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I feel like I started my summer vacay early. (Well, not really, since I do still have to take finals this week). But, I just got back from a trip to Seattle, and it was amazing! Words cannot describe how much I needed this getaway. My fiancé, Johnny, and I went up there and stayed with my cousin and his wife. They live right in the heart of the city, so it was a great location for tourists like us. We were there for an entire week, so we were able to get a lot accomplished! I made a list of things to do, and crossed almost everything off. The things I crossed off were: Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Museum of Pop Culture, the gum wall (it’s literally an entire alley covered in gum), The Weeknd concert, Sounders soccer game, and visit the grave sights of Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee. On top of our list, we went to other museums, several new restaurants, and shopping destinations. My favorite evening was the one spent on the beach along the water of the Puget Sound. It was overlooking Mount Rainier during sunset, and was absolutely breathtaking. We built a bonfire and had campfire treats. Nothing beats it! We also managed to watch three Blues games at a local hockey bar. When you’re a St. Louis fan, the world stops when playoff hockey is on. Although it was wet, a bit chilly, and busy week, I had an amazing trip. Seattle is a beautiful city. My cousin that lives there wants to make this trip an annual tradition. So hopefully next year I’ll be describing another Seattle vacation. ‘Til next time!

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As I have probably mentioned before, I majored in fashion merchandising at Fontbonne for my undergraduate degree. I still keep in contact with all of the wonderful professors in the department, and always let them know if they need anything. A few weeks ago, the director of the program, Dr. Liljequist, told me she had some ideas on how we can collaborate. She asked if I would be interested in updating some of the bulletin boards in the business department hallways. I love any sort of crafty project, so of course I said yes! This will be a task that I complete throughout the end of the semester and into the early parts of summer. That way, when students come back for the fall semester, the walls will look fresh and updated. While I am doing this, I’ll also help clean up our resources room in fashion merchandising so things are easy to find for the next group of students that will be using the space for various projects.

I don’t have any pictures to post yet, as I am still in the beginning stages of this project. But I will say that I have a lot of ideas up my sleeve that are very different from what’s currently there! I hope the students that end up walking the halls of AB (Anheuser-Busch building) will enjoy the new look of the department. If you continue to keep in touch with teachers, advisors, coworkers, etc., you never know what opportunities may come out of the connections. Whether it’s a small task or a potential job, it’s important to nurture the relationships and connections you make in life. Because I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the fashion merchandising department, I will always have an interest in helping them out. I just can’t stay away. 🙂

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You know, sometimes, life can be hard. I’m sure you’ve figured that one out by now. I’m just going to be completely honest in this week’s blog and then I promise to be positive. Life stressors can be very overwhelming. There’s job #1, job #2, and job #3. And then there’s school. And then there’s the fact that your coworker/friend makes such a huge mistake, all the local news stations pick it up. And you lose a family member. And then you lose a student. And you’re trying to search for a new apartment. And oh yeah, try to spend some quality time with my fiancé, family, and friends. It’s. A. Lot. With so much going on, it can be challenging to handle everything.

Although it may seem like I am complaining, I still wouldn’t have it any other way. I have always been a busy-bee. At the end of the day, I thoroughly enjoy getting involved in as much as I can. But it is important to learn how to say no sometimes. I am learning that. Especially with so many unplanned events going on, I had to realize what I can and cannot handle. I’m sure many of my fellow bloggers and Fontbonne students reading this are also heavily involved with school, work, and extracurricular activities. And I am telling you that it is okay to say no. Do as much as you can, but do not forget to take care of yourself and lose sight of what’s most important to you.

On a typical day, I have many things that I need to accomplish within one day. But I am realizing more and more the importance of finding a little bit of a break time in between one thing from the next. For me, I help unwind by listening to music (Ed Sheeran’s new album, Divide, is my top right now). Also, I try to take my time while eating dinner. I used to eat on the go or maybe not even at all. More and more, I crave for dinner time to be that hour of my day to relax and catch up with my fiancé and family. Find that thing for you that will keep you going throughout that day. It’s so vital to your mental and physical health. And don’t ever lose sight of your end goal. School can be challenging and it is time-consuming, but it has so many perks. At the end of the day, I love learning and love that it will get me to where I want to be in life. I also love my job and all the opportunities and relationships it brings. I am grateful for my fiancé, friends, and for my family. All in all, I do not have it bad.  Not at all. I have it great. I just need to learn from life’s obstacles and just keep swimming.

Dory is a lot smarter than she gets credit for. Dory is a lot smarter than she gets credit for.

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It’s that time of year again for Fontbonne Service Day! For those of you that aren’t aware yet, this is a day very unique and special to Fontbonne. One of the university’s values is to serve our dear neighbor. So, the university cancels all classes for a day in the spring to give students and faculty the chance to do so! There are multiple locations that you can sign up to volunteer at. Classes are cancelled so that more students can get involved with this important day.

For the last four years, the honors society Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) has visited the same place to volunteer on service day. We help at the House of Living Stone Community Garden in Brentwood. Within the last few years, ODK has helped expand the garden tremendously and maintain its upkeep. One of the values of Omicron Delta Kappa is also service, so completing this project each year is important to the Fontbonne community as well the ODK one. It is exciting to come back each year and see the progression. And, it’s sweet that we’ve built a relationship with the staff there. They are all so kind and welcoming. They even serve us a wonderful lunch!

Although I am an alum and have moved onto my master’s, I still find it worthwhile to find time for service, as I did throughout my undergrad. I enjoy helping with the garden and spending time with my fellow ODK members. Regardless of who you serve with and where you serve, I hope you all can see the benefit in following the Fontbonne mission of serving our dear neighbor.

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The Loop of the Lou

by Carly March 28, 2017

This past weekend, I spent some time in one of my favorite spots in St. Louis: The Delmar Loop! If you are ever looking for something to do, it is just a couple miles up the street from Fontbonne. I love how eclectic and artsy this area is. I have spent many days and nights […]

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Tale as Old as Time

by Carly March 20, 2017

As a huge Disney freak, words cannot describe how excited I’ve been in anticipation of the live-action Beauty and the Beast being released. And it’s finally here! I remember hearing about this movie in the works of couple years ago. Especially in the last few months, it has been everywhere in the news. From interviews […]

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Branching Out

by Carly March 13, 2017

This semester, one of the education courses I am taking is called The Contemporary Classroom. One of the class requirements is to observe a teacher for at least 30 hours and teach a lesson plan that you wrote. Today I started my first day of observations with the Mehlville High School theater teacher, Mr. Moore. […]

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Your Weight is Not Your Worth

by Carly March 3, 2017

Welcome to NEDA week! NEDA stands for National Eating Disorder Awareness. This is a cause near and dear to my heart, given I have recovered from anorexia and bulimia. In the past, I have made a post or two on social media trying to raise awareness, and worn a NEDA pin every day. But this […]

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Upcoming Concerts!

by Carly February 22, 2017

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a HUGE fangirl. What is a “fangirl,” you may ask? The formal definition from Merriam-Webster says “a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something.” In other words, a diehard fan that goes crazy at the sight or sound of […]

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Practically Perfect In Every Way

by Carly February 20, 2017

After nearly 4 months of work, the production finally came together, and “Mary Poppins” was a huge success! Myself and the rest of the cast and crew spent over 80 hours at the high school last week. We were working until the very last minute to get everything ready: all the costumes, props, set pieces, […]

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