Happiness is Everything

Francesca Gomes
Francesca Gomes

Hi, friends!

My LC friend Kristin recently posted about the #100HappyDays challenge and at first, I was reluctant to try it out of fear of not having enough time. However, it has been over two weeks since I began posting each day about the things that make me happy and I have come to love it! It has shown me that recognizing the beauty in each day is so important to a person’s overall happiness and well-being.

Since I was little, the biggest thing that my parents’ have wanted for me is happiness. I have always been encouraged to do what makes me happy and this advice has made more and more of an impact on me as I have grown older. Through the #100HappyDays challenge, I’ve been able to reflect on the things that make me happy. I’ve realized that it is not only the big milestones, awards or life decisions that boost happiness, but also the small stepping stones along the way.

Puppies make me happy! Perhaps you can tell by this face...
Puppies make me happy! Perhaps you can tell by this face… Wait, am I talking about mine or his?

And for the puppy lover in all of you…

The end of the academic year is in sight and many of you graduating seniors have job hunting on your mind. Many of you are looking for jobs or summer internships. Some of you are deciding what courses to take next year and if you want to take summer courses, too. In whatever your current endeavors may be, I encourage you to do what makes you happy and take time out of each day to appreciate the little things in life.

xoxo,

Francesca

Music to my Ears

Madison Weissinger
Madison Weissinger

Still to this very day, taking flight in a plane scares me to the core. When it comes to the point where I am about to take off I turn on my music. Sometimes I just need to hear the voice of another to keep me calm and songs do the trick.

They keep me calm no matter what I am doing and where I am, if that’s on a plane or at a chapter and just need that time to myself. So I have included my top five songs that keep me calm and bring me joy! Hope they can do the same for you.

(Must warn you I really like country)

#5. Compass by Lady Antebellum: This song gets it all, finding your way and going wherever your compass may take you. To me, it is about finding yourself.

#4. Heads Carolina, Tails California by Danielle Bradberry: This one is a friendly reminder to always take the road in life you want to go. So flip your coin and decide the path you want to take.

#3. See You Tonight by Scotty McCreey: This reminds me that each day ends and it should end well, no matter who you are seeing. If that is your sisters, your boyfriend or your family. It is always something for you to look forward to.

#2. The Heart of Dixie by Danielle Bradberry:  This song reminds me to appreciate life and all I have been offered. I hope it can do that for you.

#1. All Kinds of Kind by Miranda Lambert: This song is the one I listen to just to bring a smile to my face. There are so many amazing people in this world, but I am so thankful I am a Sigma Kappa sister and have met so many amazing Sigma Kappa women.

Xo Madison

Where’s Waldo?

Kristin Ramey
Kristin Ramey

I’m not sure about you, but the book series Where’s Waldo was a childhood classic in the Ramey household. Waldo, a young man in his infamous red and white striped shirt, is often hard to find within a sea of people.

wheres waldo

Sometimes, I feel like Waldo. Traveling all around the country, my friends and family often don’t know where I am. Believe it or not, there have been times that I have arrived at the airport to realize that I actually didn’t know where I was going. Traveling every five to seven days may make it hard to locate me on the map, but it also means that I have been able to go to amazing places and SO many states.

If I had my own edition of this series, Where’s Kristin would look a lot like this:

  • National Headquarters, Indianapolis
  • University of Georgia, Epsilon Epsilon
  • North Carolina State University, Gamma Phi
  • University of Central Missouri, Delta Eta
  • Kansas State University, Theta Tau
  • Lock Haven University, Delta Pi
  • University of Texas at San Antonio, Zeta Nu
  • Michigan State University, Alpha Tau
  • Culver-Stockton University, Beta Mu
  • Spring Hill College, Colony
  • Lenoir-Rhyne College, Epsilon Alpha
  • Longwood University, Delta Nu
  • Auburn University, Theta Xi
  • West Virginia University, Theta Chi
  • University of Delaware, Theta Delta
  • University of Rhode Island, Phi
  • Elon University, Kappa Zeta
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Gamma Kappa

I have had the opportunity to travel to 15 states as a Leadership Consultant. Where will I be in the next chapter of my life? Great question! Hopefully a new series of Where’s Kristin will be released soon!

“Travel… The best way to be lost and found all at the same time.”- Brenna Smith

🙂

Kristin

The Final Countdown

Jacqueline Newell
Jacqueline Newell

After having a Google hangout with my team a few weeks ago, it has come to my attention how much we all love countdowns. X amount of days until we see our families, X amount of hours until dinner, X amount of days until the beginning of a sports season. I have never really been big on countdowns, but recently, I have found myself surrounded by them.

I started writing this blog post on March 18 and thus began my countdown of the last month of being a LC – what a scary thought! There are eight days until I get to see my sister and brother, 38 days until my first half marathon, and 116 days until my birthday. OK, maybe that last one isn’t as relevant, but the countdown to my first half marathon is one of the most exciting things in my planner right now! There have been many women who have run with me and helped me in my quest to become a modern day Forrest Gump. I signed up for the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon back in September, and it is so exciting to know that it is quickly approaching!

Many of the other consultants have countdown apps on their phones, but I prefer the thrill of surprising myself when I look at the calendar randomly and realize what the date is and what events are quickly approaching. As the year is coming to a close, I’m sure seniors are counting down to graduation and others are counting down to warmer weather. Whatever your countdown may be, I’ll leave you with my favorite song about countdowns.

XO

#DovePower

Jaynie Levinson
Jaynie Levinson

Nearing my 65th flight this year and I only have one blog left after this one, so I should start my thank yous now…

I feel like the luckiest woman at age 23. I have met so many cool, interesting and intelligent women. I gained more knowledge from each and every one of you than potentially my four years of college combined… (well. maybe I’m slightly exaggerating) BUT REALLY.

I have done a lot myself…

  • Traveled to 20 states prior to this job…$500+ in gas, family bonding and $30 headphones to keep my sanity in a packed car
  • Swam with sharks: $200 of straight fear
  • Traveled to seven different countries…I don’t even want to add the price
  • Walked 600 steps of Notre Dome….sweat through my clothes, $10 emergency perfume, but burned off the calories of Nutella Crepe!
  • Met celebrities: 30 seconds of feeling good until the $12 in DayQuil after not washing that hand and getting sick. (JK)
  • Made it to the top of the Eiffel Tower…waiting two hours only to throw what I know up there!
  • The Past 300 days as an LC….ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS. (Maybe I should look into a career with MasterCard?)

Here is a peek into the fantastic sisters we are lucky to share who have done WAY MORE EXCITING THINGS THAN ME:

  • I have met women who are related to celebrities
  • women who are college women by day and Disney princesses at Disneyland by night
  • A few of you got a SHOUT OUT FROM JT at his concert!
  • I have met sports all-stars
  • Some of you have gone skydiving…we have brave sisters.
  • I have met women who have been through the toughest times, but are happy and healthy thanks to the support of Sigma Kappa sisters
  • You all know at least one person in your chapter who swam with dolphins
  • Some of you have walked parts of the Great Wall of China
  • A few of you save endangered species as your major…
  • I have met women who have traveled to over 20 countries….that puts my seven to shame!
  • Some of you are smarter than my brain would ever be capable of; you are in the honors program and are achieving 4.0 GPAs.
  • Women who have gone to watch the Olympics firsthand
  • Some of you are applying for Teach For America and the Peace Corps.
  • A woman created a brand of cookies for those who were on a gluten-free diet. GO YOU. And I see that brand in the grocery stores!!
  • At least five of you have run marathons
  • Some of you achieved Greek Woman of the Year
  • Some of you are recognized by the dean of your university

I am so excited to turn on the TV five years from now to see at least one of you out there changing the world! Thank you all for personally making me smarter, a more well-rounded human being, and PROUD TO BE YOUR SISTER.

Jaynie

Life Lessons from Ferris Bueller

Taryn Mantta
Taryn Mantta

Growing up around Los Angeles, I have always had a very close connection to movies. Movies can make you laugh, make you cry, and sometimes teach life lessons that can be extremely important.

I don’t remember the first time I watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but I know I was young. At this young age, I wanted to be Ferris Bueller. He ditched class (what a rebel) to drive a Ferrari around Chicago, dance on parade floats, and hang out with his friends. Oh, what a fun day! At one point, Ferris breaks the fourth wall (talks directly to the camera) and drops the most important piece of advice little Taryn had ever heard.

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That vest! I could never pull that off.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”

This quote is pretty similar to ‘stop and smell the roses,’ and I’m sure there are 100 other idioms about enjoying the moment, but my buddy Ferris was the one who actually got through to me. I think it is something anyone can relate to at any time in life.

I believe that some of the best things in life are not planned. The adventures you choose to go on will always be much more memorable than the everyday activities. Say yes when someone asks you to go get ice cream. Take that drive to a new place and go exploring. Go dance in the rain even when you have so much to do that it’s bleeding out of your ears. Keep your phone away and focus on the people that you are spending your time with. Choose to say yes and open yourself to those new opportunities.

Life goes by incredibly fast. It’s important to stop and take advantage of the moment because you never know when that opportunity will present itself again.

The Business of Bracketology

Hannah Villa
Hannah Villa

Anyone who knows me knows what an absolute Jayhawk fanatic I am. Graduating from [the best university in the world] KU, it is easy to see why college basketball has such a special place in my heart. And finally my friends, March has arrived, and the most wonderful time of the year is upon us again.

Making a bracket is both stressful and exciting, bold and sometimes dramatic, thoughtful and always unpredictable. A good bracket can win you bragging rights and a whole lot of money. A bad bracket can send you into exile from your rival and ruin a bet with a joking friend. I love brackets. And putting together my bracket is always a riveting event.

The other day, I was catching up on my favorite wedding blog SouthernWeddings.com and I came across this absolutely adorable Mason-Dixon Madness Bracket. Combining two things I love most – March Madness and sinfully sweet Southern sweet tea culture. Click here for a chance to cast your ballot in The Round of 32

After you cast your vote in The Round of 32, head on over to Bracketology to place your bets. Y’all know who my money will be on.

Happy bracketing!