Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

As I reflect on the past year, I realize what all I have to be grateful for. This past year has been quite the roller coaster ride for me, but I wouldn’t be the person I am today with out those trials, successes, anxieties and everything in-between.

  • My Parents// First and foremost I owe my parents the world. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without their constant encouragement, love, and support in everything I undertake. You guys inspire me to work harder everyday and be the best version of myself. I can’t thank you enough for the sacrifices you have made for the boys and I. Every minute spent with you both is a reminder of how loved I am, and how honored I am to be your daughter.
  • My Brothers// Owen and Ethan, thank you for bringing intense laughter and an unusual sense of humor to everyday occurrences. I’m so lucky that we share such a strong sibling bond that I know will never falter regardless of the circumstances. Thank you also, for not being born female because we all know I don’t share so I don’t think that we would be as tight as we are.

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    La Famille
  • My Extended Family// Although this year has been plagued with a slew of health issues, I’m so thankful that we all managed to band together through the tough times, and allowed our faith to be bigger than our fears.
  • Ryan// My rock, my love, thank you for pushing me to believe in myself when I was at my lowest, and for always loving me unconditionally. Everyday, we grow stronger together and I cannot wait to see how we flourish as a couple. The miles between us seem so small when you care about someone so immensely. I truly am the luckiest woman in the world.
  • Kelsey// Although we don’t see each other as much as we used to or would like to, whenever we are together, it’s like nothing ever changed. Thank you for the memories, laughs, not judging me (especially freshman year when I thought I was losing my mind & in my rebellious stage), the list goes on and on, but, above all, thank you for 16 years of friendship and many more to come. I’m so proud of you for kicking major ass in the nursing program; you’re going to be an absolutely amazing nurse!
  • My Sorority Sisters// Where to being? Thank you for inspiring me everyday. Thank you for giving me confidence and leadership skills that will last a lifetime. Thank you for giving me sisters I never had. Thank you for life-long friendships and memories. A thousand thanks to Eugenia, Ella, Sophronia, Octavia, Elizabeth, and Mary for courageously starting an amazing legacy that will live on forever.

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    My Alpha Class
  • Vitality Dance Team// Thank you for a second chance at doing what I love, and giving me such a fabulous team of women with such immense drive and passion. I don’t really know what I’m going to do after graduation without dance in my life, but I definitely will never stop doing what I love.

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    OU Vitality Dance

While I could go on and on about how much my life has been impacted, I’ll save that for a later date. These are just a few of the major things that have aided me in my growth this past year in spectacular ways.

What are you thankful for this year?

-K

An Open Letter To My Little Diamonds

An Open Letter To My Little Diamonds

My Dear Little Diamonds 1 & 2,

I’ve had this post planned for a quite some time, yet every time I sat down to write it, I wasn’t really sure where to begin. I guess I’ll start with this: from the moment I met you both, I knew there was something extraordinary about you; you were, and still are, determined, beautiful, confident, intelligent young women with the potential to do whatever it is that you set your minds to. Obviously, I like those qualities in the people I surround myself with. I have wanted you both as my little diamonds since the moment I met you, and you are both so incredibly special to me.

As your Big Diamond, it is my job to be your mentor, someone you can go to whenever you need advice, a hug or food (because, let’s face it, food is always the solution). I promise to always be honest and open with you, and to always have an emergency chocolate & chick flick stash for when you have a bad day. I promise to be not only your sister, but best friend and confidant.

My dear, sweet Meme, within just one year I have seen you grow so much in this sorority, and I could not be more proud of you. You have stepped up to take on leadership positions that alphas wouldn’t normally touch, and I have seen your confidence grow immensely. I hope that you continue to grow and lead so fearlessly in our chapter, and teach our alphas to do the same; they have a wonderful mentor to get them through their initial member period.

Little Diamond #2, you may not know who I am yet, nor will you until tomorrow, but Megan and I are so elated to welcome you into our little family. I see so much potential and drive in you that I cannot wait to see displayed in the chapter. Even knowing that I am a senior, you chose me as your Big Diamond and I couldn’t be more honored to spend the last year of my college career with you. I am so excited to reveal myself to you tomorrow!

Although I only have this last year in the chapter, know that I am ALWAYS here for you both no matter the circumstances. I love you both so much and I cannot wait to see all that you accomplish in the chapter and the future.

-K

Hell Week Update

Hell Week Update

Hi friends!

My apologies for being MIA for the past week; I was dealing with sorority formal recruitment. As much as I love this time of the year, I also find myself dreading it for a variety of reasons:

1.) Extreme lack of sleep- I can’t even explain what it is like to run solely on coffee and two hours of sleep for five days straight. Yes, that’s right- FIVE DAYS!

2.) As much as I love my sisters, there is such thing as too much time spent together– I just needed some me time, by myself, alone.

3.) Tears. Lots and lots of tears.

4.) Lack of food for five straight days- basically only one meal a day.

5.) Let’s face it, cuts are going to happen, every sorority cannot take every girl they want. It’s hard and emotionally draining to have to make cuts.

However, as I recuperate from this exciting, yet extremely stressful and draining, I am counting my blessings, especially 32 new blessings as I welcome our new alphas home! Seeing them (and my rho gamma friends) jump off the stage and into my arms on Bid Day makes all of the tears, stress, and lack of sleep so worth it! I can’t wait to see the amazing things these women do in our chapter.

Now, I must catch up on the week’s worth of homework I’ve been putting off, but I promise there will be more exciting posts coming soon!

-K.

Holy $#!% I’m A Senior: A Reflection

Holy $#!% I’m A Senior: A Reflection

Today I embark on a new journey and begin my senior year of college. It seems like just yesterday I was a shy, clueless, awkward freshman that didn’t know how lame it actually was to wear your keys on your lanyard around your neck.I also had little to no social skills whatsoever coming from a ridiculously small private school. Nonetheless, I was bound and determined to become a nurse anesthetist as I intended to my whole life. This, my friends, was my first mistake in my college career.

Innocent freshmen with no idea what we were getting ourselves into
Innocent freshmen with no idea what we were getting ourselves into

About halfway through my first semester, I realized that I was not on the path that I was supposed to be on; my grades were slipping, I was constantly exhausted, I lost all motivation, and- in all this chaos- I managed to lose myself. You see, I’ve always been a planner, type-A personality, and OCD, so when I came to the realization that I wasn’t where I was supposed to be, I lost my zest for life; I just wasn’t the same person I was before. Because of this, my mental health and relationship at the time began to deteriorate. I broke up with my boyfriend of two years and just wanted to be alone, I knew I had to get better and turned to working out and going out in order to make myself happy again. After countless meetings with my adviser, and more aptitude tests than any human being should ever take, I found myself pursuing a career in communication and public relations- an umbrella category for all of my passions- and something I had always wanted to pursue, but did not think was actually possible.

Finally able to let my preppy flag fly
Finally able to let my preppy flag fly

My sophomore year, I took a huge leap of faith and tried out for the competitive dance team on campus. By some crazy miracle, I made the team despite not dancing for five years. I also did something I swore I never would do and went through sorority formal recruitment. You can probably imagine my surprise when I fell in love with Alpha Delta Pi and accepted a bid from them on Bid Day. Thanks to both of these organizations, I became more confident and started to break out of my introverted shell. That fall, I unexpectedly met a boy who turned out to be the man of my dreams even though I swore I was going to focus on my career for the rest of my life. I became more social, and things started to turn around. I was genuinely happy once again.

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Clearly my style has improved over the years as well
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Ryan and I at ADPi’s Debutante Diamond Formal

My junior year was a growing experience for my maturity as I conquered the challenges and lessons life threw my way. My classes were extremely difficult, I took an executive board position in my sorority, my boyfriend informed me that he decided to serve in the military, I was in a terrible car accident, and my anxiety was at an all new height. I promised myself that I would not revert back to the person I was freshman year, and with the help of my family, friends, and boyfriend, I began to set small-scale goals for myself (this was a huge step due to my type-A personality). I achieved my goal of making the Dean’s List, and I figured out how to prioritize my time because it really is so precious.

If you would have told me four years ago that I would be sitting where I am today, I would have laughed in your face and told you that you were absolutely crazy. However, as I sit here reflecting on the past three years of my college career, I wouldn’t change a thing. College is a time to not only learn what is necessary in the classroom, but to make mistakes and learn from life experience. I am so lucky to have stumbled so clumsily to where I am now, standing with more poise and confidence than I ever could have imagined. Bring it on, senior year, I’m ready for ya!

Cheers!

-K