MEET AMERICA CAMPAIGN: GEORGIA

I know it seems that I took a hiatus from my MEET AMERICA CAMPAIGN, but it wasn’t my fault!  My Georgia boy took forever to get his questions in, (I’m pointing fingers), but I assure you it was worth the wait!

Chris is from Mcdonough, GA, which is about 40 minutes south of Atlanta.  The reason he was worth the wait is because the man sings like an angel!!  Add on a beard, puppy dog eyes, and a southern drawl —  I’m swooning.  Let’s meet this Georgian musician!

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A:  Chris, did you grow up in Georgia? If so, how was it different from other states?

C:  I was born and raised in Georgia.  Growing up here is really laid back.  It’s more centered around being outdoors and using the land; hunting, fishing, farming and cattle raising are all common things.

A:  If I were to visit, where are the places I MUST see?

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C:  If you were to visit you would have to see…ME, duh!! Haha, Georgia has wide variety of different entertainment.  Comedy clubs, historical places, good music scene and great food places, ‘cause, I mean, it’s the south.  No one cooks better than us.  The Walking Dead is filmed here, so  it’s easy to walk up and be an extra.  Georgia has a lot to offer.

A:  What is your favorite thing about Georgia?

C:  My favorite thing about Georgia…hmm, I never really thought of it.  I guess [the fact that] it’s diverse in landscape.  You’re a car ride away from the ocean, lakes, mountains, rivers, so there’s a lot of beautiful sights to behold.

A:  Tell me about your passion for music and singing. How’d it get started and where can we see it?

C:  Wow, singing and music.  I grew up in a musical family.  My parents sang in a touring

group around Georgia [and] I helped set up equipment and run the soundboard since I was little.  I was always drawn to instruments and singing. I’ve played in jazz bands, metal bands, rock bands, contemporary, Christian, worship punk, hardcore, you name it, I’ve probably played it.

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Click here to here Chris sing!

I just feel that music should be explored, not settled on just one genre.

My inspiration for singing is my mom.  She can sing so amazingly and I’m not saying that cause she’s my mom. She got soul, haha.

I currently am working on a solo acoustic album and also writing with another acoustic/folk band of mine called Two Beards and a Babe.

I have a youtube channel: HERE. I only uploaded one video so far, but I’ll have videos about the band [up] soon.

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A:  Your voice makes me feel like I’m in a Nicholas Sparks novel. [insert dreamy sigh]  So, Chris, I have to ask, what’s your favorite movie?

C:  Favorite movie: Star Wars saga and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Valid choices!  Love the Darth photo; I’m very glad he appreciates the American flag.  I want to thank Chris for participating in the Meet America Campaign.  I’d love to visit GA someday!

 You can find Chris on instagram at xsithbeardx

Next week the temperature rises for HAWAII!

Don’t forget to check out the previous states:

Yasmin: Alabama
Robert: Alaska
Reynell: Arizona
Stephanie: Arkansas
Christopher: California
Amanda: Colorado
Nyree: Connecticut
Michael: Delaware
Jennifer: Florida

MEET AMERICA: FLORIDA

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Here in Massachusetts, it’s only during our harsh winters that we get a little jealous of Florida.  But it’s summer, baby!  My New England body temp would melt in the Sunshine State.   It takes a warm spirit to be a Floridian; like Jennifer!  Jennifer owns a gorgeous boutique in Tampa, FL where she resides.  She has mastered living an eco-friendly life and can help you master it, too, by reading her blog!  Let’s get the low-down from my fellow east-coaster.
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A:  Jennifer, tell us how living in Florida is different from other states.
 

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J:  Florida is definitely different from any other state as our “winters” are gorgeous and we never have to shovel snow.  Can you go to the beach on Christmas Day anywhere else?  [It] may not be everyone’s idea of Christmas, but I love it!  Florida can also be a very transient state, which definitely attracts the crazy.  You might notice us in the news a lot for ridiculous stories, but what can you do, there is crazy everywhere!
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A:  Oh, I know.  Up here in Mass we have plenty of it!  In your eyes, describe a perfect Florida day.
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217024_593793337306054_857625355_n J:  I love Tampa.  It’s such a sweet little gem!  I live right near Bayshore, which is about a 5 mile walk along the bay where you will always find many people running, riding bikes, walking their pup (you can always catch my pup Tika and I out there) and just enjoying the outdoors.  If you live in Florida, chances are you enjoy the beach.  To be able to head over to St. Pete or Clearwater in 20 minutes and spend my weekend where people from all over the world come to vacation, see our gorgeous beaches and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico, is pretty sweet!  It’s a great
vibe here.  I love my city and I love my state. :-)
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A:  Jennifer, you are such a busy-bee who has a lot going on!  But before we get to that, I’d love to hear about your blog and green outlook on life.
970964_596808917004496_1241705294_nJ:  My blog, Arjuna Boutique, is where I like to share any helpful product and skin care information for my clients and readers.  I am actually hoping to expand [it] to more of a lifestyle blog so I can include skincare tips as well as green lifestyle tips, style tips, etc.  Some people consider my lifestyle “extremely green”, but it is such a part of who I am and so normal for me, that I couldn’t imagine living any other way.  Living a greener and more sustainable lifestyle… gives you time to focus more on what matters in life.  I never get sick, I’m always full of energy and I know that by being conscious of what I consume and how I live will leave a smaller carbon footprint than most.  Some people like to taunt me with the whole “well, the world is going to shit” theory, but what can I say, I’m an optimist.  I live the lifestyle because it makes me feel good internally and externally, not because of what is trendy or hot at the moment. 
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A:  There are more optimists than you think!  We should stick together.  So, I 
have fallen in love with every item in your boutique, tell us how it got started.

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J:  My boutique, 
Arjuna Living, was started when I relocated here to Tampa.  I always knew I would have my own business someday, as I come from a father with an insane work ethic.  [He] is the most successful, self-made man I know.  I’m a busy body [who] actually enjoys working and can’t stand to be bored.  I decide what to bring in [to the boutique] by the style here in Tampa, which is very pretty, flowy, relaxed and beachy.  All the skin care, perfumes, make-up, etc, are always tested by me first and then decided on according to the ingredients, ethics, image and overall philosophy of the company.  My biggest philosophy here is shopping with purpose.  Pretty, meaningful and unique finds for you and your loved ones!
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A:  For curvy ladies, like myself, is Arjuna Boutique thinking of carrying plus sizes?
 
J:  Certainly! Plus sizes are definitely something I have actually started looking into, so stay tuned!
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A:  It’s that time: the most important question in the world.  What’s your favorite movie?
 
J:  My favorite movie is Boondock Saints.  Not only do I love the plot, but you certainly can’t beat the eye candy.  I love bad boys.
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A:  Boondock Saints is also one of my favorites!  (Rocco in particular). Haha!  Jennifer, it’s been a blast.  I wish you the best of luck with your business.
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Don’t forget to check out Arjuna Living and like it on Facebook!
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GEORGIA is right around the corner!
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