One word: wow. What an insane year 2014 has been. No matter how hard I try or what plans I make, each year continues to constantly keep me on my toes. It’s almost hard to remember everything that happened in the beginning of the year, but a lot of thought and sifting through
many unflattering photos has helped me create this conglomerate of a post of memories and accomplishments.
An Overly-Involved Spring
I finished my Spring semester with Spotify, once again fulfilling their Campus Influencer requirements (a program that has seemed to be discontinued, but was definitely great while it lasted). I had a lot of fun working with MRY, and would definitely recommend them for student brand ambassador programs, seems they run a lot of them these days!
The contestants of our first Mr. Pink Pageant and myself
I was no stranger to non-profit work this spring as I finished out my term as the Event Coordinator for our collegiate Relay For Life, founded and coordinated our sorority’s first Mr. Pink Pageant, a male competition to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and had the opportunity to work as the Mid-Atlantic intern for Music Saves Lives, an organization that (among other things) rewards blood donors with VIP experiences at their favorite concerts such as the Vans Warped Tour. Ohhhh, sweet Warped Tour! As MSL’s intern, I got to switch up my usual summer routine and do a handful of dates working with them for the tour this summer! I was reunited with a bunch of my friends from years past, did a lot of people watching, and of course saw some great performances.
I got my fill of BBQ, new friends, and adventure this Spring by traveling to Austin, Texas for the music portion South by Southwest where I was lucky enough to work on a production crew! I wrote a little about this experience here, but I hope to come back in 2015 with more written about a week of (finally legal) margaritas, good music, and pulled-pork burritos covered in queso.
Where do I even begin? At the end of 2013, my active “family tree” consisted of only four women. By the end of Spring we had grown to six on our branch. I was blessed with two more incredible littles, and as of the end of Fall 2014, a total of 13 women fall under my branch… bringing us to a whopping 14. Our entire chapter has been blessed with our final new member class before extension into a national organization. The strength, growth, and love that all of these wonderful ladies have exuded as we prepare for this transition has truly shown me what sisterhood is all about, and I couldn’t be more proud of Chi Delta Epsilon’s success.
In 2014 I was elected as the VP of Communications for our University’s first Sorority Council, which has now been chartered as a Collegiate Panhellenic Association. Our community may be small, but it sure is mighty. Mighty in talent, support, and willingness to grow. I am truly blessed to say that I have friends I would consider my own sisters in every single one of our chapters. This Fall, I disaffiliated from my chapter to be a Rho Gamma and although it was challenging, it solidified the bond I have with members outside of my sorority. I was recently elected to serve as the 2015 VP of Finance and I’m thrilled to take on this new challenge and continue to better our community.
My Little Emily and I with Ethan Zohn at CSU’s Annual Leadership Conference
One event that truly shaped (no pun intended) my year was my experience at a national session of LeaderShape, in the middle-of-nowhere Illinois. I wrote about it here, and it was an experience that I will never forget. I hope to one day work further with the LS team, as their mission truly resonates with me. In just six days I learned so much about myself, others, and gained a bunch of new friends across the country that I still keep in touch with to this day. LeaderShape was just one of many fantastic leadership experiences I had this year, including meeting Ethan Zohn (pictured right).
My Best Friend Became An Airman
Though reluctant to let her go at first, I knew that joining the Air Force was the best choice for my number one, my partner in crime, my sister. I spent every moment I could with her this summer before she shipped off to BMT, and now she’s basking in the California sunshine at her technical school. The hope is that I’ll get to visit her in March for her 21st birthday, but this girl means the world to me and I can’t think of anyone else who would be more deserving of their own section in my end of year re-cap post. Thank you, Nicole, for always being my go-to, my confidant, my sounding board. I am so proud of you.
I Sold Many Shirts
Among my musical adventures, I got to merchandise for the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, the Weapons of Mass Creation Festival in Cleveland, and sling some shirts for Neulore one night of their tour with Ingrid Michaelson. With these shirts came new friends, good music, and lots of memories. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in these opportunities, and I hope that 2015 brings a few more for fun as well!
Green Turned Gold
As if going to school full time, working part time, and being a part of sorority life wasn’t enough, I took on the task of being an Events Coordinator for the University’s 50th Homecoming celebration. I had the support of an amazing co-coordinator, PSA/SAA members, and an oh-so-helpful marketing chair to make it through the week. I even got to meet Norris Cole of the Miami Heat! From tie-dyed hands to fire dancers, this experience helped me come to love our school even more, and I can’t wait to help the next committee out-do us.
I Got Some Ink Blasted Into My Foot
The day I got my tattoo!
This September I got my first tattoo while my soul sister and fellow blogger, Micaela, held my hand. The top of my right foot is now ingrained with “Love every step” by the oh-so-sweet Liz at Kollective Studio in Tremont. The desire for this piece came from my love of travel and hope to put compassion into the world everywhere I go. It’s a nice little reminder of one of my core values and Liz did an amazing job.
Things Got Wild
2014 was full of great friends, adventures, and late nights. In and out of Greek life, I am so fortunate to be surrounded by individuals who help me forget all the negative things in my life. They drag me out when necessary or are the first to sign up for nights of crafting when staying in is my best bet.
I Started Selling Sparkly Things
I won’t go into a ton of detail, but this year I joined the merchandiser family of Chloe + Isabel. Everyone in the community is incredibly supportive, it’s a no-pressure climate, and best of all: I’m not allergic to our pieces. All of our accessories are hypoallergenic, nickel-free, lead-safe, and come with a lifetime replacement guarantee. I’m constantly running specials on my business Facebook page and you can shop by clicking the “My Boutique” button above!
Making CLE My Home
This summer, I moved into a house with some of my friends to a side of town I’d hardly visited before. I bought myself a new bed and found a little more of my independence. Living in an apartment with one of my sisters the year before was nothing short of a blast, but my new living arrangements really make me feel more at home. My roommates are rambunctious, funny, and have shown me that it really doesn’t matter how full or empty the glass is, as long as there’s a drink in it. I can finally say that after two and a half years, Cleveland really feels like home now. I don’t know what my post-graduation plans are, but for now I’m so happy with where I am.
How has your year been? What are you looking forward to in 2015?