Wednesday, March 24, 2010

23 Big Ones

Yes blog readers, it's true. I'm officially 23 years old. How did I grow up so fast??

23 is definitely another age where I felt like I should feel much older on my birthday. I clearly remember turning 10 and expecting to feel some sort of impact of the double digits. Same with 18, and again with 21. 23 also seems important to me because it is the first "post-college and into the real world" age.

23 has treated me well so far - my co-workers got me beautiful boquet of purple tulips, my parents and Emily got me a lovely vase of Gerbera daisies and mums and my roommate, Rachel, got me a potted daffodil. Spring has to be on its way with all of these flowers brightening up my desk at work and table at home!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

LEAP lovin'

Open Up the Sky!
LEAP - March 2010

As I mentioned in my last post, I was on team for LEAP this past weekend. It was great to get back into the SMC community through LEAP, which is something that truly defined my experience at St. Mike's. I gave the mission talk on the weekend, which is the last talk on Sunday and acts as a closing of the weekend and an encouragement for the future. I was very pleased with how my talk went and how it was received. My fellow blogger, Christine, was a candidate on the weekend and wrote a wonderful blog about it - check it out!!

One really great thing about the weekend is that it is very filled with song - and on Sunday, everyone gets a copy of the "LEAP CD," which includes all of the songs used on the weekend. Our theme song was called "Open Up the Sky" by FFH and my own song that I chose for my talk was called "Free to be Me" by Francesca Battistelli. I have been listening to the CD a lot since coming back from the's a wonderful reminder of this great experience!
I'm back at work this week, but I was able to head up to a meeting in Montpelier, VT yesterday, which was great. After the meeting was over I was able to browse through town a little (and find a yarn shop of course!) before making my way back to Middlebury. I really enjoy the part of my job that allows me to visit different colleges througout the state for meetings - it's a great way to see my home state and learn about the diverse institutions in it!