A new look, and good news!

Lara Stanze Sun-sational Award Winner

Hi friends and esteemed lurkers! Welcome to the new face of my blogtopia. I wanted to find a look and feel for the blog that was both more gender neutral (I don’t want to scare off them menfolk readers with … Continue reading

On FFA Week, I took the next step in my ag story.

It’s National FFA Week. My friends involved in agriculture are well aware of it. It seems like my Facebook has been painted blue and gold, the emblem is all over Twitter and lots of friends’ avatars are throwbacks sporting that … Continue reading

Relay for Life: a continuing adventure

I’ve blogged many times in the past about Relay for Life. I’ve participated in five of them, four as a student participant and a fifth as a volunteer DJ with a friend. If you aren’t familiar with Relay for Life, … Continue reading

Why Volunteer?

Earlier in the spring, I did my last Relay for Life event as a North Central College student. The Relay for Life is an event that groups can host to raise money for the American Cancer Society. I have seen more loss and heartache because of cancer than I like to admit, and following my own cancer scare I dove into awareness with a new fervor. At my fourth and final Relay for Life event at NCC, I raised over $1,200 for the American Cancer Society.

Taking a break in the wee hours of the morning, curled up in a blanket in the middle of a football field.

When one of my best friends, Joe, asked if I’d be interested in volunteering for another Relay for Life event this year, I agreed. Rather than raise money, though, we were donating our time and professional services as DJ’s through his blossoming company Rack Off and Rage. Continue reading

Going PINK for @lttlewys and #bewbluv

I’ve been very vocal on social media about cancer lately. Thanks to social media, I’ve been able to raise almost $1,200 for the American Cancer Society through my school’s Relay for Life event. (Our event is on Friday, so if you want to make a last-minute donation, you can do so here.) From my own cancer scare, to experiencing loss because of cancer, to knowing some amazing people who have survived, cancer has had a big impact on my life.

Today, it’s knocking on my door again. If you’re reading this when it’s new and fresh, then this very minute, my good friend Brandie McCallum is in surgery to address breast cancer that was found recently. It’s the start of a long road, and seeing someone so full of life and light as her go through this is a huge reality check. Continue reading

Using Social Media for Good

This blog post has been half-written on the back end of my blog for weeks. I started writing it when I first began my Relay for Life funding for the year. I started on such a great note that I wasn’t too concerned about highlighting it on my blog, but due to recent developments I feel like this needs to be brought up now.

I’m a people-oriented person. The people in my life tend to leave a pretty deep mark on me as an individual. It isn’t that I’m necessarily easily influenced or shapeable. It’s that I place a high value on the relationships in my life. Losing someone close to you can change the way you view relationships. It has, for me. Continue reading

Fashion, My First Giveaway, and World Food Day

I’ve never done a giveaway on this blog before. Ever. I’ve had ideas, and if I’m ever more financially stable I have a fun one that I’d really like to try out. However, I’m a broke college kid and it’s cheaper for me to MAKE things than to BUY things. So, this giveaway will cater to the ladies of the audience (or men looking for a nice, handmade gift to give to their ladies).

What I’m giving away on this blog right now, is handmade jewelry made by yours truly.

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Help Fight Cancer! Relay for Life 2011

Disclaimer:  This post has nothing to do with agriculture.  It has everything to do with life, though.  Please read.

In 2008, I started the scariest journey of my life.  That journey included a lot of doctors, a lot of waiting, a lot of prodding and poking, and a lot of testing.  In December of 2008, I was told that there was a chance that I could have a brain tumor, and that I should start preparing for…something.  The word “cancer” came up, and we talked about possibilities and options.  That’s a scary experience for anyone.  For a freshman in college, just trying to survive the day-to-day adventure that is the teenage years, it was terrifying.  Words cannot describe the sort of fear you feel when put in that situation.

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