Wow!  It has been a while since I have posted!  Well, I will do better going forward.

What a year this has been so far, everything has flown by at a breakneck pace.  Between being busy with work and all that a new year entails for our customers, philanthropic activities, and social activities, 2011 has seemed to fly by.

In fact, just last weekend we had an impromptu girls weekend in Knoxville and it was so nice to get a chance to catch up with everyone and see what they are up to and how life is going for them.  Also, since several of the girls are also contemplating running the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in May, it was great to discuss some training and plan our trip up to Virginia.  Also, the weekend provided us the opportunity to watch the Miss America pageant as a group, something we used to do in college every year!  The girls weekend was also a valuable reminder to me that no matter how busy life gets (or we let life get), it is imperative that we always make time for our friends.  I know that sounds like common sense, but frequently I allow myself to become so involved with work, community, philanthropic events, etc. that I forget to maintain my friendships as well as I should.  This weekend reminded me of a quote that I heard when I was younger from a dear friend and I would pass on to others:

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember.  You braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.”  Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh



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