The 22nd annual Wreath Auction - EIGHT4NINE Resturant & Lounge

Flattered to be asked to be a small part of his contribution to so many charities. When Kenn Grey asked to be a part of his wreath and showcase the direction of our upcoming collaboration in 2017, I was both humbled and honored. I am grateful for every opportunity placed before me, this partnership with Kenn Gray of Kenn Gray Home is laughing to epic proportions, already. Take a look at was this visionary created for this great cause. 

Excited to support Eight4Nine, Restaurant & Lounge by making this fab holiday wreath for the wreath auction on December 5th! Some of the ornaments are covered in handpainted textiles from my new luxury textile line, Kenn Gray for Sarah Strader launching in 2017! Www.sarahstrader.com
It was a full house on December 5th and help support these great organizations! The Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and The Center!
 

Photos Complements of Kenn Gray of Kenn Gray Home

3RD Annual Tree of Dreams - Rady Foundation

I am truly honored and humbled to be a partnered with Kenn Gray for the 3rd Annual Tree of Dreams, Benefiting the Lady Foundation for Lady Children's Hospital San Diego. Internationally acclaimed interior designer Kenn Gray of www.kenngrayhome.com has partnered with famed textile designer Sarah Strader www.sarahstrader.com to produce a luxury line of textiles, Pillows.  Holiday UpholsTREE is a glimpse into the dramatic use of hand-painted textiles and how one can utilize creativity to great lengths when decorating for the holidays.  Gray and Strader could not be more pleased to support Luxe Magazine and Thompson Building Materials in their efforts to raise monies for Rady Childrens Hospital!

Million Meters

Crossfit Costa Mesa

Life is diverse, I love design, color, my friends and family, my little crazy rescue dog and love me some crossfit. I have found my own personal power in this platform. I have never experienced this level of support and personal power with other people pushing and cheering for you to do better than the day before, better than the rep before, and pushing you to be better than the last round. 

In just about 2 weeks my rowing journey will be complete. I will be hitting my 1 millionth meter. It is hard to believe that I started this just over a year ago.... and it will be coming to an end. Most days it's a lesson in "getting over myself" "commitment" and "finishing". The final countdown has begun. 929,144/1,000,000 complete.

Most of this journey has been a solo one- just me and my rower before or after my crossfit class. This challenge was posted by an inspiration friend Richard who is still rowing at South Coast Crossfit and posted it online, so I decided to row remotely and track all my meters and photograph each row on my iPhone. 

Although, I started this journey with friends from South Coast Crossfit, remotely and I started my rowing journey at a different location with coaching from a great champion dragon boat rower Justin Chi, I will complete my rowing goal of 1 million meters in just over a year and I will complete it at Crossfit Costa Mesa. 

Moving to a new Crossfit and knowing no-one was kind of like the first day of school. And as I struggled doing 42/36/21 burpies over a dumbbell and push presses with the same dumbbell. The other girls still rooted for me as I finished dead last. I have taken many steps backwards to editing my skills, changing my form and having to go use lighter weight than I am use too for the sake of improving as a whole. 

Life is a journey and this one has shows me a lot.  

Save the Date! for the ART OF DESIGN

For part of my goals this year, giving back is important to me so when I was asked to be a part of this event, I jumped at the chance. I am so proud to be part of The Art of Design. So many wonderful things to share about this event. Being able to working with the Illumination Foundation, that is in my community and continuing to do great work. Luxe Magazine is always a pleasure to work with and Shannon & Alicia are making a brilliant team and adding volumes to this event.  PH Designs, is manufacturing all of the furniture designed by our hand plucked Designers. Audra of Audra Interiors and creative brain of "Suite Dreams" is hand on and working with all of the designers to support and guide them through this inaugural event as their design leasion. Caldwell Banker and the Irvine Company for giving us this California-cation location. Last, but certainly not least, I am the exclusive fabric sponsor for this event. 

So- As our Designers, get creative and crate a masterpiece that will be auctioned off Anna of PH Designs will create the custom creations and our Fabrics will adorn the the structures. 

Art of Design

The Year of Awesomeness.

This is becoming the year of awesomeness. The year I was able to marry my best fried and husband still holds first place, however this year is quite up there.  

As I stregicly set goals each year of all four categories of my life. Physical, Emotional, Mental Wealth and Libery, Spiritual/ contribution .

Physical: Complete my million meter row. As I decided to start this venture at the end of last year, I decided it would be a great goal to complete rowing this year and under 12 months. Currently I have just surpassed 600,000meters. Averaging 100,000 meters a months. Around my regular workout regimen.  I started this goal in tandem with friends at another gym, however I have been rowing my meters solo. In the mornings I have supporters and fiends who come in early and row next to me, cheer me on and keep me accountable. 

After completing the Crossfit Open, again this year I have decided that now I will train harder for NLI Legondary Conpetitor- at the affiliate showcase August 27th at the Anaheim Convention Center. 

 

hand written thank you notes

Emotional:  Spending the year in gratitude, my goal is to complet 100 handwritten Thank You Notes. To express my gratitude for people in my life, events in my life and clients in our business. 

MWL: To grow into new showrooms, Enhance current client and designer relationships and surpass all previously hit yardage goal. 

This goal also includes a new fabric launch and our first lisnecing agreement with a very talented Interior Designer. 

Sarah Strader The Art to Colorful Living

The big scary goal - is to write and publish a coffee table book. As of right now I have completed 148 pages of my 200 page goal. Our book release party date has been selected and we are excited to be partnering with Luxe Magazine.  

Spiritual:  To actively give back my talent to my community through mentoring, community beautification, and partner with a charity. 

We are so very excited to be working on a beautiful event with a charity right in our back yard.