Love Life the Most

Small town Iowa girl living in big town Phoenix, AZ. Left my town of 5,000 for Arizona State University in 2005...and haven't looked back since! In 2010 I started dating the man of my dreams. He got down on one knee, I cried & said yes! Now we're navigating life as newlyweds with two puppies and a rabbit. I'm lucky to work in marketing for a wonderful non-profit, but the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions.

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I know I post photos of the pups all the time but they are just too cute not to share! Exhibit A right here with this beautiful pic of Pepper! 🐾❤️

Yahoo!!!! I’m on vacation [the kinda sorta version]. Basically I’m off from work until Sept. 10 - woo hoo!!! But I have a huge event when I get back so in working from home 4 hrs Thursday and Friday. Then in the afternoons I’ll head to help my sorority with recruitment. I’ve been their recruitment advisor for the past year and have helped them out together their fall recruitment plans. I’m really excited to see it all come together this weekend! Then on Tuesday I head to Washington DC for my brothers wedding! CRAZY! I can’t believe it’s here already and I’m really excited to spend a week with my family and celebrate their love. And then when I get back I’ll be full force into this next event and before I know it, it’ll be my birthday! Anyway long post to say in crazy busy but with fun non work things for 15 days and then head to crazy work. Hoping the next month is a blast!



This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 

But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.


I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 

It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.

Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.


Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 

The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.


And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!

Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.

Okay, what else?

Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.

Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.

You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.

And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 

If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

I keep hearing good things about Duolingo… gotta give it a try.

Perfect opportunity to relearn Spanish!





The cutest thing ever.


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Loving on my pups extra special since it’s National Dog Day! #Woof #nationaldogday

I’ve been waiting in the parking lot to exit for an hour….but it was TOTALLY worth it because we registered so many college students as organ and tissue donors tonight! We had 400 cards and probably 400 driver license swipes! In just 2.5 hrs! We will see the full numbers tomorrow but I’m so excited. And most of them were new registrations (at least in Arizona) so this long wait makes it completely worth it!

And I enjoyed wearing the #YOLO tank today and seeing students excited to register to get one!

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Oh heyyyy! See you all on tomorrow! #Regram from @donatelifeaz #MakeYoloMeanMore

You know you live in AZ when you enjoy the gloomy view over blue skies. A nice change of scenery for the day!

We have a new campaign going on at work! We target college students every year and last year I came up with an idea to change YOLO to Your Organs Live On. I was so excited that we got approved to use it this year!

I hope for it to be a popular campaign that will appeal to college students. The whole concept is to make YOLO (you only live once) mean more by registering to be an organ and tissue donor! You only live once but by donating your organs you can live on!

We designed really graphic bro tanks to hand out at back to school events too. We think the tanks will motivate people to register, encourage people to take photos in them to post to social media and that the tanks will be conversation starters. And I built a micro site so we could put on the tanks instead of our regular website. Go check it out!

I’m stoaked to see it all in action this Wednesday when we are at our first event. No matter where you live, you can register to be an organ and tissue donor at

Salty got a much needed haircut this weekend!

Love at first sight! Digging my new Kate Spade purse! Thanks to the surprise sale. #swoon

My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.

My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)

Salty passed intermediate class [and Pepper passed again]! Way to go pups!


Reblogging this in honor of Robin Williams. Please, if you are battling depression or suicidal thoughts, I desperately urge you to talk to someone. I will listen, and so will the people at this number.


Reblogging this in honor of Robin Williams. Please, if you are battling depression or suicidal thoughts, I desperately urge you to talk to someone. I will listen, and so will the people at this number.

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"We get to choose who we let into our weird little worlds."

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