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Anchal Project
Inspires Goodness

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I’ve always considered myself a fairly involved person. Growing up I went on mission trips with my church and did volunteer work. As I got older though it’s safe to say that want waned and self-importance and ignorance took its place. I blame it on the fact that I was young and dumb. More interested in going out and drinking, not volunteering my time and/or money. 

Little did I know that attending a fashion show a few years back would change all of that. I was originally introduced to Anchal Project at the launch of Anchal x Urban Renewal collection. Yes, I went to the show because of Urban Outfitters involvement (don’t hate – I was 21/22 and thought UO was the coolest thing ever.) But I left the show with more than a few tears in my eyes and a fire in my heart. A fire that’s grown over the years as I’ve developed a friendship with the team at Anchal. 

 

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anchal project, kentucky non-profits, louisville non-profit, non-profit work in india, #inspiregoodness 
anchal project, kentucky non-profits, louisville non-profit, non-profit work in india, #inspiregoodness

Since then I attend their trunk shows and pop-up shops religiously. Doing my best to share their message with my readers when I can. Needless to say last year’s trip to India with them was a long time in the making. Getting the chance to see how they impact the lives of their artisans and families on a daily basis changed how I view and live my life stateside. 

The team at Anchal continues to inspire me to be the best version of myself. Because of this and many, many other reasons I’m sharing my story as part of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen’s #InspireGoodness campaign. This year, they’re putting in extra effort to amplify positive and uplifting stories. Because their founders believed in doing things the right way, not the easy way. 

Share stories that #InspireGoodness with @CheddarsKitchen >> http://bit.ly/2mwDyOq Click To Tweet

 

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From now until August 20, 2017, all of you can also inspire goodness by joining the conversation. All you need to do is use the form on their website to share your stories about someone who YOU think inspires goodness. And there’s something in it for you (besides the obvious)! Each website submission entered both the nominator and nominee for a chance to win $1,000. Now what are you waiting for?

 

Here’s how it works

  1. Nominate someone by telling a story about how they inspire goodness
  2. Continue spreading the goodness using #inspiregoodness, and sharing stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Head on over to Cheddars.com to share the story of someone who you believe to #inspiregoodness. Because after all, giving back is the new black. 

Toyota Grand Prix

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Sometimes, life comes full circle, and you forge a partnership with a brand that’s been in your life for years. For me, that brand is Paul Mitchell. I attended one of their schools almost 10 years ago, and now I’m part of their influencer program. Yes, it is a small world after all. 

My time at Paul Mitchell The School: Louisville helped shape me into the man I am today. While I don’t do hair any longer, I still carry the life lessons I learned there with me every day.

What might surprise some though is that for more than 30 years Paul Mitchell has supported lifestyle and sporting events around the globe. They also support the world-class athletes that compete in those events. Paul Mitchell supports everything from surfing to hip-hop dance, freeskiing to snowboarding. As well as everyone from Olympic Beach Volleyball players, freeskiers, World-champion snowboarders, urban dancers, and the world’s best team of martial artists.

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paul mitchell, mammoth lakes california, mammoth mountain, toyota grand prix, travel blogger
paul mitchell, mammoth lakes california, mammoth mountain, toyota grand prix, travel blogger

paul mitchell, mammoth lakes california, mammoth mountain, toyota grand prix, travel blogger

paul mitchell, mammoth lakes california, mammoth mountain, toyota grand prix, travel blogger
paul mitchell, mammoth lakes california, mammoth mountain, toyota grand prix, travel blogger

paul mitchell, mammoth lakes california, mammoth mountain, toyota grand prix, travel blogger

After being in NYC for men’s fashion week I headed out west with Paul Mitchell to experience the Toyota Grand Prix in Mammoth Lakes, California – the first freeski and snowboarding qualifier event for the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

I spent my first night in this quiet mountain town, turned Pre-Olympic Village, dining with two JPMS athletes (MITCH Man Aaron Blunck and Paul Mitchell athlete Devin Logan.) Even as the new kid at the table they welcomed me with open arms. The rest of the weekend followed suit, and I felt right at home throughout my time with the team. 

The energy was palpable in the air all weekend long, and morale stayed high even when wicked winter weather resulted in several delays. This weekend served as an excellent reminder as to why the Olympics are so important. It’s an event that forces us all to set aside our baggage and root for the same team. No matter our age, race, creed, or religion. Something that I believe to be more important now than ever before. 

Sadly, due to some unforeseen and incredibly windy weather I didn’t get the chance to witness any of the qualifiers. I did however get the chance to hang out in the sponsor village rubbing elbows with some of the faces we’ll be seeing at the next winter Olympics. Pretty cool weekend all-in-all if you ask me.

Paul Mitchell made this trip possible, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for continuing to support the brands that keep this blog afloat!