Name: Lorynn Gutierrez
Planted: Florida

I am a southerndoe because I embrace my southern roots. I may not wear cowgirl boots or know how to line dance, but my heart is happiest when the things around me are the simplest. I find peace in the Lord, joy in children's faces, and solitude in nature.

photo by Lorynn Gutierrez

If I had to pick my favorite thing about the southerndoe line, it would be the wear-ability. I love the fabrics and colors of the shirts. They are my go-to for comfort and cute-factor in one. My favorite southerndoe saying is the slogan, "Strength is beauty". As a woman in today's world, it can be hard to keep a healthy sense of self. The southerndoe slogan is a reminder that my beauty is not defined by my appearance. I am beautiful because I am strong and I accomplish anything that I set my mind to.

One of the great things about living in the south is the weather. Florida may be too hot for some people but I love it! If the sun is shining, I am outside. I love kayaking, hiking, biking, swimming, and playing paintball. I also have a passion for healthy and fitness so anytime I can be active outdoors I am in heaven. I love running on a beautiful sunny day. I have never understood people who would rather run on the treadmill. The feeling of running while taking in the beauty of nature around you is like nothing else. It's a spiritual experience. Obstacle racing has become one of my favorite activities. Whether it's scaling a 10 foot wall or "swimming" through a 10 foot deep mud pit, the combination of dirt, sweat, and adrenaline is my definition of "Keep your soul clean and your boots (okay sneakers) dirty".

Favorite town? Probably my hometown! I was born in Tampa, Florida but my family moved to, as my mom called it, "the country", shortly before I started Kindergarten. My mom left the real estate business and took a job as the manager of a 20-acre horse ranch. She wanted my brother and I to grow up in a small town with a laid back pace of life. I spent my afternoons and weekends at the barn feeding, grooming, and riding my brown and white Paint Pony, Bandit. When it was too rainy to ride, you could often find me building hay forts with my younger brother. I had the most amazing childhood living on that farm. When I was 13 my mom changed jobs so we moved about 8 miles down the road to tiny town called San Antonio, FL. Yes, that IS a place! I lived there until I moved back to Tampa to attend Grad School. Living in a "city" made me miss my southern roots though. As soon as I graduated and got a job, my husband and I moved back to the rural town of my childhood. I now work as the School Counselor at San Antonio Elementary; the same school where I attended Kindergarten through 5th grade. It's kind of like coming full circle!

The best southern food I have ever eaten was my grandmother's cornbread. She used to bake it in an iron skillet in her old gas oven. As a child, I used to spend a week with her every summer. She would always have cornbread ready for me when I arrived and would send me home with more.