Thoughts by Vida
September 4th, 2014
It’s the first day of New York Fashion Week!!! I couldn’t be more excited to be a patent holding, fashion revolutionizing, problem solving, luxury intimate wear designer!!!
To me, 10 years ago, hearing of NYFW would have went in one ear and out the other, as I was a Medical Massage Therapist with a full private practice, and although I’ve always been a trend setting fashionista, I wore whites and a white lab coat 80 hours a week.
I’ve been designing my revolutionizing, luxury, sleek and trendy leak resistant women’s intimate wear for nearly 8 years, but being so busy and so caught up in every aspect of launching a new patented invention and a new business, I got distracted from designing. Now that I’m spending so much time designing again, and have had a chance to breathe and take a step back, hearing New York Fashion Week brings a smile to my face and a sense of pride to my heart.
NYFW reminds me of dreams, goals, never settling, always giving it your ALL, perseverance, 20 hour days, and literally blood, sweat and many tears. Tears of frustration, tears of satisfaction, tears of relief, tears of fear, tears of perseverance and tears of joy! Tears of joy, knowing that because of your creation, people’s quality of lives are improved! Now when I hear NYFW (aside from knowing that professional models wear my creation) I think, “Wow! I’m a professional designer! All the way from Cornfield Ohio, I’m a patent holding real designer!”
And during my most recent trip to NYC, I was on the 66th floor of the Empire State Building, meeting with my mentor, the designer and creator of FUBU, Daymond John, the STAR of the Emmy Award winning show, Shark Tank!!! So, create, design, and work hard! Dreams do come true!!!
“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury” ~ Coco Chanel
Happy New York Fashion Week to you! Thank you for your love and support!!
President, Inventor, Designer
May 28th, 2014
“Ha, ha! Look at her, she has a disease! Ha, ha! What, does she have pain from her disease? Oh, how hilarious that she has a disease! OMG, that’s SO disgusting! How embarrassing it must be to have a disease! If she is not ashamed of her disease, then she should be!”
You would never say that, would you? It sounds so absurd and repulsive, that it was hard to even write!
Now replace the word disease with the word period…!
For all of you that have ever made fun of a lady for menstruating, are “grossed out” by periods, or avoided the topic when a loved one needed you, because of your distorted “feelings” about menstruation, you should really take a few minutes to THINK about what you are doing and educate yourself more about menstruation, please. Your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, and every woman you know, have known, or will know has or will menstruate! And she will have her period for approximately a week out of every month, for 40 years of her life!
For those understanding, loving, wonderful supporters, we thank you, on behalf of every woman that will ever grace the planet!
Without menstruation, none of us would even exist! Isn’t it time for the “P” word to be as openly discussed as topics that were just recently “taboo”, such as breast disease and same sex marriage? Isn’t it time that we start being more knowledgeable and understanding, as we do all co-exist and menstruation is here to stay, if mankind is going to continue!?!
Isn’t it time for your daughter, sister, wife, and mother to have a proud period, instead of being ashamed of her God given ability to co-create a human life? We know it is! And if you are honest and decent, then so do you!
Please be understanding and educated, so that life on planet earth will be better for everyone! And if you want to, please take The Period Pride Pledge by Period PantEEZ at http://www.periodpride.org !
For more information on menstruation, please visit us at http://www.periodpanteez.com!
December 21st, 2013
The magic sauce for a happy holiday is, has been, and always will be the same. The main ingredients to a happy holiday recipe are love, kindness, and compassion! Giving is the only way that we can truly receive! Of course we make, buy, or give those closest to us a gift or a Christmas card, and we have our “list” of the people we “buy for” every year.
But, we ALL have neighbors, that without us, would not even get a single gift or a brief acknowledgement. There is an emergency shelter, an orphanage, a nursing home or a hospital in your community that needs you!
Please skip just one trip to Starbucks®, the ice cream shop, or the fast food joint and buy ONE special gift for just ONE child, adult, or elderly person in your community this season if you are able! If not, please just give your time, your love, or your compassion.
With a splash of LOVE, a dash of COMPASSION, and a pat of KINDNESS, we are all sure to have a Happy Holiday! May blessings chase you down and overtake you!
“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world”
September 19th, 2013
The Queen City Invention Queen met The legendary, The all time Hit King, The Pete Rose himself a few days ago, and what an honor and a pleasure it was! Growing up when I did in Cincinnati with the Big Red Machine ruling professional baseball, with Pete Rose at its helm, Pete was The face of baseball for us young Reds fans!
After a brief introduction, I told Pete what was in my heart, I told him, “You are the reason that I love baseball!” And he is. Pete’s is the first face that comes to my memory when I think of professional baseball. The Queen City isn’t exactly considered a star studded locale, and for such talented, amazing men such as Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, and Joe Morgan to call Cincinnati home, makes us neighbors proud! We’re also a very genuine, caring, and forgiving people, and we are going to know and remember you for your accomplishments and successes and love you through your challenges and mistakes.
Although I’ve met my fair share of celebrities, Pete Rose really inspired me by being the man, the coach, the father, and the winner that he is, taking the time to say something as profound and inspiring to me as, ‘I love your attitude” and smile that smile that only Pete has! It meant the world to me! We are all aiming to be champions in our own right and when a true, seasoned, proven champion that you grew up admiring encourages you, it carries some weight and really makes an impression!
I’ve been complimented on my attitude many times before, but to hear it from such a champion, such a pro, from Charlie Hustle himself really moved me! There was an energy in his voice and a passion in his eyes that only a true champion possesses and I will forever remember it and be inspired by it! There is nothing that Pete Rose could have said to me that would have meant more to me coming from him!
Since meeting Pete, I have reflected on our conversation several times and began to re-think about the part our attitude plays in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Our attitude dictates our entire life and is the most important thing we possess, really. No matter what is going on in our lives, no matter what challenges we face, no matter what is happening, we can CHOOSE to have a great attitude, period! On one hand, our attitude is all we have, because we cannot control our every happening and circumstance, but we can control our attitude!
What a luxury we possess being able to control our attitude… What a luxury!
“I love your attitude!”
Thanks so much Pete!!! I love your attitude!!!
X0, Vida, The Queen City Invention Queen
January 7th, 2013
If I die today, I will have a new sense of peace knowing that my dream is someone else’s Godsend! Don’t get me wrong, I plan on living a full, prosperous life and pray for longevity. I have only begun to serve through my invention and I have a million and one things I dream of accomplishing, as my goals will surely out-live me!
But to hear that my product is a “godsend”, brings tears to my eyes and chills up my spine! It brings me the ultimate joy; the kind of pure, real, true joy that can only be heaven sent! The joy where I hear God almost say, “I am proud of you, my child. You obeyed me and as a result, you are serving my children”.
What you may not know, is that inventing Period Panteez and making them available for everyone, was a task given to me from God, and I obediently carried it out. I knew in my heart of hearts that someday I would invent something, because I am a relentless problem solver and out of necessity have been inventing things my entire life. But it was only through countless, “crazy” circumstances that Period Panteez came to me! I will save that for another blog, as that is a story, all in itself!
I haven’t yet bought my farm that I dream of, where I can have rows of greenhouses and barns of hydroponic vegetables growing year-round to help feed my hungry neighbors. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to create a safe, happy, and healthy environment for orphaned children to come home, where they will have the love, support, and tools they need to live their best life. And I am far from achieving my financial goals, in which I only set because I understand that it’s a necessary principle of success.
But, to open my email on a Sunday evening, after five years of blood, sweat, and tears, being obedient, and walking by faith, and to then read, from a prefect stranger that my product is their “godsend”, is, well, my Godsend!
“If you live the questions, life will move you into the answers”. ~ Deepak Chopra
September 4th, 2012
I was organizing all of my business email folders last week and noticed something quite simple, yet profound, regarding the names of the folders themselves. There is a folder named “Lisa” and another “Larry”. One titled “Ryan” and one called “Debbie”. Why do I have friend folders mixed in with my company email account? I don’t! Lisa is my manufacturer and Larry my accountant. Ryan is my graphic artist and Debbie is my design engineer.
I value, appreciate, and respect everyone that has or will, in any way, shape or form, contribute in assisting me in fulfilling my dreams and accomplishing my goals! I don’t have to remind myself to say “please” when I ask something of them, it is natural. I don’t have to “remember” to thank them, I can’t help myself. And I am not too busy to send them a Christmas card, I want to do it!
Period Panteez was founded on being all about the people. Making a great product is all about the people and solely because of the people. I want people to love my product! I want to serve by solving a problem for, making it easier on, or helping to improve the lives of other people!
On Period Panteez website, it reads, “At the core, we’re a company that puts people first and what we want most is for women to finally be able to feel comfortable, confident, supported, and secure knowing that their period nightmare won’t happen! My dream is that through Period Panteez, I can help improve the quality of women’s lives, from tweens to grandmas, and help make the world a better place by putting people first, period!”
To quote Sir Richard Branson, “For those who think business exists to make a profit, I suggest they think again. Business makes a profit to exist.” And if the folks that I do business with have my company folder marked, “Vida”, why, I’ll personally take that as a compliment!
March 31st, 2012
Throw out your granny panties, Girlfriends, real Period Panteez are finally here! Until now, women have had to worry about accidents while on their period, especially while sleeping or exercising, but with Period Panteez, worry no more! Period Panteez are a trendy, triple-layered boy short that provide support and peace of mind, protect clothing and bedding, and prevent accidents and embarrassment.
From tween girls to mature women, Period Panteez offer the solution to an age old problem that nearly all menstruating ladies experience! After buying brand new soft sheets and then having to sleep on itchy, uncomfortable towels to protect my bedding while menstruating, I said, “There’s got to be a better way!”, and Period Panteez was born.
After more than five years of research and development, countless prototypes, and extensive product testing, Period Panteez held its official launch at Tri-County Mall in Cincinnati, Ohio!
Once I had my “Aha” moment and discovered that nothing like my invention existed, I applied for a patent, located all necessary suppliers, and not only began manufacturing my product, but began transforming my dream into a reality! My dream is that through Period Panteez, I can help improve the quality of women’s lives, from tweens to grandmas, and help make the world a better place by putting people first, period!
Being part Cherokee myself, I am honored and proud to design and manufacture Period Panteez in the United States of America, for women by women, using fine quality, hand picked fabrics.
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