Outstanding October & L’s Engagement!

October and November FLEW by and I can’t believe we’ve already into December. October consisted of many activities including a 10K run, a Ben Taylor concert, the YES!Atlanta Night of Lights 2013, a beautiful weekend in Asheville, N.C., a home concert at Robert’s family’s house, golf and dinner at the Grove Park Inn, and Halloween celebrations at work. A few pictures to depict the major parts of my month:

After our Run10Feed10 10K

After our Run10Feed10 10K

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Met John Forte at the Ben Taylor Concert

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My beautiful roommates at the YES!Atlanta Night of Lights

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After dinner at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville

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View during our golf day at the Grove Park Inn

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Ben Taylor!

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Family and Robert before NOL

Dad, Madison, Mom at Night of Lights 2012!

Dad, Madison, Mom at Night of Lights 2012!

One of the most exciting parts of the month was that my roommate, Lauren, and her boyfriend (now fiance), Brandon got engaged! L&B have been together since college at Penn State and both ended up in Atlanta. Nittany Lion Sweethearts. 🙂  Brandon took Lauren to Penn State for a football game and proposed to her in front of the school sign as they drove into the city.  She was completely surprised, and she of course said YES!

Lauren asked me to be a bridesmaid in their wedding a couple of weeks and I’m honored that I’ve been asked to take part in their special day.  I’m so lucky that God placed Lauren, and incidentally Brandon, in my life.  They’re amazing people and I know that their life together is going to be filled with fun, laughs and lots of love.  Since their wedding won’t take place until Spring 2014, our apartment will be filled with wedding magazines, wedding talk and wedding excitement until the big day. 🙂

Brandon proposing to my roommate, Lauren at Penn State!

YES!Atlanta 2nd Annual Night of Lights

On my own time, I serve as the PR chair on the board for YES!Atlanta. YES! (Youth Experiencing Success) works to increase graduation rates among Atlanta’s at-risk youth by helping program participants see the possibility of a better life and providing a foundation for personal success.  Its programming also addresses key issues facing youth such as lack of motivation in school, hopelessness about the future, and a distrust of adults.

On October 20, 2012, YES!Atlanta is hosting its second annual Night of Lights fundraising event. The event will celebrate YES!Atlanta’s history and accomplishments, while also honoring several individuals for their service to the city of Atlanta and commitment to youth development.

The 2012 “Night of Lights” ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Phipps Tower. Overlooking the city’s skyline, the event will include cocktails (open bar) and catering from Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse and Prime Wine and Spirits. The event will feature an extensive silent auction, fun-filled games, and live music from local acts. Tickets are $100, tables (of 10) are $1,000 and all proceeds support YES!Atlanta’s programming.

We’re expecting 300 attendees from all over the Atlanta area including representatives from large Atlanta corporations. My mom, dad and Robert as well as multiple friends are attending this year. After attending last year’s event, I can confidently say that you won’t want to miss this awesome event. It’s a great way for everyone to come together to help the youth of Atlanta.

Take a look at a few reasons why you should attend this year’s YES!Atlanta Night of Lights. I personally think it’s because of THE VIEW! 🙂

Amazing August

Summer seriously flew right by me. I feel like the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day was gone before I even had the chance to get a solid summer tan.  My roommates and I talk about the issue of time flying by all the time, but our overall feeling is that we have so many things going on that it’s hard to not focus on “what’s next.” This summer, and especially August, I tried to slow it down and focus on the present as opposed to looking towards the next week or weekend. Below is a quick recap of my August.

Asheville: During the second weekend of August, I visited Hendersonville and coincidentally, my sister was on her med-school summer break, so she and Sam joined.  On Friday night, we ventured into downtown Hendersonville to play pool and somehow wound up in the middle of an after-party of a rehearsal dinner.  This was a new experience for me because the soon-to-be newlyweds were two men. We mingled with the guests, well-wished the grooms and headed back home.

Merr and me in Hendo.

Instead of sticking around Hendo on Saturday, Robert and I decided to spend the day/night in Asheville. We headed up in the Jeep and checked-in to the Crown Plaza (za za za za) before exploring Asheville in the daylight.  We went into all of the cute shops, listened to the street singers and admired the street performers.  Merrick and Sam met us for lunch/drinks at LAB and then we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening.  After a drink at the downstairs bar, Robert and I got all dressed up and headed back to downtown Asheville for a nice Italian dinner.  I love our quiet dinners because it gives us both a chance to relax and talk about random things.  After dinner, we went to a few bars and walked around the lit city. It was a beautiful night and I don’t think that we could have asked for better one-on-one time. 🙂

Date night in Asheville!

Big 10 Pub Crawl- My roommate, Lauren, went to Penn State.  When she moved to Atlanta, she became part of the Big Ten Alumni Association and recruited us to celebrate the Fall football season kick-off with a The Big Ten Pub Crawl in Buckhead.  Now, it’s become a tradition for us. The Big Ten Pub Crawl always benefits a charity and is filled with football spirit, excited fans and wonderful beer/food specials.

This year, Lauren chose to co-chair the Big Ten Pub Crawl and started working on it in February.  When she was searching for a charity to serve as the recipient of the funds raised at the pub crawl, Lauren asked me if YES!Atlanta would be interested.  I immediately said YES! 🙂 I serve on as the public relations chair on YES!Atlanta’s board.  YES!Atlanta is a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of at-risk teenagers through mentorships.  One of its main goals is to lower the drop-out rate of inner-city high school teens.

So, this year’s Big Ten Pub Crawl benefitted YES!Atlanta.  It was held in midtown and raised more than $17,000. Lauren did a great job and I’m so proud of the amount of money that she and her co-chair were able to raise!

Group of girlfriends at the Big Ten Pub Crawl

YES!Atlanta + Big Ten

Company offsite– On Friday, Aug. 24, my company held our off-site retreat at Dad’s Garage where we attended “Spy School.”  At the offsite, I was able to get to know my colleagues better and use my creativity.  Afterwards, we went to Barcelona Wine Bar for drinks and appies and I got the chance to talk to my colleagues in a different, more relaxed type of setting.  Robbie and I will definitely be going back to BWB in the Fall to sit by the outdoor fire and drink wine. Oh la laaaaa.  The offsite was such a nice and fun way to spend my Friday.