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“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”
-Bastille”s Pompeii

How do you look at a hard week ahead with optimism?

For me it helps to have something to look froward to the following Sunday. ūüôā


On rainy¬†Fridays like toady, I can’t help but daydream about summer and everything that comes with it! Spring is great, but I am ready for the heat. Olaf couldn’t explain it better . . .







I recently went on my first ever overnight backpacking trip to Mt. Yonah in North Georgia. I grew up camping, but I had always done “truck camping.” Not “glamping.” But sleep in a tent, get away from technology, cook over charcoal, wakeup in Georgia humidity wondering why everything is now damp camping. So when my friends approached me about backpacking I felt like this would be a piece of cake. Why wouldn’t it? The only real difference is that everything I would need for two nights would be carried one and a half miles up hill on my back.

So I packed up my backpack. I was so proud of my ability to roll my clothes and stuff¬†everything I would need for three days into this pack that I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. We parked the truck, and my boyfriend lifted my pack up, so I could slip into it. The second I was strapped in, and he let go. I realized that backpacking was NOTHING like “truck camping.”

One mile and a half up the mountain in the dark accompanied by¬†plenty of complaining from my end, we found our friends waiting for us at the campsite. I haven’t felt that accomplished in a very long time! Along the way I learned these 10 seemingly obvious yet mind-blowing at the time things.1620677_2346148529451_1332310600_n

1.You can never have enough water. (Anyone have any good camping filtration systems?)

2. Cleaning is much more difficult with limited water.

3. Everything in moderation. Just because you can pack, eat and drink it, doesn’t mean you should.

4. Headlamps in the woods = headlights on the road.

5. Staying in shape helps prepare you for life. (You never know when you’ll need to carry everything up a mountain.)

6. Don’t let a fear of heights ruin an epic moment. (Even if you tear up for a second.)

7. Just because you’re a pyro, doesn’t mean you know how to build a fire.

8. A chair IS worth it, but a hammock is more fun.

9. Take the picture, or you will regret it later.1689634_10203142043454554_1128916728_n

10. There is nothing better than great friends, being in nature and hanging out¬†where you don’t have reception!


Have you ever been backpacking? Any favorite spots to share?


So yesterday has come and went. For those of us who forget what daunting task is required every year by April 15, a wave of panic has probably already interrupted your normal morning routine. But truth be told I don’t ever really think about taxes or even talk about taxes until HR Block commercials start taking over my favorite TV shows around February. After analyzing their new tactic to compete with online tax services, I move on to jealousy while hearing about my friend’s refund checks. After living through this process then forgetting about it in May year-after-year, I have decided there are 5 types of 20-somethings dealing with taxes.

  1. The “My Parents are¬†in Finance and/or Accounting” Type: This person is always on top of it. Not only does he or she have someone (a paid someone) file, but this person¬†also probably has investments set aside and a retirement plan laid out. This person reminds me I need to get my act together.
  2. The “My Parents Do My Taxes” Type: This person has no clue how to file taxes. All he or she knows is that there is a letter that comes in the mail that must go to mom or dad¬†in order to receive a refund check. This person is your college roommate who you had to teach how to do laundry or make spaghetti.
  3. The TurboTax Ad Type: This person independently discovered an online tax service that he or she uses and then becomes a walking billboard. Come early April, this is the person I am jealous of because of the vacation or new shoes purchased with his/her refund.                                                             Image
  4. The “My Company Does My Taxes” Type: This person is the same person who has a company car, great benefits or a company cell phone. He or she somehow landed the mecca job after graduation, and you still can’t figure out how it happened.
  5. The April 15th Shut-in Type: No matter how many people warned or bragged about their refund checks, this person is still trying to find any last-minute way to file and get this process over with. Sad to say this person is typically me.



How do you handle tax day?

I spent a lot of time relating to this song especially last fall. So what better time to reflect than during my blog refresh?

“All this time I was finding myself, and I didn’t know I was lost.”

23 was a weird age, and so far 24 hasn’t made much more sense. So here’s to your twenties – your confusing, beautiful, terrifying twenties.

Wake me up!

It’s been almost a year since my last post, and I decided I was at a turning point. Either I refresh the blog or officially call it quits. So it looks like it is time for a refresh. If you are reading through this blog, you might find some old posts from PR classes at Georgia Southern or advice to new grads. Moving forward you will find more posts about how I spend my time outside of work.¬†

So as step one to this refresh, below is my new cover photo. What do you think? 


Stay tuned for more to come. . . 

Happy Monday!


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