Hello, babes! Welcome to Woman Crush Wednesday. When we were brainstorming who should be our first Bowed Arrow Babe of the week for the new year and the blog launch we pointed at one another. So, we decided that the best way to introduce ourselves to the community and get the BABs segment rolling was to interview each other with a fun game of 20 questions. You get a chance to see who we are not only by our answers, but also by the types of questions we ask. We each wrote a little bio about each other because often times the people who love us see us in a better light than we see ourselves and that kind of encouragement is exactly what we are about here at Bowed Arrows. We hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more Bowed Arrows Babes in the future.
Jenna Lovelis: co-founder of Bowed Arrows & writer at Twenty Something & Lovelis
Jenna is an amazing women full of the best dreams and aspirations. She is such an inspiration to so many because she lives her life in a way we all wish we would: positively and with no regrets. She has the BIGGEST heart you’ll ever come across and would drop whatever she is doing for someone in need. She’s seen ups and she’s seen downs but she has never let the downs keep her there for long (follow along as she writes about her journey on Twenty Something & Lovelis!). She is full of life and knows how to enjoy and love every second of it- even the lows. She is a strong women with the best go-getter attitude. She’s creative, she’s witty and she’s the type you could take anywhere. She’s the type you want to take everywhere. Her confidence and smile light up the room and she is loved by everyone she comes across. She is admired for her loyalty and respect for others. She’s beauty, she’s brains and she’s my best friend. Her commitment and work ethic make her the best work partner in the world. Her kick butt attitude keeps me motivated on days where I’m just not feeling it. I couldn’t imagine a better best friend/business partner to have. We’re different in so many ways but are able to balance each other out and help each other get through life’s struggles. Everyone has them- I just hope everyone also has a BFF as amazing as Jenna to help them through the struggs.
::What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?::
An elderly woman said to me “The envelope is delivered when it’s ready to be opened” and that has stuck with me. Sometimes we want to rush things and now when I get impatient, I think of her and that quote. Everything happens when and how it is supposed to.
::Pizza or champagne?::
That depends on the last time I ate. 9 times out of 10 I would say champagne but me + champagne on an empty stomach is not good for anyone involved.
::What’s your favorite healthy snack?::
I love veggies and hummus! I make my own at home with some garbanzo beans, EVOO and fresh garlic. Making it yourself saves money and keeps all the extra crap out of your body! Healthy and so yummy!
::What’s your favorite workout?::
Hard to choose! I love yoga, but sometimes I need to get my blood pumping so I dance a lot. I’m also a squats fanatic. I will do squats randomly throughout the day.
::What’s your pump up jam?::
I am currently loving “Bang, Bang” by Jessie J and Ariana Grande and anything from Beyonce!
::Who is your celebrity crush?::
Chris Young! That voice, that hair! It’s normal to pretend he is actually singing to me, right?
::What do you do when you’re not working on Bowed Arrows?::
I bartend at a swanky restaurant in Downtown Austin. I also have another blog, Twenty Something and Lovelis, and I talk about all of the crap your twenties bring and how to stay positive and make the most of it. I’m also a songwriter so I spend a great deal of time listening to and creating music!
::How do you like to spend your free time?::
I’m a funny lady fanatic, so I have all of the Chelsesa Handler, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, etc, books! I love to bake, cook and get creative with cocktails, so I am constantly making something new and sharing it with friends. I also love being outdoors, so I love to hike and look for hidden spots to just sit and think or write. I also really enjoy kissing, so when I have someone to kiss, I spend a lot of time doing that! I think everyone needs to spend more time kissing. Plus, it burns calories!
::Favorite place you’ve visited?::
Hard to choose! Georgia is pretty damn beautiful and I am obviously a big fan of all things Texas. I love Pittsburgh. Amazing views from PNC Park and amazing Pastrami sandwiches at Primanti Brothers! I haven’t been yet, but I think Ireland will top my list once I finally get there! I have a lot of traveling left to do!
::If you could take an all-expenses paid vacay to anywhere in the world, where would you go?::
Ireland. Hands down. So many hillsides, so many pubs!
::Who do you look up to the most?::
Oh man, that is a tough question. I like to surround myself with inspiring, strong women. Ever since I was a teenager, I always admired women that just seemed strong, despite their hardships. I really enjoy being around women that don’t feel like they have to show skin to be sexy or act a certain way to get people to like them. There is something really beautiful about women who are comfortable in their own skin, with all their flaws and all of their quirks. I definitely look up to my Mother. She is a saint. She always puts everyone else first and is just the most generous person with her time. Plus, I know I always have a dance partner.
::What’s been your biggest hardship?::
Staying completely true to myself. I dated a guy that kind of took my identity away from me when I was very young and it took me a while to get myself back. After we broke up, I was not respecting or taking care of myself. I thought if I acted a certain way and looked a certain way that guys would like me and I could be one of the cool kids. I eventually stopped caring, got myself back and learned to be unapologetically myself and it completely changed my life. I began surrounding myself with better people and getting out of romantic entanglements immediately if I knew they weren’t right. Never settle, never compromise. A lot of bad things will happen in life and if you let it change who you are, that’s the biggest tragedy of all.
::What’s Bowed Arrows to you?::
I want Bowed Arrows to be a community for women to come together and be inspired and encouraged by other strong women. The stigma that women should have to look, act or feel a certain way is absolutely crazy to me. I began volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters and started thinking about what happens to people who need guidance after 18? There is no real community where women can just go to talk and empower one another. If I had a community like Bowed Arrows when I was a teenager, my life probably would have been dramatically different. I may not have been so lost for so long. I hope we can be that for women, whether they are 15 or 55.
::What’s your favorite way to turn-off and unwind?::
I like to find a quiet spot with nobody around, preferably overlooking water to just sit and think, read and write. Those spots are really great to spend quality time with friends and loved ones too. It’s so nice to just be together and not have any distractions. But then again, I always love a good happy hour too!
::Drink of choice?::
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE CHAMPAGNE! Big into red wine as well. If I am having a cocktail…margaritas all the way.
::Favorite unhealthy food to indulge in?::
Anything Southern. I love BBQ, Country Fried Steak, Fried Okra, the list could go on. Sometimes I think my love for Southern food is what really brought me to Texas.
::How do you get your spirits back up when you’re feeling down?::
I dance. Whenever I am in a blah mood, I pause, put on a fun song and just rock out. It always gets my spirits back up. I even do it when I am not feeling down. Sometimes you just need to have your own dance party.
::What Bowed Arrow Babes do you look up to most in life?::
So hard to choose! Of the women we have featured so far, I would have to say Jennifer Lawrence. She is the epitome of a Bowed Arrow Babe. She is fearless, strong and just genuinely loves herself. She doesn’t let the pressures of Hollywood and the media get to her. She embraces her curves, her quirks and the fact that she is so perfectly imperfect. I love that she will make fun of herself, in a healthy manner, and she doesn’t make looking good her main goal in life. Hopefully one day we can get a real feature with her!
::If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?::
Give it away. I would probably pay off my car, buy a house and save a little but I would give most of it away. Imagine if everyone who won the lottery used it to make the world a little better? We could save a lot of hungry people, get others off the streets and back into the job market, cure cancer! Who knows? There is more than enough money to change the world, it just seems like the wrong people have most of it.
::What are 5 things you love? How about 5 things you just don’t care for?::
+My people. You know who you are. I would have nothing if I didn’t have such wonderful people in my life.
+A good book. I get distracted easily, so if a book can hold my attention, I will read for hours.
+Random compliments. Everyone likes hearing “You’re beautiful” especially when you aren’t dressed up or expecting any compliments. This also works for “I love you”. I tell the people I love how much I love them as often as I can. I will send random texts or just call and say “I love you, that is all”. It makes me feel good that they know how I feel and how much I appreciate them being in my life.
+Dance parties/ singing loudly with friends. My friend Marissa (who is one of our BABs!) and I will randomly start singing 80’s ballads at the top of our lungs. It annoys everyone else but we love it. My old roommate, Jenna, and I would dance in our living room all the time. It was ridiculous but so much fun and really formed a bond between us that nobody else would ever understand.
+Affection. I love hugging and kissing and cuddling. I still cuddle with my Mom on the couch when we watch movies. I think hugs are healing. I don’t care if I see someone everyday, I will hug them like I haven’t seen them in weeks. As far as kissing goes, I mean, if you have someone to kiss, why wouldn’t you be kissing them all of the time? You have this person that adores you enough to want to put their mouth on yours, let them! I have been single more often than not over the last 8 years and I cannot wait to have someone to kiss every single day because I will kiss them EVERY. DAMN. DAY. It’s wonderful, and a good reminder to not settle because kissing someone that you just kind of like and kissing someone that you are in love with are completely different. If you truly want to grow old with someone, you are going to have to make sure you want to kiss them everyday.
–NOT MY FAVE–
–Mean people. I just don’t get it. There is so much to be happy about and I will never understand why people have so much hate and anger that they would want to be mean to others. The nice guys don’t get enough credit. Don’t make them finish last!
–Traffic. I love driving, but I hate traffic. I would rather take the long way around than sit in traffic!
–Bleu Cheese. Yuck! It smells like dirty feet, why would you want that in your salad or your martini?
–Egos. Confidence is so attractive, but learn to tame it! It is so unattractive to me when people take themselves and their appearance so seriously! Have fun! Be Silly! Eat the cheese stick! Nobody is going to care or remember that you had a “perfect” body or that you always looked cool. People remember how you made them feel, not how you looked doing it.
–Scary movies. Not my thing! Why would you sign yourself up to be scared? If I’m going to pee myself, I want it to be from laughing too hard, not from thinking someone is going to hack me up while I’m necking with my man in a corn field in the middle of the night. That’s usually what happens in those movies, right?
Chantelly Satchell: co-founder of Bowed Arrows & blogger at Shimmer + Flare
Chantelly Satchell is a blonde bombshell that was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico but is truly a California girl at heart. Chantelly and Jenna met in the 8th grade and they quickly became best friends and wrote back and forth to each other in a notebook that they still have to this day. Although time and distance tried to tear them apart, their friendship stayed strong. Chantelly has always had an eye for aesthetics. Her parties are always as fun as they are adorable and she always looks like she didn’t break a sweat getting them together. She is fiercely dedicated and passionate about the projects that she starts, Bowed Arrows and Shimmer & Flare included, and she shows that same dedication and passion when it comes to the people that she loves. (By the way, Shimmer & Flare is her adorable lifestyle blog that you should check out. I am in no way that crafty or fashion-oriented and I am so impressed with how awesome she is.) She sends the best care packages (with your favorite hot sauce that they don’t sell in Texas), she is free of judgement and full of glitter and love. She is the quiet but strong type. She is a great listener and will never make you feel like you are less than extraordinary. She is truly amazing and unique and one of the best friends a girl could ask for.
::Who’s your best friend?::
I have a few AMAZING ladies in my life that I would consider my best friends (including my mom & sister), but I think my number one best friend is my boyfran, Jordan (or JorBabe). He hasn’t known me as long as some of my other best friends or even my family (duh) but it’s been enough time. He knows how to keep my spirits up so they’re rarely down and he knows how to keep me inspired and motivated. He is so supportive and always knows the right things to say and I couldn’t ask for a better one<3
(This was a trick question…she was supposed to say ‘Jenna…duh!’)
::What’s your favorite blog?::
Bowed Arrows;) Seriously though, my fave blog, 100%, is The Skinny Confidential by Lauryn Evarts. She my ultimate spirit animal. Love love love her and her blog!
::When did you figure out you wanted to become a blogger?::
It was probably about 5 years ago when I discovered Emily Shuman’s blog, Cupcakes & Cashmere. I was so obsessed and wanted one just like hers. I actually started one back in 2010 but gave up after about a month. I tried to pick it back up a few months later but just couldn’t find the time, resources or motivation.
After following Lauryn’s blog for almost a year now, I decided to go for it and started my own: Shimmer and Flare. I love to cook, bake and get creative and just wanted an outlet for it all. I wanted something to hold me accountable for remembering to do things that make me happy.
Bowed Arrows came about shortly after when Jenna and I started talking about the struggles of getting older and how we wished we had had something to better prep us. We’ve also seen a lot of girl-on-girl hate growing up and thought what better way to help and encourage girls than with a community full of girls! Hopefully, we can make a difference!
I don’t have a favorite book. I’m so bad at playing favorites because I love so many things! Right now I am really digging Lauryn’s book: The Skinny Confidential, The Body Book by Cameron Diaz and #GIRLBOSS (<<<great inspo here).
CHACE CRAWFORD. Always and forever<33333
::What did you want to be when you grew up?::
I absolutely frickin’ love kids and wanted to be a pediatrician. I had so many “babies” growing up and could never get enough. People use to bribe me to do things by giving me more dolls lol. Not sure when/why/how that changed. It just isn’t me. I love to take care of people but I always love to be crafty and creative and I think a blogging mom/wife is perfect for that;)
SPIN CLASS. If you haven’t tried it, you are seriously missing out. It’s such an amazing workout. You burn so many more cals in this class than you do in any other class or on any exercise machine. Try it. You’ll love, promise.
Again, I hate playing favorites but my top three guilty pleasure foods are guacamole, sushi and steak fries. Top three healthy foods are: GREEN JUICE (YUM YUM YUM), roasted brussel sprouts (or any roasted veggies really), and Kale Quinoa salads.
::When’s the best time to drink champagne?::
Every damn second of every damn day. But really…when is it not a good time? CHAMPAGNE ALWAYS.
::If you had to choose between a baby penguin and a baby sloth for a pet, which would you choose and why?::
Baby Penguin because Happy Feet.
:: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?::
What kind of wood are we talking about here?
::What was the worst date you’ve ever been on?::
Oh my gosh lol – probably NYE 2012/13. I think that was it. OMG it was sososo bad. Poor Jenna got out of work after midnight and canceled her plans so that she could drive over an hour and a half to rescue me because I had been drinking and could not drive and rescue myself. Reason #2384972350949 why she is the ultimate BFF/Friend/Sister/Daughter.
+++Please babes, DON’T ever risk your life or anyone else’s life by drinking and driving- NOT worth it+++
::What about the best?::
I think the best date would be the first date I had with JorBabe. So simple but so much fun. We went to the most amazing Mexican restaurant in Newport and then went out for drinks afterward. We ended up on the beach acting like 12 year olds just running around, dancing and mimicking that pig from the Geico commercials lol. It was the first guy I had ever been 100% myself with.
We’ve had so many more amazing dates since then but that was such a memorable moment because of how much I was able to let go and feel free.
::Favorite song at the moment?::
I’m going to sound like a broken record when I say no favorites again but no faves. I love country! & some EDM. & some Pop and Rap and Oldies. Music makes me happy and makes me feel good so I really love it all. Except for the screamo emo hard rock ish. No spanks.
::Where do you find inspiration?::
Outside. I love to take walks or go running outside and just think about all of the beauty and how blessed we all are. I love hikes and laying in the warm sunshine at the beach. All of this takes the stress away and makes me feel like a new person.
::How do you stay motivated?::
It’s extremely easy to get unmotivated. I like to try and eat healthy and workout to keep my mind and body clear. Talking to my amazing boyfriend, friends and family also helps out a lot. They have great ideas and advice and sharing laughs really gets you out of the rut. Also, reading some motivating quotes really helps!
::What do you like most about yourself?::
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really started to accept and like everything. Of course we all have things we are insecure about and want to change but once you accept who you are and become happy with what you have, you begin to live life differently. Not that I was ever unhappy, but I am just so much happier now. And so many different things make me happy. It’s hard to imagine myself being any happier than I am right now.
::If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?::
Hate. There is way too much of it in the world right now.
::Tell me about an iconic woman that you look up to.::
I’m not super big on “iconic” people. I never have been. I think there are way too many everyday people in our lives who are just as amazing. There are just soo many amazing, strong women in this world. I am SOO excited to be able to feature some of them as our Bowed Arrow Babes!
::What is your absolute, most favorite thing in the world? I mean, something you could do all day, everyday if you didn’t have to worry about money or responsibilities?::
I love adventure and exploring new things.I would travel the world and visit all of the most amazing tropical destinations. + then I’d enjoy some excellent margaritas or champagne on the beach with the people I love.
Now you all know a little more about us (super embarrassing puberty photos & all)! We are so unbelievably excited to be doing this and so thankful for the overwhelming support from all of our beautiful friends and family. You guys are amazing! ♥♥♥