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2014 BNP Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. It has been a crazy, challenging, amazing year. I started Brown is the New Pink (BNP) back in late April, and I love being able to look back on everything that’s happened this year. For my final post of 2014 I am reviewing all of the major events of the year. Cheers to 2015!


  • Celebrated the New Year in Kentucky
  • Took engagement pictures


  • Started my last semester of graduate school
  • Found our townhouse and signed the lease for me and Derek’s first home together


  • Celebrated my 24th birthday
  • Pole danced and celebrated with friends at my bachelorette party 🙂

March (Holy cow, March was crazy.)

  • Moved into our townhouse
  • Married the love of my life!!! (Wedding Recap Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)


  • Gave a big presentation at my internship at the VA
  • Interviewed for my first “real” full-time job
  • Accepted my first “real” job offer!



  • Graduated with my Master’s of Social Work




  • Started my first job!
  • Derek took the USMLE Step 1 (HUGE test for medical students)














  • Hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party


What. A. Year. Wishing you health and happiness in 2015!!


It’s hard to believe that I graduated with my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree a little more than a week ago.


The big moment: receiving my master’s hood!

It took 2 years, more than 60 credit hours, and over 1,000 hours in the field to earn my degree. It wasn’t easy, but I had a lot of support along the way. My grandpa, aunt, and uncle all have advanced degrees. They showed me that the extra work pays off and always made sure I knew the value of education.


From left to right: my grandpa (who turns 90 in September!), my mom, my dad, Derek, me, my aunt, and my uncle.

My parents supported my dreams despite the fact that I was taking on debt and going into a difficult field where I will likely be underpaid and overworked. It means the world to me when I hear them proudly tell people that their daughter is a social worker.


My lovely parents.

My husband supported me each and everyday. Even though he is a busy, stressed out medical school student he always had time for my moments of panic over the workload, depressing stories from field, and angry rants about all the wrongs in the world. Whenever I needed it, he provided an optimistic perspective and reminded me why I chose social work in the first place.


My handsome husband Derek.

Finally, I could not have completed the degree without support from my amazing classmates. They challenged, inspired, and enlightened me. It is a privilege to know such hardworking, passionate people. Whenever I get frustrated with the way the world works I need to remember that there are wonderful people out there fighting to change the things for the better.


Some of my favorite ladies from school.

Particularly these two ladies. They are sweet, smart, down to earth, and never fail to make me laugh. My favorite memories from grad school involve cocktails and gallows humor. I will miss seeing them each week!


Thank you to everyone who supported me! Congratulations to my fellow 2014 graduates; we are finally social workers!

Ali Brown Pinkerton, MSW

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