September 1st, 2014

this guy decided we needed to get away for a couple days,

so off to the lake we went.

here lately, there are moments when I wholeheartedly agree that I need to be more spontaneous,

& nothing reminds me of that more than when I’m along for the ride with him.

September 1st, 2014

(Source: soverypretty)

Reblogged from BROOKLYNTREE.
August 29th, 2014

because i love stripes and because i love my mama, here’s a picture we snapped (& shared) a few days ago when we realized we could single handedly strip off our clothes & stock a shelf full of striped clothes.

you’re welcome for that visual.

but seriously, between my papa making a visit to the ER on Tuesday night (he’s on the mend!) & Bentley’s vet visit yesterday (she’s on the mend!), trivial things quickly become the least of my concerns.

my family is everything, and nothing serves as a better reminder than banning together to bring healthiness back to the forefront for all parties involved.

August 29th, 2014

'tis the season to make school visits and promote Fuel Up to Play 60 across the state.

driving down country roads to schools so often overlooked is by far one of my favorites reasons to escape my office desk.

yesterday was no different.

as i headed up to Attica, a rural town north of Turkey Run State Park, i took advantage of the opportunity to keep my phone on silent while various pop princesses played in my car.

yesterday’s visit marked my third in the last year, yet it was the first time i took the time to drive down their main street.

there’s something about small town charm that easily woos me over, and Attica definitely did it up right with their mural, street lamps, and local businesses.

three hours in the car for thirty minutes of an advisor’s time was worth it… if only i would’ve been able to stay for the advertised buttermilk pancakes and classic fried chicken.

until next time…

August 29th, 2014

Jerrell Freeman, linebacker for the Colts, was our guest of honor at Wednesday’s Colts kick-off luncheon.

This was my 2nd year attending the event and I decided that no Colt would be a disappointment, but knowing the one sitting beside you was a definite plus.

It’s pretty surreal to be three tables away from the star quarterback, 30 feet away from a coach proudly supported by an entire city, and in the same room as guys hailing from all over the United States hoping to hoist a trophy at the end of the season.

Tonight, final roster cuts occur and I can’t wait to know which 53 guys will be representing our beloved nap town!

August 29th, 2014

this little girl.

one week ago, she was having a slumber party at my house,

yesterday, she was headed back to the vet.

broken out in hives, she was absolutely beside herself.

fortunately, some doggy allergy medicine did the trick and now she’s on the mend.

with every day, we are so glad she’s around, 

and yesterday served as a reminder that we need to hug her just a little bit tighter while we can.

August 26th, 2014

Twelve Months of Memories

I can tell how much it meant to you, you’re still getting tears in your eyes,” General Manager Deb Osza remarked as I shared my experience.

One year ago, I began my role as the Public Relations and Child Nutrition Coordinator for the American Dairy Association Indiana Inc. That muggy August morning, as I walked toward my desk, I never could have imagined what would soon follow.

My first week on the job, I shadowed my boss, Jenni, and as we drove up I-69 toward a Rotary Club meeting in Munice, I asked, “Are these the kind of events you get to do on a regular basis?” Looking back, I clearly had no idea how involved my role within the company would be.

1

Over the course of 365 days, I have traveled down dirt roads I never knew existed, spoke in school classrooms filled with curious minds, attended NFL-sponsored events & sat in the stands at the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

2

I’ve handed out pints of chocolate milk to those looking to Refuel after a run, watched tortoises race while children cheered, toured a food pantry large enough to fit 4 football fields, and walked toward better wellness with a great group of women.

3

I’ve been given a rare opportunity to work for 1200 dairy farming families across the state– spreading the word of nutrition in schools so often overlooked. Through Fuel Up to Play 60, I’ve listened to countless stories from concerned community supporters looking to make a corporation-wide shift toward a healthier lifestyle. With the Indianapolis Colts by our side, I’m grateful for the enthusiasm and gift of great athletes (& mascots) who support our initiative through leadership both on and off the field.

4

Whether it’s on a dairy farm, in a gymnasium, on a news set or standing on turf, no day is ever the same– it’s one of my favorite things about this industry.

5

We are constantly communicating, constantly brainstorming, and constantly activating plans to make this state, and those residing in it, aware of the benefits of dairy in diets.

6

I never realized the impact of this opportunity as the PR & Child Nutrition Coordinator until I was standing on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium before a game. As I watched 10 of our Fuel Up to Play 60 students get introduced on the jumbotron, our beloved Colts mascot Blue came up to me for a hug, “Hi Brooke!” was all it took for it to sink in. “How did I get here?” was the question that kept resonating that Sunday, and I’m still not sure I have the right answer.

All I know is I am immensely grateful that, each and every day, I get to enter into a building splashed with milk, I get to work alongside 8 gifted individuals, and I get to spread the word of health & wellness.

Has it been a great professional year? Most definitely the best of my life.

(source: WinnersDrinkMilkBlog.com)

August 26th, 2014

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward

It’s been one year (!!!) since I walked into my new role, and not a day has gone by that I haven’t felt a tremendous sense of gratitude for the work i do, for the people by my side, and for the moments that leave me questioning, “is this really work?”

it’s been 12 months filled with tremendous opportunities & growing experiences, & i am so grateful to be apart of such a wonderful team.

(picture taken 08/26/13)

August 23rd, 2014
Reblogged from Just. Pure. Lovely.
August 17th, 2014

in an effort to get back on my fitness game, i’ve been taking my cruiser out for night rides.

just as the sun sets, i turn to head home.

i realize, to some outsiders, Indiana doesn’t always have the best reputation,

but i gotta say,

it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty found outside of the city.

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Hi! I'm Brooke. Indianapolis is my home & I welcome you to my little nook. I'm a twenty-something girl who was born in the land of corn (Okl.), attended undergrad in the true Sea of Red (Neb.), & eventually found her way back home again after picking up a couple letters behind her name (Kan.) while clinging to an adorable Maltipoo named Bentley. Thank you for stopping by & please feel free to leave a comment (or ask a question) under the "Be Kind" tab at the top... xo, B
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