Nov 4, 2009

It's My Party And I'll Cry If I Want To...But I'm Not Crying

So it’s officially the week of my 24th Birthday. CRAZY!! It has been a great week so far even if homework consumes my life these days. I truly believe the reason it started out so wonderfully is because my Vince Young played starting QB for the TITANS and they FINALLY WON!!!!! Whoo Hooo


This morning I had the honor of speaking in one of my professors classrooms. Mrs. Jan Brakefield has been one of the BIGGEST blessings in my life! I had been so confused about my future when out of nowhere my advisor says you need to take HES 310. I said ok sign me up ….anything to get me this degree. She said I know it’s hard to get up at 8AM but I think you should take Mrs. Breakfield…you will LOVE her. I’m so thankful my advisor gave me such great advice because she was right….I LOVE her. Like I said she has been the biggest blessing in the world. My first day I felt like that would be me in years to come, excited, fired up about life, Alabama lover, and wanting to still help others on their journey in life! As the days flew by I grew to love her more and more and I took the advice she gave us to heart. I finally worked up the courage to set up an appointment….why I was nervous I do not know. As all of you know I am not scared to talk to anyone but for some reason I felt as if my worries would be pointless to her. When I met with her it was the complete opposite, she took me under her wing and gave me even more sound advice that I will take with me forever. The most important thing that I took away from that meeting was not the advice she gave me but the encouragement she gave me and the way she gave me confidence.

With all that said….I guess she saw something special in me because she asked me to speak to her HES 100 class on resume building. How AWESOME!!! I was so honored I of course said yes and today was the BIG day. I talking to a group of about 40 freshmen students and just told them pointers on how to build a resume and the things I did to build mine. Like I said to the freshmen, I am nothing special but if they can gain any knowledge or if I helped them in any way it was worth me taking to time to talk to them.

After I was finished speaking to the class Mrs. Breakfield says she needs to introduce one more person and she did not do so before the class because she did not want to make me nervous. I was thinking to myself what in the world is she talking about. Well she had invited a guy by the name of Michael from the community relations department at the university to come hear me speak. Once again how AWESOME!!! He comes up to talk to me after class and ask me could he use MY story to help promote THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. I almost said “Are You Serious?” thank goodness I did not speak before I thought it through. Of course I said yes there is nothing more I would love to do than help promote my FAVORITE place on earth!!!! What an HONOR again. Who would have ever thought all of this would happen to little ole small town, Lara Ellen? Not Me ……but gosh am I BLESSED!

So after I spoke with the class I could not even get home before I had an email waiting on me. I opened it and it was from a young lady from Gainesville, FL. She told me that I had inspired her to go for her dreams and that she wanted to be a “go getter” like me. Once again I wanted to say “Are You Serious?” I went in there to try to help them and in return I feel like I am the one who got the biggest pat on the back. A young girl expressing how I made her feel will never realize how important her comments to me really were. There is no greater feeling to me than helping someone out in any way possible.

All of this happened over making an appointment for a little guidance. I will forever be so thankful for Mrs. Breakfield. She will always be in my “Network” as she calls it! After talking to her I feel like I can take on the world. With over 28,000 people on this campus, we still have professors who take time out with each and every one of us. How can I not be in LOVE with my school when it LOVES me right back!

Ok so I will move on from that or there will be 7 pages on how AMAZING my day was!!!


Tomorrow is my sweet friend Abby Smith’s 24th Birthday! We will also be doing out annual joint birthday dinner tomorrow night. I’m so excited…its way fun having a birthday a day apart from one of your best friends!! We always have a way good time. All we want is to not cry on our birthday weekend …..the only way this will happen is if the TIDE has a WIN!!!! ROLL TIDE


My Mom is coming into town with my precious MEME on Friday to do a birthday lunch with me! I can’t wait to see them. I have not been home very much this semester because I am so busy with school and on the weekends I can go there is a football game.


LIVING LIKE LALA has been slacking I know….But I hope this LONG LONG Blog has made up for my Long time away. I will try to never let it get this far outdated again.

My day has been one that I will tell my grand kids about……Roll Tide

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