Seminole Strong #FSUnited

This wasn't what I was expecting to post today.  This isn't the first time someone has targeted a school and my heart has always ached for those cities, towns, and schools that have experienced tragedy.  But there is something surreal about the feelings you experience when it happens to your city, your town... your school.

It has been 5 years since I graduated from Florida State University.  My heart has never really left that campus, that town, or those people.  I still get butterflies when I tell someone that I am a Seminole.  The campus still takes my breath away every time I step foot there.  Hell, it takes my breath away just seeing the football stadium on TV.

It could have been much, much worse and I consider myself and my school lucky that it wasn't.  Today, please pray for those who were hurt, the professors and administrators, the current students, and all the alumni of FSU who's hearts ache today.

My younger brother made me the proudest big sister when he followed in my footsteps at FSU.  I'm very lucky to get to share the Seminole bond with him.  He put it best when he said:

"Being a Seminole means we celebrate each other in the best times, and we rally around each other in the darkest times.  There is nothing stronger than being part of the Seminole Nation."


How Do You Say Hello {again}?

How do you start your first blog post after being away for over a month?  I guess the only place to really start is HELLO!  I can't believe it's been so long!  I've missed this little space of mine!  If you're still around then I think a big ol' thank you is in order!  There was no real reason for my unplanned blogging hiatus other than the fact that I felt very uninspired for a few months there.  I've been wanting to return to blogging for a few weeks now but just kept putting it off... until today!

I'm officially back!  So let's catch up a bit, shall we?

I'm still advising these beautiful girls at Duke University.  This advisor position has challenged me in ways I never expected but it has been such an honor to watch these girls blossom and grow into true Gamma Phi Betas.

I'm also still volunteering with the high school youth group at my church.  These young adults blow me away week after week and teach me more about faith than I think I could ever teach them.  I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful church family.

Chuck and Nate came to me in August and went to their forever homes a few weeks ago.  They were a handful but were such a joy and always brought a smile to my face.  I'm still volunteering with Triangle Pets Alive! in one way or another and hope to start fostering again soon after the holidays!

There has been lots of football this fall and I love every second of it, even if my team does give me a heart attack each week!  This year FSU played at NC State in Raleigh so I was able to attend a game.  We had a great time and great seats!  Now if only my fantasy teams were doing as well......

We had another law school reunion this year for this pretty little lady's wedding.  It was an epic, beautiful and exciting weekend in Key West with my favorite people.  We definitely took the phrase "work hard, play hard" to a whole new level with this one. #2morrowsforever #angularmomentum 

I've been getting to know this cute guy for the past few weeks and I really like what I've learned so far.  He was very eager to "be blogged about" so I have a feeling you'll be seeing a lot more of him in the future.  We've gone on some fun adventures so far, like to the State Fair (my first time!) and to a chicken stew (did you know such a thing exists?!?) that I plan to catch up all up on soon! 

Last, but certainly not least, my two beautiful girls are continuing to enjoy lots of cuddles, playing lots of fetch, and doing their very best to avoid selfies with mom.

What have you all been up to while I've been gone?


Girls Night | It Started with HELLO

Today’s post is sponsored by Lindt HELLO, but my love for their chocolate is all my own! #duh!

I never knew how hard it would be to make new friends after I graduated.  You wouldn't know it once you meet me but I've always been pretty shy.  After graduating law school, I was really challenged to step outside of my comfort zone and form new relationships.  Some of the most meaningful relationships that I've made have come from the most unexpected places - most of the times, all it takes is a simple "hello."

I was introduced to this group of girls on a whim and I haven't ever looked back.  They are some of my most treasured friends.  Each week, we try to get together for a little girls night.  Most weeks they are filled with wine and trashy TV.  Whenever I host, I also try to have a few snacks on hand and these new Lindt HELLO chocolates are the perfect additions to our girls nights.

Lindt HELLO, the hip, trendy brand in premium chocolate, is a new collection from Lindt of sinfully delicious premium chocolate inspired by classic American treats.  It is available in 4 different flavors and in 3 different ways.  I decided to pick up one of the assorted mini-stick bags for our last girls night since they are perfect for sharing.

There are 4 different flavors: Cookies & Cream, Strawberry Cheesecake, Crunchy Nougat, and Caramel Brownie.  My favorite was definitely the cookies & cream!  

Lindt Chocolate is partnering with Ashley Tisdale to co-produce “It Started with HELLO” premiering on September 12th on the "It Started with HELLO" Youtube page. It is a fun, new romantic comedy digital series capturing couples as they make their first connections, and is inspired by the cheeky personalities of the new Lindt HELLO products.

From September 12th through October 9th, you can visit the "It Started with HELLO" Youtube page to view new episodes of “It Started with HELLO” weekly and share your opinions on who you would like to see paired up next.  You can even choose the ending to each episode!

You should also check out the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes for a chance to win sweet experiences from Lindt Chocolate!

So go out there and just say HELLO!  I promise you, it is totally worth it!