Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful for Zeta and Fall

November 9: I am thankful for my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. 

I went into sorority recruitment freshman year not knowing what to expect. I had heard the horror stories of hazing and mean girls, but my mom had been in a sorority and loved it. I knew I wanted to at least give it a try. When I got my bid from Zeta (Toni was a Zeta too), I was excited but nervous. Little did I know that becoming a Zeta would be one of the best things that ever happened to me. Not only did I make some of my best friends ever (the cliche of future bridesmaids is actually correct), but I also found an organization that was founded with the deeply rooted principals of love, sisterhood, and service. One of our mottoes is "Zeta is Forever" and I can vouch that it is true. Even though I have graduated from college and moved away from Texas, I am still friends with all of my Zeta sisters and I am active in the DC Alumni Chapter.
Incredible Friends Reunited!
 The philanthropy of Zeta Tau Alpha is Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. In college we would raise money for the cause with an annual Bowling Tournament. This past spring I volunteered at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in the survivor tent with some other members of the DC Zetas. All of the women and men that had survived breast cancer were incredible people. They were full of courage and hope, and you could feel the mutual love and respect they had for the other survivors around them. I must have teared up at least 10 times that day. 

The man in the picture below had lost all three of his sisters to Breast Cancer, and he travels across the country to participate in these events. He was an inspiration, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to meet him.

November 10: I am thankful for the Fall season.

Living in South Texas most of my life and then College Station, I never experienced the changing of the seasons. There are 10 months of summer and 2 months of sort of winter. Now that I live in DC I have been given the opportunity to see that other seasons DO EXIST, and the Fall season up here is gorgeous. The leaves on trees are vibrant colors of orange, red, and yellow, and the weather is, crisp, and delightful. I love it!
Blurry but still pretty!
Hope everyone has a fantastic Day!

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