October 9th, 2014

daily outfit: the “another reason i love fall" edition.

give me all the booties & leather jackets in the world combined with brightly colored sweaters & my favorite black (discontinued) skinnies and i am one happy camper.

this morning i realized that my attitude is 100% tied to today’s look, and thank goodness for everyone in my all day staff meeting, i like it a lot.

i don’t think i own one piece of stereotypical autumn-hued clothing, but i own enough scarves, sweaters & boots in other perky colors to easily get by.

i love the fall & i’m accepting that love isn’t completely tied to football [players], but that’s definitely a perk.

(happy Blue Thursday from Indy, friends! xo)

October 6th, 2014

it’s that time of year when you can click through Colts.com & click on any “Part 4” video from the Colts Playbook with Coach Pagano show & see my diverse collection of facial expressions.

oh baby oh baby.

October 6th, 2014

what’s more fun than a job you love?

well, a job you love that also has season tickets to Colts games thanks to a national partnership with the NFL!

yesterday, my boss, Jenni, and i (along with a couple handsome guys), watched the Colts take on the Ravens.

my eyes were still puffy from the night before, but my focus was clear.

in the end, my favorite boys in blue prevailed & my absolute favorite punter showed off his wanna be grooves.

Go Colts!

September 25th, 2014

as previously mentioned, Pat McAfee is our Fuel Up to Play 60 player for the next two years.

As a fan of the Colts and a huge fan of the #Boomstick, every time I get to see this guy, I am thrilled.

Tuesday night was event night.

With over 400 people in attendance, McAfee easily stole the attention of those both young & old(er).

He stayed way over his contracted time to finish off autographs, pictures, and videos with the crowd, and even made my mother’s night by signing a past picture of her baby girl with the best punter in the league.

It was a great night and we are so fortunate to have a class-act Colt on our side.

September 24th, 2014

While I was on the west coast, I received an email from SEE Eyewear asking if I’d like to visit their new Indianapolis shop in exchange for a pair of free designer glasses (!!!).

Of course I was there within 48 hours of landing back in Indy!

Wednesday of last week, I stopped in their shop at the Fashion Mall, tried on 8 pairs of glasses and settled on a nice autumn hue.

By Saturday, they were ready to be snatched up, & my gosh, I’m in love.

Besides my blue & brown tortoise frames, I’ve always stuck to something more classic, but these army green stunners are going to make my fall.

Thanks for the opportunity, SEE! You are all fabulous.

September 24th, 2014

Friday night, Emily & I reunited over dinner & a brief concert from Matt Wertz— the man solely responsible for acting as my soundtrack during grad school.

To this day, every time I hear one of his songs, I can’t help but think about sitting in the crowded Starbucks in Aggieville (Manhattan, KS).

Back then, his songs gave me a little morsel of life and in person, his hair is really quite lovely.

Emily & I were both under the impression that Wertz was head-lining Friday night’s venture; however, we quickly realized his 6 song show as the official opener was as good as it was gonna get.

Good thing for 20 year friendships to keep up the entertainment.

This girl is pretty flippin’ fantastic.

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…

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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