Catch Me at Shad Planking on April 22nd!

I have very exciting news to share with you, dear readers!

I’ve been tapped as a featured guest/blogger/commentator for the 68th annual Shad Planking event here in real Virginia. The event will take place on April 22,2016, from 12-7pm. Read more about my participation in the event below:

Her passion for politics will bring Gabriella to the 68th Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival, but there are other reasons she will be attending.  “I’m looking forward to my first Shad Planking event this year,” she told us. “As a transplant to Virginia, I know this event is key to the Virginia experience. Every Virginian—native or not—should attend this event.  Virginia has welcomed my family with open arms. What better way to get together with fellow Virginians than at an event centered around politics and fish? I can’t wait to attend!”

What is Shad Planking? It’s a premiere event for Virginians–political and non-political. It’s a great day of fellowship, politicking, good food, and excellent drinks.

The event mixes politics with charity along with being paired with drinks and good food. It’ll largely benefit the Wakefield Ruritan Club, which has hosted the event since 1949. They believe in “fellowship, goodwill, and community service.” Below is more about the organization:

The Wakefield Ruritan Club has hosted the annual Shad Planking since 1949. The United States classifies the club as a non-profit 501(C)(4) organization.

Proceeds from the Shad Planking go directly to the Ruritan Club, which is dedicated to improving communities and building a better Virginia through “fellowship, goodwill, and community service”.  Buying a ticket for the Shad Planking has a direct and powerful effect on the every day lives of the good people of Wakefield and its surrounding rural areas.  While you are trying the best Virginia has to offer, you can feel confident that your entrance to the 68th Shad Planking has made Virginia a better place.

Many people know the Shad Planking for its political influence and the sense of camaraderie. What many people don’t know is that the profits for the event have always gone back into the community.  The Wakefield Ruritan Club has been creating real and meaningful good for Wakefield and the surrounding areas for generations.  Among others beneficiaries, the Wakefield Ruritan Club has directly contributed to the local fire department, 4-H Club, and youth baseball.  The Wakefield Ruritan Club also awards scholarships directly to deserving young people.

Ruritan National has nearly 30,000 members throughout the United States, that work to improve more than 1,100 local communities.  If you would like more information or would like to join a club close to you head over to the Ruritan’s website

Early-bird tickets are $25, but regularly cost $30.

It promises to be a fantastic event. I look forward to attending, and hope you do the same too!



Thank You for the Kind 25th Birthday Wishes!

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Hello dear readers!

Yesterday was my 25th birthday–an occasion marked by warm spring weather, crazy D.C. traffic, surprise Supreme Court nomination, and other interesting news. Despite the tumultuous nature of March 16th, I had a wonderful birthday celebration thanks to family, friends, coworkers, and other wonderful folks. (Fun fact: I share a birthday with rapper Flavor Flav, actor Victor Garber, and Founding Father James Madison. Pretty neat!)

Here are some thoughtful messages I received yesterday from friends and fellow activists in conservative politics and outdoor industry, which were totally unexpected and so kind:

Way to go @gabriella_hoffman! Hope you love it and it serves you well! #Repost from @gabriella_hoffman using @RepostRegramApp – Today is my 25th birthday. So how do I celebrate this milestone? With my first-ever handgun: a @smithwessoncorp M&P Shield 9mm! (Better late than never, I guess–already a Virginia CHP holder.) Thanks for the incredible gift, dad! 🔫🎉 And thank you to the guys over at @novafirearms! Happy we gave you our business. #pewpewpew #happybirthday #guns #girlsjustwannahaveguns #blessed #smithandwesson #MPShield #9mm #Defense #Empowered #MolonLabe #HappyHappyHappy #Safety #ResponsibleGunUse #2A #ReelCamoGirl #NRA #SupportGunShops #handguns #gungirls #ArmedAndFabulous #LoveAtFirstShot #RefuseToBeAVictim #9mmshield

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Here are some pics from my birthday dinner celebration with some of my closest dear friends here in Washington, D.C. Friends like these really make me who I am. So blessed for them!

Thank you for the kind notes, messages, tweets, Facebook posts, texts, and phone calls, everyone! I felt especially grateful to feel loved and appreciated. Without everyone, I wouldn’t be doing what I do.

Thank you, and God bless! I promise to make my 25th year on Earth the best one yet.:)


New Counter Cultured Article: Kasich is Wrong- Government Shouldn’t Promote Our Values

I’ve penned a new article for Counter Cultured today. I criticize John Kasich’s call to make a department vested in promoting Judeo-Christian values. Below is an excerpt:

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio governor John Kasich recently announced he wants to create a new government entity to promote Judeo-Christian values if he were elected.  I don’t know about you, but this proposal oozes big government overreach.

In a recent speech at the National Press Club, Kasich said the following:

“I will consolidate them into a new agency that has a clear mandate to promote the core, Judeo-Christian Western values that we and our friends and allies share: the values of human rights, the values of democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association.”

 While this may sound fine and dandy in theory, there are noticeable red flags in Kasich’s proposal. Why does our government have an obligation to promote Judeo-Christian values? How burdensome will the creation and cost of this hypothetical department be for U.S. taxpayers? Aren’t individuals and private organizations better suited to promote Judeo-Christian values than government bureaucrats?

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Exciting News: I’ll Be an Op-Ed Columnist for

Hello readers!

I’m happy to announce another writing opportunity I’ve been given. In addition to writing here, for Counter Cultured, for A Taste of Patriarchy, and for, you can soon find my work at is the premiere news site for all things shooting sports. Their content covers topics such as  self-defense, competitive shooting, ballistics, hunting, hand loading, and gun rights. I’ve read their website for several years now, and am excited to add my voice to their website! I’ll be writing two articles for them every month.

Stay tuned for my first post early next week!

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Catch Counter Cultured at SHOT Show!

Hello readers and fellow SHOT Show attendees!

We’re two weeks away from SHOT Show in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Like many of you, I can’t contain my excitement about heading out West for this one-of-a-kind trade show. (It’ll be nice for this California girl to return to the Wild West!) Why is that? I’ll get to see the gun industry at work, network with like-minded Second Amendment supporters, and explore Las Vegas after eight years since my last visit. (Don’t worry–Sin City is quite easy to resist. I’m all about good food, stunning architecture, and beautiful skylines!) Most of all, this will be my very first SHOT Show experience.

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For those of you curious as to why I’m attending this conference, it’s to cover the show for Counter Cultured – the cultural conservative blog my sister and I run. (Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!) I’ll be blogging about the latest updates from National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which hosts the annual event, and plan to chat with some big whigs of the shooting sports/hunting industry. (How awesome is that?)

You can also follow all of my updates from SHOT Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Hope to see many of you in two weeks!



Happy 2015!

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Welcome to 2015, everyone! Hope you had a great and restful holiday season.

In the spirit of making (and fulfilling) New Year’s Resolutions, I’ll continue to use this platform-my personal blog-on a more regular basis. Without getting too personal here -I’m proud to say I’ve successfully maintained some semblance of privacy in the digital age- I’ll blog about my travels, conservative things, fishing/guns/hunting, D.C. happenings, and culture.

What are my 2015 resolutions?

  • Travel more in the U.S. and aboard
  • Go on more fishing trips and take friends with me
  • Spend more time outdoors
  • Shoot more guns
  • (Finally) learn how to hunt
  • Cook/bake more
  • Read more books
  • Spend quality time with good friends
  • Get involved with the local American-Lithuanian community more
  • Do my part to better the conservative movement.

(Who knows – maybe I’ll be in for some wonderful surprises this year!)

Additionally, I hope to meet more of my fellow young conservatives this year! There are two upcoming opportunities to meet and chat: First, I’ll be speaking at Maryland Citizen Action Network’s Turning the Tides conference in Annapolis, MD on January 10, 2015. Second, I’ll be blogging LIVE at SHOTShow in Las Vegas, NV from January 19-22, 2015. Hope to connect with many of you at these two functions! For those of you attending college in the Northeast: I’d love to meet with you on campus and help you start conservative/libertarian groups! (Contact me here.)

As I enter my 24th year in life, I will continue to do my part to help make a difference locally (NoVA), statewide (VA), and nationally. You will find my musings here, at Counter Cultured, at A Taste of Patriarchy, at, and hopefully at Richmond Times-Dispatch again in 2015! Looking to make a difference this year? Take a Leadership Institute training in D.C. or in your town to get started!

Want to be connected more? Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. (Just don’t be a creeper.)

Happy New Year!



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Counter Cultured Website Has Relaunched

Hello everyone!

As many of you know, I manage a culturally conservative blog with my sister called Counter Cultured. The website specifically caters to Millennials aged 18-29. We launched this endeavor in September 2012. And today, we’ve relaunched the website. Click here to check it out.

Additionally, we’ve extended the deadline for our “Do You Even #2A?” Video Project to January 9th, 2015. If you’re a Millennial who supports gun rights, definitely participate!

Expect more interviews, spicy topics, and hard-hitting commentary from us in 2015!