We were at the dealership and Andy laid it out there: “We’d like to sponsor you for 2 years and reevaluate for the 3rd.”
Wow! Just like that? In our minds, we were wondering, what’s the fine print? Andy said that he had spoken with Mike Johnson about us and his daughter-in-law, Emily Maynard Johnson (you might remember her from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette) had already brought us to his attention. He was ready to get behind our business and brand because he believed in our mission.
Umm… seriously? The two girls from Taylorsville, NC? This doesn’t happen in real life! Still apprehensive on our part, we wanted it broken down further.
As they explained again, we realized there was still no catch. Our masks were helping us keep a straight face, but our body language was definitely telling our excitement. Andy walked us around the property, making us feel like VIPs, and asked if we wanted to look at any trucks while we were there. 100%! He took us back inside and introduced us to Brenda.
Oh, Brenda Mae. She’s a gem! We connected with her instantly. Her vibrant, caring, personality spoke to us. She’s like a long-lost sister. Brenda sat us down in her little office and pulled up trucks that were currently on the lot. We really wanted the tan color because #branding but we found out that they don’t use that color on their 2021 Tundras. Bummer. We found another option: cement. We took it for a test drive on HWY 321, tested out the features, and circled back to the dealership. Brenda brought us back inside to chat more details. She showed us what a wrap would look like with our logos and potential other brand sponsorships on the side. We took a day to think about it and then texted her and Andy the next day to confirm we had made our decision. We wanted to add her to our team! (The Tundra is a girl of course!)
On January 9th, 2021, we walked out of the dealership with a brand spanking new 2021 Toyota Tundra, thanks to Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota! To this day, it seems like such a surreal experience!
So why do we chat about every single little detail with you? Because we want you to see what it looks like to chase after something; to dream big. To show you that you can take risks when you feel strongly about something. For us, we focus on listening to our intuition and praying about our next steps. We don’t want to come across as bragging about this deal but we do want to show you what it looks like to chase after something you feel strongly about and to put yourself out there.
On Jan. 20th, 2021, we met up with Mike Johnson at the dealership to take photos and introduce ourselves to him. We found out so much about him and his family. He really is one of the most down-to-earth people you’ll meet! Mike walked us around to every department within the dealership, introducing us and making us feel like celebrities. We noticed the way his employees talk to him when he comes in the room and he knew each one of them by name. It was so inspirational to see him as an owner who’s connected to his business and employees on a daily basis. It speaks volumes for a person of his stature to not let his position go to his head. Mike raised his four sons in this community, and it has always been important to him to invest back into it and to do business the right way. No shady deals. No gimmicks. Now that’s something we can stand behind too!
The exciting part is that this is just the beginning of this collaboration! We’ve expressed our visions and dreams with each other and we’re so excited to see where this will go. We’ll forever be grateful for this connection! If ever there were a pivotal moment in Those Plant Ladies, it’s this one!
Hanging out with MJ! He’s so humble and respected by his employees.
Thank you to Mike Johnson, Andy, Brenda, our community of plant ladies, our families, friends, and team for believing in us and supporting us and our mission! Together we’re changing stereotypes and reaching people all over the world. Together we’re inspiring people to chase their dreams and showing them what it looks like to be the underdog but still thrive. Together we’re educating all generations to plant seeds in their life and to properly take care of them until it’s time for harvest. Together we’re empowering women to step outside of the norm and give them permission to feel confident in life.
We obviously had to film our commercial before we left!