Being Bold and Meeting Bloggers; NYC Adventures

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Listerine, all opinions are my own as always! 

Until recently, I would have never thought of myself as bold- I mean, I’m a soft spoken, baby faced introvert whose idea of a good night involves peanut butter cups and Legally Blonde.

Pushing my gentle nature aside, though, I’ve come to realize that I actually am pretty bold. In the past five months I made the decision to leave school, I took an internship on a whim, and I moved to New York City before figuring out where I was going to live.

So maybe I am a little bold.


Last week I had the opportunity to tour the LISTERINE® Lab with a group of fantastic (and super kind!) bloggers and in celebration of their BRING OUT THE BOLD™ campaign we talked about what it meant to be bold.


LISTERINE® conducted a study that showed individuals who use LISTERINE® products tend to be more bold in their everyday lives.

But what does this mean?

Really – it covers a lot! LISTERINE® users are more likely to ride motorcycles, book spontaneous trips, or eat spicy food.

And don’t get me started about the food at the event. Per usual fashion I beelined for the guacamole, taking a conservative serving before shamelessly going back for seconds. It was that good.

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Lunch was the first time I really got to sit down and get to know the other bloggers at the event, and it was such a fun experience. One of the most exciting things about moving to New York for me was the chance to meet other people who share my passion. Being able to nerd out over SEO and social networking is refreshing in a world that doesn’t understand blogs as being anything more than an online diary.

Beyond talking shop, I also was at a table with Dr. Lee Gause from Smile Design Manhattan who talked about the “dental crisis in this country” and shared his own dental routine.

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Needless to say that Dr. Gause schooled us all in caring for our pearly whites, and talked to us about the importance of dental hygiene. One thing that I learned from Dr. Gause’s routine was that Listerine also sells a line of prerinses that you can use to preserve the whiteness of your teeth!

But our experience went way beyond just a discussion – we got to go into the top secret (no joke – cameras forbidden!) lab where we were shrunk down with virtual reality and got to explore the surface of a plaque infested tooth  – it was enough to make me want to spend the rest of my life flossing and swishing.

We also spent time with scientist Tara Fourre who was wonderfully informative. She emphasized the importance of Listerine (and good dental hygiene in general!) by reminding us that “plaque build up happens quickly” and by skimping on your dental regimen you’re “creating the perfect environment for plaque build up.” Yuck!

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I was surprised to learn that 50% of adults are plagued with gingivitis, but swishing with Listerine for 30 seconds just twice a day (just one minute out of our lives!) can cut that percentage down dramatically. Brushing only gets rid of 25% of the ‘gunk’ in our mouths, so it’s important to floss and rinse with Listerine to keep your pearly whites fresh.

Beyond learning a lot (this stuff will stick with me for life, yo!) hearing about how everyone else was bold was really incredible. I mean it when I say that I was surrounded by magnetic, warm, and genuine people, and hearing what everyone had to say made my heart sing.

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When you are able to brush shoulders with people doing powerful things, it makes you want to follow in their footsteps. Listening to people I admire share what makes them bold has me thinking that I’ll start making more bold decisions in my life, too. Who knows, the next post you read may may just be reading Mostly Morgan: Skydiving Addition.

Or maybe not. But it’s something to work up towards!