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Thankful in 2012

With Thanksgiving this week, it’s hard to think of much else besides seeing my family, food and FOOTBALL! (stay tuned for a Beat M!ch!g@n post – I cannot wait to see how campus celebrates Urban Meyer’s first OSU v Michigan game).

It has been very interesting to learn about my fellow students’ traditions and ideas for Thanksgiving. Traveling hundreds of miles away to visit family, a town over, staying in Columbus and having a “non-traditional” Thanksgiving – everyone has someone and something to be thankful for.

It’s too easy to not see the forest through the trees. However, I am so incredible blessed and so happy that I get to go to THE Ohio State University every day and learn from the best faculty and students around.

My life is far better than I deserve  – here are my other top reasons to give thanks this season:

  • My small, but very mighty, family: I have a fantastic support system, and I don’t know what I would do without their cheers during my MBA program.

  • The simple fact that I wake up every morning and learn something new. I know, how incredibly cheesy is that statement?! But, it’s so true it had to be said. I am becoming a smarter business woman, but also a better person overall. No matter if I am in marketing, finance, operations or accounting – I am constantly pushing myself.
  • I am so thankful to have found such great friendships within just a few short months. And I am extremely thankful that they know how to make me laugh when I am stressing out just a bit too much.
  • The opportunities at Fisher. If I listed out every lunch, seminar, activity or special event – you would still be reading on Black Friday and missing TONS of great sales. So I’ll just say thanks for opportunities 🙂
  • I have thankful to go to school in a city with such energy and life. Really, do I need to say anything more than Beat Michigan Week?!
  • Thankful for my other support system, my boyfriend, Sam. Sometimes I feel that he should get his own diploma! I don’t know how I would have gotten through data analysis without him.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! See you next week.
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Baby Sister, Little Sister, Sister

Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister, Erin!

19 years ago I was blessed with a baby sister – and even though I asked my parents for a toy that was more “fun” when she was only weeks old, I’m glad they decided to keep her around. I couldn’t be more proud of this gorgeous girl!

Through fights, tears, laughs, smiles, talks, secrets and more, she has grown from my  little shadow to an adult. I remember complaining that she was always tagging along, and now we have to coordinate our busy schedules to plan a 15 minute phone conversation.

I no longer feel like I have a right to call her my baby sister, but simply my sister. Next month she joins me in Columbus as a buckeye freshman – and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next chapter of her life.

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.

 

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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

 

family vacations: the good, the fun and the togetherness

It can be a touchy subject. Family vacation 2012: translation, lots of family time on Hilton Head Island.

Lots.

Want to know the best thing? It was wonderful! I ate fabulous sea food, ran on the beach, saw dolphins, spent some quality time in the sun and allowed myself to relax.

I feel like my life is in a weird limbo. I am still figuring how to act towards my parents as an “adult”. I am in charge of my life and starting to figure out things such as the importance of credit scores, financing and saving, but I still depend on my parents for support and guidance. Even when they don’t always know what to say or how to help.

And my parents’ house is a great place to send my important mail. Because honestly, I don’t think I have lived in the same apartment for more than two years.

This vacation I felt like a visitor joining in on the fun. I wasn’t aware of the new inside jokes, my parents’ schedule and felt slightly like a mother as I asked my sister about work and preparing for college. And I talk to my parents almost EVERY DAY.

It was almost awkward having my parents pay for my meals – and now that I am maturing, I realize how blessed I am to experience such great vacations. I know the price of gas and how much it costs to take a family of four out to dinner.

Lots of togetherness, lots of love and lots of (good) changes.

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.

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

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What to do before I kick the bucket

A few weeks ago I participated in a small bucket-list project. It was simple, share the top 10 things on your bucket-list with others. 

Easy, right? It’s things you dream about as a kid and an adult – anything is possible! Maybe take a step on the moon, reach the top of Mt. Everest, live in the African Savannah for a month…the list could go on forever.

I like to go a little bit more, practical, if you will.

Now before you roll your eyes and say that’s not the point of a bucket-list, let me explain. This list should be composed of one’s ambitions, things that we strive for every day.

And let’s be honest, if I don’t ever attempt to climb Mt. Everest – my life will go on. If I don’t find happiness in my career and have a family – my life won’t be what I want. 

I want to blaze a trail in the communications and business world for women, I want to make a name for myself. I also want a family one day that is full of love…and slightly crazy. Because really, who doesn’t love a family slightly off their rocker?

Bucket-lists should be what YOU really want in life, not something completely outrageous. Yes, I want to skydive in Australia, but celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary is more important. If I travel to Australia and happen to skydive in the process, even better.

Standing in the Four Corners, seeing a lion in the African Savannah and toasting life on top of the Eiffel Tower are on my to-list when I visit Europe, but my bucket-list falls a little closer to home.

Here are ten things I want to accomplish before I “kick the bucket”.

1) Run five half-marathons (one completed…four to go!)
2) Swim with dolphins
3) Adopt a dog
4) Have a fabulous wedding followed by a fabulous marriage
5) Celebrate a 50th, 60th maybe even 70th wedding anniversary with the same person
6) Take my children to Disney
7) Take my parents on a cruise
8) Live to be 100 and have a cake with 100 candles
9) Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square
10) Visit each of the 50 states (includes seeing Mt Rushmore, The Grand Canyon and the Golden Gate Bridge)

Side notes:
-I can even modify #7 to take my parents to dinner. This does not include my boyfriend and I attempting to pay for our own part and creating a small scene…just treating my parents to a nice dinner.  Shouldn’t be too difficult – but in my family, treating others isn’t always the easiest! 
-I also have another list that is full of professional goals for my career. That is its own list that I WILL accomplish before I retire.

After working at Walt Disney World for nine months I am a true Disney Princess. I can’t wait to take my children to this wonderful, magical world and let them experience everything. For those of you that know me, I will be that mother running faster than her children to stand in line to see Princess Cinderella. You need to be on your A-game at Disney!

Someone asks what happens after I complete one of the tasks on my list…that spot  gets filled by another. After a few years of workings maybe some bigger dreams will make the top 10. But right now, I am excited to live in Columbus and have small, mini-adventures in surrounding cities. I want to go to Chicago and Nashville, and I think celebrating New Years Eve in Time Square should happen in my 20s.

I would love to know what’s on your list! Bucket-lists are such interesting concepts! Is your list full of adventurous items or do you focus on one specific event?

Thanks for reading!

continue the respect

In my last post I talked about respect individuals should show to those in the service industry. Theme parks, grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops – ANYTHING – those you interact with should always be shown common courtesy.

Not really a hard concept in my opinion; say please and thank you.

However, respect also needs to be present when dealing with family members. That’s right…respect should be extended towards both strangers and family. Children to parents, adults to children, adults to the elderly, courtesy should flow across all ages.

Let me elaborate. One of the perks of my job is my ability to interact with thousands of guests daily. I am able to talk with couples and families from across the country and the world and hear their stories. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the cutest families and hearing the most incredible stories from guests about their travels and Disney adventures.

I’ve seen the good, I’ve seen the bad, and I’ve seen the down-right UGLY.

I’ve seen children talk back to their parents and throw a temper tantrum when they didn’t get a dessert with lunch or get to see Buzz and Woody before they left the park. I’ve seen moms and dads scream at one another when plans fell apart and when aching feet became too much to ignore. It’s disrespectful.

I completely understand that children are going to sometimes have attitudes when talking with mom/dad/sibling (trust me, ask my mother. I know I gave enough sass growing up, and even now, to last a lifetime). But there is a fine line between sass and disrespect.

What really makes me sad is when I see families talk disrespectful to everyone. I see one parents actually call one another names and lose their patience in front of their children, and I have to wonder what example that sets for their children.

Arguments happen and people fight, but family need to show one another respect. People shouldn’t yell and call one another names – for any reason.

So try some patience…and some respect. It’s a tall order for anyone (dealing with family members or strangers) but in the end the results are much better.