Who knew masks would become a part of our wardrobes? ๐Ÿ˜ณ


I got this darling little “COVID Mask,” as I’ll call it, in the mail yesterday. I think it compliments my quarantine hair quite well. Don’t you think? ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ


Let’s talk about how it ended up on my face…


This fun-loving brand, Meli Wraps, was seeking an ambassador for every state in the U.S. right before all this COVID wildness started. My dear friend, Tori, who I have yet to meet in person and is a part of the Disfunkshion team tagged me in a Meli Wraps post on Instagram when they were seeking reps to spread the love for reducing waste. ๐Ÿค—(THIS is exactly why I have a fascination with Instagram.) Just when you least expect it, you can find yourself bumping into a small business doing incredible work. After exploring their site up and down, I immediately “raised my hand” for New York, and a wee bit later, I received an email bestowing Ambassador status.

So, why care? Meli Wraps is a woman-owned business started by two childhood friends turned mommas from Kauai, Hawaii, and Bend, Oregon and they are on a mission to reduce plastic in a stylish way by making playfully vibrant sustainable beeswax wraps to use as an alternative to plastic wrap for preserving your food. Thatโ€™s right up my ally ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธThat’s why I care. The cool thing about the product they make, sustainable beeswax wraps, is that they use organic cotton as one of the main “ingredients.” Since COVID-19 disrupted the patterns of humans on our planet, Meli Wraps took action and adopted the use of their organic cotton prints to make masks. What I find admirable is that they are constantly innovating the design of these masks. They are taking feedback from the first mask design and continuously improving it based on feedback from us! THIS is beautiful in itself to me. Have no fear of imperfection, folks. Create, test, repeat. ๐Ÿค“Can I get an Amen!?


Now, I know this may sound off-topic, but do you know how I said that Tori led me to Melip Wraps on Instagram? She knew I was pursuing a zero-waste lifestyle because I shared about it every so often. Tori is from Hawaii and knew of Meli Wraps because they are a small business that started in Hawaii.

Meli Wraps is close to home for her. She thought of me and it led to this wonderful collaboration. Now, this is the important part: I would have never come across this brand without Tori tagging me. Tori would not have tagged me if I wasn’t sharing my journey. See how that works? Friendships can be so powerful. Sharing your journey is powerful. “Word of mouth” happens digitally.


You see, the point I’m trying to make (for even my self) is that we should not fear vulnerability. Even with sharing a bit about my journey, I find my self holding back with the fear of criticism. But WHY!? What I am doing is good for our environment. It’s also a JOURNEY and I am guaranteed to make mistakes. By sharing this imperfect attempt to go “zero-waste,”, it has led me to so many wonderful people, pages, and brands that just juice up my confidence to lead this lifestyle (what I call Lilo Life) even more! When we put ourselves out there (get more vulnerable), we put ourselves in a position to also receive. Yes, maybe receive some criticism too, but more importantly, it also allows us to receive new opportunities, new friendships, receive soul-filling relevant information towards our goals (Thanks algorithms – I am admittedly manipulating you), and it allows us to settle into our true selves. which outweighs the criticism when you really think about it. While uncomfortable and maybe counterintuitive, it facilitates growth. I’ve experienced it first hand and my irrational inner bodyguard is still skeptical, but it’s a p-r-o-c-e-s-s.


At the end of the day, I am here to share a few wins from this stumble on Instagram.


One: I came across a wholesome small business that I would not have had the pleasure to know about without my digital friendships. This supports my vision of a world where we CAN support local small businesses… wait for it… from around the globe. Huh!? Yeah, I said it. We can have pieces of ourselves spread in different places and all of them still feel like its home. AND friendships can be global too ๐Ÿ˜‰


Two: Iโ€™m proud to represent this playful, sustainable, woman-owned business because of WHY they do it. ๐Ÿ’š Meli Wraps gives me hope for the future and buying from them demands these changes we NEED to see in this world if we want to have a clean planet for future generations. If youโ€™re looking into beeswax wraps, please consider Meli Wraps and use my code NEWYORK25 to jump into your #wasteless journey ๐ŸŒŽ


Three: Vulnerability is so f*$king important. It’s learned, it’s counter-intuitive, it’s uncomfortable, but it’s necessary for innovation, growth, and connection. Want to understand more about what I mean? Explore some of Brene Brown’s work. A lot of her work has helped me navigate my growth journey and especially during a turbulent year of PTSD and anxiety in 2019.


Ok, this is the end of my mind dump.