Not four years but for Life

As the first round of sorority recruitment is over, I’ve realized that my best experience thus far has been joining a sorority. Coming in as a freshman, I never thought that I would fit in; I rode four-wheelers and drove a truck. I was not the stereotypical sorority girl at all. My mom told me to try it, so I thought I would give it a shot. Never did I ever think that it would be one of the best decisions of my life.

Two years ago I accepted my bid from Zeta Tau Alpha, and I absolutely love it! There is never a dull moment in this house.  From the philanthropic events we participate in, to doing each other’s hair, to having our own dance parties, or the massive amounts of cheesy bread we eat! There is laughter being shared at all times.

Zeta is my home away from home. Walking into the house your always greeted with a welcoming hello and smile. Everyone is always looking out for each other and always has your back. I have met many girls that have completely different backgrounds and interests, yet they have became some of my closest friends.

At first I became part of Zeta Tau Alpha; now Zeta Tau Alpha is a part of me. I am looking forward to the next two years as a Zeta Tau Alpha at Purdue University and the rest of my life apart of this great sisterhood.

& Enjoy the Lake

  Labor Day Weekend, “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of their country.” So what is the best way to celebrate your hard work? Going to the Lake!

There is no better place in the world than relaxing on the water.  Listening to music and soaking up the sun, all while enjoying the beautiful view around you. You get a nice tan and never get too hot because you have the cool breeze blowing through your hair riding around on the boat. But if you do start to feel the heat, no worries just jump on in!

Go tubing, skiing and wakeboarding with your friends even though you may feel it tomorrow! Try to catch a fish for dinner or just go out to eat on the lake.

There is no dress code and you don’t have to worry about bringing a watch because you run on lake time! Enjoy the ones around you and share a few laughs. Take a nap, enjoy the sunset, and take a lot of pictures because these memories will last a lifetime.

So this Labor Day, put your feet up, take a break, sit back and relax, and enjoy the lake.

Don’t Worry Be Happy

This week I attended Ag Media Summit, which is a meeting of ag industry’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and ag communicator specialists. Going into the Summit I hoped that I would make a lot of great contacts within the ag industry, which I did and I could not be more thankful for  that opportunity but little did I know that the keynote speaker, Craig Zablocki (who was not in the ag industry) would make me think about life completely different.

He spoke about how people lead by example.. He did an exercise where he told everyone to make a fist and put it on his or her chin but when he said that he put it on his cheek. A group of highly educated leaders did not listen to him, but did exactly what he was doing on stage… putting their fist on their cheek. As he pointed it out the room was full of laughter.

His next topic was about children. He shared with the group that children laugh around 300-400 times a day! That’s is a lot of laughter compared to the adult who laughs only 15-20 times a day!  Children are not scared to say what might be funny in their head or how they are feeling at the exact moment even if it may sound ridiculous. They have courage to do anything.  They are not scared to speak in front of crowds or dance when they feel like it. They don’t care what others think of them. They are fearless.

baby pic

This got me thinking. He was right! Why do we care so much about what others think… why don’t we make ourselves happy? Why don’t we laugh more often? Why don’t we sing in the car more often? Why don’t we smile at strangers? Why don’t we just dance in random places? If you’re having a great day show it! Wake up with the attitude that you’re going to make it a great day! Lead by example have a smile on your face! Say good morning to your secretary or your professor. LAUGH! Why be stressed over something that you can’t do anything about? Start living your life fearlessly! What is the worst that could happen? He then went on to talk about as we grow older our lives as adults become very busy and stressful. We don’t take time to enjoy the moment in life we are living. We don’t take steps out of our comfort zones because we worry about what others think. We constantly worry about things that are completely out of our control.

Are you going to have a bad day here and there? Yes we all do. But don’t dwell on it. Its in the past. You cant do anything about it. Live in the moment!

Spend time with your family.

Be silly with your friends.

& Enjoy life.