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OB in Chattanooga

Hey, Chattanooga!  So nice to be here.  Even if just for a short time! Speaking events are back in full swing!  I’m excited to get back out there and talk about Operation Beautiful (I normally do about 15 events a year; this year won’t be as busy because of Henry).  Speaking of the little man, [...]

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Indiana Beautiful

First things first – I had lunch at a restaurant called… wait for it… Epic Buffet.  I kid you not.  And it was, in fact, an epic buffet.   Okay. I just had to get that out of my system.   Today was a great day.  I flew to Lawrenceburg, Indiana for an Operation Beautiful [...]

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All Greek to Me

Last night was a bit o’ a whirlwind.  We drove 130 miles to Clemson University, and I delivered an Operation Beautiful presentation. Kristien and I met as freshmen in college (it took us a while to get around to dating), so we had lots of fun roaming the Clemson campus and pretending to be lovebird [...]

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Lots of estrogen in the room!  There’s about 7,000 women at the Massachusetts Conference for Women – it is a crazy event (there’s also a Texas and Pennsylvania version).  I was invited to talk to the Young Women’s group (high schoolers) about Operation Beautiful.  At close to 400 attendees, I think this might’ve been my [...]

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Operation Beautiful at IUP

I thought I was in a normal hotel room… But then I turned a corner and discovered this Jacuzzi tub.  Why is there a Jacuzzi tub in the middle of my $80 a night hotel room in Indiana, Pennsylvania?  I do not know.  I’m just glad it’s not heart-shaped.  Or on a rotating platform! My [...]

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The OMG Travel Day

Woah.  Today was definitely an oh-my-goodness travel day.  By the time it was over and I was FINALLY in Kalamazoo, Michigan, I felt like this: Here’s how it went down:   First flight was at 7 AM.  Sat on plane until 8 AM in the heat because the air conditioning wasn’t working; then, the flight [...]

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How awesome is Nicole’s boyfriend Isaac’s shirt? Classic.  This shirt would totally work on me.  I love Grey’s!   Anyway - tonight I did an Operation Beautiful presentation at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC).  The Husband came with me, which was fun.  He’s only ever heard me speak once before. He sat in [...]

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Another awesome Operation Beautiful presentation.  :)  I had so much fun talking to two groups of 6th – 8th grade girls at the Friendship Methodist Church. (Best note, ever.)   Before my presentation, I took a much-needed nap.  When I awoke, I was faced with a choice: This choice was possible thanks to a FRIDGE [...]

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Another vacation day, another bowl of Perfect Oatmeal.  Banana + brown sugar.  If it’s not broke, don’t fit it! And guess what?   I found an Operation Beautiful note today!  It was stuck on the door of the hallway leading to my hotel room. I practically dropped my coffee!  :)   Today is also the [...]

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Amway Positivity Project Awards

Not everyday someone hands you a giant $10,000 check!  Or that John Tesh hugs you tightly in front of 1,300 people.  :) Hubba hubba!   (The real check is made directly out to Girls on the Run International! But fake checks are fun.)   THANK YOU for helping me win the grand prize from Amway!  [...]

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Hello, Villanova University!

I am working hard to change a key personality trait – chronic lateness.  Seriously, this MUST change.  It is my worst habit, it increases stress, and it’s totally in my control.   Look, I was on time for my presentation tonight!  :) Great, BIG Operation Beautiful presentation.  This was the biggest event that I’ve done [...]

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I’ve tried so many different volunteering organizations over the years, but none of them ‘fit’ for me like Girls on the Run.  I really do think this organization is changing me and making me into a better adult.  It’s ironic that I was SO scared to be a coach!  It’s now the best part of [...]

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The Merry Ferry

Hi, Ticonderoga! I had an Operation Beautiful presentation today in a little town called Ticonderoga, New York.  The presentation was at North Country Community College, which has 200 students, and I spoke to 50 of them.  The presentation went well – but MAN – getting there was such a disaster.   I was planning to [...]

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Ally Katzz Tween Summit

Let’s get our Tween on! I am so excited to be speaking at this event today.  The room is packed with tweens and their mentors (parents). My presentation is for the parents, and I go on stage at 10:45.  I’m speaking to the parents about Operation Beautiful and issues that impact their girls, such as [...]

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