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Getting to Know Me

I was nominated by my VP to be featured in my company’s “Getting to Know You” section of our newsletter.  It’s kind of a daunting task to answer these questions, I learned that I’m definitely guarded professionally (you know, building and perpetuating my own “personal brand”).  But, I made it through and hopefully everyone still sees me as profesh to death yet approachable, because that would be awesome. Or maybe, they will all wear their Judge Judy hats and their opinion of me will change…whatevs.  I had no choice but to complete this, so here it goes:

  • What Is your favorite hobby? Running, Traveling, Photography, Surfing, Anything and Everything Outside.
  • What did you want to be when you were a kid? I’ve always felt drawn to nature, traveling and experiencing other cultures, as well as the ocean.  Therefore, I rotated between a Marine Biologist and a National Geographic Photographer.  Once I got into college though, I found that my favorite classes were at the business school.  I accepted an internship with MasterCard Worldwide my Senior Year, with which I campaigned for financial literacy on my college campus.  It was like a mini real world business project where I found myself selling and marketing – I was hooked.  I never looked back and while the walls in my house are still adorned with my latest photos and I still find magic on a surfboard in the middle of an ocean wondering about the world underneath the water’s surface, I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be. 
  • What is your favorite time of the year? Summer, no contest.  I’m from Dallas, Texas so sunshine and warmth feel like home.
  • If you could have a super power what would it be? Singing. Of course, I’d love to travel through time/fly around the world/heal the sick…BUT sticking to something more realistic here – I’ve always wanted to be able to sing.  I think it would be so cool to share that gift or “superpower” to make other people happy. 
  • What team do you root for? Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, For college sports - UNC Tarheels all the way!, U.S. Women’s Soccer Team
  • What do you do to fulfill your creative spirit? It sounds corny to say it, but there’s creativity and inspiration everywhere you look.  You just have to be open to it, open to connections with people, open to things different than your norm, and open to the beauty that exists in even the smallest moments.  When I try to do this, I find that I am more than fulfilled and inspired, I’m energized.
  • What is the last thing you have done to develop yourself?  I’m a voracious reader.  I love anything nonfiction: newspapers, books, magazines.  Lately, I’ve also gotten really into NPR podcasts, it helps pass the time in airports while traveling (hat tip: download the free app “Stitcher” to stream podcasts, it’s awesome).
  • What’s your favorite smell? When you walk into someone’s home and they are cooking a big meal, it could be anything.  I grew up with a mother who absolutely loved to cook, she would make these huge elaborate meals on an ordinary Tuesday.  It took me going to college and eating Cheez-Its for dinner to realize how good I actually had it.
  • What’s your favorite motivational quote? It’s hard to pick just one, but currently this one is high on my list:  “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” – Kurt Vonnegut.  It reminds me to enjoy the journey, and be present.

Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.

—Hilary Clinton, on taking criticism.

(Source: ayabug, via deathbycupcakes)

Precious Memories: Dementia has taken its toll on former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, but family and devoted friends stand by the beloved coach.

An excerpt (full article found here):
Music seems to make him happy, too. About a year and a half ago, a friend named Billy Barnes came over to the house to play guitar and sing a few songs. Barnes played old Baptist hymns and barbershop quartet tunes — Daisy Daisy, give me your answer true. Music he knew Dean liked. But nothing seemed to get through. Dean was getting restless. Barnes asked if he could play one more song.
After every basketball game, win or lose, the UNC band plays the alma mater and fight song. The Carolina people stand and sing. Barnes knew Dean had heard the song thousands of times. He started to play.
Dean jumped to his feet. He waved at his wife, Linnea, to stand with him. He put his hand over his heart and sang from memory:
Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices
Ringing clear and true.
Singing Carolina’s praises,
Shouting N-C-U.
Hail to the brightest star of all
Clear its radiance shine
Carolina priceless gem,
Receive all praises thine.
I’m a Tar Heel born, I’m a Tar Heel bred, and when I die I’m a Tar Heel dead!
So it’s rah-rah Car’lina-lina, rah-rah Car’lina-lina, rah-rah Carolina, rah, rah, rah!”

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A touching, poignant and all too real picture of a great man, a basketball legend - slowly slipping away.  A must read, not just for Carolina fans but for all those who have experienced this horrible disease and its relentless march forward within someone you love.

Precious Memories: Dementia has taken its toll on former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, but family and devoted friends stand by the beloved coach.

An excerpt (full article found here):

Music seems to make him happy, too. About a year and a half ago, a friend named Billy Barnes came over to the house to play guitar and sing a few songs. Barnes played old Baptist hymns and barbershop quartet tunes — Daisy Daisy, give me your answer true. Music he knew Dean liked. But nothing seemed to get through. Dean was getting restless. Barnes asked if he could play one more song.

After every basketball game, win or lose, the UNC band plays the alma mater and fight song. The Carolina people stand and sing. Barnes knew Dean had heard the song thousands of times. He started to play.

Dean jumped to his feet. He waved at his wife, Linnea, to stand with him. He put his hand over his heart and sang from memory:

Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices

Ringing clear and true.

Singing Carolina’s praises,

Shouting N-C-U.

Hail to the brightest star of all

Clear its radiance shine

Carolina priceless gem,

Receive all praises thine.

I’m a Tar Heel born, I’m a Tar Heel bred, and when I die I’m a Tar Heel dead!

So it’s rah-rah Car’lina-lina, rah-rah Car’lina-lina, rah-rah Carolina, rah, rah, rah!”

A touching, poignant and all too real picture of a great man, a basketball legend - slowly slipping away.  A must read, not just for Carolina fans but for all those who have experienced this horrible disease and its relentless march forward within someone you love.

Delayed Flight = Fancy Wine and Cheese

Delayed Flight = Fancy Wine and Cheese

"Happy" by Pharrell Williams

…just because. I dare you to watch this music video and not smile.

Taking back some of my winter sanity with a 5 mile run in 45 degrees ABOVE zero weather!

Taking back some of my winter sanity with a 5 mile run in 45 degrees ABOVE zero weather!

Weekend Roundup: Dinner at Maude’s Liquor Bar Thursday night* (incredible mussels and cocktails!), followed by a drink at RM Champagne Salon, and a nightcap at Wit Rooftop Lounge. Friday was for a drink with a view at Signature Room Lounge, followed by Valentine’s dinner with friends at Las Mananitas (because nothing says ‘valentines’ like guacamole, margaritas and good friends), and dancing the night away at local nightclub Scarlet. Saturday was for recovery. Sunday was for a free yoga sesh at lululemon, grocery shopping, and catching up on some magazines/rest.

*my Thursday nights normally consist of work/reading/quiet dinner, but this weekend a close friend of mine from UNC decided to visit - thus, the mega packed schedule.  You know, YOLO and all that good stuff.  Also, pictures above are from my camera roll, we were on the go so much that bringing my real camera just wasn’t practical.

Green Smoothie + H2O + Coffee

…Monday.

Green Smoothie + H2O + Coffee

…Monday.

Look, it’s funny!
If the media/social coverage after last night’s game postponement proved anything, it’s that the rivalry is still very much alive and well. 
I am 100% here for all the shade against Dook - in fact, I am enjoying it.

Look, it’s funny!

If the media/social coverage after last night’s game postponement proved anything, it’s that the rivalry is still very much alive and well. 

I am 100% here for all the shade against Dook - in fact, I am enjoying it.

"I hate Duke with an infernal passion undying. I hate every leaf of every tree on that sickening campus. I hate every fake cherub Gothic piece of crap that litters the buildings like hemorrhoidal testaments to imagined superiority. When I see those Dookie boneheads shoe-polishing their faces navy blue on television, squandering their parents’ money with their fratty elitist bad sportsmanship antics and Saab stories, I want to puke all over Durham.

So this is my request, boys of basketball: Tonight, I not only want you to win, I want Krzyzewski calling home to his mother with tears in his eyes.” Ian Williams, Class of 1990

GO HEELS, BEAT DOOK!

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

—― Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano