When I was a kid I hated milk. Seriously it was vile and disgusting and way to heavy to serve with hamburger steak at school lunch. Really who thought that was a good idea? I would lie to my teachers and tell them I was allergic to milk so that I could switch it out with juice at lunch without having to pay the quarter fee. When I was in 3rd grade the school nutritionist came around to all of the classrooms to talk about the importance of, you guessed it, milk. Every student had to write a paper on all the ways milk was good for our body.
A few weeks later we had a school assembly; everyone filed into the cafeteria-gymnasium-auditorium, eyes growing wide as we took in the massive pile of toys at the front. It turns out that paper on milk was a contest and every grade would have a winner. Spoiler alert, I won first place over my fellow 3rd graders thanks in large part, I can only assume, to at least half of them writing “Got Milk” on the page and nothing more. I was so shocked that I stood open mouthed in front of my peers surveying the physical incarnation of every child’s dream and all I could do was grab the closest thing to me, a purple plastic tennis racket set. There was a new bike and I grabbed the purple plastic tennis racket set. Twenty years later I’m still trying to mentally get over that gaffe.
But I still went home with something pretty important that day; the knowledge that I could do something incredible with the written word. And if this was what I could do equipped with nothing more than some facts I wrote down while half asleep in class, what could I do with something I believed in and felt passionate about? I haven’t stopped writing since.
REPORTING~SPORTS & SOUTHERN LIFESTYLE
Born into a large family of sports fanatics and wordsmiths alike, sports journalism came naturally. It’s more than a passion; it’s simply a part of who I am. Hailing from Alabama in the midst of typical Iron Bowl family, I learned very quickly just how deep ties in the SEC could run. I received a degree in Sports Broadcasting from the University of Alabama (much to the chagrin of my loyal Auburn family) while working with ESPNU. After graduation I headed to the Sunshine State and spent 4 years in Gainesville covering the Gators, Gators in the pros, and recruiting for both television and web. Throughout this time I learned there’s nothing like the privilege of telling someone’s story. I’m a firm believer in 2-pt. conversions which utilize a fullback and that offensive lineman are the salt of the earth.
As much a part of my life as sports are though, sometimes I need to step away from the field and smell the roses, literally. Travel has always been in my family’s blood and I’m lucky enough to live in a region of the world thats full of interesting hideaways and even more interesting people. While I’m always happy for another stamp on my passports, there’s still nothing like getting lost on a Southern backroad. The memories made discovering quirky pitstops and meeting those that have seen everything from Martin Luther King Jr. march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge to the 1996 Olympic torch make landfall in Savannah, Georgia are some of the stories I treasure most. These observations don’t always get published, but they do get written—even if just for myself—and cherished.
Above all else, I’m a storyteller. Sometimes that means finding a way to present the quick and usual daily post in a new light; other times it means finding that person who has something to share and couldn’t do so on their own, becoming a conduit that they trust enough to tell their story. Being in the field of journalism means I get to tell the real stories, the ones about real people and real events.
For years these journalism practices were done in the same way. Things are rapidly changing with the frontier of social media and that can seem scary; it’s only truly scary though if every new trend is viewed as the unknown. Instead I choose to look at this quickly approaching future as the yet undiscovered. We’re on the precipice of a new age in journalism and how exciting to be apart of this time! We get to shape where the field goes moving forward.
Stepping into wedding planning and Noble Events has been a natural progression for Kassidy. While most little girls were reading fairy tales and dreaming of the perfect wedding day, Kassidy was reading Emily Post Etiquette and planning those ceremonies down to the last detail. By the time she was in college, she was “politely” taking over friends’ weddings.
A native of Mobile, Alabama, she loves to help brides take advantage of all the charm the port city has to offer. Her goal, above all, is to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and give every bride and groom the perfect day they deserve.