Clink!

Hello to all my friends. Today marks the last day of the year 2013 and naturally I am writing a blog post. This post is going to be filled with a lot of great things, beautiful people, and terrific moments! I am very excited to take the time to sit and reminisce on the past year, so let’s get started!

I’m going to attempt to write this post in chronological order, but let’s see what my mind allows me to do. This year has had its ups and downs, just like everyone else’s. I lived and I learned. I let go of people and greeted new ones into my life. In my opinion, they all have led to positive outcomes.

I started this year without the person I have loved over the years and I am ending this year without him too. It’s for the best and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Although it was a rocky journey to get to this point, I am very grateful for the life lessons I have learned. This journey has taught me a lot about myself and how much those around me care about me. I made a decision to set myself free and broaden my horizons. I truly cannot thank my friends, my roommates, and my parents for all the support over the years and especially throughout 2013. I made the commitment to close this chapter in my life and open a new one. I’ve come to realize over the year a lot about myself and how I have changed. Although I learned a lot through happiness and heartbreak I now realize how much happier I am at this very moment. It took a lot of courage, but so far it’s been great and I am looking forward to the future.

This year I had the pleasure of meeting some of my best friends through my acceptance into Kappa Delta sorority. I think I’m one of the luckiest girls. I was blessed with am amazing and inspirational big, Tori. To top it off I was blessed with an amazing and charismatic twin, Emma. They’re two fantastic girls and I am so thankful that Kappa Delta brought us together. It’s really hard to put into words how spectacular they are, but they’re pretty damn spectacular in every way possible. They say that your sorority sisters are the girls in your wedding, but these girls are the ones that will be there until the day God calls me home.

IMG_2136They are beautiful, caring, inspirational, and so much more. 2013 introduced me to these two amazing people who I adore with all my heart. I can confidently say that these girls and I will have many more memories in the years to come. AOT.

This past year I enthusiastically accepted an internship opportunity with The Finer Things Event Planning. Simply put, it has been AMAZING! To know I have helped put together bride and groom’s special days has given me so much joy. By no means is it easy, but very enjoyable. I am so grateful for the opportunity my boss Jen has given me and look forward to what 2014 has in store for us! She’s taught me what “puddling” means and to be ready for absolutely anything on a wedding day. I also learned that there is a BIG difference between bad champagne and good champagne. Thanks to her I successfully made it through helping someone who has broken a bone. I never knew how I would handle it, but I think I did all right for my first time. Big thanks to uneven pavement at North Bank for that traumatic experience and especially to Jen who was extremely calm! Through this internship I have learned so much and have fallen in love with event planning even more. The weddings Jen has planned have been absolutely stunning and I cannot wait to see where The Finer Things Event Planning goes in the years to come!photo 1photo 2

Next, I continued my position as a manager for The Ohio State Wrestling team. I’ve always enjoyed wrestling over the years and I feel so blessed to have such an amazing opportunity to work with them. I ended the 2012-2013 season with a trip to the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa! I wouldn’t say Des Moines is the most exciting city, but I really enjoyed my trip there. Through wrestling I have been introduced to a lot of great people such as the 2012 Olympic Gold Champion, Jordan Burroughs. Also, I have been introduced with people who work with Cage Fighter where I was offered an internship for the summer of 2014. I have not made any final decisions about this coming summer, but at least I have an option to add to the list! This season I have been in charge of writing the newsletter for the wrestling team. I have enjoyed the experience minus all the technical difficulties (but seriously). I am very grateful for the amazing opportunity I have been given over the last few years and look forward to ending my college career as manager of The Ohio State Wrestling Team!

IMG_2911Oh yeah, I was on TV when I was at the NCAA tournament. This happened when our National Champion just won his second National Championship and then was claimed to be his girlfriend…talk about awkward.

Before my trip to Des Moines I embarked on my first spring break trip to Panama City Beach, Florida. Needless to say it was an interesting trip and something I would never do again. EVER. It was fun (sometimes) and crazy all the time. I am very thankful for my parents who helped me pay for my trip. Luckily in 2014 I will not be returning to PCB, but instead going to MEXICO. I am super excited, more to come on that trip.

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So after all the fun and games in PCB it was back to reality. I finished up with school and before you knew it, it was my 20th birthday! No longer was I a teenager, but finally entered my “20 something era”. PRETTY EXCITING. The summer of 2013 was not very eventful. I worked at the bar, worked weddings, went to the pool, and did a whole lot of nothing. It was boring until July 14, 2013; the day I left for Costa Rica.

Ever since I was 9 years old I wanted to save sea turtles. It was the #1 thing on my bucket list. At 20 years old I was able to cross my #1 off my bucket list as I embarked on a 2 week trip to Costa Rica to save these beautiful creatures. To say it was an amazing trip would be an understatement. It is almost surreal to think about. I had so much fun on my trip and it completely changed my life. I immersed myself in the culture and learned more about these beautiful creatures that are becoming more and more endangered every year. One day soon I hope to return to the beautiful country of Costa Rica and dedicate more of my time to save sea turtles. Big thanks to my parents and family for helping make my trip possible. You are a true blessing to my life and helped give me an opportunity of a lifetime!

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Once I returned home from Costa Rica, I had to move out of my current apartment the very next day. Talk about extremely stressful. I was very excited, but very nervous. I did not have the ideal living experience my sophomore year like I wanted. Now I was about to move into a house with 4 girls I barely knew, so how was I suppose to know what would happen? I learned very soon how the upcoming year would be…

Moving into my house on Frambes Ave has been one of my BEST decisions in college. Although I walked into it blind everything has worked out great. I have met my best friends, the girls that I can have fun with or cry with, and most importantly the girls I can count on to be there for me NO MATTER WHAT. Honestly they are all amazing and I could not imagine life without them. They are funny, sassy, charismatic, strong, and most importantly beautiful on the inside AND outside. No matter where life takes all of us I know I can depend on them. They have been an absolute blessing to my life in so many different ways. They have been there when I needed them most and I promise to always be there for them. I cannot thank Alexis, Jess, and Sami for the amazing friendship they have given me. Through thick and thin they will always be there and I can promise the same.

IMG_4545IMG_4558IMG_4771IMG_5210IMG_5416IMG_5417IMG_5618I mean…they’re perfect!

Not only has this year provided me with so many great opportunities, but also my favorite person in the entire world. Sean has been such a blessing to my life. During the summer of 2013, Sean received a bone marrow transplant to cure his cancer. When I returned home from Costa Rica I was finally able to see him. I try to visit him as often as I can because he has such a special place in my heart. He has grown so much and continues to get stronger each and every day. It makes me so happy to know that I can be there for him throughout his journey. This little boy has changed my life and inspires me every day to make my mark on the world and change the lives of children fighting cancer.

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In the last couple months a lot has changed for me. As some may know I got a new job! I no longer work at the bar, but instead I sell shoes at Nordstrom (so fitting). I have enjoyed my time there so far and have learned a lot. I work with amazing people who make work that much better! I also became a member of BuckeyeThon here at The Ohio State University and recently learned that I will be on the Events Committee, which I am very excited about. I have the 2013 BuckeyeThon to thank for inspiring me to become a bigger part of the organization. I am so thrilled to continue my work with kids who have cancer and their families! So cheers to making a bigger difference in the world!!

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I would say one of my most exciting moments of 2013 was my spontaneous trip to Chicago with two amazing girls, Tori and Emma aka nugget!

Now let’s be honest. Road trips are usually always a blast, but there are a few things that can make them better. One of those things is obviously junk food and another is the people who embark on the journey with you. To say I went to Chicago with the best people would be a complete understatement; no words can describe how amazing my trip was with Emma and Tori. Experiencing life and its opportunities with others who truly appreciate the beauty of it all makes it that much better.  On the drive there we shared our stories pre-college, pre-Kappa Delta, and so much more. The entire drive I was able to share my story and hear Tori and Emma’s stories. It was great to sit and talk about things we would have never really talked about to begin with. Our conversations lasted us the entire way to Chicago. When the cityscape came into view we started blasting our music and continued to drive towards the beautiful luminescence for our mini weekend getaway!

Another thing that makes trips better is the people who you are visiting! In our case we were visiting my grand-big, Liz. Talk about an amazing influence to have in your life. Although I did not get to spend, as much time with her when I was initiated into Kappa Delta I still am so happy that our relationship was able to blossom. She welcomed us with open arms and was ready to show us the beautiful city that she now called home!

Chicago was absolutely amazing! We walked around the city, ate delicious food, saw a comedy show at Second City, and bonded with one another. My trip to Chicago reinforced the saying that adventure is out there. I have Tori, Emma, and Liz to thank for making an ordinary trip absolutely amazing. A one-day trip has inspired me to take more time to travel and bond with friends.

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My year was filled with a lot of great memories and adventure, but there is one thing that exceeds all of those things. During 2013 I had my ups and downs, but in the last few months things have been going great. I started to feel this overwhelming sense of happiness and content. One week not too long ago Tori asked me to go to Veritas Community Church with her. At first I was skeptical, I’ve grown up Catholic my entire life and never really made a strong connection with God. That weekend I attended the 11 o’clock service with Tori and since then I have gone back every weekend. I came to a realization that because I am happy and content with life it was time to let God into my life and embrace Him with open arms. I have a sense of peace now with myself and with everything that has happened over the years, the good and the bad. I could not be more thankful for Tori because it was her that inspired me to really connect with God again and it’s been absolutely life changing. Although my relationship is new I intend to continue to grow closer to God not only in 2014, but also for all the years to come.

So 2013 has been an overall blessing. I have experienced so many great things and I have a lot to be grateful for in my life. In July I welcomed my best friend’s son into the world as well as welcomed another friend’s daughter and celebrated her son’s 2nd birthday! I have watched my family and friends go through triumphs and trials. I have gone through heartbreak, but more importantly I have learned to love myself again. Many different people have inspired me and I hope to continue to inspire others to be the change they wish to see in the world. As I leave behind the hard times of 2013 I intend to strive to continue making my life better and better each day. There are things about my life that I cannot change, but I will not let those things or people hold me back. For the year 2014 I plan to continue becoming the person I am meant to be, set my own path for my future, and most importantly be happy.

At midnight the champagne glasses will clink! And this will mark another year filled with great people and amazing opportunities! Happy New Year!

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