The happy in happykatie is no joke. I'm the kind of gal that gets genuinely excited about things. Not EVERYthing, but when certain things/products/people that completely tickle my fancy I just don't shut up and can't stop smiling.
If you've spent more than 10 seconds with me, you'll know this to be true (I'm like a frigging walking Lovemark) and have probably heard me babble about:
- Elvis Costello
- My kick ass job at Schipul
- Stella Artois
- Origins beauty products
- Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap
- Seven for All Mankind jeans
- Arrested Development
- Simply Orange Juice
- Takashi Murakami
- World of Warcraft
Another product that gives me the hyper-happies is the Wii. It's a beautifully designed little piece of technology that is ridiculously intuitive and just plain fun to play on. I like it like I like my Macbook – it just plain makes me smile.
When I got an email a couple of months back asking if I'd be interested in being a Brand Enthusiast for the Nintendo Wii Fit – I just about passed out. Talk about a product that is easy to evangelize – I already get all arm-flappy-hyper just talking about Miis, the enthusiasm job is pretty much complete!
But the Nintendo gals (look how CUTE they are!!!) wouldn't let me stop at just arm flapping… oh no. They flew down to Houston to set up Jenny the Bloggess and I with a Wii Fit Fiesta – complete with sangria, Whole Foods organic Mediterannean noms noms, fruit juice shots and other tasty treats. I love food, they could've stopped here and it would've been a smashing success.
But of course they didn't, as this was only after they delivered 3 giant screen televisions to hook up Wii Fits to, making my living a colorful Wii video arcade (minus the Japanese kids with spiky hair and the fat white kids in NIN t-shirts that kind of scare you).
The ladies walked the handful of gals I got to invite through all of the basics – and also offered a supportive shoulder to lean on when the Wiis told us our BMI and occasionally called us 'unbalanced' (no surprise here). But here's the thing – even with the Wii Fit's uber-honesty, I've never felt so happy and 'awwwww' when being told my weight. Who could pout at the cute little Wii?
We pretended to be penguins, worked up a sweat on our hula hooping and we watched in amazement as a Nintendo gal even did some jack knifes:
And then Monica started doing yoga planks and the rest of us pretty much had to quit because she is JUST THAT GOOD.
So all in all, the party was a really fantastic time. But the best part is that it doesn't end here – I'll be Brand Enthusiasing (I made that word up) for the next year. It's a great fit with a company that cared enough to take care of my pals and my favorite Blog readers (you've entered the Wii giveaway already right?). Smart move, considering that one of the best parts of the Wii is the interactivity and group participation – spread the love Nintendo (and also, please help make my butt smaller).
In reality, we're all Brand Enthusiasts in one way or another - you have products and companies you support everyday, but even more importantly you are your own brand. So be enthusiastic about it!!