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 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 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.

(via)

August 5th, 2014

The Indiana State Fair officially opened on Friday, August 1st, which means my workouts have picked up as have my cravings for grilled cheese & milkshakes.

Until August 17th, my time will be split between the office & the fairgrounds.

I can’t complain.

After touring the fair grounds with the girls on Friday, I’m pretty sure there’s enough people watching, calorie consuming & animal admiring that I could easily stay for all 17 days.

However, there’s something about the August heat mixed with the scent of fried food that will probably lead me to an escape by the 10th.

Stay tuned…

August 5th, 2014

for years, we’ve listened to Bob & Tom.

based in Indianapolis, this dynamic duo has ruled the airwaves (locally & nationally) in the name of talk radio.

(side note: about a year ago, our beloved Colts player Pat McAfee joined their crew, too!)

i remember being a little kiddo, riding in the back of my family’s mini van & looking forward to spotting the Bob & Tom billboard on the side of 465. it clearly didn’t take much to keep me entertained, but the point is, their signature look stuck with me.

who would’ve thought that years later, i’d be showing up at their studio promoting the State Fair’s Dairy Bar with milkshakes & grilled cheese (a “Big Cheese McGee" at that!)?

alongside my boss Jenni, i spent a few hours of my day marveling at the set-up & listening to their humor.

it was such a great experience and judging by the number of employees stopping by the green room, i think they all enjoyed their dairy goods!

(milkshake pic courtesy of Jeff Kuhn)

August 5th, 2014

if there’s one thing i’ll never take for granted, it’s the fact that i live in this city.

(picture taken last week while handing out milk to those donating can goods for Elanco’s hunger campaign)

July 28th, 2014

this weekend was for drinking beer, listening to live music & enjoying the picnic table environment with new friends.

recently, if there’s one thing i’m extremely grateful for, it’s the new friendships that’ve entered my life thanks to a best friend & a handsome boyfriend

(via)

July 21st, 2014

one year ago, i was unemployed.

today, i found myself inside the Colts complex handing props to Colts Punter and #Boomstick extraordinaire, Pat McAfee.

"they" say a lot can change in a year and without a doubt, i know that to be true.

for a girl who loves her hometown team, i am honored & extremely grateful to be working professionally alongside such great people/athletes.

this evening i told Mama, “i still can’t believe this is my job.

i’ll never take anything for granted— that’s one of many lessons i learned while collecting unemployment & scouring the internet for a job that i would actually enjoy.

it’s gonna be a great season, no doubt in my mind.

July 14th, 2014

Friday was our Ice Cream Social downtown where, every half hour, we welcomed a [local] celebrity into each of our six tents to scoop ice cream for the public. 

The event, in its 25th year, raised close to $7000 for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, and gave me the opportunity to take a picture with Chick McGee from the beloved Bob & Tom radio show.

It was a beautiful day in downtown Indianapolis and marked another successful event on behalf of our local dairy farmers.

July 9th, 2014

i spent my morning on set at the local Fox station helping to promote this Friday’s 25th annual Ice Cream Social.

all proceeds from the gigantic sundae sales benefit the local Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

for a $3 donation you’ll receive a delicious sundae from a celebrity scooper & can feel good knowing your supply of Girl Scout cookies will never diminish.

(& yes, those are Girl Scout cookie crumbles pictured above)

but seriously, if you live in the area, stop by Monument Circle between 11 am & 2 pm to pick up some ice cream & say hello to your favorite dairy promoters!

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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