… for a break

Dear readers,

Over the past three years, I have been pretty faithful to keeping this up to date. You have seen me go from a junior in college to an intern in DC to a senior finishing up her last semester to a young nonprofit professional with a fun gig as a contributing writer to a pageant girl to a young consultant working towards a Master’s degree. 

I have been completely silent for a while. Why? For the past month, I have been working on a new blog devoted to health and fitness- Casey vs. Travis. And while I do hope that I will be able to keep this blog up-to-date, I cannot make any promises. Do know that I am still very active online and you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Lots of love,
Casey

… for my 10th move

Here’s a recap of all the moving I’ve done since leaving home. Looking back, I’ve done quite a bit.

17: Moved to college. Freshman year.
18: Moved to the Philippines. Got to spend a few months with the cousins.
18 (again): Moved back to college. Sophomore year.
19: moved to the DC Metro region (Maryland). Internships #1 and #2.
19 (again): Moved back to college. Junior year.
20: Moved back to the DC Metro region (Virginia). Internship #3.
20 (again): Moved back to college. Senior semester.
21: Moved to Maryland. Real world.
22: Moved to Virginia. Real world plus graduate school.
23: Moved again in Virginia. Real world plus graduate school plus my own place.

This move is by far the shortest move I’ve made so far (I literally moved across the parking lot). However, this move definitely makes me feel like I’ve taken a huge step into the real world since it’s the first place without roommates. Pretty exciting stuff!

… for Fall To-Do’s

Fall decided to take a day off today (unlike me) to give way to its cold and gloomy friend Winter. This LA-native is not happy about the freezing temperatures, but that’s all the more reason to come up with a few of the things I’m determined to do during Fall 2012.

1. Host a Fall party, with my newly discovered healthy dessert cookies and pumpkin cake, of course!
2. Goof off on a farm.
3. Visit a new town for the sole purpose of crunching leaves.
4. Spend a day with absolutely nothing on my schedule.
5. Redesign, refurb, or repurpose my blog – a major area that could benefit from a little facelift.
6. Visit a pumpkin orchard. No ifs ands or buts.
7. Have an early Thanksgiving celebration with friends. This can double as my Fall party since I love killing two birds with one stone.
8. Take a picture by one of Virginia’s adorable “Love” signs.
9. Go on a foliage hike and drive.
10. Drink hot cider.

… for mission Monday

He’s the baby on the block, but he already knows his A, B, C’s; his 1, 2, 3’s; and his Do-re-mi’s. He’s perpetually turned 3-and-a-half for nearly 20 years, but he’s still “got new shoes.”

For toddlers, he’s an A-List celebrity. For parents, he’s nothing short of a red felt superhero.

Elmo is back with the Sesame Street gang in the USO’s longest-running traveling show and the first-ever designed specifically for military families. Yours truly had the incredible opportunity to volunteer and help recently, and I had a blast!

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families – the USO’s longest running, free traveling tour based on Sesame Street’s military family initiative – began rolling onto U.S. military installations across the country with the first event taking place at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois on April 7. Created exclusively for this tour, Katie was first introduced to military families in April 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at a Joining Forces rally in Columbus, Ohio.

Produced in partnership with VEE, this year’s 70-stop tour showcases the power of friendship when Elmo and his Sesame pals help Katie open up about her fears and excitement as she deals with moving to a new place and making new friends. The show comprises a fun-filled character performance with special giveaways and outreach materials for those who attend.

Since its debut in July 2008, the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families has taken its message to more than 248,000 troops and military families and performed 433 shows on 131 military bases in 33 states and eleven countries.

… for a sense of pride

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On my morning run along DC’s beautiful monuments, I found myself in front of our nation’s heroes. I saw Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Many of their wise quotes left me inspired.

At the end of my run, I stood in front of the most moving of them all – our nation’s veterans and troops currently defending our freedom. Humbled by their bravery and encouraged by their sacrifices for the greater good, I cannot help but to feel proud and blessed to be an American.

No matter what challenges come our way, no matter how many times others may try to destroy our resolve and spirit, we rise with strength.

… for a kiss to build a dream on

Give me a kiss to build a dream on
And my imagination will thrive upon that kiss
Sweetheart, I ask no more than this
A kiss to build a dream on

Give me a kiss before you leave me
And my imagination will feed my hungry heart
Leave me one thing before we part
A kiss to build a dream on

When I’m alone with my fancies…I’ll be with you
Weaving romances…making believe they’re true

Give me your lips for just a moment
And my imagination will make that moment live
Give me what you alone can give
A kiss to build a dream on

… for remembering 9/11

Never forget.

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. -Hamilton Fish

I simply wanted to take a moment to remember those lost on this day not so long ago. We are truly blessed to live in a country where there are so many men and women willing to die for our country when it is needed, but we must also not forget that it is our responsibility to live for our country through all that we do.

Let us never forget the loss we have suffered, yet always remember that our country and all that it stands for is truly worth living for. We are the home of the free because of the brave and despite the concerns we may have with our government or fellow citizens, I pray we never take for granted this blessed nation. With the memory of lives lost still so fresh, I pray that we also may examine our own lives and understand our own human frailty.

On September 14, 2001, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Dr. Billy Graham led a national prayer and remembrance service at Washington National Cathedral in which he reminded every American:

This event reminds us of the brevity and the uncertainty of life. We never know when we too will be called into eternity. I doubt if even one of those people who got on those planes or walked into the World Trade Center or the Pentagon last Tuesday morning thought it would be the last day of their lives. It didn’t occur to them. And that’s why each of us needs to face our own spiritual need and commit ourselves to God and His will now.

A special thanks to Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, for a wonderful reflection.