I am so excited to announce that I am going to be presenting in Chicago this December at the CASE V conference. My last presentation was near and dear to my heart, but since I didn't choose to do it, it wasn't as real. This time, I created the proposal, I submitted it, I got it approved, and then found two amazing co-presenters.
In my time volunteering with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, I feel like I have learned so much. I have learned how important it is to be involved in your community and how important it is to have pride in it. I believe I have succeeded in both.
Now my goal is for my work to match my personal life. Our presentation is an analysis of my work and my colleagues and different organizations as we try to retain our students in the region.
I can't go into all of the details because I would hate for anyone to steal our amazing plan, but I think this could be amazing. I think we could all use a little insight into how their communities and schools work.
So my dad has been wanting me to video blog so I made the video of me searching pinterest. I have to say it was pretty funny. I had a half a glass of wine and I was tired from work. I sound so ridiculous, but it is honestly just me! Oh.. enjoy.
I am trying a new adventure. My mom is extremely nervous about selling things, but I am not. I have had amazing success with essential oils. I have decided to take over and sell Young Living oils for her.
If you are ever in need of some awesome oils, look me up! Well, you don't have to go far. I have my ordering site below and you can email me for consult.
It's Father's Day! Everyone loves celebrating their parents on Mother's and Father's Day. It is the one time where it is just your siblings and parents and you aren't obligated to provide tons of presents.
I feel pretty lucky on Father's Day. I have long said I have the best dad in the world. He may drive me bonkers when he wants me to watch Tucker Carlson, or calls me to debate politics with me, or tells me I have arrived at the wrong address, but at the end of the day, he is still the same goofball I grew up with.
My dad and I are very similar. We are opinionated, stubborn, hardworking, and very introverted. I learned so much of my work ethic from him. He works 80 hours a week and is constantly learning.
At the same time, I have the same stupid sense of humor. Sarcasm runs deep in this family. When someone asks what we want for food, I have to fight the urge to say ice cream cones. I love how my dad still gives me 10,000 points when I do something awesome. The most special thing about my dad though, is that he is still here.
A few years ago he had a heart issue that should have killed him. We were blessed that he was proactive and paranoid. He took things seriously after that. He eats better, walks like a fiend, and is super fit now.
Well, this one is to you Charming Charlie, my favorite Chuckles, the best dad ever. Here is to many more phone debates and long walks.
One of the things I love about wine is that it is as versatile as my moods. It is never the same in any different location and it can often be unpredictable. Most people who are wine drinkers have a specific type of wine they are drawn to. For example, I hate white wine. I can tolerate it if it is peach or fruity, but dry whites are terrible. I can be very happy with dry reds. Myself and many others have theorized that not only do wine drinkers have a certain type, but certain types match with the personalities of the drinker.
Does your drink match?
Merlot - Sensual, active, and gets along well with others; basic; nature lover; empathetic, responsible
White Zinfandel - Fun and adventurous; Outgoing, Exuberant & Accepting
Malbec - Deep and soulful, eye for detail, deep thoughts and intimate relationships; flexible, tolerant & pragmatic
Riesling - Nice and genuine; approachable; kind-hearted
Chardonnay - Sophisticated
Cabernet Sauvignon - Assertive and direct; strong personality; bold and adventurous spirit; driven, independent & holds high standards
Pinot Grigio - Cultured and connected; love with all of your heart; likes safety
Rose - Feminine; stereotypical girly girl; beach lover
Pinot Noir - Fresh; elegant and graceful; often romantic; perfectionist; focused, skeptical & an abstract thinker
My favorite wine is Malbec. Was it right?
Book lovers, I have decided to em barque on a journey. This journey is more physical than the land you travel to when you are reading your favorite novel. This is instead the land that encompasses it. Let us call it our literary universe.
Every day I hear people around me say how much they hate reading and they hate writing. Children in schools say that they get frustrated in reading because of standardized tests that make them feel like they aren't good enough. It isn't the child who can't read, it is the teaching and testing that lacks passion for a subject that is built on passion. Literature, like theater and music, can transform your world, take you on an adventure, and free you from all of your insecurities. In 2017, reading in schools is just another hurdle that schools must help children get over so they can continue to get funding and so they won't be considered a failure.
Here is my challenge and my goal. I would like to visit 5 of the best libraries in the United States in order to promote reading awareness. This will not be an easy task so I have set up a Fundly account to help with the costs. The plan would be to spend one day and night in each city, but arrange a reading circle with a local school or non-profit at every stop. I will take plenty of pictures of all of the beautiful places and report back on every single one. If this is successful, I will make my first trip in July and move to different places throughout the year.
The libraries I have chosen are:
Boston Public Library
Library of Congress
Indianapolis Public Library
Morgan Library, New York
The Seattle Central Library
Join me in this cause by donating or joining me at a location should I succeed.
The following excerpt was published in 2016. Let's reflect on personal success and mild failures that can only make me a better person.
It is no secret that I work in higher education. I also have my pretty diploma on my office wall, but that doesn’t mean that I am done learning. In fact, I do some really boneheaded things. Some people may even say that I may be mildly helpless at times. A little more education could never hurt! No one should finish learning after college.
Many years ago, one of my dear friends' mother gave me a book that people call a must read. The book was "1000 Places to See Before You Die" and I always swore that reading that book was on my list of things to do before I died. Well I finally did it. I finally took it off the shelf. I think some of the reason is because it is summer, I am 30 years old, and my last vacation was 10 years ago to Forks, Washington. Wishful dreaming.
Here they are... my places I want to see before I die.
1.The Northern Lights - Norway
2. Glastonbury - Great Britain
3. Rome - Italy
4. Venice - Italy
5. Blarney Castle and Burnatty Castle - Ireland
6. Hardangerfjord - Norway
7. Vatican City
8. The Ice Hotel - Norway and Sweden
9. Odense - Denmark
10. Midsummer Eve - Sweden
I take it that I really like Europe and history. Anyone want to go on an adventure?
Welcome to running season! Are you ready to brush off those shoes, hit the gym and train for countless hours only for an hour of getting completely sweaty and filthy? Normally I would be! One of my best friends and I live for this season every year. We have run in the Color Run 3 times, the Glow Run once, and one of my other friends prefers the vineyard trail. I have also had the pleasure of running in the Susan B Komen Race for the Cure. This year I am mildly bitter and angry that the Color Run didn't return, but I still support the cause. The great thing about some of these local races, is that they are benefiting local or national non-profits. Some people just hit the course for fun, but others prefer to know that their $40 registration fee is actually going somewhere.
These races are everywhere. I enjoy the big brand races, but in our community, we have various local races, yes even on bikes, that are all for a good cause. In most cases, this is a double positive. I know that many people out there are like me. You go to work, go home, watch Netflix, and your big exercise is going to the grocery store. Oh wait, that can be delivered now. Communities are taking action to get citizens healthy, get them involved, and to support local causes. Many races support Community Harvest Food Pantry. I think this is a fairly good group. The average middle class person doesn't know anything about the homeless or how hard getting food can be if you are poor. Another frequent flyer around this area is for veteran suicide prevention. I love this one. As an individual ho has battled with mental illness, I believe it is imperative to treat the people who really have a reason to run and hide. I just have chemical imbalances. Many of these people have seen things that they will never be able to forget.
It is great to go out and get exercise or try to get fit, but before you pay that registration fee, make sure it is going to someone who needs it.
Some things just bother me. One thing that bothers me is when something like avocado toast is being called the breakfast food of millennials. I'm a millennial and I have not had this... still. It also bothers me that this is making the news again. One billionaire decides that he has an opinion that is truth and suddenly we all look like poor, glutinous idiots.
I look at that picture above and I actually get a little hungry. I love avocados. I admit that I am new to this food, but I believe it was a good addition to my diet. I love standard breakfasts. Eggs, bacon, sausage, and tomato are my favorite breakfast foods. I hear toast and I get really nervous.
I also get nervous from over generalizations. My average breakfast is fruit and yogurt with water and a green tea. It doesn't cost a lot of green to get your healthy dose of greens. Also remember that a full avocado would cost around a dollar at the store. Toast maybe $.15 a slice. If you are spending ungodly amounts of money on food, it better be chocolate covered chocolate with a steak on the side.
Aside from the gluten, this seems to be a fairly healthy breakfast. Possibly our billionaire friend was just a little green because millennials are making better food choices and are more creative. You find me this toast and I will try it. Until that day, I will be enjoying my guacamole.