Penpals & Wheel of Fortune

December 31, 2014

I still miss her. I miss the pure joy in simply sitting in silence watching our show, Wheel of Fortune. Even though she’s in a better place now & with her other half, not in pain, I still miss her each and every day. I miss my pen pal. I take comfort in knowing she was content with how she lived her life, not everyone can say that. Heck, very few people can say they lived to be 92! I have 4 of the best guardian angels (plus 1 furry one!) watching over me, and for that I am extremely grateful.




6 things I’ve learned attempting to be an Adult

September 18, 2013

Now that I am over a year out of college, I feel I have a pretty good grasp on this “Adulthood” thing whether I choose to embrace and act like one is another story…I came up with a list of what I have learned in the first year or so post college.  (because I like to attempt and organize my thoughts, and a list is easier to read 🙂 )

1. You will be forced to budget. — It doesn’t matter how many times you learned how to balance your checkbook and budget in school, up until this point you didn’t care. Now that you’re actually forced to make a plan and stick to it, it’s a bit eye opening. I think I’m actually more broke now than I was in college.

2. It’s hard to meet new people in the “real world”. — This one might just pertain to me since I’m pretty shy, but after college it’s harder to meet people. You are no longer shoved in a classroom or forced to join a club and befriend those in the same boat. You actually have to go out on your own accord to attempt to meet people.

3. Be content with yourself and discover what you enjoy. — It was engraved in my brain that I would “find myself” during my college years. It may have just been me, but I feel like I’ve learned way more about myself after college.  I was always so caught up in what others around me liked and enjoyed that I never took the time to step back and see if I really enjoyed those types of things. After graduation, I was waaay outside my comfort zone and was forced to learn to be content with myself and discovered what I truly enjoy. While this was slightly depressing at first, it is something that I think has been very valuable to shaping who I am.

4. You have to work for what you want, it won’t just get handed to you. — If it does get handed to you, I hope you appreciate it and don’t take it for granted. I came across this article yesterday that I think there is a lot of truth to. It explains the difference between my grandparents, parents and my generations in a way that actually made sense. My generation grew up with the mentality that when we grow up, we will have this awesome life, but then reality sets in and we are unhappy because it is far less than our expectations. I grew up learning that hard work pays off, and you must work hard to get where you want in life, but it is hard to not compare yourself to your “friends” on social media.

5. Your alcohol tolerance will take a plunge. — ….well for most people. You now have actual responsibilities, and you don’t have as much time to go to the bar around the corner called the “Library” where you told your mom you were “studying” every weekday. I first realized this when I went to a college party a few months after I graduated. All my friends were drinking at their normally (college normal) and there was no way I was going to attempt to catch up with them, plus I was ready for bed by 10pm. I continue to realize this every time I go out to a bar.

6. You will get tired of hearing “You’ll find something”. — If you don’t have a job lined up right after college like me, you will hear this comment A LOT and it will get SUPER annoying. Yes, I believed something would turn up, but it always felt like a sympathy comment and I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me. I think it’s a good learning experience that you have to work hard and put some effort into finding and applying for jobs rather than just being handed one. (in which case, I hope those people truly appreciate and acknowledge how lucky they are) Of course, you will get discouraged on your search and on that I have no advice you haven’t already heard. The feeling of getting a job all on your own is almost as exciting as getting a new puppy. (assuming you love puppies) While you’re actively job searching, take that time to be spontaneous. I spent almost a consecutive month in South Carolina and Florida, I never would have been able to do that if I had a big kid job. It was a nice break after school and before I actually had responsibilities.


(Former) President Gordon Gee talking with me about my plans post graduation. : online dating or to find friends?

March 15, 2013

I find it fascinating to talk to other people and hear their story on how they wound up in Chicago. For some, it’s school or they have always wanted to live here and for others (like me) it was for a job. I think it’s really neat to talk to people about their stories thus far. I find it inspiring and opens up my eyes to what is out there in the rest of the world.

On my quest to find friends. (I sound so pathetic–but it’s true) I heard about this website called I was very skeptical when I first heard about it, because it sounded like a dating website. After I asked a few questions and searched online, I found it to be a really cool way to meet people with the same interests.


You sign up, and search topics that interest you, such as “books” “running” or “line dancing” and it comes up with groups people have made. These groups usually revolve around a common interest whether it be the love of reading or just moved and looking for friends. Then the members of the groups post events, I’ve seen some be all fancy white tie affairs and others be hey we’re meeting up here to go run and then have brunch, show up if you can.

I have yet to actually attend any of these “meetups” but I had to share! Upon further investigation I have decided it is a safe way to meet people. Most of them are held in public places and with common interests so you connect with people on a much deeper level than if you had met them at a bar.

I’m excited to try this out! I will keep you posted on how it goes. 🙂 


The light at the end of the tunnel…

February 18, 2013


It’s been a long while since I’ve written in this. A lot has happened in the few months I’ve been absent.

After almost 6 months of whining on here about my job hunt, I finally landed a pretty sweet gig! I accepted a position as an Account Manager for a small start-up company called VS Networks. Here’s the kicker, it’s in Chicago! Yes, my small-town self moved 6 hours to Chicago! To be honest, I hadn’t ever even been to Chicago until I came looking for an apartment. I always have wanted to move out of Ohio, but I never thought it would be to a city! There was a lot to get used to at first, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it and trying to make the best of my experience here.

I’ve been living in the city for about 3-4 months and I’ve come to realize you need 3 things to look like a regular:

-Earbuds connected to your iphone

-skinny jeans/leggings with tall riding boots

-starbucks in hand


I’ve also noticed a couple of other differences between Ohio and Chicago.

Obviously, there are a ton of differences between a small town and a big city, but below are the major ones:

There’s active people EVERYWHERE. Seriously, no matter the weather there’s ALWAYS people running. Even on a complete sheet of ice 1/2″ thick, someone was running on it! I first thought it would be a great motivator, but it just depresses me instead haha

People are always in a hurry. i.e. escalators, people don’t just stand on them and enjoy the ride, they walk up/down them!

Crazy mom drivers. Seriously, moms trying to cut everyone off, flipping the bird and screaming, while their children are in the car!

You’ve got to learn to be open-minded. I’ve learned that in order to truly immerse yourself in the opportunity here, you have to put yourself out there and be open to learning about others. I even tried calamari and other crazy food I never in a million years would have tried!

This has been a great experience and I’m so glad I was given this opportunity and I’m so happy with where I am today. Sure, there have been many struggles but I’m learning to roll with the punches and loving life.



View from the Signature Lounge in John Hancock Tower.

job searching

July 10, 2012

I’ve learned a lot since graduation. One being that it’s hard work trying to find a job. After many hours job searching and many job scams. I’m burnt out. I have a good job working at a local golf course. I don’t want to work there for the rest of my life, but it’s good money for the time being. I’m thankful I had a job that I can work in the meantime until my dream job comes along. Ideally I will get a job just as the golf season is ending.

I have learned to become a little more laid back. I trust that a great job will come along, and in the meantime I am trying to enjoy life. I am young, don’t have a child nor am I married and I’m going to live it up while I can.

Life after Graduation

April 5, 2012

During my last few months as a college student, I let a lot of things slip, one of them being my blog. Recently, I graduated from The Ohio State University with my Bachelors degree in Agricultural Communications. I am currently seeking employment…preferably out of Ohio. I have a few potential ones, just waiting to hear back from them. Meanwhile, I am enjoying reading any book I want and going to work at the golf course where I have been since 2007.

Other things I plan on getting back into since school is over (besides my blog, of course) is photography. My uncle graciously let me borrow his awesome professional camera for long-term. I eventually plan on getting one of my own, but in the meantime this is perfect. I really have no idea how to use it properly except for putting it on automatic and snapping away. I bought a book at half price books that will hopefully help me understand and be a little better of a photographer.

My brother recently got a part time job selling cover crops. It is a business in northern Ohio where the owner is getting ready to retire, and doesn’t have any clients in central Ohio so he hired my brother to kind of wean him on and the owner off of the business. I am in the process of designing a website for this cover crops company and learning about cover crops along the way!


10 years ago..

September 13, 2011

Liz Thompson interviewed me about my memories from September 11, ten years ago. Along with most people I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day. God bless America.

September 11, 2001

finally found a use

August 27, 2011

I can remember the first time I heard about it, I was sitting in my Ag. Comm. 200 class my freshman year in college. I didn’t quite understand the concept, but decided to try it anyways. I am talking about Twitter. I signed up for a twitter account in the fall of 2008, where I learned about it from my professor when we were talking about different social medias in class. I didn’t really understand the concept, it seemed like a status update like that of facebook, but you could follow almost anyone else.

I didn’t really use it much until the past few months I have decided to give it another try. It wasn’t until yesterday that I truly understood the power of twitter and how useful it can really be.

Unless you’re living under a rock lately, you know that hurricane Irene is headed to the east coast this weekend. They are anticipating it to be a very harmful and powerful storm. So much so that they have called in reinforcements to help. Yesterday Ohio Task Force 1 was deployed to head to New Jersey. My dad just happens to be one of the members that went.

My mom told me that Channel 7 Whio tv out of Dayton went with them. On a whim, I went to twitter and tried the hashtag #ohtf1 and found that one of the news anchors that went was twittering! I thought it was so cool to be able to know what my dad is up to and where they are heading to next! Since then, I have “followed” her and kept up with the hashtags on my smart phone.

It is nice to see that people are using social media for more than just letting the world know what color they painted their nails.


Keep up with what Ohio Task Force 1 is doing by following @gabbyenbright and #ohtf1

Busy Bee

July 8, 2011

This summer I have been one busy bee! I am working at Northstar Golf Club again as well as interning for the Welsh Society of Central Ohio. I’m excited to work with them to help accomplish some of their goals of promoting their organization. I also have met with Natalie, owner of Designs by N a custom invitations and announcements business. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with her this summer as well as gain valuable experience. I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog! On a positive note, I’m becoming a lot better at managing my time and staying organized! If you’re interested in reading about what I am doing with the Welsh Society of Central Ohio organization you can follow my blog at I hope to update this blog more this Summer to keep you up to date as I work with Designs by N.



dresser face-lift!

April 12, 2011

A few weeks ago I was in one of my “cleaning modes” where I was donating and trashing left and right. I decided I didn’t like my dresser anymore, because it didn’t match my room. I couldn’t however throw out my dresser, it just happens to be part of a bedroom set my grandpa had when he was growing up. (my mom loves to get rid of stuff, but it’s sentimental to her so I had to keep it) I graciasly offered my mom the dresser, and he eagerly accepted. That night we moved it downstairs to her room, and the contents of my dresser were strewn across my somewhat clean room. I was waiting until I had saved enough money to buy the type of dresser I wanted, but grew impatient a few weeks later. This began my fun thrifty search to find a dresser at a secondhand store! I love the thrill of thrifting!

Well, sure enough when my mom and I were about to give up hope, we went to this secondhand store where all the proceeds go towards the American Cancer Society. I walk around the corner of the store and there in the window I spot the kind of dresser I had been wanting!! It was a steal at $125 (the ones I had been looking at were over $200) the only problem was it was white, the wrong color, but that was an easy fix so I bought it!

I ran into another problem when I got home, it was laminate. I googled how to paint laminate, and got the response that you can’t paint laminate. WHAT?!?! thankfully for blogs 🙂 I found one that told me step by step how to paint laminate!! I also changed the knobs, an easy fix to give it a different look! Here is the before & afters of my dresser! Thanks to Living with Lindsay for helping me!! (her blog has a lot of other sweet ideas to check out too!!)


After: (It’s glossy black, hence why it looks shiny and a little reflective)

Overall, I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I will say that there are a few minor scratches due to my impatience and the paint might not have been fully dry. It’s nothing a few touch-ups can’t fix!