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This Week.............5 Highlights from the Week

This past week was sooooo nice.  It was the first time in months that I was in town the entire week.  WOOHOO!!!  I felt like I got a lot of accomplished, including all the small tasks at home and at work.  I do enjoy traveling; however, sometimes its nice to spend a nice quiet week at home.

Here are a few fun pics from last week................

1.The Magnolia Story 
I picked up this book on Tuesday and absolutely love it.  As I read it, I feel like I am having coffee with two friends as they talk about their journey through life.  If you are looking for a fun read, definitely pick this book up.  

2. Work Fun
My work week was filled with A LOT of meetings this week.  In fact, on Wednesday I spent the afternoon in Abingdon, VA; on Thursday I spent a lot of time in Johnson City, TN; and on Friday I spent most of the day in Kingsport.  (And...........I work in Bristol.) But, it was A LOT of fun!!  One of the highlights was attending the branding launch for SW VA!  Love seeing all the exciting things happening in our region.

3.  Johnnyswim
Its confirmed.  I am OBSESSED with Johnnyswim.  I love the sound, lyrics, and everything about this duo.  I listen to the Johnnyswim channel on Pandora 24/7.  

4.  Chill Night
On Friday night, after a long week and a great time having dinner with mom and dad, Matt and I found ourselves chilled out on the couch watching the Hamilton special on PBS.  If you haven't watched it, you should.  Its an amazing show on how Hamilton made its way to Broadway. I was really into the show; however, when I looked over at the couch I saw my four (4) boys just sleeping away. Soooo sweet.  (PS - The Davis Boys are obsessed with this blanket.  Whoever gets it out has about 2 minutes before you will have 3 kitties on your lap ready for a nap s. LOL!!)  

5.   Junior League Date
This fall, I decided to join Junior League and on Saturday night we had our first fundraising event of the season.  It was a casual, fun event at a local brewery.  The night was filled with lots of good music and laughter.  Luckily, my good friend Nikki went with me as my date and we had a great time catching up and hanging out.  It was a great way to end the week.   

Have a great Sunday friends! 

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Fall Vacation 2016

Our fall vacation was amazing!!  We had such a great time getting away, and enjoying the beach with good friends and lots of sunshine.  I decided before we left to completely unplug from normal life, and I actually uninstalled my work emails and social media alerts (for work accounts) off my phone, so I could totally relax and unwind.  It was sooooo nice, and so glad I did it. 

We spent a week at Navarre Beach on the Florida Panhandle.  If you are looking for a QUIET beach vacation, this is the place to be.  Most days, I left like we had the beach to ourselves, and just simply enjoyed sitting, watching the waves, reading under my umbrella, and just enjoying the rest.  

We ate WAAAAY too much, and we are getting back to healthier eating and workouts this week. LOL!!  

All and all it was an incredible vacation, and can't wait to start planning the next one. 

 Our sweet friends Marisa and Todd take such good care of us.  
I love all the small touches to our beach house.

This is the second time we have vacationed at Navarre Beach, and the fourth summer we have made our way to the Pensacola/Navarre area.  We simply love it, and its worth the 10 hour drive.

 This is our house for the week.  
We love this house, because it has four master bedrooms that all have ocean front views.

My favorite view ALL week! 

 One day during our vacation, Matt and I headed to Destin for a little seafood eating, lots of shopping, and even caught up with our good friends Todd and Marisa for a sunset sailing cruise. 

 Let our sailing adventures begin! 

The sunset was AMAZING!! 

And, did I mention we saw lots and lots of Dolphins.  

I am so incredible blessed to call this amazing lady my friend.  Her love, encouragement, and support truly show me what it means to be a true friend.   

A little blurry, but we loved going with our friends. 

 We ate well.......and that includes Chocolate Nachos from our "afternoon snack" one day!

We even got in a few adult beverages too.  
Of course, mine were the froo-froo kind with little umbrellas.  LOL! 

And, I honestly think Matt ate fried white fish 5 days straight.  
I think he is going to take a little break from fish for a while. 

 We did get to eat at several good places while on vacation.  
These included:  Aloha Grill, California Dreaming, Peg Leg Pete's Harry Ts, Dewey Destins, Shrimp Basket, Crabs, and Shaggy's.  

 We had such a good time with this awesome group.

All and all we had an incredible time.  Lots and lots of relaxation was exactly what we needed. 

Until next time.............................

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40 Under 40!!!

Last Friday, I was honored to be named Tri-Cities Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in our community.  The entire night was so special and I am so thankful for the support from my husband, parents, and co-workers.

During the key note address, the speaker challenged each recipient to recognize those in our lives who had sacrificed, supported, and loved us to success.  My heart simply swelled with pride, as I was overwhelmed with love for the 7 people who surrounded me at the table.

To my husband, Matt, who I love more than words can express.  Thank you for loving me for me.  Letting me be myself, and still loving me all the same.  For my quirks, my bad jokes, and everything in the between, you are the love of my life and I am honored to walk through this life with you.  Thank you for sacrificing time with me to let me pursue a career that I am so passionate about. I love you. I love you. I love you. 

To my parents - THANK YOU!!  Its your legacy that I take with me each and every day.  Thank you for teaching me the importance of a hard work ethic,  volunteerism, and giving back.  You provided me a magical childhood, filled with lots of opportunities, and my one desire is that at the end of the day you will be proud of me.  The Lord truly blessed me by giving me you two as parents.  

To Hannah and Charlene - I love love love our marketing team so very much, and the skills and talents you both have amaze me each and every day.  All that we have accomplished in the past two years has been remarkable, and I am excited for all the future holds. Thanks for all your support, guidance, and being my rocks on the "hard days."  LOVE YOU BOTH!! 

To my co-workers (even those who were not there bc we only had 4 seats...LOL) - Your passion and love for BCM inspire me each and every day.  You make working hard easy, because I look around and see you right beside me working hard too.  I am sooo excited for all 2017 has to offer our organization and for each one of us.  

To my work inspiration - Leah, I hate you couldn't be there on Friday, but family is always first and you needed to be where you were.  Thank you for believing in me.  Your insight, care, support, and drive amaze me each and every day.  I've never worked for someone that motivates, supports, and encourages an entire team the way you do.  You always put the person first over the work, and from that our team is strong and accomplishes more than most people think we can. Thank you for pushing us to bigger and better things, and thank you for being an inspiration for us all. 

To the rest of my family, friends, and work colleges (both past and present) - Thank you for loving me through this crazy journey called life.  We cannot accomplish anything alone, but with hard work, a lot of kindness and love, and support we can accomplish anything.  

Love you all!!
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Ending one of the Best Weeks EVER!!!

I'm officially back from vacation; however, I am still in vacation mode.  LOL! This past week has been soooo much fun, and one of the best I have had in a long time.  To help capture some fun moments, here are pictures from the top 5 moments from the past seven (7) Days.

1. Washington DC
We had an incredible time in Washington DC on Monday and Tuesday.  We arrived Monday afternoon and hit up the International Spy Museum, before heading to the Adele concert.  We LOVED the concert, and it reminded us how much we love to go watch shows.  We vowed to plan on seeing more concerts. 
International Spy Museum's James Bond 007 Special Exhibit

 Walking around Chinatown 

We had amazing seats! 

 This was Adele's 92nd show of her 107 show World Tour. 
She did not disappoint. 

 I loved this bluegrass feature during her show. 

 Did I mention we had incredible seats. 
She also preformed several songs right in front of us in the middle of the arena. 

2. Softball
We got back in time for Matt to play in his last two softball games of the season.  Their team won the season and came in second in the tournament.  I love that Matt can experience this with his brother, as they have so much fun playing together.   

3. Dinner for Lunch 
I went back to work on Wednesday, and my co-workers and I helped host a group of travel writers that the State of Tennessee were hosting in Bristol.  We were invited to lunch with the group, and OH MY GOODNESS it was amazing.  We ate at a new restaurant in Bristol called Whiskey Rebellion, and it was sooo delicious.  We had a wedge salad, filet, and amazing apple dessert.  Its been a long time since I have had a full dinner for lunch.  It was amazing!!  

4. New Books 
Between this week and next week, there are soooo many good books coming out.  Last week, the following books made it to my hands and I am excited to start reading each of these:

~ Rachel Cruze - Love Your Life Not Theirs
~ Joyce Meyer - Seize the Day 
~ Amanda Bible Williams - She Reads Truth
~ Emily Ley - Grace Not Perfection

5.  40 Under 40
I ended the week by receiving a 40 Under 40 Award from the Tri-Cities Business Journal.  I was honored to represent BCM, and also so thankful to the Lord in guiding me through my career.  I will write more about this experience in a later post, but this honor definitely ended the week off on a high note. 

  Love my BCM Co-Workers!!  

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A little insight.............

Every now and then, I like do a "getting to know you" post to introduce myself to new readers and followers to this blog.  I found these fun questions on one of my favorite blogs and thought I would give my answers. Hope you enjoy!!

What tradition is important to you?
Holiday Traditions are very important to me. I like to spend a lot of time with my immediate family.  There is something about having my hubby, parents, and in-laws all together enjoying time together.  Truly priceless to me.  

I also love all the traditions around Christmas.  Matt and I have many Christmas traditions, and I may share some of those with you in early December, as they really help make each Christmas very special. 

Do you carry a purse, if so whats in it?
I keep the essentials in my purse (wallet, powder, sunglasses, reading glasses, etc.) and then magically a lot of other items get added throughout the week.  I believe my purse has a big BLACK HOLE, and sometimes I can dig around for 5 minutes looking for something and never find it.  

I love to carry BIG colorful bags with lots of internal pockets.  

What’s your favorite go-to outfit for a quick polished look?
A cardigan, black pants, and classic black heels with pearl necklace and pearl/diamond earrings.  

Special beauty secrets?
Once a week: Deep condition hair, mask and deep moisturizer for face, whiten teeth, and drink lots and lots of water.  

Twice a month:  Get a manicure

Once a month:  Eye Brows Waxed, Get a Pedicure 

What’s your favorite go-to dinner for your family?
I have several dinners that are often on our dinner menu.  My goal is to get this list up to 30 different meals, so we can have variety in our meals to chose from.  Here are 6 selections from our regular dinners:

- Taco Salad
- Spaghetti
- Hot Chicken Salad 
- Hamburgers with Sweet Potato Fries
- Pork Chop and Mac-In-Cheese 
- An assortment of salads - Chicken or Steak Salads are my favorite Entree Salads

How do you balance work and life?
I am actually not great at this.  I try to recharge on the weekends, and during the week I try really hard to squeeze in a workout and bible study in the mornings before I get ready.  I go through phases of being disciplined with this, but I always feel so much better when I can make that happen.

Hope you've enjoyed this little insight into my life!!  
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October Playlist

Its October, and its time for another fun playlist. 

I love listening to these tunes at work or while I am busy around our home. 


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This is 36...........

I cannot believe in less than three (3) months I will be 37.  Its kind of surreal to think that I am almost 40, as most days I barely feel 30.  LOL!!  However, for the first time in my life as I look around I realize that people my age are leading such different lives. 

At age 18, most of my friends were in the same situation as me.  We were graduating high school, preparing for college, enjoying life as a young adult, and having a blast in the dating world.  However, 18 years later, our lives are so very different. 

**Today, some of my friends are married, while others have never been married, or they are divorced or even widowed. 
**Some friends have kids, while others have adopted kids, or foster kids, or (like me) have not had kids.  Those that have kids, have kids that are in high school, while others have kids that are less than 6 months old.

**Some friends have very successful careers, while others decided to focus on other aspects of life and their careers are just jobs that pay the bills. 

**Some friends still have their parents and grandparents in their lives, while others have neither.

**Some friends live in nice homes that have been decorated by an interior decorator, while others are renting an apartment because they are not ready to settle down yet. 

**Some friends have traveled around the world, while others haven't really left the Southeast. 

The list could go on and on, but the fact is that we actually have "real life" experiences that have shaped each of our lives differently, some for the good.  
Yet, this is life. This is what's its like being 36.

My 36 life is............

I live back in my hometown. 
I married my high school sweetheart, and we are still very much in love. 
I am fortunate to have both my parents in my life. 
I am blessed that two of my best friends are my bro and sis-in-law. 
I have a career I love. 
I love Tennessee football.  
I have big dreams for my career. 
I do want kids in a couple of years.  
I still love Yankees Baseball.
I love our home we live in. 
I find myself lucky that I can count on one hand the number of people that I have been close to that I have went to Heaven. 
I have had my heart broken twice, both by friends who I thought would be in my life forever.
I have fewer best friends today than I did 10 years ago, but those friends I do have are my very best friends. 
I still respect people the most, when I know they have a hard work ethic.  
I believe the best way to live life, is to live one full of faith. 
I believe being honest in the small things is critical to success. 
I believe in being kind and forgiving is the only way to live. 

 Taking some time to stop and look at life is so important from time to time.  To reflect on where we are and where we are going.  Being a good steward of what the Lord has blessed me with, and ready for all that is ahead.  

Being 36 is such a good age.  With lots of life behind me, and (God willing) a lot of life ahead of me, being 36 is such a precious age in life.

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