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 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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August 5th, 2014

this little girl’s boyfriend (my father) is currently in brazil.

while he’s away, she spends her free time (that typically following him around the house) soaking up all the vitamin d she can find.

such an ornery girl.

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)

August 1st, 2014

a couple days ago, there was a box waiting to be opened on my front porch.

the box read “Bouqs” & i knew immediately what i’d find inside: a beautiful bouquet.

in short, Bouqs didn’t disappoint.

i split the packaged flowers into 3 different vases, fed them their flower food & immediately transformed my house into a bright & happy environment with each vase i placed.

there are currently 28 pink roses displayed in my living room & i couldn’t be more happy about it.

a month ago, I had never heard of Bouqs, and now, I can’t stop raving about them.

these flowers are so pretty & so fresh, i really can’t get enough!

if you’re interested in order a bouquet from Bouqs, click here & use the code: BOUQLOVE for 10% off your first order!

enjoy the beauty! you deserve it!

(disclaimer: Bouqs sent me flowers in exchange for a review—though i did have to pay shipping & handling which seemed a little odd. However, opinions of their overall amazingness are my own!)

July 18th, 2014

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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.

July 17th, 2014

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.

July 16th, 2014

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!

July 7th, 2014

sunday night simplicities. // there’s something highly magical about riding a cruiser in the eighty degree humidity to pick up shipping tape from the local drug store when you have the wind whipping your ponytail to & fro.

June 26th, 2014

yesterday was Emel’s 30th birthday & like any great party planner does, she thought ahead as to how she wanted to celebrate— the Handle Bar.

if you drive around the city often enough, it’s hard not to spot one of the mobile bars, & three months ago, Emel decided to reserve one to ring in the new decade.

surrounded by sorority sisters, work friends & those of us who’ve stolen her from mutual friends, we cruised around the city for the better part of two+ hours. 

it was a balmy summer night spent riding up & down the quaint pockets of the circle city.

we had three coolers filled with adult beverages, a driver who didn’t seem to mind the confused playlist of 90s rap & modern day indie, & enough conversation to make the two hours of pedaling fly by.

(during pit stop #3, we even had a random guest appearance from the Pacer’s beloved mascot, Boomer)

it was a great excuse to explore the city, but an even greater reason to soak up the first week of summer [with the help of beer].

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