Tuesday, July 20, 2010

oh. hi.


I've missed blogging. I've just been so busy I couldn't see straight. Here is what I have been up to:

I wrapped up Hoopla out in San Francisco with a beautiful gala. I learned SO much while I was out there and am so thankful to have started with such an amazing company so early in the game! Here are a couple last pictures from Hoopla! This is a picture of a group of us that are all on the same team.
Here is a picture of the bag that I won (along with a cute shirt) in the last incentive program. I worked so hard to get this.
Here's the new incentive program that I'm working towards now. I'm such a sucker for contests. So excited!

Then, I got back from Hoopla on Sunday night and set off to work on all my graduate school work. It felt like it was never ending. I literally experiences the closest thing to an all nighter that I have ever experienced. I went to bed at 6:15 am this morning and got up at 7:30. Does that count as an all nighter or do I really have to not go to bed? I took my midterm and turned in my paper today, and in the last few days have been killing myself trying to get everything finished. But, alas, I'm almost done.

I had an amazing day today. So many wonderful things happened after that midterm. I went and volunteered in an ESOL class and had such an amazing time. The women with which I worked were from Mexico, Ethiopia, China, Haiti, and Brazil. We talked about new vocabulary and then used the vocabulary to talk about our favorite places to visit and the best things in our home countries. The vocabulary they were learning was all about being in a city and describing surroundings. Towards the end of class they were filling out a worksheet and on of the blanks said "The best teacher is _____________ because _____________." One of the ladies said, "What is your name?" I didn't realize it at first, but she was writing my name down as the best teacher! They asked when I was coming back and one lady even gave me a hug! It was so nice to be able to help these women learn how to speak English when it must be so difficult not know the language in this country!

Then, I got roses, a card, and three huge boxes of nerds from my boyfriend. Today is our two year anniversary. We didn't exchange gifts yet because we couldn't decide what we wanted. So, we went to eat at Seasons 52 and enjoyed a nice meal together.
I ask myself everyday how I got so lucky to find such an amazing, supportive boyfriend. He supports me through all my anxiety and encourages me when I get really excited about a good grade on a paper or another trunk show for Stella & Dot. I am so blessed to have someone in my life like him. :)

When I got home, I had a Target gift card in the mail from two high school teachers at my school. It was a total shock. I had gone in a couple of times this summer to help them set up a blog in their summer school class. They were just thanking me for coming in. I was so excited about the Target gift card, but even more excited about the fact that they had thought about doing something so nice for me.

I will use that gift card tomorrow to load up on supplies, because Thursday morning at 9:50 A.M., I'm getting onto another plane, heading to NYC, and then boarding a trans-Atlantic flight to Accra, Ghana! I'll be gone until July 31st, but will be bringing my laptop and will be blogging while I'm there. I'll tell you more about the reason for my trip while I'm over there, but in the mean time I can assure you that I will share some amazing stories and experiences while I'm there. I went when I was in college for a summer, and I know that their culture is so unique and so special, and I can't wait to go back!

I am trying to catch up on all my favorite blogs, but I still have quite a bit left to do! If you haven't heard from me in a few days, I'm sorry. I can't wait to come back to a long list of blogs to read with a lot of free time to do it with!

I'll post again before I head out. So excited...starting the malaria pills tomorrow!


Carlin said...

Wish you had a longer layover in New York! Safe travels though

Jen said...

Love this post! Congrats girlie!!! Have fun on your trip! We have to get together when you get back! By the way...I told my hairstylist the other day about our trip to Yamato sushi and thought of you haha! Xoxo!

Ms. Gadsden said...

Yeah! I am so proud of you. You are such a hardworker .. and I know it will pay off. Congrats on your 2 year anny! I am loosing weight and picking out a dress as we speak. :)...

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