Trying something new.

I have had this thought for a while now, and today I am starting to make it a reality (kinda).

I {proudly} dress like a 30 year old mom. So with that, I am going to start blogging more, talking about my outfits, my ideas, my passions, and things that just drive me crazy. This is mainly just for myself, but if anyone else enjoys it, then YAY!

I have a pretty even mixture between trying to find clothes at a bargain, and splurging. I do not  have that little voice in my head telling me to not buy something. So I buy a lot of clothes, and also sell a lot of clothes.

Today was just a simple, neutral outfit that was comfortable (SO comf). I work in retail, so being comfortable is very important!

Happy Friday!

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The Time Has Come..

Wow. I am heading home today.  I can not believe this journey to Washington, D.C. has came to an end. I am very sad to leave. DC has became my home and I love the city so much. But I can not wait to get home and see my family! 

I got to the airport really early, so I figured that I might as well post about my trip. These last few weeks have been great. Here are some of my favorite things that happened!

1. I got to go to my first MLB game! If you know me, you know I baseball is my favorite sport (not only for baseball butts ;)) My family doesn’t really go out and do much, so it is up to me to do things like that! I got to see my lover, Bryce Harper, so I guess that makes up for it not being the Cards.

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 2. One day last week, my awesome roommate Bethany and I went on a bike ride around the city! We wanted to go at night time so we could see the monuments all bright and pretty! It was awesome!  I am so glad that I got to do that. Capitol BikeShare is the way to go if you really want to tour the city at your own pace, and it is super cheap! 

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 3. I also got the privilege to go to the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. It was one of the most humbling experiences I have ever had. Seeing the tomb of the unknown and all of the tombstones was surreal. It really puts it into perspective how many people have fought and died for our country.

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4. One of my favorite things I got to do while in the city, was meet people! I got to meet U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-7) and U.S. Representative Illeanan Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27). I also got to meet the Republican candidate for Oregon’s seat in the US Senate, Dr. Monica Wehby! Hearing what she had to say was amazing. I think she would make an amazing congresswoman to represent! Her motivation for running was this little boy who survived a brain tumor (operated on by Dr. Wehby) and he wrote on a card to her that said “Live to help other people”. That is amazing. If you are not living to help other people and make the world a better place, why are you living? Here are some pictures of meeting with them!

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Meeting members of Congress was amazing, but the CRNC team welcomed me more than I ever imagined. I am so thankful for getting close to them! Next time I come to visit (which will be very soon) I will go by the office and see all of them! They are great people, and I really consider them all great friends after my internship with them! I can’t believe I am saying this but, it is time to go home.

xoxo,

Brooke Anne  

Happy Friday!

As my Friday began, there was only one thing that I could think about: The Weekend.

Do I have any big plans? No. But the idea that I do not have to wake up at 7am really makes me happy.

It was 11:30am, and I am sitting at the computer debating on another string cheese, our boss comes in and tells us to go home. Mind you, I got in at 9 and was supposed to be there until 6. Needless to say, I was ecstatic. But then I had one problem, I had nothing to do.  So, I decided that I would go to Arlington, VA and check out Pentagon City Mall.  Let me tell you, that mall has EVERYTHING. If you want Michael Kors, Kate Spade, C Wonder, or even Henri Bendles; you got it. They have high end stores for all of those people who like spending a ton of money, and they even have some of my favorites: Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, XXI, exc. I got the CUTEST clothes with the BEST deals. Right now, Banana Republic is having an AMAZING sale! You get 40% off every regular priced item in the store, and an EXTRA 50% off of anything on the sale rack. So, yeah. GREAT SALE!

I also went to Sephora. Did they have a sale? Why no. But I did get some awesome product! I ended up getting the Naked Basics pallet for $28! I also got this amazing eyeliner by Smashbox that I just adore for only $20. I have came to realize that I hate spending a lot of money on makeup when you can go to a Walmart and get something almost identical to it! But when you do kinda splurge on it, sometimes it does work better (take that at face value folks).

Last night, I changed my flight to leave DC a week early. Yes, that makes me so sad but it means that I get to spend more time with my family!

Well, that is all for today folks. Now please, do yourself a favor and go buy some cute clothes at BR. Thanks.

Here are some cute pictures from my first day in DC, enjoy!

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White House lawn!

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Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial

xoxo, Brooke

Be my Valentine? Just kidding.

We have a little less than a month until the holiday all single women (and some people in relationships) despise: Valentines Day.

For me, I do not hate Valentines Day for the reason that I am single (well, really single), but I hate it because the concept of it is stupid. Sure, it is nice to get gifts and be shown you are somebody’s significant other, but there are 364 days out of the year for that. Why be cliche and all do it on one day? That is NOT ORIGINAL. 

I mean, I am single and have never dated a guy that was thriving in the romance department, so I wouldnt know romantic gestures if it slapped me in the face. 

But this leads me to my other thought: love. What is it?

All I have known is lust. My family is not one to stay in long-term marriages, and I guess I just don’t know what the true meaning of love is. When people say “I can only hope to have a love like my parents, grandparents, exc.” Well when I think of that, I honestly do not know who I want to have a love like. None of them stick out to me. (I feel like a horrible person for saying that.)

But, on the same side of that, it has made me be extremely scared to fall in love, to be vulnerable, or to give someone my everything. It scares the death out of me just thinking of finding someone and letting them in. The really scary thing about dating is you’re either going to marry that person, or you’re going to break up. Simple as that. 

I just need to stop piddling around, and settling for less than I deserve. That goes to all of you out there, guys and girls. We are worth more than just a part of someones time. If they aren’t as completely emotionally involved as you, then it is not worth you time. Thats all for today. That’s all I have got. I am just going to cut up an apple now. (Its healthier than Dippin’ Dots unfortunately).

 

–xoxo, Brooke

Finally Complete.

Today, I did something that I have not done is quite some time. I went to church.

When I was younger, I was extremely involved in church. Whether it be a southern baptist or a methodist, I was always involved. Well, since I just moved to a new town, I decided I wanted to get back into the swing of going. I was actually really excited to go. I woke up extremely early, and could not go back to sleep. My want to attend church was at an all time high. 

During the service, there were times when I had to just sit there and reflect on what I had been doing the past year. Where had I been? What was my higher purpose here? Well today, it all came together for me.

I needed to get my close, personal relationship with God back. 

Today in church, we were talking about other things being your “god”, or taking the place of the almighty. I had done that. Though I can not pinpoint one thing that was taking over gods place in my life, something had. And during the sermon, I had a revelation that I needed to regain it. 

Today has been phenomenal. I went to church, and from then on, I have just felt complete. I am actually going to go buy a new bible tomorrow, so I can read in the word more than just on Sundays during the sermon. Without God being your #1, you will fall. Nothing lasts forever except for the eternal love that we can only get from our God, and that really clicked for me today. 

Hopefully with me being in a town place and it being a new year, I can get back into the swing of things and become a better version of myself. 

 

—xoxo, Brooke.

Lifelong Friendships

ZTA

As 2014 rolls around, I am tossing in my guns and starting out fresh. In Fall of 2012, I was attending Arkansas Tech University as a freshman, and I got a bid from the fabulous {Zeta Tau Alpha}. Little did I know these people would become my best friends.

These girls have made me laugh, made me cry, made me mad, and made me want to punch a hole in the wall, but I would not trade my experience with ZTA for anything. I will miss the late night dancing, the random wine Wednesdays (that were on more than just Wednesdays), dancing on tables after 11pm, and learning to two step in a living room blaring 90s country music. I got cooking lessons to turn me into a “wifey”(which failed MISERABLY), and I got really good at hand-washing dishes. With that being said, these girls pushed me to my limits, and told me what I needed to hear.

As 2014 rolled in, I moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and will be attending the University of Arkansas this upcoming spring semester (OMG SO EXCITED). I do not know many people here but I am so excited to start fresh and learn how to do things on my own. I have a new job, a new apartment, a new school, a new town; if 2014 doesnt hold new and exciting things, then I must be doing something wrong.

So as the new year has passed, just remember one quote I heard today: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Tomorrow is not for certain, so take a jump and be adventurous.

Until next time.

–xoxo, Brooke.