Three simple words that describe “a few of my favorite things” (yes, that would be a reference to The Sound of Music). in a nutshell. To me, faith is believing that there is something (or someone) greater that gets me through the difficult days. Faith is knowing that God has a plan for me though I may not understand the intricacies. Faith is trusting God when the alternative is to stay in the past.
Family is the group of people that are there no matter what. I’m blessed to have two older sisters (yea, wasn’t always giddy about that) but I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to know they always have my back. My parents are unconditionally supportive and I am grateful for their love. For the past 16 years, I have been lucky enough to be an aunt. Being the youngest child, I have absolutely loved being able to watch my nephews and niece grow up and see the world through their eyes.
Last, but certainly not least, sports. Sports are my outlet, distraction and home away from home. I love fall….fall is the changing of the leaves; fall is cooler weather; fall is Thanksgiving and vacation for me. Friends may cringe when they read this, but to me, fall is basketball season. Typically, my Wednesday and Sundays are spent at Lloyd Noble Center, home of the Oklahoma Sooners. For those 2 hours, my mind is free of all the things I need to be doing, fixing, assessing, etc… and I am a fan. I feel like I’m 12 years old again and in my backyard shooting hoops. Whether I’m celebrating a fast break play by Morgan Hook or a 3-pointer from Vegas (aka Aaryn Ellenberg), or watching Coach Coale with hands on her hips and that crooked smile after some stupid call by the refs….I don’t have a care in the world but enjoying those 40 minutes of basketball. Basketball is my first love….and thanks to a family member having introduced me to OU (and Coale’s ’02 Final Four team playing in my hometown of San Antonio), I’m a Sooner and darn proud of it.