One Big Milestone

IMG_1093Well…today is the day.  The first anniversary of my 29th Birthday.  This day has been on my mind for the last 6 months at least.  Mostly I just panicked. I was obsessively thinking about what I am going to do? Is this the end of my world or something? Overly dramatic I know.  I felt panicked because I am not married yet, and not even close to it.  Panicking because I am still in school.  Panicking because I do not have my own place to live in yet.  Panicking because another year is coming which means my baby girl is getting another year older.

IMG_1801Holy Cow, that is a lot of time spent panicking over something that is bound and determined to happen regardless of how I feel about it.  This last year, I put a lot more stress on my life than I needed to.  I spent so much time worrying about things that honestly do not really matter in the grand scheme of life. Most of my worries are just things that need to happen in this chapter of my life in order for me to take the next step.

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This New Year something changed.  I realized that I had discovered that I loved my life and the way it was.  I finally realized that when God wants things to happen they will happen on his time, not mine. I learned that I need to do what is best for Mattie and myself and not worry about what other people think.  Seriously, let us think about this for a minute.  How many of us, sit and think about what we do before we do it because we care about what other people think about us?  Stop it right now.  Be yourself. If someone does not like you because of who you are inside and out, drop them, you do not need them in your life anyway.

IMG_0517So, who cares if I still live with my parents? Who cares if I am still in school or if I am an unmarried woman with a child?  I know that I am doing the best I can right now for this chapter of my life.  The first anniversary of my 29th birthday…. It is upon me.  Funny thing is, I feel like these are going to be some of my best years yet.  It is incredible how much such a small thing, like surrounding yourself with people you aspire to be, can change your thinking on things.  Take some time to surround yourself with people who love you and lift you up and only want the best for you.  Take some time to sit and listen; Whether it be in a church pew or your special place at home.  Make some time to think about things and listen. THE message will hit you when you least expect it.  Also, learn to love music.  Music for me cures almost everything. What music does not cure, laughing sure does. So, laugh loud and laugh often. Yes, even have some of those laughs that involve tears streaming down your face. The big 3-0 year is going to be one for the books, I can already feel it.

IMG_1084As always spread some love, we could all use a little more love.

1st Timer

27751743_1710199699002582_2993604091170085740_nMan oh man! My trip to Phoenix was simply magical!!  This was my second year to attend the American National CattleWomen (ANCW) annual meetings, but this was my first year to attend the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) annual meeting. First and foremost, wow. Just WOW!  I did not realize how big this event was or how many attended this convention. Even if it is only for one day, the trade show is worth it.  In the market for a job? The trade show is where it is at.  So many different companies were represented. From equipment companies to insurance companies to feed companies; Whatever your interest in agriculture is, there was a booth for it.

My first day I was able to attend the ANCW meetings and meet CattleWomen from all across the country.  This is probably one of the more special parts of the convention.  Seeing all the different women who are working hard in their communities spreading their story and their love for beef.  The more you are able to see these women, the more friendships are formed and relationships are built.  It truly is marvelous!

27657675_10160629144290347_1324125336082093514_nBesides meeting new people and being nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for ANCW, I had one more piece I really enjoyed.  Believe it or not, I loved being able to hear Colin Woodall speak.  He is NCBA Chief Lobbyist on Capitol Hill. He is an astounding speaker and has given me the drive to become more knowledgeable about the current legislature affecting our agricultural industry.  If ever given the chance, I highly recommend attending any meetings where he is speaking.

In addition to the ANCW meetings, I was also able to attend some of the NCBA meetings.  Some of these meetings were broken up by Regions, some were broken up by committees.  If you are ever interested in the Beef Checkoff, this is a great place to get information.  What is the Beef Checkoff you ask?  Every time cattle are sold, 1 dollar is taken for every head and sometimes 2 dollars depending on whether the state is set up that way or not.  For example, in Texas, 2 dollars are taken.  This money is used to come up with programs to promote beef, educate consumers, and do research.  There are several meetings that occur containing anything and everything that is happening with the Beef Checkoff.   If you are interested in learning more about the Beef Check off, be sure to check out this website. https://www.beefboard.org/producer/CBBFinalUnderstandingBrochure.pdf

Besides the stunning tradeshow, there are also live demonstrations that occur as well.  There are equipment demonstrations as well as live cattle handling and colt breaking, just to name a few.  These demonstrations were done by Dr. Gill and Curt and Tammy Pate.  I learn something every time I listen to them and it is always great to keep improving.

unnamedI wrapped up my convention by attending an emerging leaders luncheon.  This is an incredible opportunity for college students and the youth coming up in the industry.  We were able to sit down with some of the more knowledgeable people in the industry and learn what it takes to succeed.  There was also a notable speaker there by the name of Bruce Vincent. He is an impeccable speaker, so please make sure to check him out as well.

This was a remarkable opportunity and I urge everyone in the industry to attend this convention at least once, especially for any students or young people wanting to get in the industry.  I know I am already looking forward to New Orleans next year!

As always spread some love, we could all use a little more love!

Delayed Flights and Window Seats

IMG_1493As I sat looking out of my airplane window, a lot of thoughts went through my head.  First, I have this minor birthday coming up which makes me another year older…… Yikes!!  Second, I truly needed to get home and see my baby. I thought about how much I need to really start working harder on my goals and making a name for myself. I work pretty hard now, but you can always work harder. I pondered about how much the Women In Ranching program is so special to me.  Most of all, I thought about how fortunate I am.

I am SO lucky to be able to go and travel and be involved in an industry that I am so passionate about.  I am so fortunate to have parents that are able to make all of these things happen for me.  These small but significant things show the true love a parent has for a child.  There are so many people that are not as fortunate as I am. Some have just been told over and over to just get a job that makes the most money regardless of the fact that they may not even enjoy the job.  Now, do not get me wrong, I know every job has its ups and downs.  However, I have often heard the saying; “Do something you enjoy and you will never work a day in your life.”

IMG_1472This past year has been an amazing ride and one where I became more and more involved in an industry that I love.  I went from being just a member in a collegiate organization to the Vice President of Texas CattleWomen. From there I am now privileged to serve on the Board of Directors for American National CattleWomen. As time has passed, I have gotten to meet more and more people who are just as passionate about the Cattle Industry as I am.

Thankfully, I now find that the things I worried and stressed about do not seem as important anymore.  I know that I have finally found a place where I fit, regardless of the fact that my background may be quite different than a lot of other people in the industry.  If you have the passion, anything is possible.  From here on out, it is only UP!  I have found my true happiness and I am holding on to it dearly.

As always spread some love, we could all use a little more love!

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