Sliding into 2019

2019 started with my foot on the gas pedal!  A quiet New Year’s Eve evening with Mattie popping fireworks with my dad and me, which has turned into a tradition, has turned into a non-stop roller coaster from Mattie’s extracurricular activities to starting a new job to my CattleWomen to school starting.  My life has been busy busy busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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I am definitely excited to see what is in store for 2019.  2018 was amazing overall but I was glad to see it go.  A new year always means a new slate to me.  A new year to make a difference and to live life to the fullest. 2018 started off with a bang and slowly dwindled down so I can only imagine what 2019 has in store.  It is true, my thirties have already been better than my twenties and I am just getting started.

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It is crazy how your path can take you to different places, with different people, and you learn and become interested in different things.  I always knew that I had a creative side in me.  I mean, I did originally want to go to College for a photography degree. The more time I spend working the more and more I fall in love with it. I was sitting at my desk the other day working on a design for a new website and I thought to myself, I should have been a communication major or something equivalent.  I wish I would have gotten more experience in that field in school but one of my classes this semester is Ag Design so I am super excited about that.

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God continues to bless me every day and I am so thankful for all the wonderful opportunities that I have been given and my amazing parents for making those opportunities possible for me.

2019 is going to be a year of rebuilding for me, a year of growing up, a year of finding new hobbies and pursuing them, a year of traveling (gotta love my CattleWomen ladies), a year of making new memories and a year of cherishing everything and everyone around me.

Here is to 2019 and I hope your year is the best that is can possibly be!

As always share some love, we can always use some more love!

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Have you ever wanted to do something and got your self really pumped up just to back out at the last minute?  I know I have, there have been a lot of things that I wanted to participate in but didn’t.  Getting out of your comfort zone is something for me that has required some work, but something that I am thankful I have been trying to do.  Public speaking and having to meet new people is something that has really been a challenge for me.  Now, the people that know me probably think this is crazy, I mean I did work at a restaurant for 10 years.  I have come out of my shell quite a bit and continue to do so on a daily basis.

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Now the real reason for this blog is to brag about my kiddo.  The last few weeks, I have been able to watch her while she participates in her extracurricular activities.  Gymnastics has been the highlight for the last couple of weeks, it has been an amazing journey getting to watch how far she has come.  I have seen her tell her coach, that she did not want to do a cart-wheel, but then after a conversation with her coach, she went and did it anyway.  I have seen her become so brave and try her best to do toe touches on the balance beam.

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While this is amazing and great, Monday we did a big thing.  She had her first horseback riding lesson.  She was so excited yet so scared at the same time.  Now, I was worried the whole time.  I was afraid that she was going to change her mind at the last minute.  She did the total opposite. She soared.  I quietly snuck away and watched her from the sidelines.   After her lesson, she was beyond thrilled.  There are no words to describe how overjoyed she was and how happy it made me.  I am thankful that my family and I are able to provide her with opportunities to get her out of her comfort zone and try new things.  Looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for her!

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

P.S. – There may be a new horse whisperer in town

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.