Yearly Traditions – 38th Annual Dugi Family Reunion

Yearly Traditions – 38th Annual Dugi Family Reunion

You know its been a great family reunion when you’re back at home taking a shower and you can literally see the dirt coming off your body. Every year, my family holds a reunion out on Navajo land where we come together for a weekend to visit with loved ones, eat delicious food and play a variety of games. It’s a yearly tradition that has been held since my mom was a little girl herself.

Our reunion usually kicks off on Friday, where everyone arrives at the location and sets up their camp. Later that day, each family is in charge of a carnival game for the kids to go around and participate in, plus win prizes. Saturday is a day filled with games such as egg toss, obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and more. Throughout the day, tournaments are played for volleyball, basketball, and kickball which are fun to watch. (I honestly don’t know how my family can play sports in the 100 degree heat. I prefer to just watch lol.)

The announcer said “boyfriend” as an item for the scavenger hunt. So we started running for the stage. We won a couple of pot holders lol 🙂

After the sun has set on Saturday, the talent show begins. This year, we got to see a couple of comedy acts, some serious musical talent, a skit performed in dinosaur suits and more. There is no shortage of laughter here! On Sunday, the final day, games are finished up, a pot luck is held for lunch, and the planning begins for next year’s reunion.

So grateful for my Dugi family 🙂

Returning home from the reunion, I always feel refreshed, like I can hit the reset button and take on whatever life has to throw at me. I’m curious, does your family hold reunions each year? Or, is there another yearly tradition that your family takes part in? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. Keep scrolling to see some photos from my mini “fashion” shoot featuring the most beautiful scenery. Also, thank you my love for taking these photos!

Thank you so much for reading this and I hope you all have a nízhoníful day!

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Welcome!

Welcome!

Hello everyone! I thought it would be a good idea to do an introductory post so that you could get to know a little more about me, my journey to here, and why I started this blog.

My name is Caitlin and I am a Diné (Navajo) woman originally from Page, Arizona. Growing up, I had always loved fashion and putting together outfits. I would say that I was a creative person overall since my favorite school subjects were photography, graphic design, and art class. Although fashion was a passion of mine, I never really believed that I could make a successful career out of it. There were no Native owned fashion brands or fashion professionals that I knew of back then, so it just didn’t seem realistic to me.

Going into college, I lost touch with my creative side since I was focused on obtaining my business degree. My junior year, I decided to make an effort to get more involved with fashion by joining Phoenix Fashion Week. I was there for about two years doing a myriad of things and learning a lot. I got to work with emerging designers and models to see the business side of fashion. I got to experience what it was like planning for, setting up, and executing a fashion show. I was given the position of managing Phoenix Fashion Week’s social media channels which meant planning out, writing, and posting content three times a day to multiple platforms. Through all of this, I learned so much about fashion but the most important thing I learned was about myself. That I am a valuable asset and am capable of achieving my goals. That I shouldn’t undersell myself because I am worth so much more. These seem like obvious things that everyone should believe about themselves, but, without knowing it, I was doubting myself and my capabilities. My experience at Phoenix Fashion Week gave me a chance to prove myself wrong.

After leaving Phoenix Fashion Week, I enrolled in Fashion Fundamentals, a six week course taught by Audree Kate Lopez where she shares her tips and tricks on breaking into the fashion industry. I couldn’t be more happy to have such an accomplished fashion professional as my mentor today. Within the first couple of weeks of taking this course, I had to lay out my professional goals and personal brand. Although, I always knew that I wanted a career in a more creative industry, I never verbalized or wrote down what that overall career goal was. I think that I always knew what I wanted deep down, but was never fully honest with myself about it. Through that process, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to make a living as a fashion blogger and content creator. I wanted to be my own boss. So, this is one of many first steps toward making that a reality and I couldn’t be more excited!

I hope that this blog will serve as a fashion resource and inspiration for many of you as well as a place for me to express myself creatively. Thank you for following along!

Fun Facts About Me

  • I am 3/4 Navajo and 1/4 Irish
  • I am going on 2 years of being a vegetarian
  • I LOVE the outdoors. I grew up hiking, camping and traveling to national parks.
  • I am addicted to Korean dramas and K-Pop
  • I absolutely adore dogs and hope to own a golden retriever one day (but I would honestly be happy with any kind of dog!)
  • One of my favorite pastimes is thrifting. I love the idea of finding perfectly fine clothing or items for a fraction of the price.

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