HARD LOVIN’, HARD WORKIN’, EASY GOIN’ SOUTHERN MAMA
REA | THE CATS MEOW COWGIRL
Entre Indígenas- Who is Rea, also known as ¨The Cats Meow Cowgirl¨?
Rea- I’m a hard lovin’, hard workin’, easy goin’ southern mama down in South Texas. A feather in the wind.
I grew up in a little bity town, raised by my best friend – my mama. Who I am is basically who I saw in my mother and always worked hard at becoming.
I moved to the coast right after highschool to get away, went to beauty school and of course dropped out. I had a baby young, grew up quick and have always had a hard work ethic and drive.
Now, I’m an Entrepeneur, model and just playing with my passions – like making jewlery and dabbling here and there with having a little thirft shop.
I enjoy the simple things in life. I like to live on my own terms and have never played by the rules. I’m not the kind of gal that’s keepin’ up with the Jones.
But my life truly began when I met Justin. That’s when my soul kinda came alive and everything started makin; a lot more sense. What people fail to truly see online is that he is entirely and completely my life. He’s truly the man behind my energy and my smile. He gave me the sense of true freedom that I needed to start this whole thing. We have fun, we play hard and we live.
So – Who am I? I guess I’m just me. I don’t know any other way to put it.
E- Is Rea the same person as ¨The Cats Meow Cowgirl¨, or are there differences?
R- The gal on your screen is the same gal you’ll find in real life. Whatcha see is whatcha get.
The Cat’s Meow Cowgirl however did allow me to use my lifestyle as a way for women to not be ashamed of finding strength in being sexy. What I do is not only for the male gaze, but hopefully showing women we are not disrespecting ourselves by using our bodies as art and encouragement. Normalizing our bodies and how we chose to embrace and share them.
E- How did your mother influence your life? We know she was a strong woman.
R- I always saw my mother as this “Dolly Parton”, stronger than hell, bigger than life, tougher than nails, woman. I was raised in my mama’s beauty shop. Most of the time it felt like I had 50 different mama’s always surrounded by a ton of fantastic women. My mama was the best friend you could ever ask for. Even as my own mother, I knew she would get me through anything as my best friend.
My mama was fun, silly and light-hearted – but in the same regard always in one hand was her comb and scissors, working her ass off for our us. She never complained – she just always worked hard.
My mama loved anything nostalgic and was an artist (her art was quite the show – teacup gardens, wine bottle art, and that lady ba-dazzled anything in site, but she loved it.)
The influence she left me was to be a good hearted person, be strong, and never take anything too seriously. The influence she left on me, although she isn’t here with me anymore – grows stronger as I get older and our years away from each other grow.
E- Do you find problems combining your work with family life?
R- I think every mama out there can agree finding work and life balance can be a real struggle. No matter your profession. But when Justin and I met, we traded in our hot shot titles and dollar signs for time, memories and getting; back to the basics with our kiddos. We plan everything around them and each other.
I always get asked “what will you do when your kids find out what you do?” And that way of thinking is so small-minded. Sure, I’m not putting my little ones in the mix of things and I’m not openly showing them everything that I do – but my no means am I going to ever hang my head over my career choices. I hope my kids know that they can do anything – and never allow the judgement of others hinder them.
E- Would you change anything about your work? And, what is the best part.
R- I wouldn’t change a single thing.
My favorite thing about my work is getting to meet such incredible and talented people.
E- Where and how would you like to see yourself 10 years from now?
R- Maybe in an old camper – traveling with Justin – no specific destination in mind – just find small jobs here and there, eat good food, see nature, meet new people – living free.
E- What is the most important thing you like to teach your kids?
R- Justin and I steadily try to instill humility into our children.
We love when our kids find simple joys.
E- Your best quality and your worst defect:
R- Best: Being able to adapt to any situation.
Worst: I tend to overthink.
E- You only have two days left, what would you do?
R- I’d want Justin to take the kids and I on a long car ride.
One of my favorite things to do is cruise around. I like the windows down, music up – holdin on to justins hand while my dogs hangin out of the window. The kids wanting to black smoke and hearing them giggle the whole time.
E- A success and a failure.
R- Success: Wakin’ up to do it all over again the next day.
Failure: Nothing’s a failure if you look at it the right way.
E- With which known person would you take a trip through Europe?
R- Dolly Parton, of course.
– A phrase: ”Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton
– A film: Steel Magnolias.
– A song: Girl, you’re a woman – The best little whorehouse in Texas.
– A drink: Frozen Margarita.
– A city: Corpitos Crispi, ha! This will forever be my favorite place on earth.
WHAT DOES REA PREFER?
- Ten years in a coma /Ten years in jail
- City life / Country life
- Talking to animals / Talking to the dead
- A good book / A good movie
- Only being able to whisper / Only being able to scream
- Lifetime free wifi / Lifetime free coffee
- Singing in public /Dancing in public
- To only eat salty / To only eat sweet
- Waking up in a desert / In a boat in the middle of the Ocean
- Knowing what you will die of/ Knowing what day you will
- Something organized / Something improvised
- Music concert / Theater play
- Visiting the past / Visiting the future
- Being unable to see / Being unable to hear
- Light on / Light off
- Reality/ Fiction
- Motorcycle trip / Car trip
- Never leaving your city / Not being able to return
- Being submissive / Being dominant
- Continuing with your life / Restarting your life