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.

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!


Graduate School

IMG_1545Graduate school. My next big step.  Grad school officially started last week and I was a big ball of emotions. First of all, I was relieved that I was accepted.  I was also ecstatic that I can continue my education in the field that I love and am passionate about.  I was nervous.  I am the new kid on the block so to speak.

As I sat in class that first day and looked around, everyone seemed to know everyone else.  I could almost feel myself withdrawing, but NO, not this year!  This year is about meeting new people and trying new things.  This year is about continuing to step out of my comfort zone. How else can you get better if you never challenge yourself?  It looks like I will have quite a few people to meet.

DSC_0504Almost on cue, I began having the “questioning” feeling.  Am I doing the right thing?  Am I supposed to go to graduate school?  Is this all part of my plan?  While I pondered my whole ball of feelings last week, I was really stuck on this last feeling, questioning.  I sat down and decided to write out my goals and dreams. Here is a trick I learned from Gary V……… Write out the top goal you have, no matter WHAT it is.  From there, work backwards until you get to the present time.  You then have somewhat of a schedule or agenda on the steps you need to take to get you to your ultimate goal. After writing everything out and working through it in my mind, I do feel that graduate school is a step in the right direction for me.

I think we all want great things in our life and we often question whether we are making the right decision or not.  I, however, got the message I needed as I sat in church.  Listen for Gods call.  The immediate thoughts that went through my head were something along the lines of; How am I supposed to hear God? How long do I have to wait to hear Him? What am I supposed to be doing in the mean time? Then I went back to, how am I supposed to hear Him?  If you can imagine, all of these thoughts were going through my head at the same time as I was trying to listen.  It was very interesting to listen to other people and how they have felt God speak to them.  For some, they were awakened in the night and heard Him speak to them.  For others, it was not until after the fact that they realized that this is what God intended for them to do.  Still for others, it was just a nudge in a general direction, a gut feeling.  This left me to do quite a bit of thinking.  I think it comes down to prayer.  If you include prayer in your life, especially when it comes time to make those big decisions and whether you can actually hear Him or not, He will be there with you.

DSC_0289I know that all of the decisions I have made in the past have led me to right where I am today.  However, I feel that this is exactly where I am supposed to be.  I am super excited about the amazing things that are coming this year and I know He has so much more planned for me.

As always, spread some love.


IMG_1436             Wow! I am having trouble coming up with the words!  My trip to Ireland was simply amazing.  I do not think it was from all of the beautiful sights or the wonderful food that I tasted.  I think stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something new made it exciting.  I think being able to disconnect from the phone, social media, people in general from time to time helps.  While I did not unplug as much as I wanted too, I did some.  I do not think people realize how hard it is to unplug until they actually try and do it.  Give it a try, it does put things in perspective.

IMG_1269               Hanging out with the locals, meeting new people and just listening to what people had to say made the trip worthwhile.  My favorite part on every tour we went on was learning about all the history.  Most importantly though, I had the time away to think and re-evaluate my goals, my passions, what I want in life, and what I want for Mattie.  While there was no ringing in the New Year, I welcome this New Year with a huge smile on my face!

DSC_0332              2017 was one of those years to remember and to cherish. It was a year where I felt accomplishment, many blessings, joys, along with heartache and disappointment. 2017 was a year where I took a chance and decided to step out of my comfort zone. It was a year where I learned that it is perfectly fine and acceptable to not know ALL of the answers. I learned to trust and have faith in a plan that is bigger than me. It was a year full of being able to spend time with the people who mean the most to me. 2017 was a year of learning and discovering my passions, and taking those passions and making something out of them despite how crazy they may seem.

IMG_1486                Most importantly, 2017 was a year of a tremendous amount of growth.  Growth in being able to look at yourself in the mirror and love the person looking back at you.  Growth in knowing that despite the past, you are right where you were supposed to be.  Growth in knowing that the future is bright and there is so much more out there for you.  Growth in learning to love here, and now, in the present.  2017 was a hell of a year and here is to 2018!

IMG_1463              I started 2018 off with a bang and am looking forward too many more new adventures. I’m going to take more chances and continue to step more and more out of that comfort zone. I’ll be taking extra time to cherish all of the little things. Honestly, they are the only things that matter. I’m going to follow my passions, even if it means going against the grain. My passions burn like a fire in my heart and given enough time I can explain why they matter to me. I’m going to laugh every day and multiple times a day.  Laughing is good for the soul. If you do not laugh, you definitely need to start.  Most importantly, one has to love.  Love as often as you can and as deep as possible.  And pray.  Pray hard and pray often.  Only the Big man upstairs knows what plans He has for me.  However, I am betting that it is something spectacular.

IMG_1573Smile-Laugh-Love.  We could all use a little more love.

December 15, 2017

Today is the day……My Graduation from College. Who would have thought?  I remember envisioning this day and all the emotions that would come with it.  However, I never imagined that it would come with these emotions. I’m not sure what they are yet…. maybe it hasn’t hit me yet?

IMG_0043It has been quite a journey, even though I probably took twice as long as the average student.  The last four years have done some amazing things for me along with a lot of growing.  I worked three different jobs continuously over the last two years and my home and school life is anything but “Normal”.  I’m a single parent doing my best to make every performance, every parade at school, every Christmas program, and being there to walk her into her “Big Kindergarten School” every morning. I am so thankful for the amazing teachers that have touched my life and always understood and done anything they could to help. Cheers to the countless late nights and projects that were done under crunch time. Oh how many times I wanted to throw in the towel and just succumb to the tears. Cheers to the many tears shed not knowing if I was doing the right thing or what I was supposed to be doing. Cheers to my parents, who no matter the day or time where there for me.  To my Mom, who would pick me up along with all of the pieces during those tearful nights and tell me that everything would be okay.  Cheers to discovering a passion that was buried deep downside and to learning about myself all over again.

IMG_3355College not only gave me an education, it gave me a dream and a new meaning to life. I am immensely thankful for the amazing people I have met on the journey; The ones that I cannot thank enough for the support they have given me along the way.  To the awesome friendships that I have developed and to my old friends (more like “family”) who rooted for me no matter how often or how little we spoke.  I thank each and every one of you.

Today starts a new day, but on the other hand not at all.  I am not quite ready to leave Aggieland just yet, and I have some more growing to do.  Graduate school is calling my name.  I simply did it. I finally accomplished a Major goal that I set for myself.  I finished one semester later than I wanted, but hey I could not pass up the internship of a life time!

IMG_3152While some people may not think that Graduation is a big deal, that is okay. Everyone has their own story and this is mine. Everyone has hardships and tribulations.  I would just like to give myself a little pat on the back. I have been at rock bottom and slowly but surely crawled my way back up to where I am today.  I still have a long way to go to get where I want to be, but I know I can get there. I have made it this far, nothing is going to stop me now.

To everyone else graduating today, Congrats! To the rest of the students, hang in there. Finishing is possible, it just takes time.

As always spread some love, we always can use some more love in this big ol’ thing called Life.


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…



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


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.


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.



Mountain Tops & Belt Buckles

IMG_3456Words cannot describe the beauty seen from the top of a mountain. It seems as if you can see the whole world from up top on that mountain. The beauty and love that God put into making this land is incredible. Peace is up there and it surrounds you and wraps you up tight like a blanket. Take a minute to close your eyes and imagine walking a trail in the mountains. Imagine the sun rising up over the mountain tops and bouncing off the lake hidden in a valley. The birds are chirping and flying around and as you glance over you can see a herd of elk grazing peacefully. Now just take a moment and let it all sink in. Let that peace come over you and settle way down deep inside you. I know I did.

IMG_3505My trip to Colorado was one of the best trips I have had in a long time. Any trip where you get to meet with your CattleWomen friends is awesome, but this one was different. I took the time to appreciate all the amazing things around me and came back with that peace. I came back knowing that there is so much more to life. There is so much beauty around you but people fail to see it as the daily grind overtakes them. Take that time and see that beauty and find that peace.

IMG_3542In Colorado, I attended the American National CattleWomen meetings. I love going to these functions and meeting and learning from all the women across the United States. It is so motivating to see how many passionate women there are who support the Beef Industry. Many of them are Ranchers themselves. One of the exciting new programs that they have out is the National Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program. This is a wonderful program that takes Collegiate Leaders and helps them develop their leadership skills as well as giving them educational opportunities. An added bonus is introducing these young people to industry professionals. This is one program that if you are in College you do not want to pass up. There is even a scholarship associated with it. If you are wanting more information on this program be sure to check out and click on the “Programs”. The deadline is October 31st, so make sure you get your application in soon.

IMG_3543Needless to say, I was not ready to come back home. I was not ready to get back into that daily grind. I was having a hard time (again) adjusting back to the daily grind knowing that there is so much more out there. This time I decided to do something about it. Do you know how powerful it is to watch the sunrise every morning? Taking in all that beauty has really grown on me and I do my best every morning to make sure I am up to see that sunrise. It puts a whole new perspective on my day and something that I am very grateful for.

IMG_3455This past week the Texas Aggie CattleWomen, held our annual Steak Dinner and Dance the night before Beef Cattle Short Course began. The event turned out to be everything I hoped for and more. The Texas A&M Hall of Champions was immaculate. We more than tripled our attendance from last year, and as always, the food was amazing. Nolan Ryan himself supplied the tenderloins and he was kind enough to attend! My fellow CattleWomen gave me the honor of being named, “Texas Aggie CattleWoman of the Year.” It is truly an amazing feeling to be acknowledged for doing something you love. However, every one of the girls from the officer team deserved this award as well. We all put in a lot of hard work and not because we had to. We did it because we love doing it. We have this passion for the Beef Industry that is indescribable. It is a fire that burns deep down in our bellies and all we want to do is teach and educate people as well as learn ourselves. This week was a great opportunity for learning. If you have never been to Beef Cattle Short Course and you want to learn, this is the best place to go. The classes are all spectacular and they feature some of the best speakers in the United States. This course happens once a year and will be held again in August 2018. I was unable to attend the classes this year, but I was there as a displayer and I loved every minute of it. The people you meet are brilliant and the networking opportunities are endless.

Belt BuckleNo matter which path you take in life, make sure you find something that you love doing. Make sure you make time to find that peace and to stop and appreciate the beauty around you. Take a chance and watch that sunrise, I know I will be.