“Irvina and the whole rewrite crew make me proud to be a woman, proud of my past - the darkness and all of the light that shines in its contrast.” – Katie, Volunteer
CT is Beautiful! A Green Fairy God Mother with paint covered hands and hiking feet!
Beautiful Girl of the Week is a series of Beautiful Girls who are stand outs for what they contribute to the world through their beautiful actions! We feature the Beautiful Girl of the Week on the Rewrite Beautiful blog as an attempt to inspire other girls and women to use their own gifts and talents to impact their communities. Our hope is that bringing positive attention to women’s actions will inspire them to embrace their own creative calling!
I’m stoked my very own Fairy God Mother, CT is able to chat with us today considering how busy she has been over at The Folk Artist in Huntington Beach. Yet, alas the Green Fairy God Mother always shows up at just the right time! A little behind the name…Green, because all things green are awesome (yes, even green eggs and ham.) Fairy Godmother, because like Cinderella’s own Fairy Godmother, CT’s presence in my life makes things very clear, magical, spiritual and GREEN! This woman is a big reason why Rewrite Beautiful even exists. She knew me back in the day when I was a hot-trottin- mess. She has taken my dramatic phone calls, invited me on hikes and welcomed me into her beautiful world. These invitations have sculpted me from a frantic little girl into a strong, rockin’ woman who can start a non-profit and see it through. For that I will never be able to thank my Fairy God Mother enough!
Irvina: Thanks for talking to us today love! What is a fun project you’re currently working on?
CT: I am working on some pieces for Birthday gifts this year. I love my painting class and projects. When I paint for someone it's wonderful to think about them and imagine the gift giving process.
I paint at a wonderful shop called The Folk Artist in Huntington Beach. I have been painting there for about 15 years. We gather together for classes and the magic happens when we interact with each other’s lives. It's a good night when we solve the problems of the world and get a little painting in as well! Come join us!
Irvina: You bet I’ll come join you! That sounds a room full of artists talking about the world is my cup of coffee! CT, what are you passionate about?
CT: Oh I just love the outdoors. Hiking, backpacking, walking, easy biking swimming, skiing, snowshoeing, camping. I love it all. There is something so special about hiking in the mountains when all you hear is your breathing and footsteps. I love sitting by a lake at treeline. The Sierra Mountains are amazing, -all that granite is magical.
I love to do something’s out doors with my family. Doing a hike with my daughter Whitney is really exciting for me. I love, love, love, Whitney's little doggie, Bella. I love to be with family. Whenever we are together I am really WITH them. We laugh a lot and have really fun conversations. We cook great meals and enjoy sitting around the kitchen table for hours!
I love my recovery! It is only by grace that I get to have a really amazing second chance a life - one I never knew I would want. One I love to work for. I have amazing people in my life that help me dream of and amazing like and then help me to go get it!
Irvina: Your life is truly magical CT! I feel blessed that I’ve been able to go with you on some magically awesome hikes. I would guess you have clocked more hours on the trail than most people have clocked sleeping! You truly are the worlds Green Fairy Godmother! Tell us what you do for fun?
CT: I hang out with my friend from 7th grade, Paulie. He is like a brother and uncle to my nieces and Whitney. He is the biggest goofball there is. We do a lot of stuff together. Hike, Backpack, Kayak, Rock jump, ski, camp, walk, ride bikes, drink lots of coffee and eat lots of fro-yo! We also see lots of movies and go to tons of concerts. We have traveled to Patagonia, Peru, Hawaii, Maui, Mexico, England and Paris together too! It a good thing to have such a long history with someone.
I like to garden and paint and do all kinds of crafts. I wish I could do more of it.
Irvina: Too much talent too little time. Such a quality problem to have ;) What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
CT: I do like adventure. I have jumped from an airplane several times. I don't need to do that again. I have Bungee Jumped about 10 or more times. When I was in New Zealand I jumped from a high wire tram 400 feet above a river. It was amazing. Also I jumped from a bridge and got dipped in the river from a Bungee cord and from a ledge up on the mountain.
I have also stood at the highest place in the contiguous US (atop Mount Whitney) and stood in the lowest place in the contiguous US (Badwater Death Valley) in the same 24 hours. I have crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountains in a one day hike. I have sat on top of Half Dome for sunrise while making my morning coffee! I have climbed Mount Hood and Mount Rainier for Charity.
Irvina: Wow! I’m legitimately jealous. I’m writing down places to go hike as I listen to you! Whether it’s a hobby, a job or friendships what do you contribute to the world that you’re most proud of?
CT: Recovery is number one. Hiking and back packing is next. I love to teach what I know about both to others. Both require one to be ok with self. Both are difficult and take perseverance. Both happen one step at a time. Both require tools and gear and planning. Both require follow through and taking one more step when you think you cannot go on.
Both require safety. Protection and guidance. Both are way more fun with others!
Irvina: Wow, what a metaphor for life. I LOVE IT! Which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you think you most exhibit in your community and WHY?
CT: Well all of them of course! Haha! I try to be kind. I do lots of creative things and share them with others. It takes a lot of strength to keep on the right track. My really negative mind can pull me down in moments. I must be actively strong to ask for the power to be kind to myself. Sometimes it takes creative ways to get through crazy thought that can be quite mean. Helping others do the same gives me strength to do it another day. My really strong God provides a path to freedom. Finding beauty around me helps to keep me on that path.
Irvina: I like the idea of finding beauty around you. What a good strategy! It reminds me of my morning gratitude’s! Who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?
CT: My sister! She is the most loyal, well balanced, kindest, funniest, person I know. She is creative in all the right places. She has been married for over 31 years. She has raised 3 amazing daughters. She teaches and loves on tons of kids. She comes up with great answers to difficult situations very easily. She loves me! We plan to have a gift shop together called Olive Blue in our retirement. She makes the most amazing quilts! I would die to be able to cook like her! She holds a family together like glue without even noticing that she is doing it. She takes good care of me and I would trust her with Whitney in a moment if needed (no one else I can say that about.) She had eyes that change colors and sparkle, she has beautiful hair, smile and nails! I love her!
Irvina: Wow, I think love her too! What an outstanding earthling of woman! What do you wish young women knew about beauty?
CT: Beauty is not the size of my underwear! It is the love that I try to show others, the fun we have together on the planet, and the peace we spread through joy, acceptance, understanding and humility.
When I realize that we are all the same (maybe a little different at times) that I am like you and you are like me, I fit best into the world. When I remember to be grateful for the things I have and that I have a God that is my biggest cheerleader and faithful even when I am not I find love and joy in the world. When I help another find some peace that is when I am happiest and feel useful and beautiful. Some of my most favorite photos of me are when I am in dirty shorts, not showered in days, a couple of days in the back country with no make-up or a brush. All that is there is a smile and shines from within. It's good for me to not be around mirrors! Haha!