Octane Holiday Photoshoot: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

Achievement unlocked! 🎮 October is a big deal for us as it hallmarks our 10th year in business. We’re ready to celebrate! Each week on the blog we’re sharing top projects that have mused us from the inside out.


Project Recap

After years of thinking of it, we decided to act on it. A content photoshoot was finally in the works highlighting vendors that I worked with pretty regularly over the past several months.

Concept

Our concept was pretty simple, a holiday themed photoshoot to push out all holiday long. My goal was to let the vendors really do what they wanted within the holiday realm.

To make it special we brought in a MUA and videographer to cover the day. From Octane, each vendor received a personal holiday letter and gifts under the Christmas tree from founder, Danielle Meadows-Stinnett.

This day was all about empowerment. Many of us felt in some way in our entrepreneur journey’s that “we can’t” whether by trial or circumstance. This styled shoot was meant to whisper to all of us that “we can”. And beyond this day, in our own way keep striving for our passions.

Here’s the FULL list of vendors that partook the styled shoot:

  • Hosted by: Octane Design Studios / @octanedesigns
  • Photography & Venue: Franzetti Photography / @m_franzetti
  • Make Up: Edomoni Young / @Amavi_Beauty
  • Place cards & Menus: Octane Designs Studios / @octanedesigns
  • Event styling: Passionate Event Designs / @passionateeventdesigns
  • Onsite Videography: Cre8tive Visions / @ei8hty_se7en
  • Ugly Sweater Workshop: Octane Design Studios / @octanedesigns
  • Youth Tents & Quilted Blankets: JRow Everything / @JRow_Everything
  • Gifted Lifestyle Subscription Box: @mochamavenbox
  • Gifted Bowties: Deez Bowties / @deezbowties
  • Gifted Caligraphy Quotes: Caylie Mindling / @cayligraphy
  • Catering: The Mousetrap / @mousetrap_ky
  • Lunch Sponsor: Scale Consulting / @scalefemale Signature
  • Hard Cider: ‘Almond Spice’, Pivot Brewing Co / @PivotBrewing

Unity Breakfast: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

Achievement unlocked! 🎮 October is a big deal for us as it hallmarks our 10th year in business. We’re ready to celebrate! Each week on the blog we’re sharing top projects that have mused us from the inside out.


Project Recap

In 2017 & 2018 Octane won the bid to design and produce the city of Lexington’s annual Unity Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and even produced by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

We loved the deeper core values that this project taught us about fellowship, community and allowing unity to happen organically in inspiration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Concept Branding

Each year the event committee of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity determines a theme and the entire production design is based up on that.

Octane hired a team of professionals to handle day of AV production and the Day of social media while all graphics were designed in house.

In 2018 Octane collaborated with SamanhattanPR & Unsung Hero Media in creating an impromptu photoshoot at Phoenix Park in downtown Lexington that was used as the initial event design of the 2018 Unity Breakfast.

Print Items

Items included: event logo, social media graphics, table numbers, event program, tickets and bookmark.

Social Media

Social media headers and graphics were created to release the theme and promote the day of event.

Audio Visuals

The biggest element you could see was the giant two screens used to share words to spirituals, introduce each speaker, showcase pre-recorded interview segments with award recipients.

We were also required to provide finished DVD copies of the production in its entirety.

Wild Hearts Fun Run Superhero 5K: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

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Project Recap

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) is the #1 birth defect in America affecting 1 in 100 babies born daily. Babies a mere few days old undergo life altering open heart surgeries, some a moments after birth. More than half do not live to see there first birthday.

Kerrington’s Heart is a Kentucky based 501(c)3 that provides support to families affected by CHD. Their support to families range from: support groups for moms and dads, fuel accommodations to get to doctors appointments, care packages, room decorations and event fundraisers to help advocate awareness of CHD.

In 2013, Kerrington’s Heart sought a new way to fundraise for Kentucky families affected by congenital heart defects (CHD) by hosting a local fun run 5K event.

Its original location was at the former commonwealth stadium now renovated as Kroger Field. At that time, the fun run was the first of its kind as a sole fundraiser for Kentucky CHD families.

Concept Branding

The initial idea was to showcase this was about CHD and that the location was at an iconic place, Commonwealth Stadium.

The tricky question was: how do you showcase CHD? Several suggestions were round tabled and the idea of being a ‘wild heart’ floated around and stuck. These kids uniquely had a not so average heart, they were in fact wild hearts. The heart-line inside the heart helped visually showcase this was about special types of hearts.

A different direction

The event was a success with several hundred in attendance. Once Kerrington’s Heart decided to continue with this fundraiser, another concept was brought by the board of directions to do a themed 5K event. The board decided on a superhero theme.

We created an event logo that incorporated some the initial elements of original design but with pop typography to better translate the superhero theme. By oversight of the race director and board of directors the event would be themed a specific superhero each event for variety.

Print Items

This specific project had lots of timely moving parts specifically with printing. Items included: sponsor packet, race e-packet, race posters, race medals, race bibs, graphic banners and yard signs.

In 2019 the race expanded to both 5K and 10K with a kids super sprint and special CHD honorary kids run.

Link to packet: https://wildheartsfunrun.squarespace.com/race-epacket

Website & Social Media

Although the website was originally designed on wordpress in 2017 it was permanently switched to a Squarespace platform.

Social media graphics were created to welcome teams that signed up to fundraise toward the 5K.

In 2017 Octane created more visual elements to showcase all the elements of the 5K ranging from the run/walk to costumed cosplayers and the ‘Kids Metropolis’ playing area with sponsored tables for kid activities.

2017 website: www.wildheartsfunrun.com
2017 5K Race Promo

Apparel

The official race t-shirt changed each year per superhero theme.

Bluegrass Brawl: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

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Project Recap

In 2014, Octane was hired as a media guru for local entrepreneur and renown local tattoo artist and business owner Tommy Ray Cornett in a newly explored promotion venture in local amateur and professional MMA (mixed martial arts).

We were challenged as a small company to do more (tv, video, pr) with less. We stepped up to the challenge.

Concept Branding

While the logos were predesigned, the show itself was called Bluegrass Brawl and previously coined with the phrase “Brawl Y’all”. We incorporated that into branding hashtags. #BrawlYall #LetsBrawl

Initially Octane created the secondary marketing (emails, social media, etc.) following the lead cover design originally made by Tommy. Over time as the promotion grew, Octane began to cover the main artwork for each live show.

To look more like national chains like UFC and Belator MMA we curated its own fighter stats graphics for fans to share.

Programming (weigh-ins & special events)

Similar to wrestling, contestants must make a certain weight to able to compete. Weigh in’s are the official kick off to the actual bout happening the next night. Octane strategized lots of ways to maximize exposure of the unknown fighters to broader audiences.

We began adding Facebook Live streaming at weigh-ins only to creative incentive for fighters to interact with new audiences and fans.

In effort to include more local businesses we sought sponsored partnerships with restaurants and pubs as locations to promote upcoming shows and discounts of food /services.

As the ‘fight culture’ grew on us Octane continually found ways to create community amongst the fighters with accommodating hotels, meet & greets and post interview conferences with the champs.

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Website & Social Media

In 2014 Octane redesigned the promotion company website for sponsorships, Pay Per View’s and online ticket purchases. In addition to the website we continued specific graphics for social media communities through automation.

Videos & Pay Per Views

With consistent events happening at the Lexington Convention Center Octane assembled a media crew to cover the overall event but most importantly, the fighters bouts. Our first ever ‘Night of Champions’ was edited for Pay Per View release on YouTube.

In effort to expand the promotions business presence Octane curated its own ‘brawl talk’ of behind the scenes interviews with past and present fighters within the promotions company.

For the ‘Brawl for the Cure’ breast cancer event we interviewed and met with interviewed cancer survivors about there own fight in comparison to the battle in the cage.

Live Media Crew from left to right: AV assistant Patrick Camp, Videographers & Photographers Brandon Turner, Rob Morton, Quinton Braggs and Jeremiah Oschwald .
Very first promo for Bluegrass Brawl MMA
Podcast show “Brawl Talk’ with MMA fighter Ben Sergent
PPV Recap of Bluegrass Brawl 11
Bluegrass Brawl 14 Promo

Email Marketing

The Mixx Magazine: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

Achievement unlocked! 🎮 October is a big deal for us as it hallmarks our 10th year in business. We’re ready to celebrate! Each week on the blog we’re sharing top projects that have mused us from the inside out.


Project Recap

In 2011, we met Nakia Coffman, founder of the Mixx Magazine, an up an coming indie hip hop publication paving foundations for writers and bloggers in the music and lifestyle industries.

Octane was hired to continue its streak of high end and contemporary layout and designs for its monthly turned quarterly publication.

Magazine Covers

The classic combo of bold with thin typeface was a big part or the brand strategy for the publication. The concept of “in between” became a coined phrase and tagline as it developed in marketing the magazine.

Layouts

This area felt strongest to us in not only giving the client what they wanted but having fun playing with the wild concept of space.

Website

As the publication grew in 2016, we strategized on meeting the online vs. print needs and was hired to help transition to an online publication. The design is still used today at www.themixxmagazine.com.

Media Kit

Our challenge was to take the vibrant energy that magazine was exuding in print and fuse into there initial media to create a consistent and cohesive branding.

Roots & Heritage: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

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Project Recap

In 2009, this project was one of the earliest things that showcased the full span of what Octane was capable of; creating community.

The Lexington Root and Heritage festival is a non-profit 501(c)3 honored and recognized by the Kentucky Tourism Council and listed as a top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society for over a decade. Curated by local community organizers in the 1980’s, the groups initiative is to celebrate the history and culture of the African American community. The 3 day festival includes 2 stages of entertainment, vendor booths, a kids area and gospel show.

Naming

While the traditional name of the event is the coined the ‘annual roots and heritage festival’ it was important in the branding process to include the modern generational reference: ‘roots’. This led to hashtag #RootsFestKY as the official hashtag for the organization and events allocating both the festival and location significance.

Concept Branding

The very first design was intended to rebrand as a festival logo. It was eventually used as the first t-shirt design we created. At that time the newly rebuilt and revitalized historic Lyric Theatre reopened and is a cornerstone both symbolically and physically in relation to the festival held in historic east side Lexington.

Apparel

Each year the concept or theme changed requiring us to ‘reimagine’ the festival design. Concepts ranging from iconic figures in Black culture to historical African symbols that translated to a deeper community message.

Website & Social Media

In 2009 the use of websites and social media was relatively new but becoming more and more common amongst this audience. Octane updated its website in 2009-10 and completely redesigned it 2012 while managing social media channels for the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We partnered with local PR company @SamanhattanPR and local photographers to expand simultaneous coverage all day.

Audio Visuals

Each year the festival showcases an audio visual element consisting of a slideshow of sponsors, special thank you’s and advertisement of timeline of festival events. In 2014 Octane began adding a memoriam of iconic black community leaders that died within the year. In 2016 Octane elevated the presence with more video components.

Programming

In effort to help develop the programming efforts of the festival, we restructured and redesigned there sponsorship packet, helping to procure sponsorship and proposed including community building events like: Chess tournament, barber beauty competition and health and wellness expo.

Online MTG Creative Institute covers Canva Basics

Octane is driven by creating authentic spaces through its digital products and services.

Our monthly subscription group: MTG Creative Institute to help entrepreneurs curate new DIY digital marketing skills to elevate their business startup or small business.

Each month is a new topic with a library of live content & videos for you to watch later or right then. For September, we’ll cover Canva basics.

The group offers:

  • Exclusive deals and discounts on professional products Octane uses
  • Monthly live video tutorials on basic design skills (Mailchimp, Canva, Stock Images etc.) to help you thrive in your business
  • Exclusive work critiques and feedback sessions from Octane
  • Network and connect with other entrepreneurs across America
  • Access to our database of past e-learning videos

Enjoy a community of entrepreneurs looking to level up there business marketing on there on pace and level.

Octane launches monthly entrepreneurship group, MTG Creative Institute

Octane is driven by creating authentic spaces through its digital products and services.

We’re proud to announce our monthly subscription group to help entrepreneurs curate new DIY digital marketing skills to elevate their business startup or small business.

Each month is a new topic with a library of live content & videos for you to watch later or right then!

The group offers:

  • Exclusive deals and discounts on professional products Octane uses
  • Monthly live video tutorials on basic deign skills (Mailchimp, Canva, Stock Images etc.) to help you thrive in your business
  • Exclusive work critiques and feedback sessions from Octane
  • Network and connect with other entrepreneurs across America
  • Access to our database of past e-learning videos

Enjoy a community of entrepreneurs looking to level up there business marketing on there on pace and level.

Just for August; use the ‘back to school’ promotion tier to join for $20. (Normal price $25) Valid for August only! Join today!

Meet Octane’s 2019 Summer Interns

From meet n’ greeting a range of professional artisans, building marketing plans, 1:1 skill setting and more, Octane’s Summer interns are making some serious moves!

Get to know them below…

#MoreThanGraphics #AmazingInterns #Growth #Network #Artisans

Meet Lucy Beamer

Lafayette High school

Likes: painting or drawing in her free time, digital art.

Career Aspirations: Graphic Design


Meet Deja Baker

Bryan Station high school it academy

Likes: portrait drawing

Career aspirations: Student, Artist, Graphic Designer, be a Hard Worker


Interested in being a summer intern in 2020? Email us for more info!

Living beyond a plan

Octane is built on authentic communities and founded on acts of selfless service. Mothers of May is a month long celebration of moms from all aspects of life. By hosting a space for ‘each one teach one’ women share their own unique perspectives and lessons of motherhood. 


BY maria lorenz

I never thought I wouldn’t be a mother. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was my upbringing; mothers have daughters and daughters then become mothers, that’s what happens I can’t say that I knew what kind of mother I wanted to be, but who does? I also knew I was not going to be a young mother, I had a plan.

There is always a way things are to happen. There are plans. However, a strong theme in my life is me having a plan or a picture of how it should go, and then God says, “I’ve already written that path my daughter, just keep walking.”

My vision probably started in high school. I was to attend college, graduate, build my career, find the love of my life, have children, and grow old, etc…The ideal ‘normal’ life. My life and journey into motherhood has been anything but normal.

I did go to college, and I thought I was following the plan, but I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. Looking back, I should have taken some time off after high school, I was highly unaware of what path I wanted to pursue, but the plan was college, nothing else even crossed my mind. One year in, I changed my major three times and was more interested in being discovered by a WNBA coach than school. Then out of nowhere I also met the love of my life. Some parts of the plan weren’t ideal, but some were great, so went with it.

Matt and I were engaged after a year of dating and then a few months later we found out we were blessed with our engagement present. This was not a part of the plan. I never even wanted to physically have children, I wanted to adopt. This plan of mine was falling apart. I was struggling in school, WNBA was not calling, and now I’m supposed to be a mother??? I was barely an adult.

Maria and husband Matt

No one knows how to be a mom. No one knows what to do all the time. No one goes into motherhood knowing everything, but I didn’t know that.

I never remember my mother saying anything like, ‘I don’t know it all,’ or ‘I’m just trying to keep up,’ She just always seemed to know what to do, how to handle things, and how to keep the family going. I thought that was in inherent ‘mother thing’. I learned very quickly it’s not.

I didn’t know that growing a human being in my body would be the most amazing experience I would ever have.

I also didn’t know that with all the happiness and joy that a child brings, that sadness even has a possibility to be present. I didn’t even know this kind of sadness existed. That sadness could be overwhelming and crippling. That it would seemingly ruin this amazing new chapter.

No one told me about post-partum depression. It was mentioned in a few of pages of paperwork I was given from my OBGYN, but never discussed. I didn’t even remember hearing about it in passing, ever. Again, the picture in my head of how being a new mom was supposed to be, was falling apart.

At first I would try to be happy. I didn’t want Matt, or anyone for that matter, to even know I was sad. Why should I be sad? It seemed silly. So I just put on a happy face attempted to tough it out. Then Matt would see my crying and I’d blame it on a scene in the show or my allergies. Then I couldn’t hide it anymore. In the middle of a basic conversation with Matt, I started to cry and I couldn’t stop. I didn’t know if I would ever be happy again. I thought I was the worst mom in the world.

Eventually, I did know happy again. I was able to smile, and mean it. I was happy to go see people. I was excited to have people come over. I was back to me. This all took time.

I had to ask for help. A major contributor to my depression was feeling like it was all up to me. I had to be strong, I was the mother. This was not true. Matt and I had to find that balance, and it was a life saver. I also learned to talk to people about it. I asked questions, I didn’t feel shame in my depression, but rather, stronger and empowered. My mother shared her own struggle with post-partum that I was completely unaware of. It was comforting to know that I was not alone and I was not a bad mother because I was depressed.

Through each of our children, my depression returned. But each time, I am able to manage it much easier. It may sound strange, but I’m thankful for my type post-partum depression, if there are types. Maybe levels are more accurate. On a scale where green would be easy and red would be the worst, I’d fall in the green fading into yellow. I know it could have been much worse, and I am grateful that my struggle was not in the red.

My growth and journey into motherhood has not been easy. Shoot, I became a mom probably 10 years earlier than planned. So learning and finding what kind of parent I wanted to be, was interesting.

The Lorenz family

I grew up in a structured household. My parents allowed my siblings and myself to be ourselves, but there were rules and expectations. When I was in it, I didn’t quite appreciate it, but looking back, I was so lucky.

Knowing I wanted to be like my parents did not hit me right away. There are so many books and speakers and personalities that say how you should be, of course I was influenced by them. Baby should nap like this, you should feed this, and you should not use this, blah blah blah. It seriously becomes exhausting trying to keep up. It’s not that I didn’t know anything, but it seemed to be working for that person, so why shouldn’t it work for me and my family? It took many years and just growing up to realize that my family is my family and we can’t be like anyone else.

We can’t fit the perfect mold of how a family should look, act, dress, and live. One thing that has helped Matt and I learn to go with the flow is our children.

We may have had some preconceived expectations when we had our first son. He was going to love sports as much as us. He would ideally be amazing at basketball, be discovered in high school, get a college scholarship to the University of Louisville, and then the NBA would come calling. He was named after the best three-point shooter in NBA history for crying out loud. It was destiny. Again, God already had that story written. To say there weren’t some feelings of disappointment, that he wasn’t all about sports, like Matt and myself, would be a lie. We were hurt. We would try and sign him up for activities hoping this would be the time that it sticks, and it just wasn’t. It was pretty frustrating actually. But, Reggie showed us, very early, that sports are not life. Reggie is smart, artistic, kind, helpful, considerate, sensitive, a video gamer, and is actually just finding his love of football. He is competitive and strives for perfection, but doesn’t base his life on a score board. I couldn’t be more proud of the man he is turning into.

Thanks to Reggie, we learned that having preconceived expectations should not be a thing. Each child is going to be their own person and we were going to have to adapt. And true to form, each of our unique children has helped us to grow and be the parents we are today.

The kind of mother I am today can vary depending on the day. I am not very structured. A lot of days it’s more like a controlled chaos.

Our house is not always clean. It gets clean, but a lot of times, it stays messy. And I don’t always care. I learned, thanks to child number two, that life is too short to worry about all the things you cannot control. I will not waste a nice sunny day on making sure my house is picture perfect. The dishes, laundry, folding, and anything else will have to wait. Enjoying moments with my children or even my husband on those rare day dates, those are what’s important. I refuse to attempt to meet anyone’s expectations, that aren’t my own.

I wouldn’t say I keep my daily expectations low, but I don’t have many expectations of myself daily. My amazing husband gets the older three off to school every day. I get to sleep in a little with our youngest and I am so thankful. It’s not that I’m lazy and won’t get up, I work nights. Matt keeps the ship steered while I sometimes just sleep  in the seat next to him. So even on my nights off, I get to sleep in. I get to, for the most part, take my time on getting up and preparing for the day ahead. So on those days I’m off of work and my children don’t have to see my sleeping, I like to again, enjoy the moment and not be tied down to cleaning or societal ideals that are impossible to meet.

Society thinks it knows best. There is a way things should be done and that’s that. However, anytime I’ve seen, and tried myself, to meet those expectations, it hasn’t gone in my favor.

I’ve tried to be more structured, making sure naps take place at the same time every day. This stopped working with child number one. I’ve tried to be more social, but I’m not a play date mom. I’ve tried to be more Christian; presenting myself as someone who reads her Bible daily and has it all figured out. I’ve tried to be a creative mom. One of those moms who makes everything for their children; no store bought anything. I’ve tried being super involved in my children’s school; making PTO meetings, heading committees, and showing up for different events. I’ve tried to become who I thought I should be, and it hasn’t worked. So now I am just me.

I’m may not be structured, but my children know their expectations. We have a daily routine, and rules to follow. They’re happy, healthy, and thriving, so what more could I be?

I’m not the most social mom, but my children have their friends and I make sure they get time with them. I don’t have to hang out with their parents too, it’s fine. When we find families that have children and we can all hang together, that’s a huge blessing. We appreciate these families because they know what we go through. But sometimes, kids can go play and momma can take a nap. It’s a win, win.

I’m a Christian. That is enough. My children know God, they know Jesus. They know they are loved beyond measure by another Father who has laid out this amazing world just for them. I am proud of that and will help to continue to guide them. And I can only pray that I continue to be a model for them, but I will not give them a false notion of perfection.

Sometimes mommy doesn’t have it all together; sometimes I don’t know the answer. Let’s pray on it and go from there. Perfection is impossible and not real life.

I have spent crazy amounts of time and money making things for my children so they feel extra special. The more time I spent on something, the more I thought they would feel loved. Birthday parties, desserts for school, fun activities to do at home, or for entertainment on a rainy day. It was hard, it was stressful, and it honestly didn’t make any experience more enjoyable. In the end, I realized I was trying to impress others and not because I enjoyed doing any of it. If I feel like putting in a creative effort, I will, but I will not stress myself out just to impress others.

I’m also a working mom. This doesn’t mean I don’t love my children any less. My children love seeing me in a career I love and they know that I make a difference. There is sacrifice. I miss events, moments, and experiences, but I make sure my children know it isn’t because I don’t love them. I tried exhausting myself by being involved in their schools and activities, but in the end, my children were actually losing out on quality time with me. I balance life by work days and days I have off, and that’s working for us.

Being just me, means that I can be who God made me. I can be this strong independent woman who is also a partner to her husband. I have a voice and I use it. I speak up when I feel it necessary, and sometimes when it’s not. I don’t fall into the usual norms of what a wife should be and do, and that’s just fine. My husband loves every piece and part of me.

Being me means loving all of me. Sometimes, I don’t. Sometimes I get so discouraged about what I see in the mirror that I lose all motivation for the day. Sometimes I love what I see in the mirror and it makes me want to continue for big results. I’m not a yo-yo dieter; I go with the flow of life. Sometimes I look fit and feel it, and sometimes, I want to eat cake. I remember that I am a role model for my children. I let them know how beautiful they are. I let them know that God made them perfectly. I let them know that sometimes it’s great to be active and we have to remember to take care of the vessels God has given us. Sometimes it’s mommy going on a run, or to the YMCA with Daddy, or just going on a hike with the family. Let’s just be healthy together.

Being me means that I can teach my children that they can be who they want to be.

They can love who they love, dress how they want to dress, and enjoy life. I will not push them into a mold that doesn’t allow them to be happy or be themselves. I know I cannot protect them from everything, but I will do my best to make sure they are children for as long as possible. That they see the good in everyone, and that they never feel like they aren’t good enough. I will do my best to make sure they know they are enough.

Being me means that I get to be happy, sad, angry, tired, and sometimes lose my mind. I don’t always have it together, and I don’t have to pretend to.

Because I can be me, others around me can be them. They don’t have to have it all figured out. They don’t have to have a spotless house. They can just feel like poo some days and I’ll be there if they need me. Their kids can be a little crazy, have some messy hair, or food on their faces, and that’s great. Chances are my children will as well.

My point is that people will have a lot of opinions about you, your children, your life, that way things should be done. Don’t listen. It may sound cliché, but other people’s opinions of you don’t matter.  Not to say that sometimes sound advice is necessary and needed, but know who you are, know your family, and know who you want to be in life.

My ‘plan’ now is to not have one. That is to say, I don’t have any preconceived notions of how things are supposed to go. This epiphany has taken many years to learn, but it has brought me to where I am today, and that is the blessing.  


Maria and husband Matt

Maria Lorenz is the wife to Matt and mother to Reggie, Destiny, Zoey, and Walker. The family also consists of 3 doggies and a cat.

Maria also works as an emergency veterinary technician.

In her free time, Maria enjoys time with the family, hiking, camping, watching movies, listening to music, and going on new adventures. Maria also enjoys running and the challenges and clarity running brings to her.

She has been able to complete a few marathons and several half marathons. She hopes to complete a half marathon in every state.