March 23, 2016

Bourbon Trail: Four Roses


Our first stop on the Bourbon Trail - Four Roses. I must say, Four Roses was a great way for Bryan and me to begin our bourbon tasting adventure. Pulling up to the distillery, we were greeted by yellow buildings adorned with terra-cotta roofs echoing a spanish/mediterranean vibe. We parked in the visitor parking lot around the back of the building pictured above and excitedly went into the welcome center to purchase our tour tickets and pick up our personal bourbon trail passports. Arriving around 9:45 in the morning after a three hour drive from Knoxville, we were lucky to claim the last two spots on the 10 am tour of the facility.

March 21, 2016

Give Back: Wildlife Conservation Society

As part of my Year of 52 and 12, every month I'm supporting organizations and causes that I believe in. I'm a firm believer in "putting my money where my mouth is." With such a highly connected world, it's so incredibly easy to ramble on and on about "the issues" on social media, but seldom do we do much more than talk about it. I'm tired of simply talking about it; I want to be about it. Every month, I want to share what I'm doing to "give back" as a way to encourage you to let your actions speak louder. Whether you choose to support the same cause as me or something entirely different, it is my hope that we all make this year the year that we did something good for the world in which we live.
It is my hope that we act.



I am passionate about this planet. I want to travel across every inch of it because it is truly that beautiful and offers so many opportunities for learning and personal growth. But in order to see that lofty goal through, this planet needs to be protected. Every single thing, living or not, has a special purpose here. If we lose a species or a natural habitat, the entire balance of this place we call home gets thrown off. That's why it is so incredibly important to invest our energies into conservation. So this month, I'm giving back to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

March 18, 2016

1000 Places: The Bourbon Trail


Once Bryan got accepted to the University of Tennessee and we knew we'd be moving to Knoxville, we both had the desire to really explore this area of the US while we were here. We wanted to take advantage of having the Great Smoky Mountains in our backyard, and we wanted to make a point to visit places that would be much closer to us than they had ever been before. After moving into our apartment at the end of the 2014 summer, the Bourbon Trail was just across the Kentucky border, and the time was now to plan for this fun experience.

February 22, 2016

Driftwood Beach


The weather has started looking up in Tennessee, and I'm beginning to think the groundhog may have been correct in his prediction for an early spring. The forecast is remaining steady with nearly warm temperatures, and with every new day I feel like the snow and slush are becoming things of a winter past. And as much as I can feel my soul stretching its legs after hibernation, the morning chirps of birds are only reminding me more of how much I miss my south Georgia home.

February 15, 2016

Give Back: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Girls on the Run International

As part of my Year of 52 and 12, every month I'm supporting organizations and causes that I believe in. I'm a firm believer in "putting my money where my mouth is." With such a highly connected world, it's so incredibly easy to ramble on and on about "the issues" on social media, but seldom do we do much more than talk about it. I'm tired of simply talking about it; I want to be about it. Every month, I want to share what I'm doing to "give back" as a way to encourage you to let your actions speak louder. Whether you choose to support the same cause as me or something entirely different, it is my hope that we all make this year the year that we did something good for the world in which we live.
It is my hope that we act.

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Gamma Phi Beta is one of the 10 oldest women's organizations in North America. It was founded at Syracuse University in New York on November 11, 1874.

January 22, 2016

Personal Branding: Personality Types


In November, I made a monthly goal to work on my personal branding. I didn't accomplish much that month, but I did take a personality test. I've taken a handful of personality tests throughout my life - one or two in high school, one freshman year of college, another a few years after that, and now I've taken one again just a couple months ago. Personalities and the way people think are always intriguing to me, so naturally, this kind of test is something I love to do and provides me with a lot of insight.

In the past, I've noticed that I've bounced between certain traits. I believe it's always been between the "N" and "S" traits and the "T" and "F" traits, but the older I've gotten, the more I've learned about myself and how I react to things, and now I feel like my personality type is a very real reflection of who I am, and I'm not as on the fence about certain ideas. 

January 18, 2016

Give Back: The Alzheimer's Association

As part of my Year of 52 and 12, every month I'm supporting organizations and causes that I believe in. I'm a firm believer in "putting my money where my mouth is." With such a highly connected world, it's so incredibly easy to ramble on and on about "the issues" on social media, but seldom do we do much more than talk about it. I'm tired of simply talking about it; I want to be about it. Every month, I want to share what I'm doing to "give back" as a way to encourage you to let your actions speak louder. Whether you choose to support the same cause as me or something entirely different, it is my hope that we all make this year the year that we did something good for the world in which we live.
It is my hope that we act.

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To start off my Year of Giving, I decided to give back to an organization that is fighting to eliminate a disease that claims hundreds of thousands of lives every year - Alzheimer's. "The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research."

January 13, 2016

December Goal Recap


I figured it was time for my December Goal Recap considering it's, ya know, already half way through January. I had just one goal for the final month of 2015 - get organized, and plan for the new year. I can't say I really did that. Eek!

It was as if I posted that post and boom! Christmas had arrived. I'm not sure how it happened, but the month of December literally came and went in the blink of an eye. And the first week of this month had me rolling out of bed just 20 minutes before I needed to be to work. I was very much in a zombie-like state. It's been bizarre to say the least.

January 8, 2016

A Year of 52 and 12


Happy New Year!

I can't believe it is 2016! I'm going to be 25 this year, y'all. That's not supposed to be happening. But listen, I know I still haven't done my final goal recap of 2015 or any kind of typical "end of 2015" posts, but before we get too deep into 2016, I wanted to share my new year's resolutions. (And then I'll go back and do some proper wrapping up.)

Firstly, I really enjoyed doing monthly goals last year. I feel like they helped me to stay focused on improvement, and I got great feedback from friends and family about them as well. So this year, I'm going to continue to do monthly goals. But I also want to go a little deeper, and so I give you...

A Year of 52 and 12

As we all know, there are 52 weeks in a year and 12 months. That's where those numbers come from. In addition to my monthly goals, I have some things I want to focus on doing once a week or once a month for the whole year. These aren't things I only want to focus on for a short period of time. These are things that I want to do all year long and make a part of my lifestyle for the long haul.