No Fear, Know Success! ‘We’re NOT Friends’ Creators Get Ready For BIG Second Season

Hey! Ky here…We’ve done a few posts on Home Means about friendship so doing a post about something called ‘We’re NOT Friends’ might seem counter intuitive to the theme Alex and I have going.

BUT–You gotta watch this clip!

‘We’re NOT Friends’ is the brain child of Ashley Bornancin and Don DiPetta.

I don’t personally know Don, but here are a few words about Ashley…

Ashley is an enthusiastic, driven, kind, hilarious, goal achieving, ass-kicking actress, writer, producer, VISIONARY in Hollywood and just so happens to be a close friend of mine from college. Ashley and Don debuted ‘We’re NOT Friends’ on YouTube last year and it wasn’t some thrown together pilot with a few jokes and a half-baked storyline…it was REAL and made for television from the get-go…

And get this: completely self-funded.

If you watch the season (which, you should, it’s awesome!) you won’t believe that these people did this WHILE holding jobs, having families, and hopefully having some social life.

Imagine putting in that type of work…hours and hours and hours…

Hoping someone on the inter-webs will see it.

Hoping it will get picked up,

Hoping your hard work will pay off.

At any stage of life (even for the young and energetic),  it is daunting taking on side projects in addition to your day job, family, and the rest. It can seem difficult and far to much of a gamble to even try. 

But Ashley has a different perspective….

“That’s why we created our first season…we were like ‘why should people give us their money? We haven’t done anything.’ That’s insane!”

I was inspired by this. The millenial stigma is that we are entitled…demanding the world with as little work as possible…but there’s a lot to be said for giving it your all because creme rises to the top.

Guess what is coming up for ‘We’re NOT Friends’…

They are preparing for season 2 and getting the accolades of Hollywood’s shakers who want in! For example, America’s Got Talent and YouTube star Drew Lynch is a part of the new cast!

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They have a campaign going to raise money for the project. At the time of this post, they raised over $11,000 and on their way to the $45,100 goal!

This is what having a vision looks like. This is what executing the vision looks like. And this is what comes from doing what you know will pay off!

Ashley, Don, and the team at ‘We’re NOT Friends’ have proven they can move mountains with little and are inspiring so many (including Alex and I at ‘Home Means…’) that big things can happen when you have confidence in your vision.

Confidence.

Faith.

Vision.

What’s yours?

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It is only a matter of time before you see ‘We’re NOT Friends’ on Hulu or the like! Click here to make a pledge!

Home Means… Stepping Up for a Good Cause

Fundraisers are GREAT for so many reasons! The two best ones being: 1) you get to help others 2) in turn your life is changed for the better. I knew this going into STEPtember, but somehow forgot along the way and didn’t really remember until I was thinking of how to put this post together. Before I tell you about the fundraiser and United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada, here’s the backstory of how raising awareness for those living with cerebral palsy got me back on track (slowly… still not quite where I want to be) with my fitness goals.

Several months ago, my boyfriend came to me and said we should start working out together. My initial reaction? NO WAY! Why you might ask? Well, my boyfriend is an athlete who has played tennis competitively nearly his whole life and is used to doing two-a-days at the gym. Me on the other hand, I am no athlete. I enjoy workout classes; you know the ones, where you get to socialize with friends but still work up a sweat? I would classify myself as active (who else is with me!?).

Despite my gut reaction to skip his workout and go to the nearest spin class, we hit the gym and, much to my surprise, I SURVIVED! Ok, so maybe I let the dramatics get the best of me. But like most healthy kicks I go on, working out didn’t last long, and before we knew it our healthy eating habits also went out the window. We hit a fitness lull. And that’s when I was introduced to STEPtember at work.

The annual fundraiser, hosted by UCP, is aimed at getting people moving and living healthier lifestyles. The catch? You have to record AT LEAST 10,000 steps a day. That may not seem difficult, but let me tell you, IT IS NO JOKE! While the feat itself can be a struggle, having people who encourage you and hold you accountable each day definitely helps (some days; other times you’d rather be watching Netflix and enjoying ice cream).

Our entire company has gotten involved, and we are keeping the competition alive by comparing our step counts, through the use of a Fitbit or Apple Watch, sharing our healthy meals and recording when we workout. Recently while I was walking to get my steps in, I realized the only reason I’ve been moving and grooving is because of STEPtember!

Without fail, any fundraiser you get involved with, whether it be a single event or month long venture, impacts your life in one way or another. Maybe it’s helping you find a new cause to be passionate about or simply a way for you to get involved with your community. For me, this fundraiser, in particular, has helped hold me accountable to my healthy living goals (for the most part). I’m eating better, being more active than I have been (even though I still have improvements to make) and it has encouraged my boyfriend and I to want to try working out together again (no one said being healthy is easy, but that’s a post for another day)!

United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada is changing lives in more ways than one. No matter the cause, I challenge you to step up and get involved! You won’t regret it.

Home Means… Friendship (Pt.2)

“Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.” – sappy friendship quote from Pinterest 

In our first blog post, Ky and I talked about where we met and how the idea for “Home Means…” came about. Long story short, we met in news and here we are, two years later, friends who are embarking on this blogging journey together!

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When we first talked about starting a blog together, I knew it was going to be fun. Why? Because we are friends who have a passion for storytelling. Combined, we would be able to reach a large (hopefully someday) audience and connect communities by telling people’s stories. While we are having fun, it occurred to us that this entire project has only been made possible with the help of friends.

Say hello to one of the kindest people you will ever meet, Trevor Benson (founder of Offbeat)! I first met Trevor in news when he was hired to work the morning shift. While quiet at first, he got used to my early morning sing-a-long sessions and we quickly became friends! Ky and Trevor also met in news, during morning live shots, and here they are today, friends. When we asked Trevor to take some photos for the site, he not only agreed to be our resident photographer but videographer as well. We are EXTREMELY grateful for his help and are excited to see where this blog can go because of his talent and help!

Creating the “Home Means…” logo has been one of the most difficult parts of this process, mostly because Ky and I had no idea what we wanted! Before launching, I went to lunch with a friend from college, Jerad Pettaway, and was telling him all about the blog and how we were having trouble envisioning a logo. That’s when he reminded me that he has a business creating graphic designs (among other things…check out his website!). With a lot of patience (on his end) and a variety of logos to pick from, we FINALLY chose THE one! We are so thankful to Jerad for his time, talent and help in creating this vital piece of our blogging adventure.

One of the best parts of working in news was learning about my coworkers other talents. Before Trevor started at the station, Jesse McCloskey was one of our photographers. As the founder of White Opus Productions, Jesse is a creative genius (and a talented one at that)! Much like my story with Trevor, Jesse and I bonded during early morning live shots. I’ve always been grateful for his support when it came to live shots, and when we would talk about our other passions and dreams. Jesse became a friend and I’m so glad we met! In an effort to help small businesses, Jesse is creating logo animations and slid into our DM one day with our official “Home Means…” animation! Talk about AMAZING!

From the friends we made in college, to the ones we’ve met after, this journey has been made possible because of YOU. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you continue to follow along!