Hey Colts fans, this is my fourth season as a Sweetheart of the Horseshoe, and I could not be more excited to get the season started!
The experiences during these past three years with the Colts have been incredible. One of my fondest memories was performing with Jimmy Fallon on the “Late Night” with the Roots during the live Super Bowl Special when Indy hosted Super Bowl XLVI. More importantly, many of my teammates have turned into great friends. I wouldn't trade these four seasons on the squad for anything.
I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me in everything I choose to do. Dance was a passion of mine from a young age, and they were always there for me at every rehearsal, recital and competition. I would also like to thank my fiancé, Bradley, for believing in me and for supporting me to continue to follow my dream these past four seasons.
Thank you for checking out my blog, and I hope to see you this season! Go horse!
What was the hardest part about being a Colts Cheerleader while also completing dental hygiene school?
I would say the most difficult part about cheering while in school was learning how to best manage my time. I am very big on making lists and sticking to schedules, so this saved me a lot of stress during the past few years! I held a part-time job in addition to cheerleading and school, so I got used to not having a lot of time to sleep. Honestly, though, I enjoyed both hygiene school and cheerleading so much that I did not mind always being busy.
Many fans might not know you were proposed to in the end zone during a 2012 Colts home game! What was that experience like and how is wedding planning going?
I still can't believe my now-fiancé, Bradley, pulled off the proposal! We have been dating since our freshman year of high school, so I expected that we'd get engaged soon, but didn't ever expect it to happen during a Colts game! I'm very thankful that my coach and the Colts staff were so supportive in helping Bradley's proposal dreams become a reality. We had to post-pone our wedding for a year because Bradley decided to continue his education and earn his Master’s Degree in Finance, but now the wedding planning is going really well. We are getting married May 30th, 2015, so the majority of the planning is kicking into high gear! I am making most of the decorations myself, with the help of our family, since I enjoy craft projects.
You recently went to Ecuador as a dental hygiene student helping those who don’t necessarily have the means to get the care they need. You had to raise funds in order to go on the trip. How much did you have to raise and how much of a challenge was that in order to achieve your dream?
Traveling to a Spanish-speaking country for a dental mission trip was something that I had been wanting to do since I was in high school. I took Spanish classes for seven years, so it was important for me to immerse myself in the language while helping those in need. When I found out that I had been accepted into the dental school's service learning program, I was ecstatic. I was fortunate enough to raise $2,400 towards the cost of my service learning trip to Ecuador. I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to come up with enough to cover the costs, but my family, friends, and the Colts helped me reach my goal.
My favorite childhood memory is…
It's hard to choose a favorite childhood memory, but I spent a lot of time making up dances with my friends. One night, we stayed up all night choreographing a routine to "I Want It That Way," by The Backstreet Boys. We even recorded ourselves and put it on YouTube... We thought we were cool!
I grew up dancing to…
I always danced to anything that I heard on the radio. I loved country and pop music as a child, and then got into hip hop as I got older. Most people would probably be surprised to learn that I've seen Lil' Wayne in concert three times, and I plan to see him again this summer!