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Radio Program Listener Offers Apparel Executive-Level Help to AudreySpirit August 18 2014, 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I was invited to talk on our local NPR radio station's Up To Date Program hosted by Steve Kraske and was joined by Dr. Jeff Hornsby, Interim Director, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation UMKC;  Ryan Bennett, Vice President of Idle Smart; and Mike Farmer - CEO of Leap.it. One of the radio program listeners, an executive of an apparel manufacturing company with international reach, contacted me to offer AudreySpirit his help (as a personal philanthropic gesture!). I met with him and the level of executive and practical guidance he's willing to provide and connect me to "insiders" is no less than a blessing.

Logo Design and Brand Colors - Inspired by Audrey January 31 2014, 0 Comments

The logo is an evolution of a drawing created by Audrey Grace. As Donna recollects:

“The logo is an abstract design by graphic artist, Lee Orrison, based on an original artwork Audrey created. Children’s Mercy Hospital's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) was involved in a project to update posters in the hospital cafeteria. As a member of the board, Audrey brought posterboard home from the teen meeting and drew the picture of a cheerful, welcoming and colorful mouse with an elaborate background. At the following TAB meeting, she turned in her mouse poster. It was mounted in a prominent location in the cafeteria just a few months before she passed away. I tried and tried to get her to let me take a picture of her standing by it, but she refused time and time again!” said Donna Yadrich, AudreySpirit, LLC, owner, about her daughter. “After Audrey's death, I asked that when the time came to ‘change out’ the artwork in the cafeteria, the family would rather have it than have it thrown away. A few months later, the hospital gave the original poster to us. As a mom, I was amazed and perplexed to realize that such a beautiful and detailed work was created by a child whose life would be ended by an infection which had already begun attacking her brain.” Summary by Hannah Lemon

 

The logo will be placed on the tag of every garment, on informational packets, incorporated in the website as the web address avatar, social media profile picture, etc. The sky blue and coffee brown mouse will be a symbol of self-expression despite being sick, of safety and patient-centered care, and of how the impossible gets done

 


Power Pose June 17 2013, 0 Comments

The Power Pose is something I tried and it worked!  Heading into a potentially contentious meeting, I excused myself to use the bathroom and spent 2 minutes doing this.   The meeting went entirely different than I anticipated -- in my favor.

I can do something for 2 minutes!  This video is 21 minutes, but is well worth the time http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html 

Whenever I am in a situation (or just having thoughts run through my head) that make me feel uncomfortable, I try to remember the Power Pose!  It is amazing, it does make me feel much better!

Audrey's book March 08 2013, 0 Comments

After Audrey passed away, I found a book she had written after a three month stay in the hospital, part of which she was on a ventilator. She titled the book "Dealing with Disease .. Your Way." The book is only 7 pages, but is full of heart, truth and humor. Her topics ranged from advocating for yourself to soulful animals to her 7th grade year at school. Reading her book in the midst of the daily grind of launching AudreySpirit helps remind me of her beautiful soul and why I am doing this. I wanted to share with you a small glimmer of her personality with a screenshot from one of the pages of her book which gives me a good laugh. Please enjoy and remember to slow down and spend time with those around you. It's important.