Greetings from Macomb, Illinois! I’ve been here amongst the corn for over a week now and I head home tomorrow. It was my first official National Consultant visit for Chi Omega and I had an incredible time. I feel so happy to have that feeling—the feeling of knowing that you are right where you are meant to be at the right time. I had the opportunity to work with over 50 collegiate women as they prepare for Fall Formal Recruitment.
The reason I love my job is because I want to give people the confidence they deserve. I always write, “Keep Shining” and it’s because I want to help everyone find their inner sparkle and truly shine. I know I’m getting a little Tyra Banks-y here so I’ll aver soon; but ultimately, I want to be apart of the kindness movement going around our country. It’s about inspiring others to give more, act more thoughtfully, and open yourself to new friendships and love.
This job puts me out of my comfort zone on a daily basis. Visiting cities and towns I’ve never ventured to, meeting people that are different than me while still sharing common values, and of course, trying new food. This trip included Scotcharoos and chicken lips (more like chicken strips before you start envisioning actual chicken lips). I love seeing the spirit of America wherever I go and finding the little beauties of each town and the people within it.
Macomb is a simple but sweet place. With only 2,000 people living here, there’s only a handful of restaurants but with that comes familiar faces and mom-and-pop places. The women of Chi Omega here have more spirit and love for sisterhood than anywhere I have encountered thus far and they adorned me with sentimental gifts that represented my time with them. I am touched.
I don’t know if I will ever be back in Macomb but I do know that I won’t forget the memories I made here and the people who were in them. I won’t forget the sunsets, the savory restaurants, but most importantly, the sisterhood.
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook