Tuesday, March 27, 2012

101 in 1001

As you know, I've been following blogs from all kinds of sorority consultants. Recently I found a blog by an AOPi and she gave me this great idea: I have decided to start the 101 in 1001 Challenge - 101 Things to Accomplish in 1001 Days! It has taken me over a week to actually think of that many things to do, and I've had lots of help from wonderful (and hilarious) friends and family. So, now that my list is complete started March 27, 2012...edited December 26, 2012, 1001 days starts now! So between today (April 1, 2012) and 1001 days from now (December 27, 2014) I plan to accomplish all of the following things: wish me luck!

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1. Go to a UT football game as an Alumnae =) 
2. Establish a weekly workout routine
3. Pull one last all-nighter in Hodges before Graduation
actually completed in the Melrose Honors Building
5. Re-learn piano
6. Read 100 books
7. Finish the Harry Potter series
I refused to read the whole 7th book back in the day because I didn't want the series to end
8. Go to Graduate School
9. Skydive
10. Bungee Jump
11. Go watch The Ellen Show Live
13. Sleep in a truck bed under the stars
14. Skinny dip
15. Write a letter to myself to open later in life
16. Make a scrapbook of my LDC travel year
17. Go to a drive-in movie
18. Learn how to bake with fondant
19. Go to a Wine Tasting
20. Go to Harry Potter World
21. Stop Biting my Nails
22. Have breakfast in bed
23. Stop tanning
it's really bad for you...but it's so warm in there...
24. Find a way to thank my mom and dad for being AMAZING parents
25. Learn the 5-strand braid
26. Run in the Color Run!
attempted...not yet completed...
27. Take a trip to Charleston
28. Donate my Hair...again.
29. Get a small and tasteful tattoo
sorry mom
30. Have a Disney Movie Marathon
31. Run a (half) Marathon
32. Send a message in a bottle
33. Befriend someone I don't like
34. Be in two places at once
yes, the above two are courtesy of "A Walk to Remember"
35. Finish a 365 day photo project
36. Throw a Murder Mystery Party
37. Dance in the rain
38. Conquer a fear
39. Go to Disney World
40. Learn to Waterski
41. Leave a confidence-boosting note in a book for someone to find
42. Watch the sunrise and the sunset in the same day
43. Build a fort like when I was a kid =)
44. Make money using coupons
45. Kiss someone under mistletoe
46. Donate $101
47. Mail a secret to PostSecret
48. Save every $5 bill I come across in a jar
Use the money for something special!
49. Finish the Friday Night Lights series
50.  Impact someone's life
51. Learn to golf
52. Tour The White House
53. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
54. Own something from Tiffany & Co.
55. Make a Family Cookbook
56. Organize all of Mom's photos
scan, save, categorize online and in-print
57. Step out of my comfort zone
58. Go on a road trip
59. Learn to let go of the things I cannot control
60. 365 days of Daily Devotionals
61. Watch all the Harry Potter Movies in one day
62. Write down the stories of how my grandparents met and fell in love
63. Take a "Monica Gellar" bath
if you're not a Friends fan, this means music, candles, bath salts, etc.
64. Be a "regular" at a restaurant
65. Have a successful blog
not likely, but a girl can dream.
66. Visit Michigan
hopefully more than once
67. Go sailing
68. Get my Carrier Permit
69. Go to the Southern Most Restaurant with Katie again
best meal of my life.
70. Have the "Fab Five" all together again
I want Julia, Anna, Ashton, Katie and I reunited! 
71. No technology (email, phone, twitter, facebook, etc.) for a day
72. Ride an Elephant
73. Put bubbles in a fountain
74. Learn to sew
75. Read the whole Bible
76. Go to a football game in every SEC stadium
77. Pay for a stranger's groceries
78. Be a part of Colonizing a Kappa Delta chapter
79. Create a recipe from scratch
80. Get a New Year's Kiss
81. Complete a DIY project from Pinterest
82. See all 50 States
83. Fall in Love
84. Live each day as if something wonderful is going to happen
85. Learn about gardening
I've always wanted to have a green thumb...maybe I can teach myself
86. Have both brothers in the States at the same time
Wouldn't that be nice?! This is the life of a military sister
87. Go to at least one great concert
88. Learn to dance!
like legit dance...mambo, salsa, tango, etc.
89. Learn to play tennis WELL
I know how to play...I'm just terrible, so no one wants to play with me!
90. Try Yoga and Pilates
91. Take a Zumba class
92. Go to Mardi Gras
93. Go to the Hamptons
94. Become an early riser
95. Learn to take compliments and criticism well
not my strong suit...
96. Go on a shopping spree
97. Go to the Kentucky Derby or Carolina Cup
98. Donate blood
I am going to HATE that, but it saves lives, folks!
99. Get a dog!!!
100. Let go of the past
forgive and forget
101. Complete my 101 in 1001! =)

1001 days starts now...HERE GOES NOTHING!!!






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Sunday, March 25, 2012

the ocean is my only medication

Believe it or not, I'm have just returned home from my last - yes LAST - Spring Break of my Undergraduate career. Honestly, when did I grow up?! Katie (my wonderful, patient, caring roommate who is just so fabulous as to put up with me on a daily basis) and I went to Key West, Florida and it could not have been more wonderful. We layed on the beach, we snorkeled aka Katie snorkeled and I barely escaped drowning, and we ate massive amounts of carbs and took a page from Jimmy Buffet's book and enjoyed plenty of margaritas. It was such a fabulous time! Here are some pictures from our trip! (there would be more, but I just cannot for the life of me figure out this thing....help me all you blogging experts!)



Key West Sunset from Mallory Square - we went almost every night!
SO BEAUTIFUL!

Waiting for the sun to set

Post-snorkel/drowning

Happy Hour at Kelly's

We saw dolphins from the snorkel boat!

Pre-Snorkel/Drowning

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post title courtesy of Zac Brown Band


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

To Find a Dream and a Life of Her Own

And the countdown continues...

4 days until Spring Break in Key West!
58 days until Graduation!
81 days until KD LDC Training!

With one paper and one midterm down, and three more midterms to go, I am so ready to hit the beaches, throw my cap, and be walking in Memphis Lonestar-style ASAP [yes, I'm aware of my obsession with country music references. #sorryimnotsorry].

Last week, Lindsey Houchin, a current Kappa Delta Consultant, visited my chapter - Alpha Epsilon - and I had the wonderful opportunity of getting to know her and picking her brain about the consultant lifestyle. I'm sure she thought I was an absolute crazy person as I feverishly wrote down every syllable she uttered, but I was so incredibly thankful for her words of wisdom! She also passed along some links to some ADPi consultant blogs which could give even more insight into being a professional sorority girl/road warrior/frequent flyer. My favorite is Miss Magnolia - a precious, southern girl with the wits and writing style of The Pioneer Woman and the enthusiasm of Elle Woods - a blogging style I could only dream to accomplish. And of course, I have already emailed her asking for advice as well...gosh I'm so annoying! Luckily, she was as sweet as pie and answered all my questions with the same southern charm that oozes from each of her entries - I couldn't be more star-struck with these ladies!!

With all these encounters with my consultant celebrities, I am even more excited if that is humanly possible to start my dream job!! I have started my Travel Year Wish List in all this spare time I have...oh wait, that's called procrastination and I thought I'd share it with you...if you're out there...hello?! echo....echo.....echo....cricket.


spinners are apparently MANDATORY in the consultant world, and Miss Magnolia personally recommended these babies
the customer reviews on amazon and overstock are not the most glowing, but i trust Miss Magnolia's year of experience over some stranger online


do i really need to give an explanation? it's a fabulous piece of technology. i want one.


this planner is to me what cocaine is to lindsey lohan...i mean really.
i cannot believe i have just now discovered this woman and her amazing gifts of wonderful plannerness


so incredibly out of my price range, but so ridiculously beautiful and professional and perfect. *sigh* a girl can dream


That's the list folks. Not incredibly extensive, but it is incredibly expensive. Feel free to donate to the cause ;-) Even without all these beautiful accessories, I know that my travel year is going to be absolutely extraordinary, and I cannot wait to see what God and Kappa Delta have in store for me!

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[title credit to Dixie Chick's-Wide Open Spaces]

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Testing...One...Two...

Blogging is relatively new to me so...here goes nothing...

It has been an absolute whirlwind of a senior year! Looking at my calendar today, I cannot believe that it's already March and midterm season, and I have so little time left as a collegian! Despite these intense feelings of "where did my life go?!" (honestly...when did I grow up? Are we not still in the 90's? Is it appalling that I listen to NSYNC on the treadmill!?), I still have many countdowns ticking through my brain! Honestly, I wouldn't be me if I wasn't looking to the future. So enjoy:

9 days till Spring Break in Key West with Katie
(yes, I am the luckiest girl in the world!)
64 days till Graduation
(am I seriously this old?!)
86 days till Kappa Delta LDC Training
(That stands for "Leadership Development Consultant," and NO I cannot believe I got my dream job. YES I'm more excited than you can imagine)


It is just such honor and blessing to know that so many AMAZING things are on the horizon in my life right now! It makes all the stress and worry and tears shed over the past six months worth it! I finally have a plan and I'm less than three months away from starting my DREAM JOB! How did I get this lucky?! I just cannot believe it.
Of course, senioritis has taken some deeeeeeep roots since Beth Martin Langford (Kappa Delta Sorority's National President...aka celebrity in my eyes and my personal idol) called me on February 13th and offered me this job (insert a million thank you's muttered through some very unattractive sobbing here), but luckily the excitement of beginning this new chapter is pushing me through the last couple weeks of college. And my precious mother constantly reminds me not to "Wish these last few months away" and to "soak it all in." So here I sit, in African Literature, bored out of my mind, and dreaming of the days ahead, and typing this blog...sorry Momma, but this particular moment just isn't really worth "soaking in." Until next time...

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