January Update!

I think I may have set a record for fitting the most into a two week winter vacation! After working from home for a week or two (and going to Disneyland once again), I visited Nashville with my family, which was awesome. We got to see my step-grandma, do lots of sightseeing and I even got to meet up with my friend Jess from North Carolina, who happened to be in Nashville at the same time. After my sister and I flew home through a huge lightning storm/tornado (see pictures below), we celebrated Christmas with our mom. I left for a cruise to Mexico on Christmas day with my friend, Lauren, and her family. It was great to see them and enjoy more food in three days than I ever thought humanly possible. Two days after I got back from my cruise, I went to Big Bear with my friend, Shannon, and her boyfriend, Nick. One would think third wheeling it on New Years weekend in a cabin would be awkward, but it was one of the most fun weekends I’ve had in a while! We had a blast and had lots of laughs (plus I got to make a snow angel). Well, that was my winter break!

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Went on a fun Christmas cruise in Newport Harbor with my sister + friends and our cousin Mackenzie. Yes, I was dressed in an elf suit.

OG Disneyland picture, see: top left. Had a blast spending the day with my aunt Kim, uncle Ron and cousin Kayla! Sadly, that was the last time I’ll be going to Disneyland for a while now that Kayla is back in Boise and no longer working at Disney. I’m glad she had a good experience with the Disney College Program for the fall semester. 🙂

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Panoramic view of the front entrance of the Opryland Hotel. Opryland was one of the craziest places I have ever been to and it was awesome! Saying it is a hotel and convention center is a huge understatement. I went on a boat cruise inside the hotel! There are tons of things to do and see- it was like a mini Disneyland decorated for Christmas!

We took a tour of the Tennessee State Capitol building, which was very interesting and I learned a lot. I enjoyed comparing it with my experience touring the Alabama State Capitol building earlier this year and hearing about Tennessee’s rich history. The picture on the right is an amazing seafood gumbo (ish) dish from my favorite meal of the trip! We went to this amazing New Orleans style restaurant on the river’s edge in Colombia, TN with JoJo (step-grandma). It was one of the best meals I have had in recent history!

This was from our flight home from Nashville, smack dab in the middle of a lightning storm/tornado! It was one of the most surreal things I’ve experienced on an airplane. Pictures don’t do it justice, but when the lightning flashed, the whole sky went white like in the picture on the right even though it was in the middle of the night!

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Picture of our cruise ship (same one I went on for spring break a few years ago) and a few pictures from Big Bear with Shannon and Nick!

For the past three weeks, I have called San Luis Obispo my home. I knew it would be a great place to visit, but it was even better than I expected! Now I understand why people vacation here. Most of my time was spent helping start a new chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta and meeting hundreds of people on Cal Poly’s campus, but the seven of us also got to do some exploring in our free time. We ate incredible food, visited Pismo and Avila beaches, had a bonfire on the beach, visited the famous Madonna Inn, hiked to the “Serenity Swing” behind campus, went to the farmer’s market, and explored downtown SLO. We hosted many successful events, raised money through our Healthy Living Campaign on campus for the local JDRF chapter, recruited 125 inspiring women and have left a mark at Cal Poly. Here are some pictures from the past few weeks:

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Branded water bottles we gave away on campus and some pictures from our bonfire event. We planned it last minute as a request from some of the students and 50 people showed up! I loved that they let you drive your car right up on the sand- so fun!

We hosted an event where potential members could paint canvases- these were some of my favorites!

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Bid Day!!! We are so excited to welcome this incredible group of founding members into Alpha Gam :).

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An alumnae get-together last weekend in SLO!

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Some pictures from our sunrise hike! It was absolutely breathtaking. Apparently, the Cal Poly swim team recently brought up the trampoline, which has been a huge hit on campus! I’m so glad we went when it was there- probably my favorite thing we did while in SLO. Clearly I went a little crazy on the trampoline…

Phew! That was a lot to catch up on. Now I’m headed to bed before waking up for a 6 a.m. flight to New Jersey. Time to start all over again to recruit another new chapter at Rutgers University. Until next time! Thanks for reading :).

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