1. Full Name
Raina Marie Ellison
3. Biggest fear
4. 3 things I love
God, My family, laughing real hard
5. My best friend
My husband, Rhett
6. Where I went to college & Major/Degree
Concordia University St. Paul- bachelor’s degree in Communications/ Broadcast Journalism
7. Sports I played
Went to college on a volleyball scholarship.
Got a college degree, won 2 volleyball national championships in college- Go Bears!!! Placed 2nd on America’s Next Top Model, moved to LA and lived there for 5 years as I made my modeling and acting dreams come true…..but when I think of ACTUAL REAL LIFE achievements that MATTER, they’d be: Staying true to my morals and values while living in LA & traveling the world, never ever once doing drugs, saying no to some seriously huge jobs when it contradicted what I believed in, finding the love of my life and marrying him, and of course, becoming a Mommy. 🙂
9. Last song I listened to
Something on the John Coltrane Pandora Station.
10. Turn ons
My husband 🙂 …naked
11. 3 Turn offs
Arrogance, ignorance, anyone who thinks they are better than anyone else.
12. What color underwear I’m wearing right now
That’s for my husband to know, and you not to know.
13. How many tattoos/piercings do I have
I have my ears pierced 🙂 No tattoos.
14. The reason I started blogging
I’ve been on quite a few adventures, and have had some great experiences. I’ve also traveled the world through my only full time job- modeling and acting. Now I’m a full time Mommy and that in itself is the greatest adventure of all! With all that being said, combined with all of the questions I’m asked on social media, I figured I might as well start blogging. Above all, I want to unite women, be real, be honest, and be vulnerable, all while sharing a few laughs along the way. 🙂
15. Something I really really want
People to stop judging themselves and others.
16. My favorite movie
O0ooo0O0o That’s a good one! Aladdin! Ever After. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Mega Mind. Inside Out. Star Wars. Black Swan. The Notebook.
17. My favorite song
The song I walked down the aisle to on my wedding day. “The Winner Is” from Little Miss Sunshine. A close second would be “Purple Rain” by Prince. It was the last song we listened to on our wedding day before we had to leave. It was about 11pm. The band was incredible. Suddenly all of our family and friends had surrounded my husband and I in a circle all holding candles they grabbed from the tables and started swaying back and forth. Everyone was singing along. I didn’t want the moment to end and burst into happy tears. It was magical.
18. My favorite band
I like Red Hot Chili Peppers, B0RNS, Prince, Michael Jackson, and yes…yes…Taylor Swift.
19. 3 Things that upset me
Children or animals being mistreated. Being Cold. Judgement.
20. 3 Things that make me happy
My husband. My daughter. My family.
22. Hobbies or talents
I like to bake. I enjoy a good challenge, so the tougher the dessert, the more fun it is.
23. My relationship with my parents
I am who I am because of them! They raised me with great morals and values. The older I get, the more I realize how much they sacrificed for me and how much they love me.
24. My favorite holiday
CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!! September 1st: Christmas music. October 1st: Put the wreath on the door. November 1st: Christmas Tree
25. A confession
I have really….really sweaty armpits.
26. My favorite animal
My dogs Roscoe and Napolean. Roscoe is an Irish Terrier/ Dragon mix. Napolean is a toy poodle/ actual teddy bear mix. Large cats are pretty cool too.
27. One thing I’ve lied about
I can’t lie. I would feel way to guilty and my insides would kerslpode.
28. An embarrassing moment
In 2nd grade my teacher made me sit in the back of the classroom for a couple months because she didn’t like me. One day I was sick but went to school anyway. Half way through the day, (sitting in the back of the classroom) I barfed all over my desk and every single person in the room turned around to stare at me. I swear it all happened in slow motion. It was like a terrible movie scene. I turned bright red, ran out of the room, and hid in the bathroom until my Mom came. Mortifying.
29. Where I work
I’m a stay at home Mommy, wife, cook, pastry chef, errand runner, house cleaner, property manager, dog walker, laundry do-er, diaper changer, etc. etc. etc. I also still model on occasion. So to answer the question… I work everywhere 🙂 And I LOVE it. <3
30. Something that’s constantly on my mind
How can I be the best wife, mom, leader, influencer, friend, daughter, sister I can be.
31. My favorite store
Any grocery store…preferably Whole Foods, Trader Joes or Target.
32. My favorite food
Homemade acai or pitaya bowls topped with bee pollen, shaved coconut, local organic honey, goji berries, and my husbands homemade pecan macadamia nut granola. I also like extra salty, extra buttery popcorn….and raspberries.
33. My idea of the perfect date
Doesn’t matter what- just being with my husband.
34. Do I smoke/drink
I’ve never smoked anything in my life. I do however, enjoy wine or champagne on occasion.
35. One word that describes me
36. Favorite Quote
“It’s not so much about the destination as it is the journey”
37. Favorite piece of clothing that I own
My husband got me these stellar Gucci sneakers for my birthday. I’m SUCH a sneaker girl…so naturally I now wear them ALL the time. I’d have to say that, or my black baseball cap that I wear far too often.
38. What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
World travel. Fashion. Photo shoots. Runway shows. Volleyball. Healthy eating.