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Diamonds are a girl's best friend.

Posted by Anna Kate Sunday, October 7, 2012 2 comments

Last week, the ADPi Colony at CNU held their first Sisterhood Event! Since we have not yet elected officers, all of the colony members are working in committees.

The Sisterhood Committee came up with the idea to host "speed dating" for all of our members. The event, appropriately coined "Diamond Dates," was a huge success! The Sisterhood Committee asked everyone to wear date attire, and after the speed dating questions + 3 minute response time, we had a dessert reception.

I highly recommend this event to all sorority chapters! It would be most appropriate to do after you get new members as a way for everyone to get to know one another.

P.S. It's also a fun way to prep for Formal Recruitment conversation!

Snaps to the Sisterhood Committee for an awesome first event! So proud of the hard work that all of the CNU ADPi Colony Committees are doing. We hope to hold this event again next semester after we have MORE new members following Formal Recruitment!

A joyful heart is good medicine.

Posted by Anna Kate Thursday, October 4, 2012 1 comments

I felt like I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and was going to have one of "those" days. . .
But then, while scrolling through Pinterest while drinking my morning coffee, I came across this video that my best friend/college roommate shared. Now, my face hurts from laughing. Enjoy and have a great day! :)

And Bingo was her name-o.

Posted by Anna Kate Thursday, September 27, 2012 1 comments

Shortly following Bid Day, each Alpha Delta Pi chapter has a Chapter Retreat. In the case of ADPi at Christopher Newport, we had a Colony Retreat! I could not be more pleased with how the day went, and I loved the time spent together with all of the Alphas (ADPi's term for new members).

I am continually impressed by the women who were selected to be our founding members. They jumped head first with enthusiasm into all of the activities we had planned for Colony Retreat; their willingness to serve and become involved is infectious! Hearing them speak as they shared more about themselves throughout the day reminded me what sisterhood is all about and how truly blessed I am to call Alpha Delta Pi home.

All this sharing started first thing at Colony Retreat with an icebreaker  Sisterhood Bingo! Who doesn't love a good icebreaker, right? In order to win, the whole Bingo card had to be completely full. The first five women to finish received some ADPi gear as prizes!

Feel free to email me if you'd like the template.

Do you have any fun icebreakers to share? I am constantly adding to my idea bank!

Cause I'm gonna make this place your home.

Posted by Anna Kate Saturday, September 22, 2012 2 comments

I am so blessed to work for my sorority's headquarters a second year as a Senior Leadership Consultant. If you are considering applying for your sorority or fraternity's consultant program, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions! It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that I strongly encourage all to consider.

2012-2013 Alpha Delta Pi Senior Leadership Consultants
This year's "confessions of a professional sorority girl," have brought me to Newport News, Virginia. Alpha Delta Pi colonized this fall at Christopher Newport University, and I am here until May to ensure the success of our colonization efforts and chapter development.

I  had never heard of the school prior to our extension visit last October but, like I have mentioned in previous posts, I immediately fell in love with the students, campus community, and the beautiful scenery. Leading our colonization efforts here has been a dream come true. This community embraces the Greek movement and supporting one another so that, together, everyone can accomplish more. I have felt so supported every step of the way by the students (both Greek and non-Greek, from all sororities and fraternities), the faculty, university staff, and just about anyone I have interacted with. I never imagined that I would so quickly feel at home here at Christopher Newport.

I have to thank the Greek students at CNU and especially the founding members of Alpha Delta Pi here for making this journey an absolute joy for me. This is just the beginning and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!
Founding members of Alpha Delta Pi at Christopher Newport University on Bid Day

Blog post title: "Home" by Phillip Phillips. Making South GA proud!


Posted by Anna Kate Sunday, September 2, 2012 1 comments

I originally started writing this blog post when August began... and now it's September. When did that happen?!

Time to play catch up. Here's the quick version:

Spent the last bit of summer at Alpha Delta Pi Headquarters in Atlanta, GA where I was finally reunited with my Senior Consultant sisters and the incoming LCs. After some back-to-back days spent on extension/colony training with the Magnificent 7 (those of us who will be Colony Consultants stationed at ADPi's 7 new colonies this year), I made the drive up to North Georgia for IMPACT Kennesaw State. This was my first time as a small group facilitator for IMPACT, and I was beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the team!

For those of you who aren't familiar with IMPACT, it's a program developed by the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Here's a little snippet about it from their website:

IMPACT is a campus based leadership institute designed to foster improved relationships among campus leaders through an intensive, interactive two and one half day program.  The IMPACT curriculum emphasizes problem solving, leadership development, values-based decision making, effective communication, and community development. It is expected that change will be the result of an IMPACT weekend.  Participants determine what that change is through their participation. 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about IMPACT. I absolutely loved being a small group facilitator and would do it again in a heartbeat. My background in Greek Life is mostly working with NPC women, so it was an awesome learning experience for me to work with members from all Greek Councils (IFC, NPHC, MGC). I learned a great deal from all the students who attended, and especially those in my small group. I was able to both reconnect and meet for the first time some amazing Facilifriends whom I hope to see again sometime very soon!

Three days after I returned home from IMPACT, all my bags were packed and ready to go for the big move to Virginia! Stay tuned for more details on that in the next post... (hopefully not a month from now)

Pinterest weekly finds.

Posted by Anna Kate Monday, July 23, 2012 1 comments

Thanks to Pinterest, I have already constructed some map and Lilly-inspired artwork. Based on my top finds from last week, here's what I have to look forward to next...

My Mom has graciously agreed to attempt and recreate this. I am trying to improve my craftiness, but I am no artist!
I thought this would be a great piece for the kitchen.

I am cheating a little bit here... I found this print (via Pinterest!) on Etsy for $20.00 and just had to order it.

Who doesn't love a good monogram? Especially when it's free.
I haven't tried printing one of these yet, but seems like a great find!

Until next week!

Reduce, Reuse, Re-Lilly.

Posted by Anna Kate Friday, July 20, 2012 7 comments

Crafting for my new apartment continues...I blame Pinterest. I saw a pin for how to create coasters using old Lilly Pulitzer agenda pages (totally plan on doing), and I figured why not use them for something bigger? I had a vision for a large, modge-podged, Lilly-themed piece of artwork to adorn my walls, and today this finally came to life.

I recently ordered the new Lilly Pulitzer 2013 Jumbo Agenda (LOVE it),
so I didn't hesitate to rip out the pages of my old one for decorating purposes.

I had an old Lilly shopping bag still laying around, so I decided to use that as the center of the piece.
Cardboard backing from the frame served as the base, and using (homemade) 'modge podge' I applied the pages.
If you're interested in how to create and use homemade modge podge, see my previous post here.

I have discovered the keys to using modge podge are: use sparingly (light coats, please),
keep a rolling pin nearby to smooth things out, and let dry completely before applying another coat.

Follow those simple steps and...

Voilà! Beautiful, Lilly-esque, artwork.

Oh, the places you'll go.

Posted by Anna Kate Tuesday, July 17, 2012 2 comments

After a year of being on the road, I am definitely looking forward to having my own apartment this year. One of the biggest perks of this new retreat? Decorating, of course.

Inspired by Pinterest, I knew I wanted to create my own artwork. I needed something to represent this amazing year of work, fun, and travel as an ADPi Leadership Consultant. Along with collecting charms at each school I visited, I also collected postcards. Initially, I thought I would use them to create a scrapbook, but I realized I don't have the attention span for that. In addition to the charms and postcards, I've also been keeping up with all of my boarding passes. I don't know why I started doing this, but I just had a feeling they would one day come in handy when I was feeling artsy.

And...voila! Here are the fruits of my labor:

I started out with an ancient State Farm road map that my parents still had, but never use since they both have a GPS.
I tore out pictures of states and places I visited this year as an ADPi Leadership Consultant.
I made homemade Modge Podge / decoupage using a recipe I found on Pinterest. I've never used Modge Podge before, but the concoction we made (1 bottle Elmer's glue + 1 bottle water) seemed to work well! Since I had never used it before, I watched how to videos on modge podging via YouTube before we began.

I decided to recycle an old frame and popped the cardboard out of the back. First, I carefully arranged how I wanted the states to appear on the background. 
Next, I painted a layer of modge podge across the cardboard surface and laid the map cutouts on top.
I let that dry (about 45 minutes) and then painted another layer of the glue over the pictures.
That dried overnight and then I repeated the same process for the postcards and board passes.

The End! Easy as that. Craft away, my friends.

Throw some glitter, make it rain.

Posted by Anna Kate Friday, July 13, 2012 3 comments

I'm not typically one to paint my nails any crazy color. The fact that I've stepped out of my french manicure bubble this year is a small miracle. Lately though, I have been trying some fun colors from Essie, such as tart deco.

In an effort to get outside my comfort zone, I've been searching for a glitter nail polish that I actually like -- nothing too tacky and that goes on smooth. My efforts had been unsuccessful until I stumbled across deborah lippmann polish last week while shopping at a boutique in Raleigh, NC.

I probably wouldn't wear this color all the time, but for a fun weekend with the girls or a night out, it's the perfect pop of color with a little sparkle! 

*Note: I did two light coats of Essie's sugar daddy polish as a base coat and then two coats of deborah lippman's candy shop to complete my look! 

Happy polishing!

New friends and blue skies that never end.

Posted by Anna Kate Tuesday, July 10, 2012 0 comments

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and I couldn't feel more blessed. I spent nearly 3 weeks in Starkville, MS at Mississippi State University getting to know the campus, the quaint little college town and, most importantly, the amazing Panhellenic women there. One of the things that I am most grateful for after my first year of travel as a Leadership Consultant is the mindset of becoming a Panhellenic player and what it means to work together for the greater good of the Greek community as a whole. Unfortunately, this is not something that I embraced while I was in college and it is one of my biggest regrets. When I visit and work at campuses such as Mississippi State where the Panhellenic spirit is absolutely thriving, it reminds me of what being Panhellenic is all about. I can't say thank you enough to everyone who made ADPi feel so at home during our time there!

We left Starkville and headed back to the Peach State for ADPi Leadership Seminar in Atlanta. (Leadership Seminar is the conference we have during even-numbered years when we don't have Grand Convention.) I attended LS back in 2010 as Chapter President and participated in our signature leadership program, Adelphean Compass. This year, I was thrilled to participate in our program for emerging leaders, IMPACT Alpha Delta Pi. The excitement these young women had was absolutely infectious and they were a joy to be around. Above all else from the weekend, I met some amazing people from the Greek community -- our facilitators (affectionately referred to as Facilifriends). I truly hope to stay in touch with all of my very special Facilifriends!

It was wonderful to spend time with all of my extraordinary Alpha Delta Pi sisters from across the country. I only wish it could have been a longer visit!

The traveling and fun still didn't stop after Leadership Seminar! Almost all of my Consultant Sisters and I packed up and headed to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina for a (much needed) week of relaxation and sunshine.
I wouldn't have wanted to celebrate this fabulous year with any other group of ladies!

Now, as if the going wasn't already good enough, I was also asked to be a Guest Blogger for Marley Lilly!
Pink, green, and monogrammed... How could I say no? Check it out here: 

For the rest of the week crafting for my new apartment is on my agenda as well as counting down the days until I am reunited with my best friends this weekend in Atlanta... Stay tuned!

America's Sweetheart.

Posted by Anna Kate Monday, July 9, 2012 0 comments

I'll admit, Emily Maynard single-handedly made me a Bachelorette fan this season. With the exception of Gossip Girl, I rarely watch television. Now, every Monday night, I find myself stopping whatever I am doing and racing to tune in.

Now Bachelorette Brackets are coming to an end. Emily has finally narrowed it down to the final two. I think it goes without saying that Emily has captured the hearts of the last men standing, along with countless viewers and fans. I have been #TeamArie from the beginning, but finale spoilers are saying that Jef does indeed receive the final rose. I am praying for some kind of surprise announcement during the after show following the final rose ceremony! Fingers crossed.

The finale countdown to Sunday, July 22 begins.

Which Bachelorette contender do you support and who do you think will get the final rose?

Funfetti cake dip review.

Posted by Anna Kate Sunday, June 24, 2012 0 comments

via Eat yourself skinny
I will personally vouch for this recipe from the 'Eat yourself skinny' blog. I saw it on Pinterest a few weeks ago and, I'll admit, I often pin a lot of cute things but never actually try them. This recipe looked too good not to try though, so Sarah Steele and I made this delicious Funfetti Cake Dip while we were in Mississippi. It definitely gets our seal of approval!

The recipe says to let the dip sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. However, if I were to make it again I would recommend letting it refrigerate overnight. The dip tasted a little bitter initially, but the longer we let it sit in the refrigerator the better it tasted.

With only 3 necessary ingredients (funfetti cake mix, fat free yogurt, lite cool whip) at 105 calories per serving, this is totally worth your baking efforts!

I'll be your Mississippi.

Posted by Anna Kate Friday, June 8, 2012 0 comments

Country roads take me...to Starkville?
My partner in crime and fellow Senior Leadership Consultant, Sarah Steele, and I are road tripping it to the Magnolia State for the next few weeks. ADPi is thrilled to be Coming BACK Home to Mississippi State University in the spring of 2013 and we're going to show some Pi love during new student orientation sessions!

Wish us luck and follow @MSUADPi on Twitter for updates!

Read more about Alpha Delta Pi Returning Home to Mississippi State University here.

It's a Captain's life for me.

Posted by Anna Kate Monday, June 4, 2012 1 comments

Serving Alpha Delta Pi this year as a 2011-2012 Leadership Consultant has truly been a dream come true. I cannot thank the international organization+officers enough as well as sisters, volunteers, and alumnae from across the country for making this year the most memorable of my life.

Luckily, the dream doesn't stop here as I will be continuing as a Senior Leadership Consultant. I know, I know...this isn't exactly "news" anymore, BUT I am thrilled to finally announce that I will be the Colony Consultant in the fall at Christopher Newport University!

I was fortunate enough to visit CNU's campus last October as part of our expansion presentation. I was completely blown away by the students, faculty, staff, and the sheer beauty of the campus as a whole. I have been keeping my fingers crossed ever since that I would one day be back.
I cannot wait to call Newport News home beginning in August!

Read more about ADPi Coming Home to Christopher Newport University.

In memorial.

Posted by Anna Kate Monday, May 28, 2012 0 comments

Thank you to the men and women who have given their lives to protect ours.

Happy Memorial Day!

Life's like a road that you travel on.

Posted by Anna Kate Monday, April 16, 2012 1 comments

After an absolutely fabulous week of "Spring Break," I hit the road today for the last time as a 2011-2012 Alpha Delta Pi Leadership Consultant. Even if I typed that a hundred times, I don't think it would ever seem real. Instead of getting all nostalgic though, let's focus on the three amazing chapters that I'll be visiting over the next two weeks!!!

Quinnipiac University: Hamden, Connecticut
Theta Theta Chapter

Boston University: Boston, Massachusetts
Rho Chapter

The George Washington University: Washington, D.C.
Alpha Pi Chapter

3 chapters. 3 states. 2 weeks.
An epic end to the best year of my life.

Not a worry in the world.

Posted by Anna Kate Thursday, April 12, 2012 1 comments

Not surprisingly, I haven't blogged in about a month and a half. Let's do a brief catch up:

- Visited two chapters in Florida AND got to drive my own car both times. #winning

* Was offered the position of 2012-13 SENIOR LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT. Ahh..tears of joy ensued.

- Flew back to the Midwest where there will soon be TWO chapters in the great state of Oklahoma.
(You won't be riding solo much longer, Alpha Omicron!)

- Made a visit to the Peach State. God is so good for letting me be close to home while my Dad underwent open heart surgery the same week.

- Was surprised to fall in love with Pittsburgh.

- Saw a bit of why my Consultant Sister loves West Virginia.

- Exceeded my birthday week expectations thanks to some amazing Zeta Sigma sisters at the College of Charleston.

- Met an incoming 2012-13 LC at Virginia Tech and became instant bffs. Her excitement reminded me why I do this!

* Relished in all things Spring Break...sleeping in my own bed, home cooked meals, watching the news, finally drinking coffee for the first time since February.

Life. Is. Good.

Back to the place where I belong.

Posted by Anna Kate Wednesday, February 22, 2012 1 comments

I can't believe that it's been 48 days since I've been home. It has been a whirlwind month and a half! Since January 3rd alone, I have been to 6 states, made 3 chapter visits, was a part of the initiation and installation of our newest chapter, and attended 2 District Leadership Conferences!

As I thought about all of the places that I had been during my flight home, it reminded me how truly blessed I am. Here's a very brief recap of the past month and a half to help show you why...

Miami University: Oxford, OH
Eta Epsilon chapter
This was my first visit to Ohio and, I'll be honest, I was a little skeptical. The frozen North? Yikes. But boy did this amazing chapter change my mind about Ohio in a hurry. The wonderful women of Eta Epsilon made my first visit of 2012 one that I will always hold close to my heart. If you're Greek and you've never heard of Miami University, you're really missing out. The university's history handout even refers to it as the "Mother of Fraternities." Reason being, four fraternities and two sororities were founded here. The tall columns and brick buildings reminded me so much of The South.

Plus, check out their set of wooden letters. Could they be any more ADPerfect?

University of Virginia: Charlottesville, VA
Zeta Xi chapter
Wow, talk about beauty. This campus is breathtaking. I loved getting to know all about the rich history of UVa from the wonderful ADPi sisters there. Ever heard rumors about secret societies at UVa? Oh yeah, they're true. Just take a look at the big "Z" painted on the front of our house there. You can find this along with the marks of other secret societies painted on various Greek houses and buildings on campus to signify that there is a member of that house in the society. I loved all of the hush hush surrounding these groups. The ladies of Zeta Xi chapter made Formal Recruitment an absolute joy along with the company of a sweet Southern Belle (aka their Recruitment Advisor) who hails from Kappa chapter.  There was truly never a dull moment!

Loyola University Chicago: Chicago, IL
Theta Mu chapter
As a first time visitor to Chicago, I couldn't get enough of the city. I am in love with absollutely everything about LUC and Chicago itself...except maybe the weather. (Apparently Southern girls have thin blood? We can't handle the cold...) I loved getting to know all of the members of our newest chapter and being there for their initiation and installation weekend -- conducted by Grand Council, to boot!  I think when Ms. Pinkston handed Theta Mu their charter I fully realized for the first time that I was witnessing a very important part of Alpha Delta Pi history. Wow.

District II DLC: Asheville, NC
(DLC = District Leadership Conference for all you non-ADPis)

This being my first DLC as a Leadership Consultant, I really had no clue what I was getting myself into. Thanks to my lovely Consultant Sister, Ashley Trefney, this weekend went by without a hitch! And, believe it or not, we did actually have a little down time to explore all of the beauty that is Asheville...

Case in point: view from Grove Park Inn.

California State University Chico: Chico, CA
Eta Rho chapter
I woke up one morning while I was at Chico and realized that I was at my last Formal Recruitment as a 2011-2012 Leadership Consultant. Woah. I still don't think that I have fully processed that realization, but this was surely a good one to go out on! The ladies of Eta Rho chapter are pheomenal. They also educated me on the difference between Southern California and Northern California since it was my first time in the state. Apparently the most important thing I need to know is that in Northern California people say "hella" and they don't in "SoCal"...dually noted.

District V DLC: Tulsa, OK

I felt much more prepared this go round at a DLC, but I felt a little apprehensive considering I had only made one chapter visit in District V last semester. However, that feeling did not last long at all. The lovely ladies of District V (and my fabulous Consultant Sister, Brett Patterson!) made me feel so welcome all weekend and their spirit was contagious! Between watching cheers, Twitter challenges, and dance parties -- from chapters and Recruitment Directors :) -- I can honestly say that I had a blast! I even scored a t-shirt from a sweet Texas sister...thanks, Kelly! (Delta chapter is still on my chapter visit wish list :)...) 

New year, new adventures.

Posted by Anna Kate Tuesday, January 3, 2012 1 comments

I can't believe that I leave tomorrow to begin my second semester traveling as a Leadership Consultant for Alpha Delta Pi!! I think that I type it all out to make it seem more real. Even months later, it still seems too good to be true. Now that the cat's out of the bag (I've emailed all of the important people to give them a heads up) I can tell you my full schedule for the month of January. First and foremost (as you already know if you read this post) I will be visiting the Eta Epsilon chapter at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Getting this email on my phone made. my. day.

Following what I know will be a phenomenal Formal Recruitment at Eta Epsilon I will be keeping my recruitment shoes on to visit...
Zeta Xi chapter of Alpha Delta Pi at
The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
To make me even more excited for this visit, I watched these videos that I found on their Inter-Sorority Council website. Such a great idea to help prepare PNMs (and apparently Consultants) for what Formal Recruitment is like at UVA.
Snaps to their Panhellenic!

As if things couldn't get any better in January, I get to be reunited with two of my other Consultant sisters at our colony to prepare for their big initiation and installation weekend at...
Loyola University Chicago

It looks like 2012 is already off to a great start! So excited to see what God has in store for this new year.
The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.  -Psalm 121:8