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By: Brittany Graham

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Colorado Appreciation Post ❤️️💛💙

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May 15, 2015...that one time I moved to CO!!!

May 15, 2015...that one time I moved to CO!!!

It really is true what they say about not fully appreciating something until it’s gone. I’ve been in Houston for two in a half months now and needless to say I never realized how many little things I took for granted in Colorado. I left CO not thinking I would miss much, but after being gone for several weeks there is so much I miss about Colorado.

Whenever I tell people from Texas I moved here from Colorado, their faces always light up with so much excitement. "OMG you moved here from Denver?!?! Wow how cool, It's SO pretty there, I would love to live there!!!" Then I think to myself, did I take the good ol' centennial state for granted?🤔 Now, about 95% of the time the very next thing I get is... "Did you go skiing a lot?" Nope. "Did you hang out in the mountains?" Nope. "What about hiking did you go hiking ever" Eh, once sprained my ankle (twice), and never went back. "Colorado Springs??" Only for our game at Air Force. So as you can see, I really lived it up in CO...😐 #lies

A picture at 11,000-ish feet on that one hike I went on in CO

A picture at 11,000-ish feet on that one hike I went on in CO

The Weather: I never understood what people meant about the weather in Denver been so amazing. It’s snows, it’s cold, and it’s always sunny, what’s the big deal? Try living in Houston where the temperature is always HOT, always. So far since I’ve been here there hasn’t been a warm up or a cool down. Seriously, no matter what time of day it is, early morning, noon or late at night, it’s hot, sweaty, muggy, and humid. Basically, it’s literally THE worst.

The Rain: Speaking of the weather, I can't forget to tell you how much it rains here in Houston. It's actually a thing if you didn't know, maybe because it's close to the water? I really don't know but the climate is offically reffered too as "humid subtropical."  It's nearly impossible to keep your car looking shiny and fresh because of how much, and how randomly it rains. According my research, aka google, the annual rain fall in Houston is almost 50 inches, compared to around 8-15 in Denver. HUGE difference!!! Now, I'm not talking cute little baby sprinkles. I'm talking rain drop, drop top..when it rains here it don't stop stop!!!

People forget Houston is near the coast...

People forget Houston is near the coast...

Bugs & Critters: I didn’t even think about it until living in Houston but there aren't hardly any bugs or crawling critters in Denver. It was probably a big deal to even see a small spider or something. Houston however is filled with lizards, frogs, flying spider thingys, and crickets among many other things. Whenever it’s time to take Harper outside to potty it’s now become a time to prepare for war. To fully “protect myself” from these things I spray my arms and legs with bug spray, put on a hat, sneakers (no sandals or open toed shoes!!!), sweat pants, and sometimes even a long sleeve shirt. The lizards blend into the walls, they almost look fake, like rubber or plastic and they scare the crap out of me. BUT, according the leasing office at my apartment (after my compliant lol, yes I complained about lizards on the ceilings...) are good to have because they eat up the small bugs. There’s also these slow moving flying spider things and sometimes when I take Harper out, they float their way on to my shirt and shorts, so not okay. The neighbors are probably getting a kick out of me swatting away bugs and kicking away frogs in 94 degree weather in sweats, but hey a girl’s gotta protect herself am I right? I thought so!

Traffic: Personally, I never thought traffic was too bad in Denver. Houston in the third largest city in the US and is continuing to grow with lots of construction updates all over the city. I still have to use my GPS LITERALLY every day on the way to work because each morning there is a new route that is quicker than the day before. God Bless I-25 in Denver, I actually miss my simple morning commute to work😭

Mom, Me, My Uncle, Big Sis, & Cousin David🤗

Mom, Me, My Uncle, Big Sis, & Cousin David🤗

The Homies: Of course, last but not least. I miss the fam, the crew, the homies. My DU staff and family was absolutely one of a kind. Our bond was unbreakable and something I truly did take for granted working with such amazing people who were more than just your co-workers. The good thing is we ALL still keep in touch and will be friends and family for life.

With all of that being said(and nothing against you Houston Texas...), Colorado I miss you. Denver, I love you and will always appreciate the memories and my time with you. Although I didn’t exactly get along with your hiking trails and mountain views, I know next time to stay at the foothills and never go above 5280.

Colorado Appreciation Post❤️️💛💙

 

-Brittany

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I really miss my DU children <3

I really miss my DU children <3

All Summer Sixteen

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At the beginning of the summer I had huge hopes for summer sixteen and all that it would bring. It went so far as to outlining a very detailed summer bucket list with over 20 things that I wanted to accomplish before it was all said and done. Well it’s now Labor Day Weekend, which means the summer is basically over and I have only completed a pathetic two items from the bucket list. It’s only natural to think that because I only did two of the many things I set out to do that my summer was a complete fail! Oddly enough, it feels like the exact opposite as I truly feel like I had one of the best summers of my life.

Like I said before in my previous blog “Just Do It,” I’m learning to live more, plan less, and just go with the natural flow of where life can take you. Having a plan is good, but it’s nearly impossible to have a pre-determined list of activities waking up every morning like, hey what’s on the list today? Instead, why not wake up and do what you feel. Because it’s when we do that that the best things happen, unexpectedly.   

I had one of the best summer's I've had in a long time, and it wasn't because of a bucket list.

Without any true plans this summer, other than a failed bucket list I wasn’t expecting toomuch. I needed up making trips to Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas, Oklahoma, San Antonio and Dallas! I’d say that’s some pretty awesome traveling and trips, especially when you weren’t expecting any. At the end of June at the last minute, I decided to pile in my car and make the 9-hour drive through the wheat fields of Kansas to attend my family reunion in Kansas City. The drive itself was more than long to make solo twice in a weekend, but sometimes a road trip to yourself down the highway on your own time can be one of the most relaxing things ever!

Downtown Chicago with Madss

Downtown Chicago with Madss

A week later I went to Chicago for about 36 hours 12 hours before I even knew I was going. It was the most spontaneous thing ever getting a call Sunday at 6pm to book the first flight out to Chicago Monday morning, it was crazy and so much fun. After Chicago, a few weeks later towards the end of July, I went to Atlanta for a week also for work. It was a blast to be back in the city where I went to college and see my old school and an added bonus spending my day off with some of my favorite girls I coached while I was at Berry.

 

After Atlanta, I went straight home to Dallas where I spent almost two weeks at home with my family. During that time, I took two trips with my mom. One day we drove about 2 hours north the Winstar Casino in Oklahoma, and then 4 hours south to San Antonio. #GirlsTrip we had so much fun shopping, gambling (lol), and hanging out on the River Walk. 

SERENA!!!!

SERENA!!!!

One of the coolest things I did this summer that was more than unexpected was getting a new car!!! I had been thinking about getting a new car for a few months, but I definitely did not think it was going to be possible so soon. After I drove back from Kansas, my KIA just wasn't cutting it anymore and was basically about to die. A few days later, I was blessed with Serena :) a brand new 2016 Toyota Corolla. 

 

My girl Lily in her ball handling goggles!!!

My girl Lily in her ball handling goggles!!!

Of course, a summer for me wouldn't be a summer if the majority of my time wasn't spent in the gym. June was all about summer camps and as usual, I had so much fun connecting with our campers. Shortly after camp, I started doing personal training with Lily a local 7th grader in Denver. Since then, we have worked out together so much and I can't even begin to explain how much more confident she has gotten in her game. Reflecting back to our first session, I no longer know the shy girl that struggled to main ten layups. Instead, I look forward to working out with the girl who can make 25 plus layups in a row!!!

So take it from me, you don't always need to make some huge list to accomplish things in life. Looking back on my summer, I feel like I did so many cool and fun things without even knowing. I went on a few trips, saw my friends, family, and did what I love in the process. I'm super thankful for being able to have one amazing summer and now I'm even more excited for the start of basketball season and everything that will come with it.

Don't always feel like you need a list to guide you through life, you'll be surprised at things you can accomplish if you wake up everyday and LIVE. But for those who were wondering about which two items I did check of the bucket list, tye-dye and go on a road trip:)

Have a great week, I love you guys!!!

-Brittany

 

 

 

Craig Sager, IS Dream Live Ball.

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Last week at the ESPY Awards Craig Sager accepted the Jimmy V Award for perseverance. At the age of 64, Sager is currently battling leukemia and continues to receive chemo treatments while still working as a NBA reporter for TNT. Even so much that he will receive treatments in one state in the morning, hop a flight to the next city, cover a game all in a days work. Most would think he is crazy to take such risks putting his body through so much work all while battling such a vicious disease. But let Craig Sager tell it to you and there is nothing that he would rather be doing that spending his life doing what we loves, leukemia or not. Craig Sager is everything that Dream Live Ball means, and more. Hearing his speech at the ESPY's on how he lives his life and truly enjoys every moment is truly an inspiration for us all. This past April early in the airport traveling back home to Denver from Houston I had the pleasure of meeting Sager. I must admit that once I noticed him from a distance across the way going through security across from me I was initially scared to approach him. I let my fear of meeting one the greatest in his field go, tapped him from behind and introduced myself. To my surprise he greeted me back, "Hey Brittany, how are you?"Like he had known me for years. I told him I love watching him on TV, thanked him, and told him keep fighting. We snapped a selfie and went on our separate ways.

I'm so thankful for his fight, his strength, and his story as it's one we all can be inspired from. Craig Sager does a little DLB each and everyday. So glad he's here to show us all how it's done as he continues to face a tough battle with cancer.

Craig Sager's Speech:

 

Full story/video also shown at the ESPY's:

 

Memorable quotes from Sager's Speech:

Time is something that cannot be bought. It cannot be wagered with God, and it is not an endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life. 

Each and everyday is a canvas we need to paint, an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning. 

The way you think influences the way you feel, and the way you feel determines how you act.

If we don't have hope and faith, we have nothing.