And We’re Off!

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What a week! We’ve begun the filming process for Girl Gift Gather | the series and we’re so excited about it!

We sat down with with Molly Guy of Stone Fox Brides and talked love, marriage, and Saturn’s Return. We drank tea with Laura O’Neill of Van Leeuwen Ice CreamSelamat PagiNo Lights No Lycra and “Laura & Greg” and shared adventures of traveling the world and saying yes to everything. And just last Friday, we cozied up on a freezing NYC afternoon with Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves and Gardenista! We chatted about pregnancy, the history of NYC and the value of having family nearby.

Check out the stills from our work this week!

In other news, we’re at the half way mark for our IndieGoGo Campaign! We want to be able to consistently share these inspiring women with you and we need your help to make it happen! Check it out! Donate! Share! And have a beautiful weekend!

 A sweet moment with Molly Guy of  Stone Fox Brides , showing us a video of her daughter Sunny.

A sweet moment with Molly Guy of  Stone Fox Brides , showing us a video of her daughter Sunny.

 Such a fun time with Erin Boyle from  Reading My Tea Leaves  and  Gardenis a!  

Such a fun time with Erin Boyle from  Reading My Tea Leaves  and  Gardenis a!  

 Beautiful shot of Laura O'Neill of  Van Leeuwen Ice Cream ,  Selamat Pagi ,  No Lights No Lycra  & part of the singer song writer duo

Beautiful shot of Laura O’Neill of  Van Leeuwen Ice Cream , Selamat Pagi , No Lights No Lycra  & part of the singer song writer duo ” Laura & Greg ”

 We spent an evening watching Laura sing with her partner in their band

We spent an evening watching Laura sing with her partner in their band ” Laura & Greg ” 

The New Girls

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  Tara Moore / Getty Images

Tara Moore / Getty Images

A while into our Girl Gift Gather meetings we discovered this wonderful article from Yael Kohen for New York Magazine.

She writes:

Earlier this year, we learned that women are increasingly the chief breadwinners in their households, which implies that they had some sort of career foundation in their twenties. Given the fact that Brooklyn’s soaring real estate prices have renters shelling out an average $2,400 a month for a studio in Bushwick, it’s hard to believe it’s all parent-financed, or that there aren’t women with real jobs renting in the neighborhood. Isn’t it odd how few representations of that Brooklyn Girl – powerful, independent, employed for profit – there are in pop culture? She’s probably too busy working to write the book.

One of our major goals is to share and learn from more of those powerful, independent, employed Brooklyn Girls! 

 

Successes & Gratitude

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After many hours working on press releases and Facebook pushes we’re excited to be entering our first 10 days at The Girl Gift Gather Project on an incredible high! 

The response and support we’ve received in the week and a half has been extraordinary. In just one week, our Indiegogo Campaign has raised more that 30% of our goal for the month!  (According to IndieGoGo’s statistics, campaigns that raise 20% of their goal in the first week have an 80% chance of succeeding, so we’re off to a pretty fantastic start!)

And thanks to all your donations, likes, clicks, follows and shares we are being featured on the IndieGoGo homepage! This is a huge honor and a big, big deal. 

These small (but mighty) success keep us going. We’re so proud to be working on this project and we’re so grateful to everyone who is helping us make it happen.

Here’s to a Tuesday of celebrations and meditations!

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The Hangover

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Over the last week, we’ve had an incredible response to our IndieGoGo Campaign – so many people have shared and supported our project and for that we are extremely grateful. After we made our campaign and our social media platforms public, the two of us got pretty scared. It seems silly, but putting yourself out there and asking people for help is a truly humbling experience. A few days into the process, we came across this wonderful Ted Talk from Brenee Brown. Brenee is a research analyst who has spent her life studying shame and vulnerability and her Ted Talk touches on the theory of a “vulnerability hangover”. You know that feeling when you’ve been completely honest with someone, when you’ve put yourself way, way, way out there and all of a sudden it dawns on you that at any moment you could be hurt? Well that realization is a vulnerability hangover. And man oh man, did we ever have one after we went public. The thing that we learned from Brenee’s talk and her theory is that although a “vulnerability hangover” can be uncomfortable, it’s actually a great thing. It’s a confirmation that you’ve moved forward in a positive (and scary) way. Doing what scares you isn’t supposed to feel comfortable. Its supposed to feel like growth. And if we’re sure of one thing these days, it’s that we’re growing. 

You Have As Many Hours In Your Day As Beyonce

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It’s a busy week here at The Girl Gift Gather Studio! We’re sending press releases, promoting our IndieGoGo Campaign, meeting with incredible women and planning our upcoming episodes! It’s easy to get overwhelmed when so much needs to be done. On those days when it’s all feeling impossible, it’s important to take a moment, make a cup of tea and find a little inspiration. Sometimes it’s a laugh from Tina Fey, sometimes it’s a mid-afternoon meditation, sometimes it’s a quick chat with your colleague. And sometimes, it’s Beyonce.

 

International Women’s Day

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This Saturday is International Women’s Day, a day that has been observed since the early 1900’s when women began to stand up, speak up and work together. If, like us, this is your first year acknowledging International Women’s Day then why not do a little something special? Begin an autobiography by an inspiring woman, go to a seminar hosted by a female speaker, call your mom and have a long talk or just invite a friend over and spend some time discussing what being a woman means to you.  However you do it, embrace the day and the women around you!

 We’re kicking off the celebrations early with the folks over at IndieGoGo! They’re getting all sorts of generous and all day today, they’ll be donating one dollar for every $25 raised by campaigns that support women.

We’re honored to be one of those campaigns and we hope you’ll take a look at the other projects that are on board.