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

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

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 12th, 2014

daily outfit: the “back in work clothes" edition.

this is the first time i’ve been grilled-cheese scent free since August 1st.

there’s no doubt the state fair has taken over my month, but the good news is, every bit of it has been fun— even the scent of grease that has somehow lingered back to the office.

slipping into something besides jeans and a t-shirt feels really good.

(clean hair & dirt-free clothes also feels really good)

life’s all about the simple pleasures and today, i’m just thankful some of them include detergent, soap & fresh air.

July 31st, 2014

life gets a little crazy from time to time and no one knows that better than the four of us.

between the starting of relationships, the maintaining of relationships and the ending of others, up until last night, it had been months since the four of us were just that.

one year ago, we were four late twenty-somethings with one collective goal in mind, enjoy each other’s company.

considering we had all lived outside of the city at one point or another, it seemed odd that we were all back in indianapolis, finally able to reconnect and see each other whenever the hell we wanted.

of course, 12 months later, we’re realizing that may not always be the case.

as one of us (spoiler alert: not me!) starts planning a move to a country far far away, i’m extremely grateful we had a memorable evening together last night.

i missed it. i missed us.

sometimes my most meaningful relationships are those i never could have predicted, and while i would like to think that back when i was 16 i would’ve known they’d be in my life forever, i never knew how deep of an impact they’d have on my life as i get closer to my thirties.

the point is, after all these years, i’m even more thankful for our crew and know, with 100% of my being, that a move across the world isn’t going to end our bond—

that would be absolutely impossible.

July 31st, 2014

on Tuesday, I attended my first “Indiana Dairy Princess Scholarship Contest.”

for someone who never attended nor competed in pageants/contests of any kind, i had no idea what the day would entail. i was happily surprised to find out that the Dairy Princess contest is more about intelligence than beauty—in my opinion, that’s really the best kind.

instead of a bathing suit component, there was a question & answer portion.

& instead of a talent component, there were individual presentations on an industry-related topic.

no big hair, no heavy make-up…simple & classy— quite refreshing, really.

overall, it was a fun way to spend a work day & we ended up with one heck of a talent who’ll represent our industry for the 2014-15 year!

July 29th, 2014

back in March, i was asked to help with my boss’/friend’s engagement

last night, i helped throw her a surprise bridal shower.

alongside the other ladies from the office, we quietly hid in a room while jenni entered into the home.

with a joint, “SURPRISE!” we successfully scared/surprised the bride-to-be!

what followed were many laughs, stories, & of course, a couple games.

in a month, Jenni will get married in a small destination wedding & i know her real life dress will be more beautiful than the toilet paper gown my team made for me.

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

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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.

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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