the country that has my heart...

israelbus2

This past summer, I went to Israel on a program called...

Taglit-Birthright Israel

This has been, by far, the best experience of my life. The video above doesn't even begin to capture how many amazing people I met, things I saw and places I went. The country has this magic about it and it really does feel like you are coming home. Hopefully in June I will be going back and I absolutely cannot wait. The really amazing thing is I feel like I can do great things there, and by having been, I am more whole. I learned a lot about who I am and where I want to go. The trip helped me to re-open my eyes to the fact that it is the small things in life that really mean the most. I even learned how to stop and smell the roses, literally. I owe so much to Taglit and UF Hillel for helping me go on such an amazing trip. My life will never again be the same...but for the better.

it may rain a lot, but man is it beautiful...

seattle

I had an amazing opportunity last spring to go to Seattle, Washington, which was my first time on the west coast. Two other girls and I from the UF PRSSA chapter were sent to the PRSSA National Assembly to present about the upcoming PRSSA 2011 National Conference. Not only was the speaking engagement a great experience, but I also got to explore another amazing city that I don't know if I would have been able to explore so soon. Seattle is filled with amazing people and a great lifestyle. A slower paced city filled with people that will actually look you in the eye and say hello. I loved Seattle and if it didn't rain so much I might be more inclined to actually live there. Who should I talk to about that? Oh well, a girl can dream, right...?

my family's second home...

northcarolina

Every year my family and I travel to North Carolina for camping and hiking and adventure. The state is just gorgeous and the air is even better. The mountains are one of the most serene places I have ever been and it is a blessing to take a week out of our lives every year to visit and reflect and get to know each other just a little better. Everyone in my family leads a pretty busy schedule and this is when we really get to spend some quality time together. My little brother, Jake (on the far right) is now in school down in South Florida and even though we chat through various media sources frequently it still isn't the same. Thank goodness we have these trips and family time when he has breaks from school to see each other again. It's weird when a family dynamic changes, but it teaches you to value each other even more. And to not take for granted what you have and what you have been blessed with. For me, that's an amazing family.