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January on the Road

Happy Sunday, friends! It's been a while since I've written an update on my consultant travels, but 2017 has been busy so far and I'm excited to share stories. I've worked in three different time zones this month, with three very different but equally admirable groups of women. Here's a recap: January 10-15: Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia I kicked off my second semester on the road with a trip to our Gamma Lambda Chapter to provide support during Primary Recruitment. A brief history: Longwood is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, and it was the founding campus of four different…

In My Shoes

Let me start by saying something that will surprise no one: I LIVED for the Women's March on Washington this weekend. It took everything in me not to hop on a plane to DC or New York and walk in solidarity with so many fearless, determined (and did I mention creative?) human beings. Nothing breathes life into me like seeing people put their beliefs into action, and this movement is a compelling example of the power of peaceful opposition. It still gives me chills. That being said, I needed a way to feel like I could participate from California. On Saturday morning, not…

Foreword

foreword (n) - a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book / forward (adv) - movement onward so as to make progress I am an expert at looking like an expert. (without really being one at all) Can I get an 'amen' from all my fiercely motivated perfectionists out there? We work so hard to tie life up in a neat little bow when the reality sometimes looks more like the aftermath of a tornado. I cannot tell you the number of times I have set an unrealistic prediction for myself with full intention of accomplishing it, even though…

Constellation

One of the perks of having parents who live in the country (or as I so affectionately refer to it, the middle of nowhere) is that it provides an atmosphere of total quiet in the midst of life's noise. Coming home for vacation is often a much-needed escape, especially for someone like me who tends to run full speed ahead without knowing how or when to stop and breathe. Not to mention, it has the most beautiful nighttime view of the stars I have ever seen. I tell people this all the time when I'm describing my childhood home to them, but I…

The Future Goes By ‘She’

This week has me feeling all kinds of feelings. The cries of frustration and fear and anger are so loud I feel a bit like I'm drowning in the midst of them. I'm confused, I'm overwhelmed, and I'm exhausted. And more than that, I feel powerless to help the people in my life who are suffering. That distinct and resounding feeling of helplessness might be the scariest notion of all. My run this morning, like many mornings as of late, felt something like a prayer. I'm not religious, nor do I have any great faith in a higher power, but I…

November Travels & Traditions

Hold up- how is it November already? These last few weeks have been a whirlwind and I'm over here in Kentucky working hard to keep up. Fall is my favorite time of year and even though I haven't gotten to enjoy any real sweater weather yet, I'm loving the beauty and new life that come along with the changing seasons. This past month I've gotten the chance to meet so many humans (I freaking LOVE humans, you guys) and what a privilege it is to get a glimpse into all these charming, intricate, and varied lives. It's the coolest thing. I'm coming…

Walking in Memphis, Tennessee

"God bless the boys from Memphis, blue suede shoes, and Elvis Presley." -George Jones Now, let me preface. My time in Memphis last week wasn't my first trip to the area, but I loved every minute all the same. It's fun to have the opportunity to explore cities close enough to home that they already feel familiar, but you undoubtedly find something new each time you take a look around. This trip was no exception. When you travel alone you get used to doing things by yourself--whether it be exploring a new area, trying a local restaurant, or even taking…

At a Glance: Liberty, Missouri

Today I walked around what I'm convinced is the real life set of Gilmore Girls. Liberty, Missouri is a suburb located about 20 minutes outside of Kansas City and home to William Jewell College, a private liberal arts college of around 1,000 students. I'm here this weekend visiting our Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta, and I am quickly learning why they call this place a hidden gem (because it's a "Jewell," get it?). Liberty has the most authentic small town feel, which is amazing considering its proximity to downtown Kansas City. I've visited the KC area before because my…

Rose-Colored Glasses + New Chapters

Hey there, folks! It's October, it's a Monday, and it's been awhile. Today I want to share something that's been on my heart more often than not the past several weeks--along with the world's most exciting update about Alpha Gam's brand new chapter in Chattanooga, Tennessee! It's been a busy few months and I couldn't be more grateful (or tired). Life is happening so fast and it's unbelievable how much can take place in the span of just weeks. First I'm going to be vulnerable with you all for a second. As my post-grad friends are settling into their adult lives and establishing routines, this…

July + August On the Road

Hello from the 'Little Apple'--Manhattan, Kansas! It's Round 3 of Primary Recruitment here at Kansas State, and I could not be prouder of our Alpha Gams for the work they have put in all year to make this week happen. We are one day away from Bid Day which feels so surreal but is also just the most wonderful thing. Two claps and a punch for NEW MEMBERS! But I'm getting ahead of myself here. Let's take it back to the end of June, when the Leadership Consultant team  arrived at Headquarters to start the first leg of our travels. Summer training in…

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