Dream Job Profile: lululemon Store Manager, Annie Tasker

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 image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

Name:
Annie Tasker - my full name is Annelise, which no one except my parents and Kim, one of my favorite bartenders at F Street Station, call me.

Location: 
Anchorage, AK

 image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

Occupation:
Store Manager at lululemon Anchorage 5th Ave Mall

What are some of your key responsibilities as Lululemon Store Manager:
I’m responsible for growing our business in Alaska, making key relationships within the community, and supporting our local ambassadors in their endeavors. My biggest responsibility is supporting my team in their goals, personal and career-related.

 image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

 image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @itsacurlylife at lululemon Anchorage

What drew you to become apart of the Lululemon community and when did you get started?:
I was hired to work in the lululemon showroom by local superstar and badass mom, Julia Von Imhof.  We had been friends for a few years and ran into each other after a yoga class. We grabbed a coffee, caught up and discussed what I had been up to (business classes at UAA to complement my bachelor's degree and leadership concentration) Julia wasted no time and coffee quickly turned into a job interview to work in the showroom! It was amazing timing, I had been waitressing for a few years and needed something that was aligned with my personal values and somewhere I could grow into a leadership position. I started as a part-time Educator and moved into a Key Leader position when we opened the first lululemon store in Alaska in 2015. I was promoted to Assistant Store Manager in March 2016 and then Store Manager in this past January.

Has fitness always been apart of your life?
My family is very athletic, so the majority of my childhood fitness was sports. My dad played professional football and my mom is a lifelong runner. I grew up watching my mom prioritize her health through fitness, so that’s always been a priority for me as well. I definitely love to mix it up, I’ll go on a yoga kick for a few months, I love Vanessa’s class at Orange Theory! Since living in Alaska the past 8 years, trail running has become a huge part of my summers. My current obsession is Anchorage Cycle. I LOVE the vibe there, and how every instructor really brings the entire class together. Fav instructors: David Westlake, Courtney, Jen Evanson and Penny!
 

 image via: @itsacurlylife at Anchorage Cycle

image via: @itsacurlylife at Anchorage Cycle

 image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

Describe a typical day in the work life of Annie:
Most days, I’m usually one of the first people at the store. I almost always start my day looking over our numbers, reading my leadership team’s notes and just getting an overall picture of where we’re at for the week, month, and quarter. I was never a number’s person before this job but now I rely heavily on using my tools to assess how my biz is doing! I often have a conference call or meeting in my morning. Being in a remote market makes conference calls interesting, we utilize Zoom meetings at lululemon which has really helped me get to know my leaders, and peers in a more personal way than just over the phone. After meetings, I spend quite a bit of time writing my team’s schedule. I don’t take scheduling lightly, I try to make sure my employees work a schedule that supports their life outside of work. This really allows them to show up powerfully, increases my team’s engagement and just overall allows them to be happy with their work/life balance. I always schedule myself at least a few hours every day, working on the floor at the store and checking in with my people. I absolutely love my team and this is usually the highlight of my working day.

How do you stay inspired/choose the flow of your store?
I get most of my inspiration from the people around me, especially at work. Right now, my team at the store is a pretty diverse group of women. I rely heavily on my work family to keep me present, objective, and to keep me living in possibility. I work with quite a few women who are younger than me, and it’s been an amazing experience watching their drive and ambition create the lives and careers they dream of. Watching the mom’s on my team balance their schedules, support their families and make sure they take time for themselves…is a daily source of inspiration. Whenever I get bogged down with my to-do list, and get stressed about finding time to exercise, walk my dog, spend time with my boyfriend, grocery shop, cook, manage our store’s hours and budget, schedule performance evaluations, and a million other tasks, I look to the mothers in my life who manage to do all those things while taking care of 2 kids and a spouse. What I’ve learned from them is that perfection is not the goal. If I worked an 80 hour work week, there would still be tasks to accomplish so I prioritize what is urgent and important and make sure to leave time to invest in my people. That’s where I see the biggest return on investment.

 image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

What is essential in your workspace? Ie: mood, music, tea- how do you get into your workflow routine?
I won't lie, coffee is essential. Like…essssssential. I either make my coffee at home (almond milk creamer is crucial) or pick it up from Starbs on my way to the store. I always take time to get clear before starting any task or meeting. Actually, this is something my entire team does before every single shift. Taking a moment to acknowledge what is happening in your life that is keeping you from being present is a game-changer in our ability to perform at work.

One fun thing that is new to my workspace is a Japanese Maneki Neko cat. My Asst. Store Manager brought it back from Tokyo and it now lives above our office computer. Maneki Neko cats are supposed to bring good fortune to businesses, it’s a quirky little addition but I’ll never turn down a little help towards success!

How have your surroundings helped develop you as a leader?  
I feel very fortunate to have grown and worked in a progressive corporation that is mostly lead by women. Our culture is really empowering, we’ve created an environment where speaking up and being an entrepreneur is not only encouraged, it’s required. Previous to working at lululemon, I had never been in a work environment where giving (and receiving) feedback was such an integral part of the everyday. I’ve learned over the last 3 years that by sharing with a teammate when you see a way they could improve, isn’t being mean or cruel, it’s giving them the opportunity to improve and ultimately perform to their potential. It took me a long time to learn that as long as the constructive criticism comes from a place of love, you’re being a stand for greatness. One of my managers once told me “Annie, if you don’t share that feedback, you are holding your peer back and not allowing the chance to get better and to have the knowledge of where they can improve.”

We train our entire team, from the moment they get hired, to share what they’re noticing, to communicate in a powerful way and to stand for greatness. I take a lot of pride in our store in AK, I really think we do a great job at being genuine, inclusive, and brightening our guests day.

 image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

What do you look forward to most when leading a team?
I love being witness to people who are in the work of bettering themselves as human beings. Watching my team go through our vision and goals workshop and get clarity around their personal core values, set goals to get them to where they want to be and ultimately become more empathic people is my favorite part of being a leader at lululemon.

 image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

 image via: @xotessiestyle at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @xotessiestyle at lululemon Anchorage

lululemon is so community and lifestyle driven - what are some events + partnerships you have coming up that you are looking forward to:
Well, first of, we’re really excited about hosting Tess and Beautycounter in-store for the 2nd time this summer. I’ve been testing out a few of Beautycounter’s products over the last week, and I’m super impressed. I’ve always said, when I find a chemical free, more natural product that works BETTER than what I’ve been using, I’ll make the switch. I’m REALLY in love with the tinted moisturizer and their face mask!

We’re also highlighting local athletes every week on our facebook page, lululemon Anchorage. This has been a fun new way to bring attention to some member of our community who is up to some really cool things.

I have to share a bit about our store’s ambassadors, they really are the embodiment of what we stand for at lululemon.

  • Megan Piersma is the owner of Deha Yoga, in south Anchorage. Megan is probably one of the coolest human beings on the planet, she is my favorite yoga instructor and I leave her studio feeling my best.  Megan has created a warm, welcoming environment at Deha.

  • David Westlake is a yoga instructor and Motivator at Anchorage Cycle. He recently started Turiya Alaska, which is a non-profit that brings yoga to the downtown Anchorage Jail. He recently took my team through a meditation workshop, designed to help my employees battle the holiday stress. He really met my team where they were at and gave us some simple useful techniques to help us chill out.

  • Ryder Spadafore is the owner of Anchorage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He’s just an overall bad-ass. His honestly and genuine attitude inspires the loyalty of his students. My team has been frequenting this gym and hitting up the kickboxing classes at ABJJ….these are not your mom's kickboxing classes. You feel super empowered and strong (also sweaty and tired!) after these classes. Stay tuned for a ABJJ and lululemon Women’s Self Defense Workshop in the near future!

  • David Norris is our ski racing ambassador. He’s currently somewhere in Europe on the ski racing circuit. He’s from Fairbanks and has the most humble, down to earth personality. He frequents the mountains and trails outside of Anchorage and loves working with young, aspiring skiers.

What is some advice you would give to someone starting out that you wish someone gave to you?
Your instincts are usually correct, so trust them. Have facts that support you and, humbly, stand your ground. Being the loudest isn’t the best way to win people over.

 image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

 image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

image via: @chiclyclayton at lululemon Anchorage

What are your favorite lululemon essential items you think everyone should check out?
Where to start????

Bottoms:

-Wunder Under High Rise Tights in Luxtreme – AMAZING for cycle, everyday wear and doesn’t attract dog hair.

-Fast and Free 7/8 Tight – These are a must for anyone who works out no matter what you’re doing. #nakedsensation for the win!

-On The Fly Pants – my travel pants! These have an athletic, jogger look that makes me feel comfortable but polished on the plane.

Tops:

-Energy Bra – perfect for high-intensity workouts but still has the strappy cute look I want!

-Free to Be Zen Bra – my every day/yoga bra, I haven’t worn a real bra in years. Seriously.

-All Tied Up Tank in Pima Cotton – my go-to summer top, perfect for jeans, yoga pants, shorts

In my opinion, lululemon crushes jackets and bags. I’m loving all of this seasons backpacks and our bomber jackets in springy colors like porcelain pink and teal shadow.

 Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

 Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

 Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

 Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

Me as a *Model* during my ultra fit sesh at lululemon Anchorage with ANNIE!

How can people sign up for fit session at your location?
Email me! atasker@lululemon.com. My entire team thrives off getting our guests in their best fit, so I can connect you to an expert educator who with HOOK IT UP!

 image via: @itsacurlylife

image via: @itsacurlylife

What is your mantra?!
Hmmm I’m not sure I have a mantra but 2 quotes I’m bringing to 2018 are:

People won’t remember what you said/did, they remember how you made them feel.

“I am expanding in love, success, and abundance and encouraging others to do the same.”
-Elena Brower (super cool NYC yogi, check out her IG)

Keep up with the oh so inspiring and lovely, Annie via her instagram @itsacurlylifeKeep up with our Anchorage lululemon store, their events (including TessieStyle + Beautycounter Pop-ups) via their facebook page and website!  Call #907.677.1346 or stop by their Anchorage 5th Ave Mall location at 320 W 5th Ave on the 2nd floor next to Starbucks to find your perfect fit or schedule a fit session! 
 

Beautycounter + sean.jpg + TessieStyle Collaboration Party! #BetterBeauty

UH ---> during the springtime @sean.jpg asked me if we could get coffee + talk about collaborations + I freaked out bc SEAN.JPG *heart eyes emoji* is oh so cool + creative + kind!

 @sean.jpg aka Sean Carpenter 

@sean.jpg aka Sean Carpenter 

Our first collab was Beautycounter inspired (+ some of the images ended up in an ad campaign for the premier issues of Wildheart Magazine - which you can pre-order right here!) I am so proud of the way the images turned out + even more proud of the incredible people involved in the shoot- thank you Sean, Aspen, + Keegan!
Check out the stunna's below as well as makeup deets!
xoxox

 model: aspen | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: aspen | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Aspen's Beautycounter *lewk*:

- No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist $36-
- No. 3 Balancing Face Oil $68-
- Countermatch Adaptive Face Moisture Lotion $49-
- Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation in Chestnut $42-
- Touchup Concealer Pen in Medium 2 $33-
- Matte Bronzer No. 2 $40-
- Color Define Brow Pencil in Dark $24-
- Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara $29/each
- Beautycounter Red Color Intense Lipstick $34-
 
Shop the *lewk*: www.beautycounter.com/tessweaver
 
pssssst:  Not only is Aspen a badass Motivator @anchoragecycle  
She also runs the coolest shop ever @kurationcollective - Slangin’ T-Shirts and Other Vintage Finds Online | Depop: mavieenrosesell | Poshmark: kuration | Shop here: www.poshmark.com/closet/kuration

 model: aspen | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: aspen | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

 model: keegan | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: keegan | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Keegan's Beautycounter *lewk*:

- No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist $36-
- No. 1 Brightening Face Oil $68-
- Countermatch Adaptive Face Moisture Lotion $49-
- Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation in Sand $42-
- Touchup Concealer Pen in Light  $33-
- Matte Bronzer No. 1 $40-
- Color Define Brow Pencil in Dark $24-
- Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara $29/each
- Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette $88-
- Holiday Collection Liquid Eyeliner
- Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel $38-
- Lip Gloss in Fig $29-
 
Shop the *lewk*:

pssssst: Keegan is also the incredible creator of @tundra.mama - Inupiaq Mama of two (you can follow that circus @ak.gypsy.mama) Making modern, funktional kaspaqs out of love and good vibes! Custom orders welcome. 
You totes need to check out her creations!

 model: keegan | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: keegan | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

 model: yo' gurl tessie | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: yo' gurl tessie | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Tessie's Beautycounter *lewk*:

- Nourishing Rose Water Mist $36-
- No. 2 Plumping Face Oil $68-
- Countertime Rejuvenating Day Cream $73-
- Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation in Linen $42-
- Touchup Concealer Pen in Fair  $33-
- Illuminating Cream Highlighter in Bronze Glow $32-
- Color Define Brow Pencil in Light $24-
- Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara $29/each
- Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette $88-
- Holiday Collection Liquid Eyeliner
- Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel $38-
- Color Intense Lipstick in First Date (first photo) + Brunch (second photo) $34/each
 
Shop the *lewk*: www.beautycounter.com/tessweaver

 model: yo' gurl tessie |image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: yo' gurl tessie |image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Hope you guys had as much fun checking out this shoot as I did being part of it! 

 

Weep with Those Who Weep: How to Help a Friend Through Loss *Tips from Nancy Guthrie*

"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." - Romans 12:15

I have been working through the "Mourning and Dancing" bible study from shereadstruth.com (if you haven't heard of these incredibly beautiful, super hip, easy to comprehend bible studies or joined the community group on their app - hop to it because whoa!) and Nancy Guthrie's tips mid-study from her book "What Grieving People Wish You Knew About What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)" was so spot on and encouraging to read, I wanted to share in hopes of helping other people who feel lost and alone in their grief or how to help a loved one who is grieving. 

 "What Grieving People Wish You Knew About What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)" by Nancy Guthrie

"What Grieving People Wish You Knew About What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)" by Nancy Guthrie

How to Help:

Show up.
Don't disappear. Don't avoid. 

Listen more than you talk.
Resist interrupting, correcting, fixing, advice-giving, and judging. 

Weep.
Your tears don't add to their sorrow; they demonstrate they are not alone.

Laugh.
Be a safe person to laugh with by not assuming that their laughter means they are done with their sorrow.

Leave a message.
A grieving person may not want to answer the phone.  Leave caring words for them to listen to again and again. *or send videos!* 

Send a note.
And then another.

Mark your calendar.
Make a note on your calendar to reach out on days that might be hard, such as birthdays, deathdays, and holidays.

Supply practical needs.
Provide food in disposable containers, meal delivery from a favorite restaurant, paper products so they don't have to do dishes, babysitting or a manicure for a day out of the house.

Invite but don't push.
Grieving people often feel like they don't fit in anymore. They need gentle encouragement to return to life with friends.

Consider the kids.
Mostly, kids just want things to be normal.  Helping maintain the old routine can be a great way to serve the family.

Be patient.
Just as time is necessary in the healing of a physical injury, we cannot hurry the process of emotional healing.

Ease the financial burden.
Financial strain on top of heartache can be especially difficult.  Consider some costs you may be able to help cover.

Offer to help with the hard stuff.
Ask what hard thing they need to do but can't - picking out clothes for burial, cleaning out a closet, writing thank you notes- and offer to do it for them or with them.

Commit to being there over the long haul.
Grieving people need friends who aren't going anywhere.

Point them to Christ.
Pray with them and for them, and leave room for them to lean into the Comforter.

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Six ways to say "How are you?" to a grieving person:

1- "What is your grief like these days?"
This question assumes that it makes sense that the person is sad and gives them the opportunity to talk about it.

2- "I can't imagine how hard it must be to face these days without (name of the person who died). Are there particular times of day you're finding especially hard?"
Keep saying the name of the person who died.  It is music to the grieving person's ears.

3- "I find myself really missing (name of the person who died) lately."
It is a great comfort for those who are grieving to know they are not the only ones missing their loved one.

4- "I often think of you when I'm (gardening/driving by your house/going for a walk/getting up in the morning/etc.) and whisper a prayer for you to experience God's comfort. Are there particular things I could be praying for you?

5- "I know that (name of the person who died)'s birthday/deathday is coming up and it must be so very hard to anticipate that day. How can I honor their memory with you?

6- "I know (a holiday, birthday, anniversary) is coming up and it is difficult to imagine that day without him/her there.  Is there anything I could do to help you get through tht day?"

 "Hi Joey!" <3 <3 <3

"Hi Joey!" <3 <3 <3

Thank you for reading and supporting me. 
xoxox

 

 

Tessie's Book Club

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Alright guys, who's ready to host the first book club dinner?! Emphasis on dinner, I'm (always) hungry!!

Anyways, I often read through (sections) of multiple books at a time because I am just so smart! Here are some of my favorite books of late that I have been posting a lot about on my blog Instagram and blog Facebook page so it's about time I post them on my *actual* blog...

Oh Maria - literally the biggest fan girl of Maria RN!  I had the inspiring privilege of listening to her speak at our Beautycounter Leadership Summit in Minneapolis earlier this month and whoa, I was like "RUN FOR PRESIDENT!" The woman is so intelligent, kind, real, approachable, and making major influential and needed movements in our world.  I am grateful for her heart and willingness to bring courageous conversations to often quiet subjects that hold great promise and relatable content to so many people.  Maria said she wrote this book to be a companion for people- each thought starts with an inspirational quote, followed by a reflection / meditation, and ends with a prayer.   I especially love "Why it Takes Courage to Care" and "It's Okay- in Fact, It's Crucial- to Grieve." 

OMG- my sister, Carebear, had me start following Orlando (@mrorlandosoria) on instagram last year when I moved home because he "reminded her so much of me and my humor and his break up story is close to mine and he is just hilarious!" So, duh, I was like "he must be the best..." and since then I have been COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS for his book to be released.  I won the award for patience because it finally came out in April and it was worth the wait - it's A M A Z I N G!  Not only is Orlando hysterically open and honest about his disappointments and insecurities in life, bringing such animation to his instagram and book, he is also an extremely talented Interior Designer by trade (creative, cute, talented, JUST LIKE ME - right Cara?)  Get It Together! is so well done and will keep you laughing and thinking "Hey, life isn't perfect and sometimes things suck...but Orlando keeps it real and comical!" all while wanting to redo every inch of your home -which he also includes *cost effective* tips for!

Ohhhh this book is magical and a dream for everyone like me who loves spending all their money on holistic health, whole food goodness, and Beautycounter (Almila Kakinc-Dodd worked for the Environmental Working Group so *swoon* all BC Advocates!)  Everything in this book is beautiful, Almila's way of life in regards to healing and simple stillness reminds me of my holistic health coach, Jessica Zanotti, and what I have been working on practicing in my own world.  The name Thirlby, comes from Almila's blog of the same name, and the book truly is an easy to navigate field guide broken into Farmacy, Spiritual Smack, and Beauty Bites - lead by her incredible intro story of coming to the United States.  I pretty much read through the entire book in one evening and now I am meditating through it, incorporating different aspects, especially from the Spiritual Smack into my rituals. 

Another magical book alert!! Slow Beauty by Shel Pink is such a beautiful ode and encouragement to self love - YOU are the love story.  It walks you through creating soothing daily rituals and enchanting life paths.  After I read through this book I was *READY* to go forward with leading a Slow Beauty themed retreat this fall based off of practices and homemade beauty remedies from the book (you totally want to come to the retreat, right?) 
I have always been interested in lunar moon phases (especially in regards to my cycle- ammiright, ladies?!) and Slow Beauty gives great guidance on moon salutation as well as other mantras, meditations, and energy practices. 
One of my favorite aspects of Slow Beauty it is laid out by seasons.  My dear friend and life coach, Leah Hart, whose voice rings out to me throughout the book, has always instilled the importance of seasonal changes in regards to a healthy lifestyle balance and connecting with nature / the extraordinary world God created. 
Leah always says she believes "Self-love will save the world" and I can't help but agree. Slow Beauty is an incredible guide to being comfortable celebrating ourselves, in a truly lovely way!

TBH - I haven't read this book yet buuuut I have watched both of Guy Winch's TED Talks and I loved them so I am pretty confident in this book being part of my club!  I wrote the following on my Blog's Facebook page the other day and now I am just going to copy/paste it (haha) because it was a quality - from the heart post, okay?! :)

Emotional Hygiene FTW!

https://www.ted.com/…/guy_winch_the_case_for_emoti…/up-next…

I just borrowed Guy Winch’s recently published book “How to Fix a Broken Heart” (also the title of another one of his TED talks) from the library. The words in this podcast and the liner notes of his book spoke to me deeply “...while we wouldn’t expect someone to go to work or function well with a broken limb, heartbroken people are expected to function in their lives despite the emotional pain they feel.”
The words are also reminiscent of the first time I heard Andy Puddicombe’s TED talk “All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes” regarding mindful meditation which significantly changed my anxiety and taught me to stop allowing fear to control my life (thank you, Headspace! 🙌)
It’s Mental Health Awareness month and with experiencing two excruciating losses in my life in such a short amount of time - I am so grateful my head and spiritual faith were in the best, most connected places they have ever been so that I can dig through the treacherous process and reality of losing Joey.
Please, reach out to me or a loved one anytime with any questions, support, encouragement and resources regarding your mental health. Remember, you are never alone, and talking about it is so powerful and starts the path to relief. <3
We are all in it together (literally, read the statistics on depression and anxiety) I got your back - and I thank all those for having mine! 🙏

Yo, Carebear got this for me for my bday (she's the best!) and IT IS SO much more than a book of super cool vintage trailers.  Mary Jane Butters is a BOSS - she's a Park Ranger turned retail queen/glamping campground founder/Organic Goddess millionaire - Y'all need this book to read about her life story alone!  Anyways, Mary Jane breaks down everything from how to shop for a trailer, what to include in an emergency roadside toolkit, plumbing (or no plumbing) options, how to grill a fish!  Bentley and I have aspirations to travel national parks in our custom vintage trailer and thanks to Carebear and Mary Jane we are pre-pared and ready to HIT THE ROAD!

The planets.  Photo archieves from NASA.  Forward by Bill Nye. Enough said!

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Okay, there it is- my latest collection of #TessiesBookClub picks!
Keep in mind two things:
1- According to my alma mater, Huffman Elementary, readers are leaders!
2- The links I included under the books are from Barnes & Noble because I want to keep them in business. But, I got the majority of them from my boyfriend (aka the library) and the *newest* 2018 releases from gifts (thank you Cara + Sean!)
So you don't have to spend much to be smart you just need to pay taxes and have friends and family members buy you gifts. 

Seriously, who is hosting book club first!? I'm not afraid to host it myself and eat an entire casserole...
 

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