Fill in the blank Friday...

Tonight's post is part of "Fill in the blank Friday" with Lauren, over at The Little Things We Do. It's my first time joining, but it looked like fun! Enjoy!
  1. My current obsession is all things fall. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin spice candles, cooler weather, and the changing leaves on the trees.
  2. Hearing from my friends in Charlotte makes me happy.
  3. My greatest strength is my independence. Especially after moving to a city where I don't know anyone.
  4. Trusting others with my heart too quickly, is my greatest weakness.
  5. The most important thing in my life is my family.
  6. In high school I was naive, and too worried about what others thought. The I was confident, and became a follower of my dreams.
  7. When I'm super tired I loose interest in doing anything but lying around.
I hope you all have a great weekend, and link up to "Fill in the blank Friday..." What are your plans this weekend?

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Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom's birthday, and I wanted to write a special blog post just for her, to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and to let her know just how incredibly special she is to me.
I know that everyone says that they have the best mom in the world, but I truly am blessed with the most amazing woman as a mother that anyone could ask for. She is my hero, and my best friend, and I hope that one day I am as incredible of a person as she is.
My mom is selfless, always putting others before herself. She's brave and waaaayyyy more adventurous than I am. She is loving, and always worried about others. She's athletic (she could kick my butt any day of the week) and "cool" (even though she doesn't always think so). I envy her because she truly enjoys every moment, and she never lets anyone see her stressed out.
She's my rock, and the glue that holds our family together. She's been a role model, and a guide my whole life. She deserves the best and so much more on her special day. Happy Birthday mom, I love you!
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going home is good for the soul

I took a trip to Texas this weekend for three full days of much needed rest & relaxation. All of my family lives there & I was getting a little "homesick" over here in Florida. I flew in late Thursday night & I was greeted at the airport by my little brother (who isn't so little anymore!) & our dog Maddie. It was a great surprise!
On Friday night my mom and I met my older brother and sis in law at City Centre for some Mexican food & margaritas to celebrate his birthday! They both used to live in L.A. & they moved back to Houston recently. My brother started his own company, Pop Video Houston & I'm so proud of him & love to see how successful & happy they both are. 

The rest of the weekend was filled with football, & more football. I was pretty disappointed though that both of my teams lost, the Aggies on Saturday, & the Texans on Sunday. 
My mom threw an awesome football party on Sunday filled with awesome "Texas" things like these two amazing dips, BBQ, & her famous "corn dip". I'll have to post the recipe for that later on. I'm warning you though, it's dangerously good!
(picture of the amazing corn dip)

I've moved around a lot since I graduated high school, met lots of people, & experienced some once in a lifetime things, but, it's always refreshing to go back to your roots. Houston is home, & it's always great to go back & realize that there are tons of people who love you & are "rooting" for you. 

Sometimes all a girl really needs is a hug from mom & dad, some comfort food, & her brothers to pick on, to remember what's really important in life. This past weekend left me refreshed & ready to face whatever is next. Bring it on world, I'm ready for you!

What are some of your favorite things about going home?
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Texas A&M vs OSU

We drove to College Station today, to watch the Aggies play against OSU. In order to fully capture the spirit of Texas A&M, you need to watch a game from Kyle Field because it's something that can never be described with pictures or words. The school is rich in history and tradition and the students and alumni are so proud to preserve them.

My granddad went to A&M and I've grown up going to games with him, so trips to College Station, in many ways, feel like going home. I love how the alumni, students, and fans are always willing to offer you a "howdy!" and a smile.

The game today set an attendance record, it was the 4th most attended game in the schools history. It was incredible to watch the sea of maroon in the stadium, and although the Aggies didn't walk away with the "W", the stands remained full until the very end. 
My cousin Anthony is in the Corps, and I was so proud to see him today.
My little bro and Anthony. I hope he makes the choice to go to Texas A&M in a few years.

Even though I've been an Aggie at heart ever since I can remember, I felt a unique sense of pride as I cheered for the boys in maroon and white today. I'm completing my masters in Sports Management through an online program at Texas A&M, and even though I'm having to take classes from Florida, it feels just like I'm a part of it all.

Sitting next to my granddad in that stadium, cheering and yelling for our Aggies, is a memory that I'll cary with me forever. It reminded me of all those games he took me to when I was growing up, and I felt so fortunate to be able to share that experience with him once again. 

Ironically, in the car ride up, my mom and granddad were talking about how it's so important to "enjoy the journey" of life. Well today, I soaked up every minute of that journey.
I've linked this post over at "The Belles of Saturday" for their weekly "Gameday Picture Link-Up". Follow the button bellow to visit their site and see other bloggers fun weekends of football! They have a super cute site just for all you fabulous, football loving, ladies!
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Race Weekend in the Windy City

This weekend I got to travel to one of my favorite cities, Chicago, for work. We were there for a brand new Hispanic Market Test that launched in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. We've created a program to welcome Hispanic fans to NASCAR, and we spent all weekend making sure it launched successfully. The program is named "Bienvenidos a NASCAR" and the track put the logo on their inside wall, below is the picture I took with my phone (excuse the poor quality)
I don't know where my head was when I was packing though, because I DID NOT pack for the weather. I swear something happens to you when you live in sunny Florida, you forget that it's actually fall in the rest of the country. I ended up having to take a quick shopping trip to buy some warm clothes for the track.

Yesterday it rained almost all day, and the race was actually postponed until today. We did see a really cool rainbow on the way to the track though, and it reminded me how sweet life is, and that there is always hope in the middle of the storm.
Since the race was rained out, we got to spend the afternoon doing typical touristy things in the city. My co-worker and I took a walk along Michigan Ave. and went to get some garrett popcorn. Wow, one of the most delicious things I've ever tried! If you go, get the "Chicago Mix" it's caramel and cheese corn combined! SOOOOO good. 
It was a fun weekend, and a great trip to the windy city, but I was so glad to be back in sunny Florida today.

I'm sure you've also noticed the new blog layout. Melissa, at The Cutest Blog on The Block, designed it for me. It was such an easy process and she did a great job at capturing my personality. I'm so happy with the way it turned out. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to have the cutest blog around.

I hope all of y'all had a great weekend. This week remember those rainbows amidst the storm. 
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what a weekend...

I just got back from spending the weekend in Richmond for another one of our NASCAR Diversity Mentorship Programs. Let me tell you, my weekend, as far as work is concerned, was less than ideal. It felt like I spent most of the weekend figuring out how to solve the next issue. Luckily, I made it out alive, and it seemed like our ten students had a good experience.

Although there were some challenges, the weekend wasn't all that bad. I got to ride in the pace car for the first time, and visit with one of our interns from this past summer who came to help me out for the weekend.

Me with the hot pink pace car, that's my kind of pink!
Jarrett, one of our summer interns and I during pre-race. He was a HUGE help at the track this weekend.

I also got to spend some time with Ryan, one of my friends from Charlotte. She's living in Richmond now and it was so much fun seeing her. We went out to Blackfinn and spent the night dancing away to old N'Sync and Backstreet Boys songs that they kept playing for some reason. It was a girl who grew up in the 90's dream!


My flight was supposed to get into Daytona sometime after 10:00pm but I called the airport this morning and there was room on an earlier flight. I was driving my friend Caila back to Charlotte and I think we spent the entire road trip watching the "estimated arrival" time on the GPS. We made it to the airport 55 minutes before the flight was supposed to leave. I had to pay a fee to go standby and I looked like a hott mess sprinting to the gate, but I made the flight and it was totally worth it!

It was a crazy few days and I'm glad to be home. I hope that all of you had a fantastic weekend!

Sweet Home Carolina

I've been in Charlotte the past three days for work, and I'm a happy girl. There's nothing about Charlotte, and the Carolinas, that I don't love. The trees are beautiful, the sky is bright blue, and some of my favorite people in the world are here. The weather's even been amazing, it's starting to feel like fall!

Last night, Kendall, one of my "littles" from my sorority planned a family dinner for us. Too old for family dinners and sorority gossip? Never! It was such a great time, we talked, laughed, and caught up on each others lives. Traveling to Charlotte for work is a blessing and a curse all at the same time. I'm so fortunate that I can still come "home" every so often and visit with some of my favorite people, but it always makes it that much harder when I have to leave.
What's a girl to do without her best friends?
It's funny when I talk about my sorority days with the people I work with. None of them were in a sorority, and it's hard to describe the bond that you form with these girls. Chi Omega helped me create some of the best memories, and brought me the best friends I could have ever asked for.

I'm off to Richmond this afternoon for the NASCAR Diversity Mentorship Program at the race this weekend! See ya again soon Charlotte...

NASCAR Diversity Mentorship in Atlanta

I've been in Atlanta the past four days for work. I got back last night and I'm spending my Labor Day doing laundry and packing because I leave for Charlotte early tomorrow morning.

I was in Atlanta for a program I manage, for minority college students, called the NASCAR Diversity Mentorship Program. This past weekend was the first of the last three mentorships we'll have this race season. We had ten amazing kids from the Atlanta area as "mentees" for the weekend. I love this program because we get to introduce young people to the sport of NASCAR as well as the business behind the sport. Hopefully they become lifelong fans and maybe even pursue a career in the industry one day. I was blown away by the professionalism and genuine willingness to learn that these students had, they were truly amazing!

My co-worker Alejandra and I with the ten diversity mentorship students before the Nationwide race.
Perron, one of our NASCAR Diversity Interns from this past summer, goes to school in Georgia and he came to help out for the weekend!
I was also able to sneak off on a few dinner and breakfast dates to catch up with some old friends. Being able to see my longtime friends when I travel, makes living so far away in Daytona a little easier. My friend Ryan and I had a long conversation about the irony of our sport. Most people in the industry have a passion for what they do, and even consider their current position their "dream" job. However, despite having a "dream job", it's more of the norm rather than the exception, to meet 25-40 year old singles who haven't had time to date or start families because of all the travel involved with their work. I love what I do, and I'm only 22 years old, but I don't want to be one of those people who forgets to balance work and personal life, and then one day look back and realize that I've missed out on the "living" part of life.
"and in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years"
So, life is all about balance, and that's something that I'm learning to do every day. 
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