever. Inspiration will return to you and you will be able to create!

I hope you enjoy this episode! You can listen below or via Apple podcast. Wonderfully Made is also available on Stitcher, Spotify, and all other podcast platforms.

 

 

 

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The Value of Hard Work | Wonderfully Made

Hi healthy bunnies,

 

A few people mentioned they’d like to know when the episode includes a story. Well, this includes a story. Happy? 🙂

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I really enjoyed writing it. Think of it as a descriptive illustrative picture of how hard work looks, and how it affects those who cannot be bothered with hard work.

Enjoy!

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Living Intentionally: Why am I Doing What I’m Doing?

Isn’t it crazy how much technology has advanced over the past few years? When I think about how far different platforms I use have come, I am amazed. A lot of platforms and technology have really helped to make life easier as well as make business easier.

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One thing that is common, is the auto play feature. Whether you’re watching Hulu, YouTube, or some other media outlet,  you don’t have to think. All you have to do is sit there and keep watching. In fact, autopilot features extend beyond what’s available on the internet. Even your car will drive for you.

As convenient as all of this is. shutting our brains off is not good. If things are being done for us, we don’t have to think about why we are doing what we are doing, and that can be dangerous.

In my latest podcast episode, I discuss this very subject and share some tips on how we can live more intentionally.

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Cast Away | the Wonderfully Made Podcast

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In  this episode, I share a quick story about the movie Cast Away, then I share 5 tips for dealing with the difficult feelings that often come with being found in difficult circumstances.

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Judging a Book by Its Cover | Wonderfully Made Podcast

Are there ways we can lighten up when it comes to using past experiences to determine future decisions? Let’s explore together.

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Don’t forget to leave a review if you enjoyed this episode! Btws, for your convenience my podcast is now available on all podcast platforms including Spotify!