thanks ’14

thanks 14

It’s the last day of 2014, so now it’s time to reminisce on a great year and give thanks for the many blessings I was given this past year!

I’m thankful for family, friends, FLP, football, music and adventure.

Thankful for family

2014 was the year that had many different meanings of family.

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I got to see my little sister go to her first prom.

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I got to spend time with my precious Grandma at our family beach house.

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I got to learn how to paddle board with dad for Father’s Day.

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I even got to sit in the student section with my family.

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I got to see my little sister tour and get accepted to Auburn University.

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I got my own Auburn family. After being stuck in Los Angeles after the National Championship game in January, I traveled back home across the country with four random Auburn fans who ended up becoming my Auburn family.

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I got an Alpha Chi family. We channeled our love for the funny Napoleon Dynamite movie for the Big/Little reveal.

Thankful for friends

2014 was the year for old friendships to grow stronger and new friendships to blossom.

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We got to adventure around Jacksonville, FL for Spring Break.

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I got to make a friend from The Office with my best friend.

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I got to dress ’70s tacky prom with a funny friend.

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I got to learn more about myself as a leader and a person with great friends at Leadershape.

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I got to celebrate the 4th with fireworks and friends.

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I got to make friends with a sassy 3-year-old boy who made my summer.

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I got to sing along to the Friends theme song with my sweet sorority sisters during rush.

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We got our unique names on a Coke can.

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We got to dress up as Captain America/Wonder Woman/whatever and the Spice Girls for Halloween.

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We got to get some sun at the beach on fall break.

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We got to get dressed up for semi-formal.

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I got to welcome a sweet friend to society.

Thankful for FLP

2014 was the year of being a director of a Freshman Leadership Program, working with 45 freshmen and Soles4Souls, then being named Executive Director of Development, working with our nine different Freshman Leadership Programs.

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I got to get to know 45 inspiring freshmen, who will make such a difference on Auburn’s campus.

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We got to collect over 6,800 shoes to benefit Soles4Souls.

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I got to lead our group with three amazing assistant directors.

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I got to attend the Involvement Awards with the ’14-’15 FLP Executive team.

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I even got to work the concourse with my doppelganger.

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We got to attend dinner at the President’s Mansion.

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I got to take part in my favorite Auburn tradition, Callouts, in front of a crowd of over 2,000 people.

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We got to take a selfie in front of the 405 freshmen that got selected for our programs. What’s 2014 without a selfie?

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We got to go to University of Georgia for Better Relations Day and got a tour of Sanford Stadium.

Thankful for football

2014 was the year of Auburn playing in the National Championship and one fun season.

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I got to see my Auburn Tigers play at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

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We got to tour Jordan-Hare and strike the Heisman pose on Pat Dye Field.

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I got to meet Tim Tebow when he was in town for the SEC Network.

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I got to shake my shaker for the tigers.

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We got to cheer for our team.

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We got to experience The Grove and Walk of Champions in Oxford.

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We got to see Auburn beat Ole Miss.

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I got to see my best friend dance as a Tiger Eye.

Thankful for music

2014 was the year of concerts and an awesome music festival.

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I got to see Saint Paul and the Broken Bones.

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I got to see Green River Ordinance.

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We got to see The Kooks, Young the Giant and Kings of Leon.

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We got to go to Music Midtown in Atlanta and see Lorde, Run DMC, Fitz and The Tantrums, B.o.B., NEEDTOBREATHE, Aer…. AND

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Iggy Azalea,

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John Mayer,

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I technically took a selfie with John Mayer.

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twenty one pilots,

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Lana Del Ray,

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Bastille and

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Eminem.

Thankful for adventure

2014 was the year I flew across the country by myself that lead to a year full of traveling excitement.

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I got to meet Takeo Spikes on the way to LA for the game.

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I got attacked by a parrot right off Ocean Avenue.

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I got to ride the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel.

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I got to meet Josh Hopkins from Cougar Town.

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I got to hold hands with George Clooney outside the TCL Chinese Theater.

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I got to be a complete tourist and love every minute of it.

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I got to spend the first half of my spring break in Tiger, GA doing service projects.

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I got to spend the second half of spring break in Jacksonville, FL.

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I got to appreciate the beauty of The Mill at Berry College.

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I got to ride a camel.

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I got to feed a giraffe.

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I got to tube the Loachapoka River.

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I got to white water raft in Columbus, GA.

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I got to visit The Arch in Athens, GA.

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This year has been one for the books, I can’t wait to see what wonderful things 2015 has in store!

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