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Editor's note: LPGA Tour rookies will be blogging throughout the 2008 season. Anna Rawson has condition status on the LPGA Tour this year thanks to a tie for 18th at the LPGA Q-school. She is a successful model, in addition to be a professional golfer.
 
I am sitting in Los Angeles at Urth Caf (a favorite) as I write my first rookie blog. I didn't believe my life could get any busier, but since qualifying for the LPGA last December I feel like I have been in overdrive! I am actually very excited to have a night off. I get to sit and write at the place that makes the best soy lattes in town.
 
Anna Rawson
Anna Rawson will make her 2008 LPGA debut at the MasterCard Classic in Mexico.
So what have I been up to? Well... let's rewind to December After qualifying school and orientation, I headed straight to New York to meet with Swedish golf company J Lindeberg. We finalized my endorsement, and I helped design the next line. All the while I was on and off the phone giving radio and news interviews about getting my card. It was so fun for me to share my design ideas. These are ideas that I have been collecting for the last two years, and it was great to get such positive feedback. I actually received the sketches last week and I am soooooo excited for them to be produced!
 
After a whirlwind two days in New York, I headed to Dubai for the last event on the Ladies European Tour. During the week, I did two fashion shoots, one for Emirates Woman and for L'Officiel. I also walked the red carpet at the Dubai Film festival and played the tournament. Just a typical week on tour. L'Officiel was a crazy location shoot. We pulled off the side of the road in Dubai, got a hot air balloon ready, and started shooting. All while camels were walking around us! From Dubai, I headed to Australia to spend 10 days with the family. I didn't even unpack the sticks. Upon arrival I pretty much slept for three days. The only thing I accomplished each day was a visit to the gym. My left shoulder needed some boosting from all the playing and traveling I was doing, and by the time I left, I was in much better shape.
 
I started golf again January 3rd but decided to ease myself into it. I was still strengthening the shoulder, and I had plenty of other stuff to do. I write a golf tip and journal piece every month in 20 magazines around the world, so I had to get writing and planning the upcoming photo shoot. In between golf and the gym, I did a photo shoot for Interview Magazine. It was a fun shoot at an amazing house in Silver Lake. The pictures were quite vintage and edgy. Look out for the issue (March Edition), should be on the stands any day now.
 
By the time February rolled around, I was fully training and enjoying an active social life, which is extremely rare for me seeing as though I am never in one place for very long. It's been fun hosting girls' nights at my house and checking out L.A.'s crazy nightlife.
 
I was very fortunate to squeeze a quick trip to New York again for Fashion Week. I attended the Jayson Brunsdon, Arthur Mendonca, Kai Kuhne, and Willow shows. It was so exciting to actually attend shows and not be in them. It was also fantastic to see consistency in the looks that I selected for J Lindeberg. Sometimes you never know how far off you are, so I was relieved to see some of my looks on the runway. Fashion week is a blast, not only the shows but also all the parties! And I cannot rave enough about New York. There is so much energy in the city. I just love it!
 
Since being back in L.A., I have been working with my coaches, playing a lot and enjoying time with friends.
 
Next week I will shoot my golf tips as well as continue to work on my game for my first tournament in Mexico City in March!
 
THINGS I LOVE RIGHT NOW:
 
  • ChampagneParis got me addicted!
  • Newsroom's freshly squeezed juices (immunity boost!)
  • The penthouse at the HUNTLEY HOTEL
  • MAC Lip Glee
  • NEW YORK ' everything except the weather
  • Song - The Anthem by Pitbull Featuring Lil Jon
  • Phoenix Suns ' and their SHAQ addition
     
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