brooke's nooks.

Jul 23

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Jul 21

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“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena

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Jul 18

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yesterday, i boarded a plane in dallas.

stop being so creepy!" my boss exclaimed as i took a picture of some stowed luggage.

i’m not being creepy, look at this precious luggage tag!" i forced while showing her a picture of the pilot’s bag.

we continued to board the plane feeling good about the pilot in charge— i felt so good about it, i tweeted American Airlines to express my happiness.

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two hours later & a flight with some minor turbulence, we safely landed in indianapolis to the news of Malaysia flight #17.

if you don’t think i was saying my “thank you’s” for getting to point A to B with no complication, you’d be very very wrong.

over the years, my feelings on flying have changed. 

it used to be such an enjoyable experience—i remember my first flight, sitting toward the front of the plane in those two rows of three seats, the ones facing each other. my brothers and i would fight over who could sit backwards, every time.

and now, flying feels different. i look forward to a safe landing and a smooth ride more than i ever have.

yesterday, when i boarded the plane, i had no idea, obviously, how the rest of the day would turn out, but i’m so grateful for Pilot Elvis.

i’ve never had anxiety when it comes to boarding a plane and i know how many flights travel safely from one side of the country to another, but it’s hard not to think about the possibilities that exist.

i hope my child-like memories connected to the luxury of flying remain, but as more uncontrollable tragedies occur, i’ll be sure to wholeheartedly commend those who are able to take me safely from departure to destination.

Jul 17

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it was a quick trip to Dallas (technically Arlington), but a great one at that.
Fuel Up to Play 60 participants, both young and old, gathered to share ideas, learn about health and wellness, and hear from some of the greats in both private and public sectors.
being a football geek that i am, one of the most exciting parts was spending 75% of my trip inside of the beautiful AT&T stadium.
we walked around the corridors, followed the same paths as the players & even received a private shuttle back to our hotel at the end of the night—driving through the tunnel just like Tony Romo…or even better, Miles Austin.
there are many perks i’ve discovered over the past almost year, and one of my favorites thus far has been traveling with people i adore to place i never knew i’d visit.

it was a quick trip to Dallas (technically Arlington), but a great one at that.

Fuel Up to Play 60 participants, both young and old, gathered to share ideas, learn about health and wellness, and hear from some of the greats in both private and public sectors.

being a football geek that i am, one of the most exciting parts was spending 75% of my trip inside of the beautiful AT&T stadium.

we walked around the corridors, followed the same paths as the players & even received a private shuttle back to our hotel at the end of the night—driving through the tunnel just like Tony Romo…or even better, Miles Austin.

there are many perks i’ve discovered over the past almost year, and one of my favorites thus far has been traveling with people i adore to place i never knew i’d visit.

Jul 16

Good morning, Texas!

You better believe I’ll be soaking up every second of this day filled with football, turf, cheerleaders & photo opps with Troy Aikman!

Good morning, Texas!

You better believe I’ll be soaking up every second of this day filled with football, turf, cheerleaders & photo opps with Troy Aikman!

Jul 15

i knew i’d moved on when his birthday happened without a disruption to my day. his words no longer affected me and his presence no longer felt. the man i hoped would be in my future, now a boy in my past. dreams filled with desire and anticipation turned to revenge and ignorance, and the present reality filled with adoration and kindness, two things needed but never had.

i knew i’d moved on when hearing his name no longer triggered a gut reaction of disgust, and when i finally accepted the time spent to be a learning moment instead of a waste. perhaps there was too much value on what could have been, because nothing is worth more than the dissolving of an emotional roller coaster and a fresh start on stable foundation.

Jul 14

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daily outfit: the “Bro #1 is another year older" edition.
Saturday night, the whole fam dam headed out to Fleming’s for dinner. We had one goal in mind, celebrate my oldest brother— & celebrate we did. With a feast big enough to rival that of Thanksgiving, we ate, drank & were very merry.
With each birthday in the S household comes a celebratory meal, and our dinner on Saturday night really hit the spot.
Plus, I whipped out this dress from last summer & the design still makes my heart flutter. Can’t go wrong with a pretty simple print.

daily outfit: the “Bro #1 is another year older" edition.

Saturday night, the whole fam dam headed out to Fleming’s for dinner. We had one goal in mind, celebrate my oldest brother— & celebrate we did. With a feast big enough to rival that of Thanksgiving, we ate, drank & were very merry.

With each birthday in the S household comes a celebratory meal, and our dinner on Saturday night really hit the spot.

Plus, I whipped out this dress from last summer & the design still makes my heart flutter. Can’t go wrong with a pretty simple print.