The Hard Hat Way
Not only do I WEAR a hard hat in real life, I strive to LIVE "a hard hat life!" What is a hard hat life? A hard hat life described below in a few of my personal mantras -
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going,"
"WIN THE DAY!"
and "I'm all over it!"
These 3 mantras describe my strategy in life. I think of them as my "hard hat approach," because sometimes you have to go head first, tough it out, win the day, and be all over it!
How did I become That Hard Hat Girl?
For spring break one year, I toured a power plant that my sister (and editor) works at. To tour, we had to wear hard hats on site. Wearing the hat I felt awesome and empowered to do anything. Later that year, she gave me my own hard hat to wear with pride. Not long after, That Hard Hat Girl went all in!
MEET THE HATS
Each of my 28 hardhats have their own unique story and background. From making one specifically for a fundraiser, to gifts from supportive friends and family, they come from around the country and all have a place in my heart! And on my head! You'll see 15 here- pictures and stories about the latest coming soon!
Pink! The Annie LeGere Foundation Hat
The Annie LeGere hat is for my cousin, Annie, and in support of her foundation. In August 2015, we had a family tragedy in which we lost Annie to an anaphylactic reaction to an unknown allergen. Annie's foundation is working to get Epi-pens in the hands of first responders. An epi-pen contains epinephrine which is a life saving drug in the case of anaphylaxis. For more information please visit AmazingAnnie.org!
America the Beautiful
This was my first hat! I am proud to be an American, so this is one of my all time favorite hats. It is popular among people, usually generating the most comments or conversations.
Ruby Red... Hard hat?
My first hand made hard hat! This was for a special event- the Eastern Idaho Technical College Great Race for Education. The Great Race is an event to raise money for scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students attending EITC. This year the theme was "The Wizard of Oz," which is what inspired the "Ruby Red Slippers" themed hat. It started with a generic red hard hat, but after a few hours, some modge podge, and considerable glitter, I was skipping down the yellow brick road.
DOMTEC International Hat
Mike Hunter, founder and CEO of DOMETEC International, was the first business man (besides my dad) who really got excited about That Hard Hat Girl. We met and talked about my hat, business, fishing, bird watching, and more. Then he told me he would bring me a company hat! I was hopeful, and few days later he hand delivered it. A dream come true!
Uncle Paul's JILCO Hat
Hat number 8! This one was a gift from my Uncle Paul (see the photo)! I had told him to bring a hard hat to our next family event as a joke. To my surprise he did, and at the end of the day he gave it to me in support of THHG. He's always been a big supporter, and I'm glad to call him my Uncle Paul.
Prime Time Auctions
The one and only Staci and Tanner Hernandez gave me this hat! I have known Staci and Tanner for quite some time. They are both Rotarians and own and operate Prime Time Auctions. They are model citizens and business people, and I am proud to wear their hat! The first time I wore it I met 3 awesome people in the course of 2 hours that know Staci and Tanner. If that doesn't validate the six degrees of separation, I don't know what does?
As one of the sophomores returning to my dorm, I wanted to take some cool freshman under my wing. When I met the group of freshman living across the hall and on floor above me, I knew I was in luck. I found some good ones. A few weeks in after seeing my hard hats, they gifted me this hard hat. Signed by all of them, it is orange-gold. Much love to Corrado 1B!
My favorite companies
This hat is going to be filled with stickers from my favorite companies. Since this picture, it has 4 new stickers, and many more to come as time goes on. It is amazing to see people's reactions to various companies and connections. The 6 degrees of separation is true!
Bateman-Hall Inc. General Contractors
This hat is from a local general contracting company, Bateman- Hall! Given to me by Mr. Aaron Johnson, a partner at BH; I was very excited. Usually people say technical builder jargon when they see me in this hat, which is its own conversation starter. I love this hat because Bateman-Hall is well known and respected company in the area. Thank you Aaron!
This hat is my brother's retired hat from his job with GE. He works as a field service engineer on gas turbine engines. Little known fact- for jobs that require a hard hat, workers replace hard hats often as a safety measure. And for me, it means hat #12! Proud of you, Andrew! HARD HAT ON!
If you don't know, I am a student at the university of Portland. I am very happy to have a University of Portland hat! It is from the School of Engineering, and even though I am a business major I am proud to wear it! Engineers are awesome, and #pilotstillIdie! (UP's mascot is the Pilot)
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
This hat is purple, although it looks blue in this photo. It is being covered with stickers from my favorite places or things to do. I have several stickers so far, including Idaho, Oregon, a fish sticker, and more to come! Thanks to my dad for the sweet gift!
APS FOR THE WIN
This photo is from the first time I wore a hard hat on a tour the power plant my sister works at. It was over spring break of senior year with my friend Mads. We had a "lit" time! This year my sister gifted me her old hard hat. She wears a hard hat and fire retardant clothes every day, and she is a great hard hat girl role model!
ITS A HOME RUN
As a life time Chicago Cubs fan, this was a home run birthday gift. Before I had this hat I had to choose between my cubs baseball hat and a hard hat. My hard hat usually won, which was a shame. Now I have the best of both worlds!
Mountain View Event Center
This hat is from an event center recently built in my home town. A good friend and mentor of mine, Sam Nettinga, who was the Champion of this project gave it to me. He is an awesome person, Rotarian, and leader! Thanks for all you do for the community, Sam! Picture of me in the hat coming soon!