Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sneaky No More.... Shark Tank, Here We Come!

It's been about 6 months in the making, but I'm excited to finally share something really amazing for me, for my business partner Tim and most importantly for our company, Grease Monkey Wipes.

On Friday January 15, 2010, Grease Monkey Wipes will be featured on the Mark Burnett produced reality TV show Shark Tank on ABC. That's right - we are going prime time!!

The premise of Shark Tank is this: entrepreneurs pitch their business to 5 multi-millionaire investors in hopes of getting funding in exchange for equity.

We can't share what happened to us... for that you have to wait and see. Obviously our fingers are crossed.

For an inside look into how long Tim & I have been waiting to announce this... we started the application process in June. We shot our audition video about 2 weeks before my Ironman, worked on more paperwork in July, and were finally selected to go to Los Angeles to pitch our company in August. (Remember my LA trip where I got to hang with my friend Lara? Yeah, that was all to go shoot this tv show. Sneaky, sneaky I am!)

Below are some pictures from our very own trailer on the Sony studio lots.

And here's a sneak peak of what we were up against... Kevin O'Leary (i.e. you crazy chickens!) was shooting us as we set up to pitch!

At any rate, at this particular moment - we are relishing the experience. I am every combination of nervous, excited, scared, thankful and just very grateful for the opportunity.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

from my mother...

"You may stumble, but you will never fall."

Just something for me to keep in mind. Yay for moms. :)

Friday, December 04, 2009

momentary reflection...

I was thinking back to a conversation I had with Katy & Alisa back in May. We were sitting in Lift, just after our pre-Ironman meeting, talking about life post-Ironman. I admitted that I was scared of life post-Ironman, as in not having a big goal ahead or knowing what was out there. It was scary.

Katy sent me an email that night that was inspiring and touching, in which she said "be true to yourself" and explained that I didn't need to figure it all out in a day. (It was the perfect email - the one you keep and look back on from time to time.)

That night, I wrote the following in a post:
By the way, in reference to learning to appreciate balance: I don't have any *big* goals lined up post Ironman. There is a huge part of me that is scared of not having something ahead, and scared of the unknown, really. However, I'm giving up fear and instead I'm going to embrace whatever lies ahead in my life. I have more confidence than ever that I will always land on my feet and that I can do anything if I just believe in myself.

If only the girl typing this post today could have given the girl who wrote that post just a *glimpse* of what was to come.

Let me just say - I followed through on what I said I was going to do. I gave up fear. I am certainly embracing life. Hell, I would say that I am giving life one giant bear hug. Life won't always be so rosey, but I WILL land on my feet. And... I'm definitely not scared anymore.