Family

IMG_1840Mmmm the Holidays!  Some of my favorite times of the year.  A time where you can hopefully sit back and relax; Where you can spend some time with your family.  A time where you can watch football, eat too much, have multiple desserts and everything be just gravy.  A time where you can get a jump on Christmas shopping for a discount!  Also, for all my customer service people out there, a time when the restaurants and shops will be filled with people who are out and about shopping.

IMG_1572This holiday is going to be a little different for me.  Sometimes we have to break tradition, not because we want to but because we have too.  My grandparents’ house was flooded in the recent storms, so this year Thanksgiving will be held at a different place.  This made me stop and think about how my family has grown over the years.  My Cousin, my brothers and sister have gotten married and started their own families.  Not everyone can be every place at the same time, so you miss seeing them during the Holidays when you used to be able to catch up.  That is Life though right?  Things change, people change, and you make the best of every situation you can.

IMG_1582   I am hoping to start a new tradition this year.  I haven’t been home that much at all this year due to life. Everyone knows how it can get crazy busy.  I however, have a date with the man (my dad) and we are putting a brisket on for Thanksgiving. My Dad is normally always on the grill cooking, but I thought I would try my hand at it this time.  I am super excited about it as it has been quite some time since we have gotten to have some quality Pop and daughter time.  Regardless of how it turns out, nothing can beat being at home and around family.

DSC_0813  I am also fortunate to be able to spend some time at one of my most favorite places, our deer camp in Sandy Creek.  I love being there and every stress and worry is thrown out the window as soon as you hit the gravel road.  It is also nice to get to sit in the deer stand, finally! I know! I am horribly late getting out there this year.

Whatever you do, take some time to enjoy the Holidays.  Reach out to those loved ones and give them an extra hug.  We are never promised tomorrow, so make sure to make the most of today.

Thoughts for the week:

Showing Love and Kindness can go a long way, why don’t we show more kindness?  Have you ever thought about going out of your way every day, or twice a week, heck even once a week and doing something nice for a stranger?  Even the smallest act can make the biggest impact on someone.  We all have trials and tribulations, it is how you look at them that determines your outcome.  Look on the bright side and go out of your way for someone else.

Book Review:

“The 5 love Languages- The Secret to Love That Lasts” – Gary Chapman – this book is very interesting.  It is amazing how people need different things from other people to feel loved.  Everyone is built differently and if you do not know your love language, or what fills your love tank, or what makes you feel loved, this is a must read for you.  It is a fairly easy read and even comes with a built-in quiz in the back.

Enjoy the Holidays and spread some Love…

 

Goals

unnamedPlan for the future, but stay in the present.  This thought has been staying with me this week and I felt the need to go into more depth with it.  People always ask me, “Well, what do you want to do after you graduate?”  In years past, the first thought that would come to my mind would have been, I have no idea.  Lately I have been figuring myself out and getting to know “Me” all over again.  I have discovered the things that bring me happiness and joy, besides my family.  Cows, Traveling, Reading, Writing, and Photography…….. Pretty plain and simple.  Now that I know these things, I can make the right steps in the present to plan to hit my future goals.  I know that they are not going to happen overnight, and I truly know that they will not happen at all if I do not put in the work or make the effort.  The thing that I love most is that I know my future goals and I have put the pen to paper and that will only drive me to accomplish more.

  • Run my own cattle operation
  • Write a Book
  • Travel to every State in the United States
  • Travel to every Country
  • Read as many books as possible/ have a library in my home

 

blog 14 picThese are the top 5 things that I want to accomplish, nothing too crazy right? I know they can be obtained but I also know that it is going to take hard work and a lot of patience.  However, if you want something bad enough anything is possible.  The best part about all of this is, my path to get there is going to be amazing and I am so excited to see where it takes me.  You never know, a year from now I may find something else I want to add to my list.

In my mind, the hardest part was figuring out what I truly loved. I really enjoy a lot of things; Fishing with my dad, being a Mom and seeing that smile come across my baby’s face. I love listening to my grandparents talk about how things were back “in the good ole days”.  Heck, I even enjoy working out (Once I actually make it to the gym; The hardest part is getting there).  While I love and enjoy all of these things and more, I really had to sit down and figure out what made me the happiest. Figure out what makes you happy and what drives you and go for it.  Will I hit my goals?  Only time will tell but you can bet I a plan on getting there.

unnamed (1)Thoughts for the week:

“Everyone wants happiness and no pain, but you can’t have a rainbow with no rain” – Dolly Parton

 

Book Review:

“Crush It! Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion” –  Gary Vaynerchuk

I just finished Gary’s first book and I thought it was great!  If you are into creating a business or already have one and do not use all platforms of social media, I highly recommend reading this book.  This is basically a step by step guide on how to get on all social media platforms and why they are important.  It is an easy (must) read with roughly 140 pages in the book. If you have thoughts of being an entrepreneur- pick this book up.  As Gary says – “You aren’t only building a brand, you are building a legacy.  Legacy always wins”.

 

What are some of the top goals you have?  What are some top book suggestions for me to read? Let me hear your feedback.  Email me at caslmatzke@gmail.com.

Patience

IMG_3455It has been quite some time since I have written.  I have wanted to write, but I was a little unsure of my desired topic, when in reality I know that I just need to start again.  I had an amazing Spring semester and I was involved in a lot of Beef Industry activities.  Now, I am back at home and finishing up with school and I have not felt like I have been making the impact that I want.  They say that your Senior year is supposed to be the easiest, HA!!  This semester has been one of my most challenging.  I credit a lot of that to my own undoing by taking on a little more than I could handle. In less than 40 days I will be able to walk across that stage having accomplished one of my goals in life.  Who would have thought that the day would ever come?  I know that I have often wondered if it would EVER happen and I was the one pursuing the degree.

It has been a long journey with some bumps and hills and rough patches along the way, but one thing I have learned is that the journey made me the person I am today.  I am so grateful for the journey; It has made me understand that hard work, determination, and more hard work can help a person overcome anything.  The choices that I made when I was younger were not always the right ones. While some set me back, others helped me push forward.  I know that your past makes you who you are but it does not define you.  You have the choice and the opportunity to look back to the past, but also make different choices to change your future.  I recently came across a motivational speaker named Gary Vaynerchuk and I was struck by his relevance.  I have listened to most of his material and one thing that has stuck with me the last couple of weeks is PATIENCE.  I need patience. I have so much time left and instead of trying to do it all over night, I need to be patient and let it all play out.  If you have not heard of him before, be sure to check him out.  While his language may not be appropriate for all ages, his work is on point and I really enjoy it.

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I am so thankful that Mattie is here on this journey with me as well. She is the one that has helped push me to make changes for the future without even knowing it.  I cannot wait until she gets a little older and then she can understand that getting out there and pursuing your dreams is possible. One day she can look back (or have me tell her) on the things that I have done and know that even when you think all is lost, there is still hope. If you keep pushing and working hard, things will fall into place.

I have tossed the idea around for the last two years, but I do believe that I am going to try and stick around in Aggieland for a couple more years and get my Master’s degree. I have officially submitted my paper work, so we shall see what happens.  I have grown so much here in the last three years, why not grow some more and get a little more out of my comfort zone?

Thoughts for the week:

So many times, and over so many things, I analyze and stress about things that have not happened yet or could potentially not even happen at all.  I have been working so hard with staying in the present; Yes plan for the future, but do not agonize over what is not even known.  Appreciate every day that you get and make the most of that day.  Most of all keep pushing, the best things are yet to come.

 

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