Monday, September 29, 2014

New Orleans Quick Stop

Two Mondays ago, I was hanging with the fam in New Orleans!  In college, Pat O's in Memphis was our go-to hot spot, so I was eager to introduce my parents and JK to the original NOLA.  Just a few pics to share of our short stop in the big easy before hopping on a cruise ship and heading to Mexico.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sorority Skills = Life Skills

I loved being in a sorority in college.  I often internally debated how much time I should allocate on Greek activities.  In retrospect, the traits, skills and life lessons I learned from being an active member of a sorority were as impactful on the employee and leader I am today as the actual school part.  Without the degree, I wouldn't have the opportunities I've encountered, but without the life skills, I wouldn't have known what to do with the opportunities.

Without further adieu, here are 5 things I learned from being a member of ZTA that I use in corporate America today:

1. Banners are fun to make, get people pumped about an event, and brighten a dull wall!  My roomie, Emily, and ZTA president happened to be a world class banner designer.  I have her to thank for so many things, and teaching me how to paint 15 ft banners advertising events is one of them.  This week at work, I was planning a project day for my team, dusted off my foam brushes, and went to town spreading sunshine and spirit!

2. Everyone appreciates a little happy gift.  Birthdays, thank yous, and thinking of you are always great reasons to spread cheer.  From cards, to gift cards to little candy treats, everyone likes to feel appreciated and know someone is thinking of them.  In appreciation for the planners of the work event pictured above, check out these fun little thank you gifts I was happy to make.  

3.  Snap jars get people in the habit of sharing and accepting appreciation.  I'm so glad ZTA got me in the habit of saying THANK YOU all the time!  Ending each meeting with sharing good news or saying thank you left everyone on a high note.  Now, I don't call it a snap jar at work, but I do incorporate spreading good news at the end of meetings often.  My mom encouraged thank you notes when I was growing up, which is a tradition I continue in the workplace as well.

4.  The level of planning you put into an event usually is a great predictor of the outcome.  Couldn't. Be. Truer.  We had an all-star adviser team for our sorority and the amount of prep work they did behind the scenes was mind blowing.  Every event they were involved in went flawlessly.  We quickly learned parties, intramurals, step shows, recruitment, meetings, and reports were a lot more fun if you put the time in 1st!

5.   A great t-shirt grows pride and spirit exponentially.  Ya'll this is so true!  From the anticipation waiting for the order to arrive, to the feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself, t-shirts unite.  Here's a throwback pic from college days!

Stay tuned for Part 2, I could go on for days!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Home: Crystal and Iron Light Fixture

Making a house a home takes a lot of time and work! There were so many things I loved about the house when I bought it, but the light fixtures the contractor selected were not quite my style.  I've been searching for a new light fixture for the dining room.  Of course I found the perfect one at Pottery Barn, but then I ran across this look-a-like on Copy Cat Chic and was sold.  

Although a lot of the reviews mentioned a difficult installation process, I was convinced it couldn't be that difficult.  Boy was I wrong, it took a week to get this thing assembled, wired, and hung!  The installation was no joke, but I'm loving the end result!



I think I've mentally blocked the installation process because I'm happy to report, I'm loving my first overstock purchase.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tour Guide Tuesday: Nashville Events and Happenings

I often get asked where I find out about events in Nashville, so today I will share a few of my favorite sites to visit to keep up with what's going on in Music City.

Style Blueprint is a local lifestyle blog that just launched a page dedicated to keeping their readers up to date on local happenings.  The ladies of SB always have the inside scoop on the hottest tickets in town.

If I'm looking for live music recommendations, there is no better source than The Scene.  The cover all genres of music and almost all events in town.  They always have great recommendations

Featured events, annual events and concerts are captured on this site sponsored by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.  If I'm looking for the scoop on any big city events like 4th of July or NYE, this is my go-to.

I hope these prove as useful to you as they are for me.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Emily and Bobby's Memphis Wedding

Emily and Bobby tied the knot June 8th, 2014 in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.  The weekend was perfection.  The wedding day started in Emily's Peabody suite for hair and makeup.  Sometimes you forget how much fun it is to get ready with your best girl friends, and boy did we have fun!  Emily's vision of coral, ivory and navy proved to be a great choice.  Emily and Bobby met on the iconic rooftop of the Peabody for their first look and bridal party photos.  Although the sun out in full force, the bridal party was picturesque with the bold blue skies as a backdrop.  We hopped on a trolley to head to the ceremony venue   The rest is history!  Congratulations to The Shores and thank you so much for letting me be a part of your big day. 
The photos are courtesy of Blake Brooks Photography.  

Gorgeous gold embossing
Our bridal suite in the Peabody
The boys in the Peabody
Lacing her was a bit tricky :)
Word's don't do this one justice!
Trolley ride to the ceremony
Is that a donut bar?!?  Why yes, yes it is!

Friday, September 5, 2014

5 on Friday

Long time, no see!
Let's catch right up....
1. I am one work week away from a fun cruise to sunny Mexico with my parents!  I promise I'm not trying to brag, but I'm soooo excited!  We are leaving from New Orleans and I can't wait to take a bit of time off work and spend a lot of quality time with my favorite people.
2.  This year, with the Nashville Junior League, I was placed on the Community Impact committee for my community service assignment.  I've been knee deep in stats, graphs and facts about childhood obesity and I'm excited to see some of our recommendations come to life.  Check out this kid's café in Seattle founded by a Junior Leaguer.  What a fun solution to a tough problem.

3. My sister and BIL's adoption profile went live this week!  Colby and Sarah have been traveling tirelessly down the long road to adoption.  They are ready to expand their sweet family and I could not be more proud of them for all of the hard work they have done to get this far.  I can't wait to see what's in store for them.

4.  In June, my other bestie tied the knot, in Memphis.  The gorgeous ceremony was perfect and the day could not have been better to spend with my favorite girls!  I can't wait to share more pictures, they are simply breathtaking.
5. Speaking of babies and weddings, are you growing out of your house?  You're in luck, I'm a realtor now!  Yes, you heard that right, if you are in Nashville or the surrounding area, and are looking for help selling or buying, I'm your girl.  More about this to come, stay tuned.
I'm back in the game now, new posts next week, I promise :)