Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do….

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They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and I will have to agree.  I was able to return to one of my most absolute favorite places this weekend and participate in a Grilling 101.  Yes, you read that right, the famous Grilling 101’s I have talked about before.  I do not think it can be much better than being surrounded with people and an organization you have so much passion for and being able to cook an amazing steak.  The famous Grill Master was there, showing us the skills on how to cook the steak properly.  I will have to admit, I still got it.  The steak was phenomenal and the food was astounding as always.  If you have never tried grilled angel food cake then you need to add it to the list of things to try!

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Being there brings back some wonderful memories and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to experience my internship with the Texas Beef Council.  The last two weeks have been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, but I think the struggles that we go through only make us the people that we are today.  That struggle tends to push me to do more and make more of myself.

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As I was sitting at the table yesterday, talking to the incredible women that surrounded me, I realized that things were starting to fall in place.  The connection between local chapters across the state was slowly but surely starting to happen.  That brings so much joy to my heart.  I am thrilled to see where the future of CattleWomen is going and I know I will be along for the ride.  Find something you love to do and invest in it and only make it better.  Life is too short to be unhappy or hold grudges.  Take time out of your day to do something special for a stranger. Be caring to everyone regardless of what may have happened and try to be a positive impact on someone’s life.  I have met some remarkable ladies in my life who have left a lasting impression upon me.  I only hope that one day I can do the same for someone else.

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

When Life Happens

IMG_1314                            What do you do when you don’t know what to do?  I believe everyone has reached this point at some point or another in their life.  What do you do when it seems like you can’t go anymore?  What do you do when it seems like every time you take a step forward, you end up taking two steps back?  What do you do when you finally decide to take a chance and open your heart up for someone only for them to walk away?  How can you carry on when you have a heart so big and so much love to give? What do you do when you begin to question yourself on every decision you have made so far?  What do you do when you don’t know if you are on the right track?  What if you feel stuck and wonder if maybe you should have taken a job instead of going to graduate school?  What do you do when all you want is to make sure that your kid is happy and has more and better opportunities than you do? What if you don’t know if you are doing anything right? I hate it when life gets hard and the days come when you just don’t understand.  What if you know what you want in life but you don’t know which step to take to get there?  What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

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You shed a few tears.  And then you probably shed quite a few more.  You slowly begin to pick up the pieces and you hit your knees hard.  You pray. You pray hard and you pray daily.  You have faith that the Lord has an amazing plan for you.  You trust in Him and the process no matter how hard or how much you may not understand.  You pick up those pieces and you begin each day with a smile.  You laugh. You laugh hard and you laugh often.  You grab a good book and dive in to clear your head.  You reach out to the people who mean the most to you.  You talk to that best friend at 3 o’clock in the morning because they know you need them.  You spend time with the one who believes in you the most, who sees more potential in you than you could ever know.  You reach out to the one who lives in another state to have them remind you that life is hard and everyone struggles, but it is about owning that struggle.  You even reach out to the ones who tell you what you need to hear, even though it may not be something that you WANT to hear.  You be yourself because you are special just the way you are.  You continue to love because that is who you are.  You continue to push forward because that is what you know how to do.  You keep going and one day, one special day, you will be amazed at how much you really have accomplished.

As always spread some love, the world could always use a little more love.

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