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July 13, 2012 / Katy

Three years.

July 15 will mark three years that I’ve been employed at Thomas Nelson.  If someone told me during college that I would move to Nashville, work in marketing at a publishing company, and love my job, I would’ve responded: “Really?  That sounds nice, but you are crazy.  Nashville is far from here, I know nothing about marketing and publishing, and that doesn’t sound like anything I want to do right now.”

And that’s when God stepped in and took over my idea of a “plan.”

When I think back on the past three years, I start to get a little teary at the amount of things I’ve experienced and the friends I’ve gained.  

I started to think of Nashville after my brother and SIL (Adam and Ansley) moved there in 2007.  I had never visited the town before they moved, but I quickly began to see how much it had to offer.  As the summer of my junior year of college approached, I began brainstorming internship ideas.  I knew I wanted to connect with a church and ideally intern with a youth ministry program.  So, I started researching churches and intern opportunities in Nashville.  I thought, “What’s better than a summer away in a new town and extra time with Adam and Ansley?”

So, the summer of 2008 I lived in Nashville with Adam and Ansley (who so graciously let me stay for free) and was a Junior High Youth intern at one Nashville’s many incredible churches.  It was quite possibly one of my favorite summers, and I left to return to school in August in tears.  I cried over the things I learned, the friends I made, the fun I had, and the feeling inside that Nashville was to be my new home.

My senior year of college was a blast, but a bit of a blur too.  Everyone spent the year trying to figure out what they would do starting the day after graduation.  It was a year of resumes, final exams, networking, researching, hoping, and praying.  All I knew about my post-graduation plan was that I was determined to get back to Nashville.

So, I did just that.  I graduated on May 9, 2009, spent some time saying goodbye to Milledgeville, GA, went home for a bit, enjoyed a few days at the beach, and then packed up my things and headed to Nashville on May 31 with no job lined up and a temporary place to stay.  Adam and Ansley graciously opened up their home to me yet again, and we decided I had until the end of the summer to “figure things out.”

I won’t bore you with the details of job hunting, because we all know how that goes.  It was many days of online hunting, meeting with friends of friends, plenty of “no’s”, and lots of frustration, but at the beginning of July I accepted a job in Sales at Thomas Nelson with not a clue in the world what I was doing 🙂  What I thought would be a “starter job” soon turned out to be a launch of career I didn’t even know I was interested in. 

Fast forward three years, and I’m still in Nashville and still at TN.  I took a new job at the company in December and have been slowly learning the world of marketing.  It’s a lots-of-details, overflowing-emails, keep-up-with-the-chaos kind of job, but it’s alot of fun.  And the part I love the most about it, is that it’s a job that never crossed my mind.  I trusted that although I couldn’t see exactly where I was headed, God knew what He was doing.  And not only did He know, but He blew my mind. (not-so-secret: He still blows my mind everyday)

Nashville has my heart.  Alot has happened in three years, and alot will happen in the next three.  What I can’t wait to see is that moment in July of 2015 when I say, “Had someone told me I’d be ______ and doing ______ and feeling _______ three years ago, I would’ve called them crazy.”

I’m so grateful that God’s plans are better than mine.

 

 

June 19, 2012 / Katy

Meet the new man in my life…

The cute, tan, brown-headed little bundle in my arms is my nephew, Blake Hopkins Boatman.  He was born Tuesday, June 12, 2012 and I am obsessed 🙂

I know I’m biased, but my goodness these kids are cute!  They’re not mine.  I didn’t birth them and I won’t raise them, but, boy, do they have my heart.

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May 31, 2012 / Katy

Vacay Recap

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From left to right: (back row) Dre, Katy, Caroline, Katie, Kelsey; (front row) Megan & Jayme

With every retreat, getaway, or vacation comes those precious memories that you cherish and look back on with a smile and warm heart.  Even better, though, are the inside jokes.  

This past weekend, I went to Siesta Key, FL with 6 great friends for some relaxing, tanning, and quality time with the girls.  It was an absolute blast and exactly what I needed.  I returned grateful for incredible friends, mentally refreshed, and sporting a nice tan too 🙂

The disappointing part about trips is that I always want all of my friends and family to share in the fun.  Telling you about the awkward things that were said, the embarrassing moments, and the endless dancing is not as fun for you because you were not there.  But I’ll at least try to give you a glimpse of what went down:

  • Sing-a-longs: We conquered every top 40 song on the radio; from One Direction’s super catchy song to any pop song containing the word “tonight” in the chorus.  I’m typically not a fan of let’s-break-out-in-song-in-public, but take me on vacation and all rules are broken.
  • Dance moves: We quickly learned that Megan has a standard dance move that I like to call “the strong arm.”  Whether she was singing “Gator Boots” or “Boyfriend” the arm was snapping and shaking.  Kelsey and Dre also came up with a new dance sequence that is said to rival the dancing moves from the popular YouTube video featuring the Harvard baseball team.  It involves starting with a simple finger bend and ends with a full out head bang & body shake.  Yup.  
  • Awkward moments: Please see Dre.
  • Lobster: We bought a new trivia game for the trip (I know, I know, I’m not big on games, but I was out-numbered).  Megan and I admittedly are the least competitive of the group, so when it comes to shouting out answers quickly- we know we’re not the #1 pick to win.  But lemme tell you- Meg showed us all up with one simple answer: Lobster. Also note:  give Caroline a year and she can tell you any random fact you want to know.
  • M&Ms: someone please give Katie Richards a lesson on the difference in pretzal M&Ms and peanut butter M&Ms.  When you combine the 2 in a bowl, apparently it’s not so easy to tell the difference.  We played many rounds of M&M Roulette. She just couldn’t seem to find the peanut better ones 🙂
  • Belts: Jayme’s parents were incredibly gracious to offer up their house and cars for 4 days so the 7 of us could stay for free.  We had a great time with Jayme’s family and quickly learned about Jayme’s mom’s love for clothes.  The first night we realized she had us beat on the amount of clothes we own because she had a whole closet dedicated just to her belts.
  • Tamas: the cute waiter from Hungry.  That’s all you need to know.
  • First date watching: We took it upon ourselves to commentate the events of a first date that was happening at the table across from us one night at dinner.  Consensus?  She paid for the meal while he was in the bathroom.  It was all down hill from there.
  • Airplane check-in: Best way to get 7 girls to remember to check-in to their Southwest flight so they can get a good boarding position?  Turn it into a competition.  It got ugly.  
  • Sunburn:  I used to hate when my mom would make me wear a t-shirt and hat on the beach when I was kid, but I’ll have you know by day 3 on the beach, I was wearing a t-shirt and hat.  The Florida rays didn’t hold back on our Tennessee-washed skin, and most of us were wincing in pain after 1 day on the beach.  Please see Kelsey on the effectiveness of spray on sunscreen.  And please see Dre on a lesson about the expiration date of sunscreen. 

Ladies and gents, the trip was a blast.  And if you saw my pics from Twitter & FB throughout the trip and asked yourself if Katy ever took her hat off the whole time, the answer is no.  Beach = very little make-up and lots of hats.

May 12, 2012 / Katy

DFW All-Nighter

Friday night I had a 9:55pm flight from Dallas to Nashville that was canceled. The not-so-convenient part about was they didn’t cancel it until 12:25am. Needless to say there was a long line of unhappy travelers. I was booked on the 7am flight for Saturday and decided since there was no free hotel offered I would pull an all-nighter in the airport. I found myself wanting to talk to people throughout the night but because everyone was sleeping, I kept a running list of my thoughts. I know. I shouldn’t have. And you’re welcome.

1:50am: This place would make for one heck of a hide and seek game.

2:00am: I really need a jacket.

2:48am: My neighbor is snoring.

2:57am: Is it 7am yet?

3:00am: Super thankful that I put my glasses and deodorant in my carry-on.

3:01am: When does Dunkin Donuts open?

3:05am: Did I really just think “hmm now would be a good time to write marketing plans?”

3:15am: I really want to wake my friends up right now.

3:26am: Time to take a lap.

3:34am: Oh that poor lady with the baby..

3:47am: Nope, don’t do it. That cot looks nasty.

4:00am: I need an extra long weekend.

4:14am: How soon will someone be awake to talk to?

4:25am: What is so special about terminal d?

4:46am: Bringing my phone charger in my carry-on was the best decision ever.

5:00am: I should blog about this.

April 28, 2012 / Katy

Brokenness Aside

Below are the lyrics to a song by All Sons and Daughters– this song has had a complete grip on me all week.  So, I wanted to share it with you too.  Check them out on iTunes!

Brokenness Aside 

Leslie Jordan and David Leonard
© 2011 Integrity’s Praise! /BMI and Integrity’s Alleluia! Music/SESAC CCLI#5881109

Brokenness Aside

Will your grace run out
If I let you down?
‘Cause all I know
Is how to run

‘Cause I am a sinner 
If its not one thing its another
Caught up in words 
Tangled in lies 
You are the Savior 
And you take brokenness aside
And make it beautiful 
Beautiful 

Will you call me child
When I tell you lies 
Cause all I know 
Is how to cry 

I am a sinner 
If its not one thing its another 
Caught up in words 
Tangled in lies 
You are the Savior 

And you take brokenness aside

And make it beautiful 
Beautiful 

Bridge: 
You make it beautiful
You make it beautiful

March 6, 2012 / Katy

Meet my roomies.

I’m sorry that title is a bit bossy.  (nah, I ain’t sorry.)

This weekend I moved into a new house and gained some new roommates!  (Note: pics of house to come… right now it looks like boxes and clutter all over the place)

These girls are really great friends of mine, with super fun jobs and hobbies, and I think you need to know them.  Again, sorry for the bossiness.

Meet Caroline:

 Caroline, or as I like to call her, CG, has been 1 of 2 my roommates for the past 1.5 years.  She’s a good friend AND co-worker and she helps me be a “greener” person by making me recycle. 

Fun facts:

She has a super funny Bachelor recap every Monday night after the show.  Follow her on twitter: @carolinepgreen

She’s the most handy woman I’ve ever met.  Forget calling a man to fix things, Caroline can do it.

She totes can make balloon animals. 

Texas Rangers fan all the way.

 

 

Meet Kelsey:

I met Kelsey through my friend, Andrea, because the two were in a church community group together.  She’s super witty, shares my love for mexican food, and the friendliest face at Avenue Bank.

Fun facts:

Kelsey’s easy to spot with her bright red curly hair.  In fact, she and I went to be extras in a music video that my brother directed and he had to kindly ask her to move because her hair was blocking the artist.  Gotta love that story 🙂

She’s a self-proclaimed movie and TV buff.  But really, she knows her stuff.

You can find Kelsey’s hair on the cover of From a Distance written by her talented mother, Tamera Alexander.

 

 

 

Meet Megan:

 I also met Megan through Andrea and she has been Kelsey’s roommate for the past few years.  Megan hates cold weather, loves pizza, and works in marketing over at EMI.

Fun facts:

She has the diet of a 5 yr old.  If we’re out for Mexican it’s a quesadilla with chicken and cheese only.  And if we’re eating hamburgers, hers is plain.  But that’s why we love Meg.

She’s super crafty.  I mean super.  You have got to check out her blog and etsy shop.  She makes me wish I was crafty.  But really I’d just rather marvel at her work then actually do it 🙂  Good thing she’s my new roomie- her crafts will come in handy!

Today is her 26th birthday!!  So, hop over to her blog and leave her a nice comment AND you will have a chance to win some free stuff from her etsy shop.  You’re welcome.

See?  You want to know these girls, right?  I’m totally blessed to live with all 3 of them.

February 28, 2012 / Katy

The Mickey Hunt: the update

The last time I blogged about our friend (a term I use lightly here), Mickey, I thought the adventure was over.

Little did I know, it was just beginning.

As the winter continued, Mickey and gang decided they preferred the warm, cozy feeling of our house instead of the cold air. Imagine that? 

Here are some Mickey Mouse Club stats:

  • # of different traps we tried: 4
  • # of mice we caught: 6
  • # of mice we’ve seen: 3
  • # of mice that chewed Caroline’s gum: 1
  • # of mice that pooped in our silverware drawer: 1 too many
  • # of times people that told us to get a cat: 13
  • # of times we had a professional to the house: 3

Needless to say- we are ready to MOVE.