Relapse of Health

Relapse of Health

The month of June was pretty constant for me. I was living without roommates in my house; working full time, preparing all of my meals and going to yoga 6-7 times per week. The positive insight I gained from books, yoga, and self-reflection left me feeling healthier than ever! July came around to throw off my routine with three adventures to Colorado, Nevada, and Florida. During the first week of July, I found myself driving to my home in Ft. Worth wondering how I could best lead a group of high-school students on a spiritual excursion through mountain and metropolis alike. I packed backpacking gear and jumped in a van with the youth group from Southside – my church alma mater. On the trip, I realized how different I appeared to everyone today who knew me back when I was in the youth group. My health-centered lifestyle is now a prominent aspect of my life; my food choices, exercise, physical and mental self-awareness included. During the prior month of living alone, I hadn’t received any commentary or feedback on my lifestyle choices. I was taken off-guard to see people react to how “weird” my lifestyle-of-late is. I chose not to feel uncomfortable though; rather, I felt confident in the choices I have been making (all by myself!). Throughout the trek up a mountain and through the streets of Denver, I got to know some really great people. They were great because I felt comfortable being myself around them. It was a fantastic week, and I miss the bonds I formed! My father and sister reside in Las Vegas, Nevada....
Progress: Self-Inquiry

Progress: Self-Inquiry

About a month’s worth of my progress in a Headstand (Sirsasana). Great news! Next Sunday, I will be headed to Colorado with the youth group from my church back home for Dry Bones! I went on this trip when I was a sophomore in high school and I absolutely loved it. It’s a great experience; combining Trek and a mission trip. I am so excited to have the opportunity to go into the mountains and enjoy God’s creation, as well as be without my phone to really self-reflect on how I’m doing. So I have the Passion Planner that let’s me choose a focus for each week. I declared last week to focus on myself. And through that focus, I’ve decided that “self-inquiry” is not something people do often, but I am becoming more and more curious about it as I continue my yoga journey. I never really heard the term until I started doing yoga, and now it’s something that has become a recent interest, and aid to my “balanced” lifestyle! I had heard phrases such as “listen to your body,” “it’s just you and your mat,” and “become aware of different things going on in your body” and it was difficult for me to understand at first. I realized that until now, I never really was consciously aware of my body! I just lived and looked outward most of my day. Sitting down on my mat, focusing on only my breathing, and letting go of all outside thoughts before beginning a yoga class is one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had. We are such BUSY people,...

(The First Ever) International Day of Yoga

First of all, time is going by so quickly! I can’t believe it has been six months since I started my internship. So much has happened!! Short recap: I completed my internship and was extended  an offer of employment after I graduate. I accepted! I am looking forward to beginning my career at KPMG in Fort Worth with great people. I returned to Abilene mid-March and immediately started working full time in Accounts Payable and joined an auditing class.  I also took my very first graduate accounting class in a three-week Maymester. It was intense, but I decided not to work and focus on the class and relax a little bit. All of this really seems like a blur though, because I was also going through a break-up, and trying to grasp that I don’t know the plan for my life like I thought I did. Now I am here, three weeks into summer vacation. I have been working in Abilene and taking an online class.  I’ve mostly been going to work, cooking, exercising, going to yoga classes, and watching a lot of Netflix (oh and homework). I am enjoying learning easy, quick recipes for lunch since I only have an hour and don’t want to eat out. I have been loving salads! I buy the mixed greens from the produce section, and top it with avocado, cucumber, tomato, black beans, nuts, or bean sprouts, depending on what I have. I also have been making my own dressing versus using bottled. My roommate showed me a recipe that is simply dijon mustard, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a little...
Twenty-Fun

Twenty-Fun

I first want to apologize for not posting earlier. Things have gotten crazy busy. I have been on my engagement for TWO AND A HALF WEEKS now. I have learned so much in so little time. (note: I originally wrote this on February 4th. And I said that^. So now I double apologize.) I turned 21 last week (yay) and also hit the one year mark with my boyfriend, Rudy. It’s a great feeling looking back on all we’ve been through and where we are now and how much we have grown, as a couple and individually. I am almost speechless at how thankful I am to have been given this period of growth in my life. I felt really loved on my birthday this year, even from people I hardly knew. They were so excited the youngest person in the office was having their 21st birthday, I think mainly so they could celebrate vicariously through me. I had a great day! I had lunch with my intern friends, cupcakes with my team, dinner with my family, and a couple drinks with my best friend from high school, Karlie. I also celebrated the day, which is shared with Rudy and I’s anniversary, last weekend at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse. It was such a great time. Rudy got me the perfect gift for my birthday. An UP band by Jawbone. I wear it 24-7–it tracks my steps, my sleep, serves as my alarm, reminder, etc. It is awesome and I am loving it. I enjoy being more conscious of my physical activity throughout the day and how late I stay up....
Training

Training

The so called “training” I went to in Orlando, Florida last week with over 800 other interns from across the country was quite the experience. My ONLY goal was to be more confident about my first engagement (my first work with a client) than I was before I arrived, and unfortunately that goal was not met. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on the training program. I definitely don’t think I could imagine something much better. I just didn’t realize how MUCH material could be taught to me in one week. The week-long auditing crash course had me thinking I was going to be a terrible intern. Luckily, my first engagement began today and it was much simpler and easygoing than I was imagining. That’s the most important thing I am learning about myself – that I always imagine things or events to be scarier than they really are. This fear applies to everything in my life – including meeting new people. Confession: I’m usually really nervous to talk to someone I don’t know. I think that whatever I’m saying is probably awkward or weird and they’re probably waiting until the conversation was over. Buuuut, in these few short weeks I’ve realized that people DON’T THINK THAT. (It’s all in your head, Brooke.) I really enjoyed getting out of my comfort zone last week, and getting closer with my intern class from Fort Worth. I am so thankful for the group I was put in! I feel like I have really clicked with the girls and fit in naturally with them. They give me compliments, and make me...
The Last of the First Week

The Last of the First Week

The best thing that I learned the past couple of days is that it only takes me 30 minutes to get the Fort Worth office (seriously, this is great). Unfortunately, I’ve also discovered the anger of Metroplex drivers in traffic. This man in a white dually truck was a real jerk to me when I changed lanes in front of him on a crowded highway. You know, like the way everyone else does when their exit was way closer than they expected. I need to get more patient with situations that. Maybe I’ll get some audio books and listen to them on the way to work. Or, just learn the specific lanes I need to be in (at all times) on my way to work every day. So, because I’m hoping some future accounting interns are reading this, I’ll drop my first tip for interns here: TIP #1 FOR INTERNS Be prepared to do research on parking around your clients. Parking in downtown areas like Fort Worth or Dallas can get really pricey, and unfortunately it comes out of your own pocket. Now then, did you notice how I put Fort Worth before Dallas in that tip? It was a subliminal message. I’m already becoming biased towards the Fort Worth office! Not to say that I didn’t like the Dallas office – downtown Dallas is scary beautiful, like outer space beautiful. When I was there on day one at KPMG, I met a group of really cool girls that talked to me about relevant things, and even suggested bars for me to go to when I turn 21. It really was a great day at...
Day One (Not the Epic Song from Interstellar)

Day One (Not the Epic Song from Interstellar)

My first day AS A REAL LIFE INTERN was very different than I had expected. But actually, before today, I really didn’t know exactly what I was expecting. I felt afraid and nervous, but at the same time so excited that this big day for big change was finally approaching. The last time I felt this combination of feelings was right before studying abroad in Oxford. It’s a fun feeling to have. Kind of.   I guess I had imagined day one being much more intimidating and difficult than it was. For a second, I thought bid night was about to begin and I would be initiated into the KPMG family, but no. Instead, all the interns sat together in the same room all day with the recruiting team, listening to lectures and hearing all sorts of orientation information. Pause: For those who didn’t know… Back in May, I accepted an audit internship position with KPMG at the downtown Fort Worth office. Going through the interview process was one of the most terrifying (but exciting) things in my life. It felt like it was the definitive test to my quality as a human. I know that’s a little crazy, but it was the first time in my life that I was being assessed holistically! All of the firms considered my accomplishments, skills, experiences, along with my ability to communicate with people (which I don’t have a ton of confidence in). And all of the firms interviewing me were also the firms that could be my employer after graduate school. It’s a big deal. After my first interview didn’t go as well as I had hoped, I realized the...