So I’ve been meaning to write about my most recent trip for a week but, as I said prior, with the new job and a more intense MBA class, I’m still finding my groove in managing my time. I wanted to write about my cool little trip into the northwest area of Arkansas a couple of weeks ago. I’ve never been to Arkansas. The landscape was beautiful and what you’d expect. Rolling hills of green forests. The reason why I was out there was to attend the wedding of my cousin’s daughter. I haven’t figured out what that makes me in the family tree – is it a combo of niece/cousin? Any case, it was a great time. The wedding itself was different than any wedding I’ve been before and, quite frankly, was actually nice to see a couple take the tradition of marriage/wedding more seriously. I’ve been to so many weddings where it was show up, say a few things, pronounce the couple, and hit the reception. These folks took this seriously and it was refreshing. They spoke on how they met, acknowledge family and history, and spoke of their future as a couple. I really enjoyed it. I also really appreciated spending time with extended family that I don’t see very often. Visiting family is so nice because it’s really when you can truly just be yourself with no judgement or anxiety of how you look or act. Everyone just appreciates you for you and there’s that family bond, no matter how long it’s been, of we all understand each other’s history and roots. We also visited the University of Arkansas, which is a great little compact campus including a cool outdoor Greek theater unlike anything I’ve seen on any other college campus. Of course it reinforced my desire to work in higher education. The locals in this quaint area of Arkansas were polite, respectful, and friendly. I enjoyed this trip much more than I originally anticipated. So now I’m back to grind of work and school and it’s going well. I just need to keep my attitude positive and my faith strong. Happy summer!