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And help me get the Brazenhead sign at the same time!

In 2019, my husband and the love of my life passed away unexpectedly five days after we got back from a crazy, whirlwind trip to France. What I've learned from that experience is that we CAN'T put off our crazy ideas, we MUST always choose to connect to the people that we love, and above all, we must Take the Damn Trip

I'm on a mission now to spread that message...and I hope you'll join me in it. Watch the video above or click below to learn more about the stories behind it all. 

** The t-shirt design has not been decided yet. We'll be voting on our favorite on Facebook next week...so stay tuned to be able to vote for yours! Or if you want to submit a design, email it to Bevin@collaborate.work **

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Take the Damn Trip T-shirt

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Pre-order your Take the D.A.M.N. Trip t-shirt and support Bevin's bid for the Brazenhead sign at auction.

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Tell me more!
What is Take the DAMN Trip?
I posted this on my Facebook page in December of 2019. It's probably the best explanation of #takethedamntrip...

I haven’t posted about my birthday this year. See, I was waiting till we had the “last” celebration that Mark had planned, which was a dinner out with friends to eat, drink, and play cards on Friday, December 6th. I love birthdays in general and he was committed to making my 40th extra special.

Back in May, for Mother’s Day, Mark gave me a few bottles of Bordeaux wine and a card, written in French (Mark did not speak French so I knew something was up.) He then told me we were going to Bordeaux for my 40th birthday, just the two of us. It would be the first time we were both away from both kids. We would be on the ground for less than 48 hours, flights were long, and we would have two of my sisters to watch the kids.

For all intents and purposes, it sounded a little crazy.

When I told people about it, they couldn’t believe we were going to France for a WEEKEND. Even I wondered if it was silly and crazy to do that. But Mark was so proud and excited for what he had planned (complete with a walking tour he had researched that would take us through a good chunk of the city). So I trusted that, even if it was crazy, it would be wonderful.

A few days before we left, we talked about how much we’d miss our kiddos and I asked “should we cancel?” We both laughed, we packed our bags, and we headed off to France.

At some point I’ll say more about the actual trip but I’ll just say that overall it was wonderful. I got to spend my birthday with the love of my life, eating delicious food, drinking great wine, and wandering through a beautiful city.

Six days later, my love did not wake up.

I’m so glad we did the crazy thing, took the trip, spent those precious days together. I recently found one of the birthday cards he’d given me and it said “I hope this birthday is one to remember for a lifetime.”

My whole world has been turned upside down and sometimes I don’t know how to breathe in this new reality and every choice seems impossible. But I’m glad we made that choice, to be together on an adventure.

In other words, when posed with a choice, take the damn trip.
What the heck is Brazenhead and why are you buying its sign?
My late husband and I had our first date at Brazenhead Irish Pub in Grandview, Ohio. Each year we would go back to the bar, wear the same clothes, sit in the same seats (which were the worst in the bar!) and toast to another year of our love. I just found out that Brazenhead has closed its doors and all of their assets are going to auction...including the sign that we would take our picture in front of every year.

I would love to have that sign to hang at the home we built together. There was such an outpouring of support to help me get that sign and you can be a part of it by pre-ordering a t-shirt.
What do the shirts look like? 
Excellent question. I have no idea (yet!) Some of my artist friends are creating designs and we'll vote on everyone's favorite in the next week or so. Stay tuned to Facebook to vote for your favorite.
What happens if you don't get the sign?
Another excellent question! Selling these t-shirts is not a way for me to "make money." If I don't get the sign at auction (or if we raise more than the cost of the sign), I'll be donating the proceeds to my friend's adoption efforts. You can read more about that here. 
© 2020 Collaborate.Work. All Rights Reserved
Tell me more!
What is Take the DAMN Trip?
I posted this on my Facebook page in December of 2019. It's probably the best explanation of #takethedamntrip...

I haven’t posted about my birthday this year. See, I was waiting till we had the “last” celebration that Mark had planned, which was a dinner out with friends to eat, drink, and play cards on Friday, December 6th. I love birthdays in general and he was committed to making my 40th extra special.

Back in May, for Mother’s Day, Mark gave me a few bottles of Bordeaux wine and a card, written in French (Mark did not speak French so I knew something was up.) He then told me we were going to Bordeaux for my 40th birthday, just the two of us. It would be the first time we were both away from both kids. We would be on the ground for less than 48 hours, flights were long, and we would have two of my sisters to watch the kids.

For all intents and purposes, it sounded a little crazy.

When I told people about it, they couldn’t believe we were going to France for a WEEKEND. Even I wondered if it was silly and crazy to do that. But Mark was so proud and excited for what he had planned (complete with a walking tour he had researched that would take us through a good chunk of the city). So I trusted that, even if it was crazy, it would be wonderful.

A few days before we left, we talked about how much we’d miss our kiddos and I asked “should we cancel?” We both laughed, we packed our bags, and we headed off to France.

At some point I’ll say more about the actual trip but I’ll just say that overall it was wonderful. I got to spend my birthday with the love of my life, eating delicious food, drinking great wine, and wandering through a beautiful city.

Six days later, my love did not wake up.

I’m so glad we did the crazy thing, took the trip, spent those precious days together. I recently found one of the birthday cards he’d given me and it said “I hope this birthday is one to remember for a lifetime.”

My whole world has been turned upside down and sometimes I don’t know how to breathe in this new reality and every choice seems impossible. But I’m glad we made that choice, to be together on an adventure.

In other words, when posed with a choice, take the damn trip.
What the heck is Brazenhead and why are you buying its sign?
My late husband and I had our first date at Brazenhead Irish Pub in Grandview, Ohio. Each year we would go back to the bar, wear the same clothes, sit in the same seats (which were the worst in the bar!) and toast to another year of our love. I just found out that Brazenhead has closed its doors and all of their assets are going to auction...including the sign that we would take our picture in front of every year.

I would love to have that sign to hang at the home we built together. There was such an outpouring of support to help me get that sign and you can be a part of it by pre-ordering a t-shirt.
What do the t-shirts look like? 
Excellent question. I have no idea (yet!) Some of my artist friends are creating designs and we'll vote on everyone's favorite in the next week or so. Stay tuned to Facebook to vote for your favorite.
What happens if you don't get the sign?
Excellent question. Selling these t-shirts is not a way for me to "make money." If I don't get the sign at auction (or if we raise more than the cost of the sign), I'll be donating the proceeds to my friend's adoption efforts. You can read more about that here. 
© 2020 Collaborate.Work. All Rights Reserved