Throw Back Thursday #2

It’s time for another installment of Throwback Thursday! Unfortunately, this week was a little mundane, yet busy, so this will be my only post this week. However, I’m hoping to have a new video posted to the vlog early next week. So keep your eyes open for that.

# 18: Get a tattoo

Currently, I have three tattoos, and I am working toward the fourth and fifth. My first I got when I was 18, the summer after high school. My mom and I knew that we wanted to get matching tattoos that meant something to both of us. The only problem: My mom and I are incredibly close and have approximately 3 million inside jokes. It took us months to finally settle on the one. It is a zebra print heart that rests on our lower backs, hers on the right and mine on the left. The significance of this tattoo is that my Junior year of high school, I was in a play that my mom directed about a young girl who had these imaginary zebra friends. We almost went to State with the play and the experience brought us even closer together.


My second, I got the summer after my Sophomore year of college. I knew I wanted an infinity symbol with a lyric in it, but wasn’t sure what to choose. Like you do with all of life’s big decisions, I took to Facebook to take suggestions from my friends as to what I should have permanently scared on my body. The suggestions I got were actually really great, but none of them felt right. Then one day, super randomly, it came to me. Don’t dream it, be it. This is, of course, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, one of my all time favorite movies. The moment that line popped into my head, I knew. I asked my best friend Abby, who was an Art major, to design it for me. What she came up with was way more than I could have asked for. It fits my personality in every way. This one rests across my right shoulder blade.


The third has a lot behind it. My 5th year of college, I was experiencing one of the lowest points in my life. I felt like there were a lot of things in this world that were out of my hands. But one of the things that was in my control was my appearance. So on my 23rd birthday, I walked into Iron Brush Tattoo and got the phrase “Just Breathe” tattooed onto my right wrist. This is something that I had been saying to myself a lot during that time. I also wanted to incorporate a semi-colon into it somewhere, as that movement was very big at the time. So the J was replaced by a semi-colon. It was the best birthday present I received that year, and is currently my favorite tattoo.


#25: Join a club

I have been in many clubs in day. In fact, if I remember correctly, I was in every single club in high school at one point or another. But the one I want to talk about today, the one I have gotten the most out of, was the Campus Activities Board at Peru State College. If you don’t know, CAB is responsible for planning Homecoming, Spring Fling, and other activities on campus. My Freshman year, I was heavily involved. Sophomore year I was the Historian. Junior and Senior year I was the Secretary. And my 5th year I was the Vice-President. Throughout this time, I was gifted with many unbelievable experiences, and lessons, as well as the opportunity to go to some amazing places and meet some very interesting people. I posted about one of those instances in last week’s Throwback Thursday-the Florida Georgia Line concert. Because all of my experiences in CAB would take forEVER to write about, I have gathered a few favorite pictures from my CAB days.


That thing I’m holding is called the Worrible. Each week he went to the CAB Member of the Week.

Every year we had an event called Oakstock where we invited several bands to play. This was 2015.


Our celebrity performer in April of 2015 was Jana Kramer.


Every year, the next year’s President and Vice-President get to go to a conference called NACA where they get to sample performers and speakers that they can schedule for the next year. The picture on the left is Ella Mae Bowen. She performed a cover of Holding Out For A Hero that was on the soundtrack for the new Footloose. When it came out, Abby and I would lay in the lobby of our dorm listening to it for hours. So of course when I found out Ella Mae was there, I had to go tell her exactly that. The top right are a comedy duo named Frangela. They have appeared together in movies like He’s Just Not That Into You and also the reality show I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, which they assured me was very real. They were in the middle of the jungle, and they said it was the worst decision they ever made. In the set that they performed for us, they had a bit about how they call all white girls Kiki. Right before this picture was taken, they said I could be their Kiki of the day. The bottom right picture is me meeting Kel Mitchell. If you are a 90s kid like me, you will remember worshiping a show called Kennan and Kel. Needless to say, I was freaking out when I found out he was there. Best part: He autographed a can of orange soda for me.

#33: Attend a drive-in movie

Now, I don’t remember this one incredibly well because I was 3, but I went with my parents and some other family members to see Twister. Really I just remember laying on blankets in the back of the car and the Three Stooges cartoon beforehand. This will definitely be one that is redone.

#35: Make a Time Capsule and bury it

When I was 8 or 9, I took one of my mom’s plastic frosting cans (in hindsight, plastic probably wasn’t the best choice), put several items in it along with a note, and had my dad bury it in our backyard. I can’t remember exactly what went into the time capsule or what the note said. I do remember that I included one of my necklaces, and then almost immediately regretted it. This is another one that I would like to redo. Next time it will definitely be more thought out.


Sorry this one was a little uneven with the first two items being so long and the last two being so short. But there you go. Thank you for joining me for another Throwback Thursday. Hope you enjoyed it. Keeps your eyes open next week for more posts and a new video as well as the third installment of Throwback Thursday. Have a great weekend, and remember, today is a perfect day to do something you’ve always wanted. Bye guys!

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