My sweet Sophia…

I am the world’s worst cat mom.

I adopted my sweet sweet Sophia over three months ago and have yet to write a post about her. Ugh! Here’s the short and sweet story about my precious cat:

After my first week at IU Southeast, a student came into the advising office to talk about how busy she’s been with classes and travelling. This particular student was concerned about her summer class grades, hence why she spontaneously dropped into the advising office. However, in the process of her venting about her stresses, she randomly asked if we knew of anyone looking for a cat. Apparently, with all her travelling, it’s too hard for her to care for her cat. I immediately sprung out of my office chair and said, “yes, yes, me me me! I am looking for a cat!” The student was in disbelief, she said, “Are you serious? I need a new home for my cat.” The rest of the story is history. After we figured out her summer class grade situation, I followed this student to her apartment to pick up this cat- previously named Jingles. The student told me Soph was previously a stray cat. The student rescued her, took her to the vet, fed her…. and 20 pounds later…Soph is now a healthy, spoiled, and lazy inside cat. Haha. I brought Soph home and it only took one day for her to warm up to me and Benjamin. Here we are, three months later, and Soph is still a healthy, spoiled, and lazy inside cat. She loves feathers, birds, sunbathing, eating, and sleeping. When it’s convenient for her, she loves to cuddle and be pet between the ears, under the chin, and on the nose.

All the hastags affiliated with my cat include, but are not limited to, #sweetsophia #catsofinstagram #divacat #sunbathing #sleeping #eating #petme #cuddleme #wherearemytreats #precious #queenbee

Anyways, please enjoy a few pics of my sweet Sophia! 🙂


The terrible cat mom.

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One can only pray.

It’s unfortunate really. The news that is.

Just today, I am so graciously informed by the local broadcasters that ISIS terrorists are increasing in numbers, in strength, and in threat. Just this week, ISIS decapitated an innocent American journalist. If my memory serves me correctly, that American journalist wasn’t the first to have his head CUT OFF by this disgusting group of pigs we call ISIS. To make matters worse, these pigs film the beheading so people worldwide can see just how barbaric they really are- and to somehow prove they have leverage and power. If you want my honest and ever so humble opinion, I think the scums that make up the ISIS group are pathetic pig-like douchebags crying for help. Sorry you dumb shits, you get no pity from me. The only people in relation to you that get pity from me are the people that raised you. Shame on them and shame on you. What you will get from me is prayer. I will pray so hard for your pathetic people that every night you go to bed, your heart, your head, and your soul hurts as bad as the people you’ve harmed. God has a will for your people, it is not my place to understand that will, but you must know He has a powerful will that demands peace, love, and grace. May peace be with you, and may the power of Chrsitian prayer consume you.

Even more aggitating, the leaders of this country have only managed to accomplish profound speeches about what they plan to do about the ISIS murders and threats, but still nothing has been physically done. Oh wait, that’s right, the members of NATO found time on their busy “peace-keeping” schedules to come together to talk about what they plan to do with this ISIS group. Again, if my memory serves me correctly, I remember a few weeks ago the same group of world leaders sat around the table to discuss Russia’s latest stupidity….that was productive.

In other news, I am reminded that professional athletes busted for drug abuse and domestic violence get more news coverage than the murders, discrimination, bullying, and injustice that creep our streets. Granted, professional athletes are high profile individuals, but it certaintly doesn’t justify glorifying their poor decisions and making them a week’s worth of  newsworthy news. Also, spare me ESPN with your “everyone makes mistakes” bullshit. Continuing with my news updates, a young boy is missing in Green County, Kentucky, and I know he’s not the only missing person in this country. Seven young girls were molested over a span of five years from an ice cream truck driver. Last week, a baby girl was shot to death on her mom’s front porch. A local college woman was stabbed to death and left in the woods. A state trooper was hit and thrown 10 feet while at a traffic stop along the highway- the driver that hit the trooper was a druggy. Two people were recently busted for possession of high quality meth and marijuana. Our politicians can’t seem to find a way to campaign without insulting the opposing candidates. The Ebola virus has reaked havoc on the people of Africa, America, and others- every day we see pictures of people suffering, attempting to recover, and hanging on to the last moments of their life. I can’t possibly keep up with the celebrities getting married, divorced, adopting, committing suicide, and/or being accused of corruption, lying, drug use, violence, and taking naked pictures. And if it couldn’t get worse, the leaders of major non-profit companies are stealing your money with every donation. I don’t think I need to expand upon the Ferguson protests and the death of Michael Brown.

I know you’re already exhausted reading this rant, but sorry friends, it doesn’t stop there. In airplane news, who has the right to incline? Really? And in the last six months, how many flights have crashed, made emergency landings, or made pitstops to kick people off? Too many to count. To avoid sexual harassment and the possibility of rape, college students have to go to the extreme of carrying a mattress around campus as a form of protest, and creating a nail polish that changes color when detecting date rape drugs. The debate of samesex marriage is ingrained in everyday news now because the political leaders, religious leaders, and citizens of this country are reluctant to allow humans to marry other humans. The sad part about all of this, most of what I talked about is just happening in Kentucky- minus the few worldly items I mentioned. I am not even scratching the surface of corruption in this world we call home. I am an avid news watcher and listener. I wanted to be a journalist. I watch and listen to the news every morning. I try my absolute best to stay informed and up to date with today’s current events, but it’s just too much. It’s too much to keep up with and it’s too much to bear.

Millennials are faced with such harsh criticism for being such a disengaged generation. We are disengaged with religious organizations, politics, and current events. Apparently, we are only passionate about social media, fashion, sports, and getting a college degree in order to get a job. Quite frankly, given everything above, do you blame us? Religious organizations have been in constant battle since before our time. They contradict the very beliefs they stand on in order to fight for what’s right or wrong. Not to mention the judegment. What makes us, as millennials, want to be part of such an organizaton? As far as politics go, seriously? How can we make an educated political decision when everytime we read, watch, and listen to political news- it’s bias, packed with lies, far from the truth, out of context, no significant details, and no one wants to make it easy to understand or research. And current events, need I say more? What is enticing about hatred, illness, injustice, and the loss of hope? Why subject ourselves to the darkness that has come over this world?

This post is the product of an internal war inside myself. So much of me is hungry for information and details- but the more information I know- the more information I don’t want to know. I am in a love hate relationship with every news source I encounter. I am constantly in conversation with God asking why. Why the corruption? Why the injustice? Why the hatred? Where is the compassion? Where is the courtesy, decency, love, and hope? All I find myself doing is praying for everyone- from world leaders to people with no homes. It just seems the past few years, the bad has just far outweighed the good. There is no profound ending to this post other than a call for prayer. This world we reside so desperately needs prayer. Please, if you took the time to read any of this post, please just pray for our people.

With love,


Job Update!

Job AnnouncementFriends,

I am extremely excited to share with you that I have officially accepted a full-time position as an Academic Advisor for the School of Business at Indiana University- Southeast. I have gone through some significant positive changes in the past two years of my life, and have met the most amazing and compassionate people. I would be remise to say that I won’t miss my colleagues at the University of Louisville and the University of South Carolina, but I know those friendships will continue to grow. I am grateful to all my supporters and mentors, and couldn’t be more appreciative of those that continually believe in me and have patience with me. Thank you.

As I reflect on all that has happened over the past two years, I am so humbled by God’s love and ability to intentionally bring people and opportunities into your life. You are foolish in thinking for even a moment that you have any control on the outcome of your life. God has already predestined you to encounter the things you’ve encountered, struggle with the things you’ve struggled with, and meet the people and opportunities that have molded you into the person you are today. My faith in God and His unconditional love and grace has been the one constant and strength in my life. He is a merciful and powerful God.

In closing, I just want to thank all my family, friends, colleagues, and mentors for your support, encouragement, and patience. I am excited about this new personal and professional opportunity, and can’t wait for the new relationships, mentorships, and life lessons to be had.





We’ll go forth to love and praise thee!

Just reminiscing on my college days at the Tampa U. Two years ago, I graduated from the beautiful Univeristy of Tampa, and am forever grateful for the mentors, professors, friends, and colleaugues that molded me into the person that I am today. So much of my “growing up” happened at UT, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss being on campus. 🙂

The University of Tampa

The University of Tampa

Steadfast and true, sing we thy praise, Alma Mater free. Proud beat our hearts, and all our days We’ll raise songs to thee. We’ll go forth to love and praise thee and be ever true. Hail our glorious Alma Mater, Hail our Tampa U.

A rather boring update on my life.

Sad to say I haven’t taken the time to write since New Year’s Day. However, a lot of positive changes have happened  in my life in the past few months, and I feel the need to share an update with my fellow readers. For those that don’t already know, I moved to Louisville, Kentucky just before Christmas to start a graduate assistantship with Housing and Residence Life at the University of Louisville, but most importantly to be with the love of my life. I am still graduating from the University of South Carolina with my master’s in higher education and student affairs, but am just finishing my last two elective courses at the University of Louisville. I made a rather non-traditional decision within my program to leave early, but I don’t regret it for a single moment. I have truly enjoyed my assistantship experience this past semester, and have appreciated the time away from chaos to do a little soul searching and job exploration in the city.

In February, my birthday weekend to be exact, I took my master’s degree comprehensive exam! Sure am happy to share that I passed, but that was one heck of a stressful birthday celebration. Now that I have passed my comprehensive exam, I have hit a serious road block in academic productivity. In case you were curious, senioritis is a true epidemic. Haha. Anyways, I’ve been trying to muster up the motivation and energy to finish out these last two courses. I have also been pretty heavy into my job search. I would love to continue working with Housing and Residence Life at the University of Louisville, but the job openings are looking pretty slim. Either way, the job search has been a true test of my faith. Fortunately, I know in my heart that God has a very special plan for me and my entry-level job, so I just need to be patient and trust that He will see me through.

Although school and work keep me pretty busy, I’ve been trying to establish a social life in the wee hours of my weekdays and weekends. I have met some pretty awesome people so far, and am truly enjoying the friendships I’ve developed with colleagues. I am also trying to sell my beloved first car, LOVABLE. She’s gotten me through the best of the best and the worst of the worst, but am ready for an upgrade after our seven year driving affair. It’s been a bitter sweet process. I practically broke down last night over trying to get her sold and trying to find a good deal on a new vehicle. Those that enjoy car shopping, there is something truly special about your brain because I have not enjoyed this process in the slightest. Anyways, if you’re interested in a new car, my beloved beauty is a winner.

I had the pleasure of experiencing my very first Kentucky horserace this past weekend at Kenneland with some great friends. It was an absolutely beuatiful day, and the races were epic! Pretty cool experience if you’ve never been. Not to mention, the Lexington, Kentucky area is some of the most beautiful countryside you’ll ever see. Not to change the subject, but to change the subject… Benjamin and I are officially furniture owners! I am not talking hand-me-down furniture; I am talking brand new furniture owners! Pretty exciting stuff- minus the money we spent. However, proud to say we stayed within budget. To change the subject again, my good friend, Kelsey, and I got to present at a national conference for our profession this past week. It was an honor to have been nominated to present! Such a cool experience.

In other really freaking exciting news, my best friends from home got engaged at the beginning of March! HUGE SHOUT OUT to my best friends Sarah Graf and Kyle Sipos for getting engaged and being an amazing role model for true love and happiness. I am truly honored to be standing next to my best friend as her Maid of Honor, and am super freaking excited to be part of this new journey with them.

Well, friends, I think that’s all I have for now. Hopefully, if I can remember, I will share another update early this summer- pending Courtney Carol Tipton becomes a full-time employee at a bad ass school or company. (Job prayers are very much needed and appreciated right now! Haha.)

With hopes of being a better blogger,


Some pics to add for the new year!

The beginning of a new year always feels like a clean slate! Hope y'all take advantage of this new year to keep doing what you do, or change up your same old same old.

The beginning of a new year always feels like a clean slate! Hope y’all take advantage of this new year to keep doing what you do, or change up your same old same old.

Taking in the new year with my best friend, the Sarah Graf! 🙂

Benjamin and Me :)

My apologies for the cheesiness of this pic… but enjoying a big ‘ol smooch from this kid. Haha.

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A new journey…

Hello friends,

It has been way too long since I last wrote; August to be exact. Need I remind you, this is January of a new year. I am absolutely ridiculous!

Anyways, I figured I would share what’s new and exciting in my life because a lot has changed over the course of a semester. Since I last wrote in August, I have completed my second to last semester of graduate school at the University of South Carolina, managed to land myself a 4.0 for the semester, established some pretty awesome friendships, presented at a regional conference with one of my best friends, ran two 5Ks, ran one 10K, got talked into registering for a half marathon, and moved to Louisville, Kentucky. Whewwww. It has been one long, stressful, and anxious semester, but going into the best holiday of the year (Christmas) so many prayers were answered. I couldn’t be more humbled, grateful, and appreciative.

Now, allow me to break down my list a bit. I have ONE semester left of graduate school. For those that don’t already know, I am in the Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s program at the University of South Carolina. Anyone considering higher education as a profession should seriously consider the HESA program at USC. I have absolutely loved my experience, and have met the most amazing people and established the greatest friendships. Anyways, I only have two elective courses and a comprehensive exam standing between me and graduation! I see the finish line, but it’s safe to say I have a pretty bad cramp in my side hindering my motivation to run any faster. Regardless, here’s to hoping this semester will be as good as others!

The second point about having a 4.0 doesn’t really need any elaboration. I was mostly just excited that I pulled it off because I was certain a 4.0 wasn’t in my future when I submitted my last research paper. Haha.

Friendships. Friends play an enormous role in my life. I have learned so many life lessons from my friendships. I made some amazing friends at the University of Tampa while I was an undergrad. Shout out to all my Spartans! Sorry for not keeping in touch the way a good friend would, but please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers always! My friends in HESA are some of my closest… shout out to all my Gamecocks! A very very special shout out to JB, KJ, CBall, Phillip, Asian, Ry, Laura, Andrew, Kate, LoCo, Jackilla, and Hayley. Another big shout out to  Romey, Carlier, Beggs, Katie, Jewels, Samurai, Humphrey, Denny, and Gilly. I know I am missing people… no hard feelings please. I am just so unbelievably blessed by the friendships listed and not listed. Taking it back a bit, I am so grateful that my friendships from high school are still flourishing. Through the weird days as teenagers, high school graduation, going away to college, college graduation, the summers in between, the parties in Cincinnati, and the always memorable riding parties- we’ve been through it all together friends! I love you all so much. Last, I am so excited for the friendships to come with colleagues, neighbors, classmates, and friends of friends here in Louisville.

I promise I’m trying to keep this short and sweet… well, drop the short and keep the sweet. 🙂 Moving on to the next bullet point on my list of updates: running. Oh, running! Running and I have a love hate relationship. I absolutely hate it while I’m doing it, but the feeling after a long run is so exhilarating. Anyways, one of my dear friends (Amanda) talked me into running a half marathon. I am so glad she talked me into it because I’ve always wanted to run a marathon… so this will be a GREAT pre-cursor. Haha. With a gallant effort to get in shape and start running more, I completed two 5 Ks and a 10K this past semester. I ran all three races straight through (minus a short walk to during the 10K). For me, it was a huge accomplishment, and I am super excited for the half in April. Wish me luck!

Last, but certainly not least, I moved to Louisville, Kentucky two weeks before Christmas! I applied for a full-time position working with Housing and Residence Life at the University of Louisville, but unfortunately did not get the position. However, the Director of Housing decided to offer me a graduate assistantship working directly with her and the leadership team for the spring semester. My goal was to be job searching in the Louisville area, so the opportunity was perfect! I am extremely excited to have been offered the graduate assistantship position. I am finishing my last two electives at the University of Louisville while I work as a graduate assistant for Housing and Residence Life. 

I have a feeling 2014 is going to be another great year! But then again, it’s all in our attitude, right?! If you keep up the positivity, do what you need to make a change, and commit to making yourself and others happy- then 2014 will be your year, too! Praying that God answers your prayers, and wishing you all the happiest this new year.

With love,