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Thankfully an Apartment Wasn't on the Line...

Last Thursday was International Women's Day.  We celebrated by heading to our favorite spot, Boulevard Brewery for their Girl Power Hop Quiz event.  Boulevard regularly hosts Thursday trivia nights and last week was our first time checking it out.  It was held in the Beer Hall and proceeds went to support MOCSA, which is the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.  

We were given a blank Hop Quiz booklet and tokens for 2 free draft beers upon arrival.  I was secretly hoping for a multiple choice booklet!  I wish I had taken better notes on the ensuing rounds as round one had us staring at each other with blank expressions, followed by uncontrollable laughter as we realized we may be in over heads with this crowd.  Round one finished with us firmly planted in 16th place...OUT OF 19.  Hey, at least we weren't last...and we were having more fun than everyone else.  

We turned it around in rounds two through four as the answers went from the likes of Marie Curie more towards our forte of Oprah and Beyonce.  Who runs the World? Girls!  Somehow we finished round three in 4th place!  Round 5 was a double bonus round and not one of our strongest.  Turns out they only told us the top 3 teams at the end of the night so Unfiltered Adventure will claim they kept that 4th spot to the grave!  Extra credit to anyone who knows the trivia reference in this blog title!  


In honor of International Women's Day, we thought we would share some women who inspire us:


Inspirational women are all around me. I believe we are as good as those we choose to surround ourselves with (ahem the Fab Four that is Unfiltered Adventure). Through different stages of my life I have turned to friends, family, coaches, and mentors to help me rise to different occasions. Among the many significant people in my life there has always been one woman who has inspired me, my G-Ma, Esther Lou Breon. She is one of the first women I knew who encouraged education and independence while she balanced those values with family, faith, and fun. My grandma graduated college in an era where few women pursued higher education. She went on and earned her masters degree, married an Army man, had a couple of kids, pursued a successful career as a teacher and a principal, led Bible Studies at her home, inspired people pretty much daily (we couldn’t walk through town without being stopped by someone making a fuss over her), and she encouraged me to do anything I could possibly imagine. She is the reason I was so driven to earn a masters degree myself. In a sense the task felt like a tribute to her, the amazing woman who helped pave the way before she even knew me. By the way, she’s still amazing and hilarious.


My number one role model is my mom.  Ever since I can remember she has shown strength and courage in every situation.  She fights fiercely for her family and her community.  I don’t know how she found time when we were kids to work full time, take meals to people in need, attend all of our sports/events, maintain a solid group of friends,  and volunteer at the hospital cuddling babies in the NICU…and still have dinner ready for us to eat as a family.  I’m exhausted just thinking about it!  She is still one of the most giving people I know.  She is a shining example of a woman of faith and conviction.  I strive to be half of the woman she is!


Well, I thought I was supposed to write about a woman who was one of our trivia answers, so I chose Nadia Comaneci (one of the few answers I contributed at trivia).  Nadia was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 and won 5 Olympic Gold medals.  I grew up a gymnast and after watching her movie, Nadia, was completely inspired to go out and win Olympic medals of my own some day.  Unfortunately my gymnastics career never lived up to those dreams, but seeing what one can do if they put their mind to it is simply amazing.  And yes, mom, you are pretty cool too!  


Stephanie watched too much basketball yesterday and resorted to sending me a link on Loyola-Chicago Basketball's Sister Jean.  She has made for a great story this March and you can check her out here:


Cheers to all the fabulous women out there who have paved the way for us to dream and do the things we think we can.



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