Five Things for Friday

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

This week has felt like a marathon! Though there will definitely be some visits to the office this weekend, I hope to knock out a few things around the house and take the pups to the dog park a couple of times.

Today’s Five Things for Friday is a meaningful one. Hope you enjoy!


It’s hard to believe it’s already September — which means basketball season is right around the corner! Above is a pregame shot before Game 3… can’t wait to have the Pels back in the Smoothie King Center.


The above photo is from last year’s New Orleans PurpleStride hosted by the local affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Hosted by Natalie Shepherd, four local survivors are featured in this photo. This year’s event is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 8. You can register here.  It’s an amazing event run by passionate volunteers that supports a more-than-worthy cause in the fight against pancreatic cancer. More information about the organization can be found at


I saw on Facebook that this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. In the center of this photo is Bailey, a patient at St. Jude that we met last year (also pictured is my gal pal and co-worker Ashley). Next week, I’ll post Bailey’s story — she is the most incredible kid! To increase awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness, #ShowYourGold this month.


Last weekend, I had a bunch of photos printed from Africa for my office and this will always be one of my favorites. In the print, you can see even better how the rhino is looking directly into the lens. It was so cool to be so close to him as he marked his territory and milled around. Seeing so many animals last summer was amazing, but the rhinos were the most magical — they remind me of a dinosaur or a mythical creature because of their horns. It’s such a shame their population has been decreased so drastically by poaching. Also — if you’re an animal lover — check out National Geographic’s Warlords of Ivory. Journalist Bryan Christy is planting faux ivory tusks with GPS trackers to an effort to follow the ivory trade market through Central Africa. The special that aired last week showed the impact of ivory trade on the elephant population, but, even more tragically, the violent and volatile situation it has created throughout Africa, especially the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Kafia Kingi. The information through this interactive map provides staggering statistics. The group responsible for the ivory trafficking, has killed or abducted more than 8,000 people.

dog park 1Today’s post is rounded out with a picture of my little guy, JoJo. I love this photo — he’s so happy in front of his favorite tree at the dog park. Hopefully, we get there at least once this weekend.

Hope everyone finishes out the week strong and has a great long weekend!


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