The Perfect Goodbye!

Welcome back Nice Girls! As the year comes to an end I want to remind you to not give up on 2010 just yet. I have noticed some people are wishing this year away. I think it is important to take a few minutes to relax and reflect on this past year. This year may have brought bad memories, weight gain or you might have even lost a friendship but remember, bad experiences are what prepare us for the good times ahead.

As this incredible year comes to an end I would like to share a few of my highlights.

This past February I hurdled over my nerves and did something new and scary. I tried out for the Cleveland Gladiators Kick off Crew. This is a professional cheerleading team that supports the Cleveland Gladiators, an AFL indoor arena football team. I was so nervous I swear my hands were visibly shaking, but I sucked it up and went for it. To my surprise I made the team. The new friends I made, the lessons I learned and all of my hard work I had put into this team will never be forgotten in the years to come.

Becoming a Resident Assistant was another highlight of my fabulous year. I’ve met people this year I probably would have never met without Res Life. Being an RA has taught me time management, responsibility and has brought new challenges to the table. I am looking forward to what is to come in my RA career.

Writing to all of you has been an incredible experience. I love your feedback, suggestions and blog requests. I cannot wait to see where I can take you this year. Keep an eye out for new fierce and fabulous blogs in 2011. As always, thank you for making my blog a success.

I spent last summer at Kent State University where I took 3 classes. I did not plan on spending my entire summer at college, but it really did pay off. My favorite class was French. Meeting new friends and catching up with and relearning the language was my favorite part.

I did not think I was going to make it through summer classes. My only motivation was VACATION 2010 to Virginia Beach with my family. This vacation was the highlight of my summer. It was a much needed get away after summer classes.

Another highlight, or shall I call it a lowlight was my concussion. This was the worst 10 weeks of my college career. Having to sit through classes unable to concentrate, taking tests about things I could not remember and waking up with a headache everyday was terrible. All and all it did not kill me so I think it made me stronger. I am now very careful about what I do concerning my head. Be safe in all activities you do and avoid injury as much as possible.

I have not met too many people in my life that have offered a life changing friendship. I am walking away from 2010 with a great friend that I consider a lifelong friend. Through the good and definitely through the bad we bring out the best in each other. Whether it’s a hug, a smile or even a good “Listen you screwed up” I know I have one of the best friends a girl could ask for. For Christmas this friend gave me an “all about me” day by day calendar. It was a perfect gift for this self-actualized (wink, wink) female. I cannot wait to see where this New Year takes us. You’re my best friend, and I truly appreciate everything you have brought into my life this year.

If I can offer you one piece of advice for the new year it would be to start with a small resolution. There is nothing worse than setting huge unattainable goals. Start small and work your way up to your ultimate goal. I believe in you, and I know you can conquer everything this new year brings! Have a fabulous, safe and fun night while celebrating 2011! And remember, Nice Girls always finish first!


Birthdays, Movies and Smoothies

Ho ho ho Everyone! I feel like it has been forever since I have had the chance to write to you. I was doing so well posting blogs and then I became lazy again. Well since it has been a month since the last post, I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and are enjoying the holiday season with your families.

My 20th birthday was a few days ago, and those who know me best know I was dreading turning 20. I think 20 is such an ugly number and I was convinced I was not turning 20 but turning ugly instead. Needless to say, I did not wake up with gray hair, bags under my eyes or wrinkles. I woke up to the same Brittnee. After reflecting on leaving my teens behind, I did seem to feel a little older on my birthday. Well, maybe not older but more mature for sure. My grandparents were nice enough to give me a gift card to Bob Evans, my favorite restaurant. I cannot wait to go back to school and have money to spend on food off campus. This year my parents gave me a fabulous gift. Since I was complaining about turning ugly, I was treated to a spa day. I enjoyed a manicure, pedicure and a facial. What a great way to fight away the ugly 20. I topped off my day by seeing the new Reese Witherspoon movie with one of my best friends. I highly recommend “How Do You Know”. That reminds me…I should write a review on the movie.

I am a sucker for a strawberry smoothie from Baskin-Robbins. Smoothies don’t have a lot to do with birthdays or movies for that matter but they sure are good. As crazy as this may sound I might have 2-3 a week depending on the circumstances when I’m away at school. But after being shocked by the calorie count, I decided I should find a healthier alternative to my smoothie addiction. During an episode of the Biggest Loser from Season 9 Bob talked about the Yoplait Frozen Smoothie so today I tagged along to the local Giant Eagle with my mom for this week’s groceries. I was on the lookout for this frozen treat. Luckily I found it in the frozen section in Giant Eagle next to the frozen fruit. I was so excited to come home and make a smoothie. It was really good and super easy to make! Each packet makes 2 smoothies and is only 170 calories after you add Skim Milk. I highly recommend this awesome frozen treat! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Stay tuned for the review on “How Do You Know”. I will try my best to have it up in a few days. Happy Holidays, and remember Nice Girls always finish first.

Brittnee Noel