Louisville On My Mind

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, KY

A summer of love, friendships, and learning opportunities in the city that stole my heart.

Oh, Louisville. What have you done to my heart? I arrive to your city with just a couple of suitcases to get me through the summer, and now I find myself perplexed as to why I ever had to leave. Who would have thought two and half months would change my life forever?

But you, Louisville….you did.

Every morning since my return to Carolina, I wake up wishing I could walk along your river’s edge. My mind always floats back to the memories of strolling along your pedestrian bridge, or walking along Main Street and soaking up the glory and culture of your city and its love. I long for the friendships and people that I met within the walls of your fortress. You created a safe haven for me to discover the old me that has been buried deep inside for far too long. Your welcoming skyline is in my dreams each night. And on my worst days, I go back to those unforgettable moments driving through your countryside; the place I wish to someday call home. And when I just can’t take the pain of missing you any longer, I smile… because in that moment, your smell, your noise, your looks, your touch, and your taste all come rushing back to me. They wash over me and flood my heart with nothing but love, appreciation, and comfort for all that your city has instilled in my heart.

You’re on my mind and in my heart sweet Louisville. I just sure hope I’m on yours.

Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?

Well, we are officially six days from celebrating Christmas in July! In case you were wondering. 

Here are my thoughts:

1) I don’t know who came up with the bright idea to celebrate the mid-point til Christmas, but it’s really the most frustrating tease. For those that don’t know, Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday and I really don’t appreciate that people in this lovely society like to dangle it like bait in my Christmas loving fish face!

2) Celebrating Christmas in July serves as an unfortunate reminder that your summer is practically over. Therefore, enjoy your last sweet summer week in July because August is going to come crashing in on you before you know it. (For those in education, you know what I mean about August.)

3) The other obnoxious thing about Christmas in July is that I am now thinking about the LONG and GRUESOME six months until Christmas actually gets here…. (five long months until it’s socially acceptable to start listening to Christmas music.)

4) Don’t mind me and my cynicism. I will just sit here and pout as we approach the mid-point til the best day of the entire year.

Start Something That Matters

Hello fellow bloggers and readers,

I wanted to take the time to share with you a great book recommendation before the summer comes to an unfortunate end- even though it’s only June. I am sure everyone’s reading lists have grown exponentially with it being the summer reading season, but I promise this book will be well worth the three to four day read. I took a beautiful Instagram picture of the book below (I will take compliments on my fabulous photography skills later). 😛

Anyways, the book is called Start Something That Matters, and it’s written by the founder of TOMS Shoes. It’s an in depth story of how TOMS Shoes got started, the challenges Blake faced starting the business, and the life lessons he’s learned along the way. If you’re into books that are sincerely inspirational and insightful, I would take the to check-out, rent, buy, or borrow this book. It’s a quick read, but leaves you thinking critically about the difference you can make.

Start Something That Matters

Orange, Passion Fruit, and Jasmine

So you’re probably wondering why the title of my post is “Orange, Passion Fruit, and Jasmine.” Well, I hate to disappoint you, but there is truly no significance to what I feel is a rather clever name. Haha.

Actually, that’s a lie.

Orange, Passion Fruit, and Jasmine is the flavor of tea I have been drinking lately, and I must say it’s definitely worth trying. All credits to Lipton. (My deepest apologies for my lack thereof humor and creativity.)

…moving on…

So here’s to my first actual post of Summer 2013. For those that don’t already know, I am interning at the University of Louisville this summer. I am the summer Conference Coordinator through Housing and Residence Life at the university. My first day on the job I got promoted in the sense of job responsibilities (not so much in pay) because there isn’t technically a full-time professional in the position anymore. Keep word- anymore. The full-time Conference Coordinator left the position last October and the department has yet to find her replacement. Therefore, when I got here mid-May, I already had a laundry list of projects and task items. Some would find it overwhelming and stressful, but I actually find peace in chaos. Chaos is an opportunity for organization, which is my strongest skill-set.

Anyways, this is my fifth week on the job and I am loving every minute of it. In five weeks, I have had already had quite a number of on-the-job experiences, which makes for an interesting and exciting remainder of the summer. I walked into an unoccupied position with no formal supervisor until two weeks ago. The one person responsible for helping me with the job transition is leaving this weekend because she took a job in Arkansas, and the person responsible for mentoring and coaching me is currently job searching and ready to leave whenever. Three weeks into my position, I had to fire one of my conference staff for breaking a list of housing policies, and then had to troubleshoot a major conference master schedule error. Haha. I must say, it has made for a very interesting past couple of weeks.

Although it was an overwhelming start, I couldn’t have been placed in a better department with more supportive and genuine people. The Housing and Residence Life department at the University of Louisville is just spectacular. They may not be a flagship department in the world of higher education and student affairs, but they sure know the meaning and value of intentionality. And to me, that’s the most important thing you can have. Since the day I stepped foot on campus, I could feel the investment the department had in my internship experience, and their commitment to my personal and professional development. Everyone wears so many different hats here, but no one ever falters to lend a helping hand when you are in need. I love the camaraderie among the staff and the way everyone welcomes you as family. I have learned an invaluable amount in just five weeks and am anxious what the next month and a half has in store.

Well, I hate to stop writing because I have so much more I want to share, but I really need to make ground on my thesis work before a meeting tomorrow. Until next time, orange, passion fruit, and jasmine. 🙂