Getting Personal

Goodbye Old Friend

When I first laid eyes on you in the spring of 2007, I knew we we’re meant to be. You we’re a bright, shining light at the end of my senior year of high school, and I was young, dumb, and way too excited to jump in.

We’ve come along way since that first day. You took me to my high school graduation. To college. To Nashville. To Kansas City. You got me in trouble, and saved me from harm. You made heads turn in my direction, and became a household name with my friends.

I haven’t always treated you the kindest. There were many bumps and bruises along the way, but you remained loyal. You were there when I met my husband, when I walked across the stage at Jesse Hall, and when I went to my first (second, third, fourth and fifth) job.

You weren’t my first, and you won’t be my last, but you will always be my favorite. I’ll never forget the countless memories we’ve had together, and I hope the next person to jump in the driver seat feels the same rush I did the first time I jumped in.

The Great Pumpkin, March 2007 – November 2014


Getting Personal

Giving Thanks

Let me be blunt – I am not a fan of the “post something your thankful for everyday on Facebook” nonsense. I’m happy that you have a great family, friends, boyfriend, dog, etc. I do, too. But the things I’m most thankful for might not fall into your standard buckets.

I’m thankful for the teen moms who existed before the MTV show, like my birth mom, who may have had unprotected sex, but was smart enough to realize she could not handle a child and gave me up for adoption, allowing me to grow up in an amazing family with plenty of opportunity.

I’m thankful for AT&T, although they may not have the greatest cell reception or customer service, because they have given my father a job for the past 35 years, allowing him to support my mother and I.

I’m thankful for hockey. Yes, hockey. Hockey has given me something to be passionate about, it brought me and my boyfriend together (no joke, we met at a hockey tournament), and gives me something to connect with friends and family about.

I’m thankful for the Humane Society, Animal Protection Association and all other pet rescue companies. My rescue pup brings an insane amount of joy to my life, and these folks get to give people that same joy day after day.

I’m thankful for the Great Pumpkin (my Eclipse). Without it, I would be unable to go to the job I love every day, visit friends and family, and have some much needed me time with nothing but the radio.

I’m thankful for Martha Foote Crow. If this lovely lady did not decide to start Alpha Phi at Syracuse in 1872, I would not have had the opportunity to grow, lead, and meet some of the most amazing women on earth.

I’m thankful for communications. Communication is such an integral part of my life – my degree (Strategic Communications), my passion (writing), my relationships – that without it, I would not be the same individual I am today.

And yes, I’m thankful for my supportive family, my loving boyfriend, my fantastic friends, and my darling dachshund. But you already knew that.