Thoughts for Thursday : Throwback Edition

I've read a few comments recently about people asking for "throwback posts." I thought it would be fun to do a Throwback Thursday today for my thoughts for Thursday and take you back to my glory days :)  I had to go way back in the archives for some of these.  The post would be way too long if I included everything, so I'm giving you a taste of what I did in high school and bringing you through my years at University of Florida.  

{Signing my senior year of high school to play soccer at UF}

To sum up my childhood and high school years briefly, I will just say that I was a very avid soccer player.  It honestly seems like such a distant past to me that it's almost odd for me to reflect on.  I'm not a bragger, my Dad always loved to do that for me, but I was a very successful soccer player in my day.  I played on some amazing soccer teams with amazing girls and was on an extremely successful high school team.  We won the state title my freshman and sophomore year and came in second my junior and senior year.  We were good.  I was named the top player in the whole state of Florida as a sophomore in high school.  That was a big year for me.  The next year, I tore my ACL playing soccer and things were never quite the same.  Regardless, I signed at the University of Florida to play on their woman's soccer team.  It was exciting and nerve-wracking.  

{UF Headshot}

{UF Soccer Team 2003} 

Needless to say, I decided that was WAY TOO MUCH WORK.  I wanted to enjoy college like a normal student and not practice 3 times a day and spend every weekend playing soccer games.  I wanted to go to football games and travel and party!  So that's what I did.  I quit the soccer team, enjoyed my freshman year like a normal student and then rushed a sorority as a sophomore.  

I LOVED college!  Soccer was never going to be a profession for me.  I was passionate about it and very talented, but I knew it wasn't forever.  I'm sure many of you can relate with sports you may have played competitively in high school.  It's hard to give up because you spent so much time and money being the best you can be, but my time was up.  It was time for me to move on to my next phase of life and start thinking about careers and where the next happy hour was going to be  :)

Here's some highlights of my time in college:

{Pledging Delta Gamma}

{My 21st Birthday celebration in New Orleans}

{21st Birthday Party}

{21st Birthday Celebration back at UF}

{Game Day Tailgates}


My junior year of college, I was a debutante in New Orleans.  Do any of you have debutante balls in your areas?

{I attended lots of out of town football games and the basketball championships that the Gators won!}

I made such amazing friends in college after I quit soccer.  I would never change it for a thing.  After graduating school in 2007, I moved to Atlanta and had a blast with friends from college.  I loved Atlanta and had so much fun meeting tons of people from schools all over the South East.  We all had at least one thing in common: a love for football!!!

It's been fun taking a walk down memory lane! You're amazing if you made it this far.  I'll stop here for today!   I hope you enjoyed #throwbackthursday! 

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  1. You made me miss those days. College really was a blast!

  2. I had no idea you played soccer at UF - so cool!! I love that you had one of the signs with a "to-do list" on your 21st birthday in g-ville!!! Those really were the days :)

  3. Those are great! Thanks for sharing. College really was the best experience, and it looks like yours was no exception!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. That's so awesome that you played soccer at UF! But it's even better that you had such an awesome college experience! A lot of my close friends were DG's (they're all tight with Kappas!) I had those same orange earring in college that I wore to games!!

  5. I love seeing throwback photos of you! You look like you've hardly changed! You would be shocked at photos from me from HS and college. I went from brownish hair to bleach blonde in college lol! That's awesome you played soccer for UF. I also loved being in a sorority in college and met some of my best and life long friends as a Pi Phi!

  6. yahh college was such a fun! i was in a sorority too and it was a blast! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  7. You haven't changed a bit! You seriously look the same at 18 signing to play soccer for UF as you do now! Looks like you had such a fun time in College!!

  8. It looks like you had a GREAT college experience! How fun. I had a few friends who played in leagues and they have nothing but amazing things to say about their soccer "careers".

  9. This definitely made me nostalgic for my college years! Life was so easy then!

  10. I started college 5 days after high school and a surgery required me to stop. I was having so much fun that I did not finish my degree for a very long time.

  11. I love this post! So many fun memories!! Glad to know more of "our backstory." I must have been asked 100 times if I was the famous Annie Adams soccer player! :) xo

  12. Love love love this! I had no idea you were such a soccer superstar :) Fun learning more about you!! I was also in a sorority and it was one of the best decisions I ever made! My closest and best friends came from it not to mention sooo many amazing memories!

  13. Aw love seeing your college day pics. Debutante balls are huge in Charleston (shocker, I know).

  14. Love, love, love this post... you have the cutest dimples... I feel like I know you better!!

  15. I would have never known you were such a soccer star! So fun looking at pics from your college days. I was in a sorority and I am still so close to those girls. We actually just took our annual GPhi lake trip last weekend!

  16. Love this post! I had no idea you played soccer. This trip down memory lane is too cute- love it!

  17. Such a fun post!! You were CUTE in college and look at your doing soccer and a sorority! I look at pictures from myself in college and think oh my goodness what was I thinking haha. Such a cute idea!

  18. It is so awesome you played soccer. I played soccer in High School but I did it just for fun. I love all the pictures of you. Found your blog through the link-up.

  19. Love this!! You haven't changed at all since college! I can't believe you were such a good soccer player- I think you made the right decision by quitting. I have some girlfriends who played competitive college sports and then felt really lost after college and felt like they missed out on the real college experience.

  20. What a great walk down memory lane! It looks like your college years were a blast!

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