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23 years…and more to come

Today I turn 23 – and I must say, I don’t think I could be more blessed! Even through stressful weeks – days like today that make me realize what a great group I have surrounding me.

WIthin 23 year I graduated from high school, graduated from The Ohio State University, participated in the Walt Disney World College Program, lived in Florida for nine month,  grew into a young adult, decided to return to school to pursue my MBA and more!

Even better, I feel like I am just starting to get-going in life! I can’t wait to see what the coming years bring.



this was sent to me in a birthday email from Ms. Ellen – thanks for the smile!


Thank you to everyone for the birthday love and wishes!

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age” – Lucille Ball


Hilton Head Island

My blog will be slightly short this week – because I am in sunny Hilton Head with my incredible (and crazy) family! Can you believe it? One year and a few months out of college and I was invited on another family vacation – I am quite a lucky girl.

Below, you will see my beautiful sister and I at one of the harbors on the island. She is joining me as a buckeye this fall, and I couldn’t be more proud.


Stay tuned for great stories about our vacation in the following weeks. Have a great last week of June!


$4.15 for gas isn’t so bad

This morning I helped with the Arthritis Walk at the Westerville Sports Complex. I am the special events intern for the AF, and this was my first “official” event that I really helped plan.

What an incredible experience – talk about the small and mighty putting on an event. And I heard this is modest compared to the Jingle Bell Run, Auto Show and Wine & Dine.

The group at the AF is relatively small, and everyone knows what it’s like to haul equipment and needed items up from the basement. My first week on the job I was running up stairs to bring up tables. The employees are all extremely friendly and all willing to give advice to a new intern.

However, the impact and emotions this small team created (and yes, it is part of the larger foundation), along with members of the board was extremely powerful on this dreary and cold May day. Listening to Dana Lautzenhiser, retired from his career as a firefighter due to rheumatoid arthritis, and Allison Vititoe, a soon-to-be-high schooler with RA, makes me think twice about complaining about gas prices. Seems a little silly to complain about what I have when the two people in front of me deal with daily pain and the complications it brings to family and friends.

I helped coordinate the volunteers for the 5K/1 mile walk and helped with the execution of the event (perk about being a special events intern? You learn to think on your feet). I was so proud to be part of an event that involved so many people, but also an event that raised so much for a great cause. The Arthritis Walk – Central Ohio chapter raised over $56,000…money that will go to helping individuals with arthritis and finding a cure for this painful and crippling disease.

After today, seems like $4.15 for gas isn’t worth all the complaining.