Indiana State University Trip

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In and out of ISU in less than 24 hours!


I flew into town for an Operation Beautiful event – my first of the 2015 Fall season!  I’m going to Tufts University next (in October).  If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember that I use to jam in a lot of events, sometimes flying to 6 schools in 2 weeks!  I’ve spoken at over 100 colleges.  But it’s a lot harder now with two littles at home – I don’t like to be away and it’s hard to coordinate.  Still, I really do love it when I get to travel to speak and spread the Operation Beautiful message.  It feels extra special these days!


Also, sleeping ALL BY MYSELF is a nice bonus!  I lay horizontally in bed and soak up the peace and quiet as much as I can.  And then I do hotel bed angels (like snow angels, but even better).


My first flight was painfully early (7 AM – ouch) but once I got a huge coffee in the Atlanta airport, all was right in my world again.  Caffeine to the faaaace.


And a pretty decent breakfast bowl – rice, eggs, veggies, sour cream. 


As an aside, I wasn’t very sore from Saturday’s triathlon.  I seriously thought my muscles would be destroyed, but I survived.  Walking through the airport actually felt like a nice stretch.  Maybe I wasn’t out of cardio shape as much as I thought I was?  Or maybe it was because I took the race slow?  Regardless, it sure was nice not to be suffering for days after the event!


So I arrived in Terre Haute, checked into my hotel, and explored the ISU campus for a bit before three events – a workshop with residence life staff, a dinner with key student leaders, and finally – the main event!  We had a good turn out.  Every school does it differently, but I loved how ISU had Post-It notes out for students to decorate (Operation Beautiful is about leaving positive notes in public places for strangers to find).



It was a great group of women!  So much love and positivity out there in the crowd.


And on a random note, I ate at an off-campus restaurant called Roly Poly… they had pretty decent gluten-free wraps.


I picked a quiet table to sit down at and, while waiting for my wrap to arrive, was thinking about how I really missed the kids and the Husband…


And I look up and see this photo of a peregrine falcon…


Henry is super obsessed with all animals but really is into fast/scary animals in particular.  Like cheetahs, alligators, sharks… He thinks peregrine falcons are the best birds ever because he once watched a nature TV show that described how they’re the fastest divers in the world (they reach speeds up to 200 MPH!!).  Anyway, when I saw this at the restaurant, I broke into the biggest smile!  How random, right?  It made me so happy – like my babes are always with me, even when I’m away for work.  I love little moments like that.


Quote of the Day:


What little thing are you enjoying today?



  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 29, 2015, 7:24 am

    I would love to someday be able to travel and speak at schools, that just sounds not only fun but really special. It’s important to me to empower and motivate others and taking it to the schools has really become a part of that dream…someday, right? 😉

    Today I have a few things on my schedule and I’m really happy with how I have them spaced throughout my day so I’m not getting things over with first thing and then finding it hard to focus my time after being productive. As strange as it sounds, the spaced out meetings with force me to be productive during that time in between and I am really looking forward to it. but first, off to my workout!

  • Sana September 29, 2015, 8:30 am

    I am glad you still take the time to do the OB events, your kids can maybe come along once they are older?

  • Lynn September 29, 2015, 10:10 am

    I was just at ISU on Saturday visiting my niece. Would have loved to meet you! Hope you enjoyed your visit. 🙂

    Little thing I am enjoying today is a lovely cup of coffee here on National Coffee Day.

  • Amanda September 29, 2015, 11:22 am

    I’m enjoying the dreary weather here in Ohio today- I love rainy days 🙂
    I haven’t heard about Roly Poly since I left Penn State- it was a big deal there!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul September 29, 2015, 11:50 am

    I love college campuses! It looks like it was a fun event!

  • Kate September 29, 2015, 12:39 pm

    What a fun time! I can think of many college groups that would benefit from such a presentation.
    There used to be a Roly Poly is Charlotte and I really liked it!

  • Katrina September 29, 2015, 3:44 pm

    What day are you at Tufts? I’m moving to Massachusetts this Thursday and will be working nearby so I’d love to make it to your presentation! If you could give me the time and place, I’ll plan on attending! Thanks!

    • Caitlin September 30, 2015, 10:00 am

      I’ll be there on 10/15. I don’t think the room is finalized yet – I would love to meet you. Shoot me an email at if you still plan on coming and I’ll give you the info!

      • Katrina September 30, 2015, 1:25 pm

        Thanks! Any idea what time you’ll be presenting??

        • Caitlin October 1, 2015, 11:42 am

          Evening 🙂 Like 7 ish?

  • Tess September 29, 2015, 11:28 pm

    My husband’s snores are the most wonderful part of today! It means he is sound asleep finally! Poor guy was in a bad bicycle accident on the first day of our honeymoon in Hawaii last week- I feel so blessed to hear these peaceful snores now… Loved this post. We live very close to Tufts- is your next even open to the public?

  • Melissa October 5, 2015, 2:44 pm

    They totally have my FAVORITE coffee in the Atlanta airport. So much better than (gasp!) Starbucks! (and they are so much quicker)

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