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Every year stores get decked out with new winter merchandise, holiday decorations, and new & cheerful employees. These are just a few of the things that occur year after year after year, but this year things seemed to go a lot more overboard than usual. While I was at home for Thanksgiving break I noticed that a lot of stores were advertising that their “Black Friday” sales were actually starting on Thanksgiving. How many people really go shopping on Thanksgiving rather than spend time with their family and/or friends?! Besides the sales beginning on Thanksgiving Day, they extended through not just the entire weekend but also on to Monday. And this year we (the public) referred to it as Cyber Monday, because apparently the sales were more for the online shoppers than those venturing out to the stores. In the past, I am usually reaching for my wallet as soon as I hear about the great deals being offered at various stores; however, this year I left it sitting in my purse. It’s not that the deals aren’t great or that I may not have too much spending money currently or that I haven’t decided on Christmas presents yet for the family, but it’s the crowds and also the fact that everyone seemed to forget Thanksgiving and skip to Christmas. From what I’ve heard from friends who were all over the country, Black Friday (and the entire weekend) had ridiculous lines. Why someone would want to wait 5 hours outside of Toys-R-Us just to get in completely baffles me or even waiting an hour in line inside of the store just to purchase the normally expensive jeans for a cheap price. People have lost their minds!! Maybe I’m just impatient, a grinch, or just possibly sane, but waiting out in the cold for hours just to get in to one store, then fighting over various items with other customers, & then waiting who knows how long to pay is not my idea of fun. I have a news flash for these ridiculous shoppers, the sales will be going on pretty much up until Christmas Eve. Sure, they may not be as great as the sales on actual Black Friday, but they’re still better than paying full price for some items. This goes for online shopping, as well. I noticed on Cyber Monday that some of the stores participating really just offered free shipping, which, I’m sorry, is no big whoop. I can buy something online with free shipping until December 17 most years. So if someone could eventually explain to me what the big hype for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, & Cyber Monday are sometime that would be wonderful, because clearly as I see it, it’s a waste of your time. And please, there is no way that I will believe that people go out just for the experience, because last time I checked getting hit by a cart or another person is not a great time. But congratulations to those of you who did shop on these days and got what items you wanted/saved on.

I am currently 214 days away from graduating from Georgia Southern. And yes, I did just count all those days on my calendar. But more importantly, I am now 220 days away from boarding a plane and heading to Atlantis (Bahamas) with my parents to celebrate and get some rest/sun/fun/etc. in before starting my internship. I’ve always wanted to go to Atlantis and I’ve seen videos about it’s creation in my tourism classes and seen pictures from when friends have visited. However, I decided tonight that I wanted to get a mini “tour” and so I started on youtube. I found a short video that gave me a look at some things that I have not seen before at Atlantis and now I am more excited than when Mom told me we would be going!


Ok, so if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! It’s only the middle of the month, but every week/every day there is something going on to raise awareness. Last week, CRI (at Georgia Southern) and Zeta Tau Alpha hosted “Pilates for Pink” at the RAC. This was an event set up by Shape magazine and gyms across the nation hosted their own Pilates for Pink. I was unable to attend, so I’m not sure how exactly it was set up or anything, but from what I’ve heard from others there was a great turn out.
Since October began, I personally have dedicated numerous facebook statuses & tweets to this great cause and both of my pictures (on facebook & twitter) have a pink ribbon in the bottom right corner. I have always been concerned about breast cancer and have always helped with the cause, but I suppose I have more so this year since my mom was diagnosed last spring. Since being diagnosed she’s undergone many surgeries and seen many doctors and is now in the recovery stage (woohoo!!), but ever since we found out it seems as if more & more people keep popping up in our lives that are also survivors or that have been close to someone (such as a family member or friend) who has diagnosed, as well. It is crazy how many lives breast cancer (and any cancer at that) has affected in recent years. Every time you step in to a store there is something to purchase with proceeds to go the Susan G. Komen Organization; even in near-by Savannah there is a pink firetruck that is for breast cancer awareness that you can sign & take pictures with. (side note: my parents will be visiting this weekend and I fully plan on taking them to Savannah and finding this firetruck.)
So, whether you know someone personally who has dealt with breast cancer, have been diagnosed yourself, or have no connection to it what-so-ever, get out there do something! Help raise awareness and/or participate in some activity related to raising awareness/money for a cure! It’s so easy and probably right outside your door 🙂

Today, Monday September 20, Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his apartment from an apparent suicide. (to read one of many stories on this click here) Ever since this story broke, many people I follow on Twitter and am friends with on Facebook have had many thoughts/statuses about it. This young man was only 23-years-old and, according to those interviewed in the news stories, seemed perfectly fine within these last few weeks and days. While this story is extremely sad and death, let alone suicide, shouldn’t occur on a daily basis in general, I almost feel bad for those families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide. I understand that Kenny was a football player in the NFL, but what about those who aren’t professional sports players or have a celebrity status? Yes, the world obviously wants to know what has happened when famous people pass away, but why is it that every day people end up dedicating their days/facebook statuses/twitter updates/etc to “grieving” over these people they probably never knew?!

Luckily there are people out there who speak for those who aren’t famous, they’re just like you & me (whoever we are); To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA has a great vision and story and I honestly thank the stars every day that this organization exists. I actively follow them on twitter, fan them on facebook, and try to promote events that occur close to my friends/family. On the TWOLHA website I read that approximately one million people die every year from suicide and by 2020 the rate of death will increase to 1 every 20 seconds. Some people probably try not to even think about suicide, but reality is that it happens every day and that shouldn’t be occurring. Whether you yourself relate to this personally, someone you know does, or none of the above, I wish that every person I know would at least attempt to bring this awareness out, you never know who you could end up helping. I don’t think I necessarily do everything that I need to, but I try and I think that that is the point in any organization. Just a couple weeks ago I tried to help promote National Suicide Prevention Week by writing love on my arm for those lost over the years. Some people who asked about it thought I was “out there” for doing it, while others thought that it was meaningful and even wrote love on their own arm to do their part.

love written on my arm one of the days for National Suicide Prevention Week

Basically, death happens every day, but suicide should not be one of those ways it happens. And famous people should not be the only ones we’re reminded to remember. So, thank you To Write Love On Her Arms for representing the rest of the world.

I’m not quite sure if this is the right thing to be doing for my PR Connections, but I still found this interesting otherwise. As some people know, I used to have an odd love for the FreeCreditReport.com band/commercials, so of course I was devastated when I heard the company was looking for a new band. And now, according to FCBand.com they have found their winners! This band will debut at the MTV Awards on Sept.12 and I can only hope they are just as wonderful as the original band.