Volleman’s Wildcat Dairy Farm, in Little Ole’ Gustine, Texas

Milk, it does the body good! One of my favorite things to do is meet other cattle (beef & dairy) producers. Today I toured my second dairy and this one was phenomenal. Located in Gustine, Texas, Volleman’s Wildcat Dairy started in 1993 with 50 Dairy cows. The operation today consists of 5,000 Dairy cows!

            Not only has the dairy grown in size over the last 25 years but they have also started bottling their own milk as well. They sell their milk in glass bottles! Besides learning about their operation, this had to be the coolest thing I heard all day. The instant I heard him say that I felt like they were bringing back some of the old ways of doing things. Did I mention they have a home delivery option as well? And that you can return the glass bottles and they refill them for you?!? Oh, and one other small mention, they are the official milk of the DALLAS COWBOYS!!! How awesome is that! This dairy is doing some amazing things. For more information on where their milk is sold or how you can sign up for home delivery, check out their website here – https://vollemansdairy.com/stores/

            If you have ever wondered about the treatment of Dairy Cows, let me tell you, these ladies have it made in the shade. They are in free stall barns with cross vents. This means the cows are under shade and have air flowing in and cooling them off. They are also able to walk, laydown, and eat in whichever stall they want. Did I mention they have sprinklers that cool them down when they eat? Talk about the life!

            Another fun fact about this dairy, they let people come out and tour, not only their dairy barn but also the bottling plant where the milk is processed and bottled. This would be one of the neatest field trips ever. If you have little ones and want to learn more about dairy’s, this tour is for you!  For more information on that, be sure to click here – https://vollemansdairy.com/dairy-tours/

            Today was a great day, one of those days that you wish everyone could experience. The best thing overall for me was the love and passion that David had for his cows and his industry. I wish all consumers could experience that firsthand. When you get to experience that love and passion, you know without a doubt, they will do whatever it takes to care for their animals. To love what you do, while making a positive impact not only on your family and the local community but across the state and surrounding states, well that’s a beautiful thing.

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

XOXOXOXO

Casey

Sometimes We All Need a Reminder from the Big Man Upstairs

These last few weeks, I have really been confused on life. Looking at all the things around me and while being grateful for everything that has come my way, still feeling like something is missing. Still wondering what I am doing wrong, still wondering what I need to do to get to the next level.

I am a pen and paper kind of girl and I have number crunched and dreamed and planned things out, so many times in so many different ways and yet the past few years, I have still been stuck in the same place, making not so fast progress in my eyes. In fact, I have probably fallen back some instead of moving forward.

A month or so ago, I was checking out at Hobby Lobby and they had some books on sale. Me being the reader that I am snagged them for a later day. That later day just so happened to be in these last few weeks. Sometimes, God puts things in your life to make you stop and think and that is exactly what this book did. It was a relationship book and while the advice in it was solid, I pulled something entirely different from the book.

If you aren’t inviting God into your life, no matter how hard you work at things, you will never have the fulfillment that you are looking for.

This book intrigued me and let’s just say I needed this book at this exact time. I was broken down, to a point of not understanding a lot of things about the way life was going. It reminded me that I wasn’t praying like I should be, that I wasn’t spending time with God like I should be and that instead of trying to figure out all my problems, give them over to God.

I then proceeded to watch “War Room”, one of my favorite movies with Priscilla Shirer, who shows us how to fight the right way in prayer. There is no better feeling than knowing that you are on the right path, that fire, that excitement that burns in you. My question to you is, how do you keep it burning? How do you keep that fire alive? When the mundane tasks of everyday life begin to catch up to you, how do you break out of that cycle?

If you haven’t seen War Room, I highly suggest you watch it. Priscilla also has a book called “Fervent” that is pretty amazing if you are trying to bring some fire to your prayer routine. No matter what season of life you are going through right now, turn to the Big Man upstairs. Watch and be grateful for the things that come your way.

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

XOXOXO

Casey

Sometimes Slowing Down is Key

The past few weeks have been quite an eye-opening experience for me. I have listened to quite a few podcasts and read some books and had previously come away with the understanding that if you want something, you have to put the pedal to the metal and make it happen. This was my current mindset for my boutique, “The Rustic Pony”. I was trying to do all the things that I could do, to make it grow as fast as possible.

Sometimes that mindset and growth aspect isn’t possible. Yes, you want to try your hardest to make your business successful or do your best at work to get promoted. However, there is a line that you have to be weary of. You can’t push so hard for something that it interferes with your personal finances. You can push and push all you can, but if your business isn’t producing the income to supplement that push, then maybe you need to take a step back and slow down.

I was trying so hard to make something work, I was traveling to all the big shows and telling myself that, oh I will pay myself back after the show. That is all great and dandy until your show doesn’t produce the income you need to not only cover the costs, but to pay yourself back as well. While I know most are smarter when it comes to decisions like this, it happened before I realized it was happening.

I want to let you know that it is okay to start out slow, it is okay to grow at a rate where you feel comfortable, and your business can afford the moves you are wanting to make. It is okay that it may take longer than you hoped. Do not compare your journey with anyone else’s. Your journey is yours alone.

I am so grateful that I got smacked in the face the last couple of weeks. It has sent me back to the drawing board and actually given me a breath of fresh air, a new hope of the future to come, and the ability to slow down and do things the right way. There is room for everyone at the top, slow down, truly enjoy the journey and you will be there before you know it.

The Rustic Pony is still traveling some, so be on the lookout as we will be hitting up some more local shows! Interested in what The Rustic Pony is? Check us out here – http://www.therusticpony.com

When Doubt Hits… Know YOU are Worth it!

Do you ever find yourself wondering why you keep pushing for more? Why you keep going above and beyond because it doesn’t seem like it is going anywhere? If all the time you are investing into something is really worth it?

This past week, I was having some heavy doubt. I was getting ready for a Rustic Pony Show. As I was loading up the trailer, the first thought came into my head, is this really worth it? I was able to combat that negative thought and the next day went to work before I left for the show. That day was TOUGH. My debit card number got hacked, it was the day before a Holiday weekend. I had to cancel my card, drive over four hours away to a show with only the cash in my wallet…which wasn’t much.

That whole day, I spent thinking is this worth it? Is all this time away from my family worth it? Is all this money I have invested into this dream of mine worth it? How long do I pursue this before I just give up? Am I even making any progress? Is this the thing I am supposed to actually be doing?

Let me tell you, once I go down a rabbit hole. I go down a rabbit hole. So there I was Friday feeling sorry for myself, sales weren’t going very good either so it only intensified my feelings. I finally reached out to my go-to pal. They laid it out in the simplest terms. You are trying to better yourself, of course it’s worth it.

Let me expand on that just a little bit. If trying to better your life and your family’s life was easy, everyone would do it. It is hard and takes hard work. It takes failing, it takes losing, and it takes grit. It takes waking up each morning and doing something to get towards your goals. It will take hard work, tears, pushing beyond your limits, and possibly more tears. But guess what? It is worth it. Your dreams are worth it, your family is worth it. YOU are worth it.

When that doubt comes around, just push through and remember that everything you are working for is worth it.  

Sometimes Saying “Yes” Isn’t the Answer

The last few months have seemed like a wild ride. How is it already almost July and where has the time gone? This year has been a mentally challenging one for me. There have been times that I have been on top of the mountain and there have been times when I could barely get out of bed. There have been times when I have been winning at all the things except for the things that matter. When the relationships with people that matter are not on point, then my world gets rocked regardless of whatever else is happening. This has helped me reflect and realize what is most important in my life as well, my people.

I just finished reading this book – “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and I found it very fascinating. It is very intriguing that we as humans tend to say “Yes” to all the things in hopes that it gets us to where we are going faster, only quite a bit of the time that isn’t the case. When you spend all your energy completing all the tasks on all the things, you make very small moves. If you spend all your energy completing just a few tasks on the right path, you make big moves.

My biggest takeaway from the book was, when an opportunity presents itself, if you don’t immediately say “Heck Yesssss! Let’s do this thing” then you should probably say no. But before you can do that, you need to make sure you have a clear vision on what your future/path looks like. You have to make sure that the opportunities you say “Yes” to align with the ultimate goal. Because if you aren’t shooting for the ultimate almost unattainable goal, then what are you aiming for?

All that being said, we all know that in some cases we have to do things we don’t want to do because well, that is how we survive and get a paycheck. My challenge to you though is to start pursuing things you enjoy. Start trying new hobbies, start exploring those options. Find what makes you happy, clarify your vision, and do whatever it takes (legally) to make all those dreams come true. The journey is the best part. That is where you learn, grow and become the person you were made to be.

While this first half of the year has had its up and downs, the growth I have done as a person out does all the hard days of barely getting out of bed. I have finally come to understand that I have barely scratched the surface on what I am capable of, and I cannot wait to see what happens the rest of the year. It is never too late to hit the re-start button. You got this. Go be amazing!

In Order to Grow, You First Have to see Value in Yourself

For me, I love learning. I find many different things fascinating and want to learn as much as I can about them. My current obsession is self-growth. I have grown so much the last year but feel like I have so far to go. I am constantly trying to think of ways to stretch my comfort zone. 

I began reading John Maxwell’s – The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth – I made it to Chapter 3 and I was blown away and I had to share it with y’all!

Chapter 3 – The Law of the Mirror – You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself

The chapter goes on to discuss the power of positive self-esteem and that low self-esteem puts a ceiling on your potential. The value we place on ourselves is usually the value others place on us. For someone who has struggled with self-esteem issues and has always wondered why certain people, things, and places were attracted to me or that I attracted, reading that sentence, a light bulb went off. You can’t expect people to think highly of you, if you don’t even think highly of yourself first. This goes back to self-love, you have to love yourself first before you can ever truly love someone else.

So what is the next step? You realize you need to work on your self-esteem but how? The chapter continues with Steps to Build Your Self Image

1. Guard Your Self-Talk

Do you encourage yourself or criticize yourself? Are you a positive person or a negative person? These things are important and matter, remember to pay attention to the language you are using on yourself. Many of us say destructive things to ourselves that we would never say to another person we cared about.

2. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

You can’t look at your journey and compare it to someone else’s success. Right now, this is one of the hardest things I am dealing with. Want to know why I am not as present on social media anymore? This is why. The nonstop scrolling looking at other people’s highlight reel, brings all kind of negative juju into my life, so I stopped scrolling.

3. Move Beyond Your Limiting Beliefs

For some reason, we as humans tend to believe we can’t accomplish certain things. If you constantly tell yourself that you won’t achieve that thing, then you never will. I catch myself sometimes wondering if I will ever really achieve my dreams. When that happens, I stop and pause and sit in the moment and think about how I will feel when my dreams do come true. ALWAYS believe you can achieve something, just know you may have to work a little harder for it to happen.

4. Add Value to Others

It is really hard to feel bad about yourself when you are adding value to other people’s lives. You never know how one tiny contribution from you can change someone’s perspective.

5. Do The Right Thing, Even if it’s Hard

Always do the right thing, even if that means you are in trouble. Being true to yourself and your values is a huge self-esteem booster.

There are five more tips but I don’t want to spoil the whole chapter for you! If you are interested in the additional five tips, just send me a message or comment and I will be happy to get those for you. At the end of the chapter, he asks you to reflect and do some “homework”. 

Make a list of all your best personal qualities. This might be a struggle but don’t stop. If it takes you a while, that is okay too but don’t stop until you have written 100 positive things about yourself. Yes, you read that right, 100! I am currently working on this challenge myself and I challenge you to do the same thing. You got this!

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

XOXO

Casey

How to Make 2021 the Best Year Yet

It is crazy how much one person can change your life. How a child can be born and your whole life turn around. How everything that you thought was important no longer seems relevant. How, as she grows she pushes you to want more and do better for you and her. On this day 9 years ago, I was blessed with a little girl that would change my life. She rocked my world from the moment she entered. 

Not only has she changed my life and motivated me to want more, she has taught me so much along the way. Her love for animals is something out of this world. Her compassion and grace is something that brings me to my knees. Her innocence and love for all things reminds me of the good in this world. Her youthfulness reminds me of the little girl in me, the dreamer in all of us. 

As the New Year approaches think back on this past year. 2020 was not the best year for many, in fact probably for the majority it was really hard. However, there are lesson learned in everything that we do. 

Instead of being angry about how things are not working out for you, let’s work on being grateful for the things that have gone right for us. Celebrate every win, no matter how small. Be grateful for everything, big and small. The more gratitude that is shown, the more you realize how blessed in life you truly are. Remember, it’s the little things that matter. 

Show kindness to everyone regardless of how you really feel about them. Imagine how the world would be if we just showed kindness to everyone. You never know what someone else is going through or dealing with, show them kindness. You might be surprised about how much better you feel about yourself when you do. 

Do more of what brings you joy. Find out what makes your heart go pitter patter and do more of that. It doesn’t have to make you money, it doesn’t have to be done for someone else. It is all about what makes you happy. You being happy and so full of love for yourself should be your main concern. How can you possibly take care of anyone else if you aren’t taking care of you.

As we embark on another year, I challenge you to make this coming up year the best year of your life. I plan on making it the best year of my life. 

Whatever you do, share some more love, we could all use a little more love. 

XOXO

Casey

How Did You Figure Out What Your Ignites Your Soul?

I recently read Untamed by Glennon Doyle and I loved the book. It was one of those page turners for me when I wasn’t expecting it to be. Heck, I didn’t even know what I was getting myself into just knew that the book had been recommended. While I was reading the book, so many light bulbs were going off. She writes about being in cages, basically being stuck in beliefs that we were raised on and never really giving them a second thought. When I finished the book, I knew that it was a powerful one, one that could really open the eyes of people.

Now that it has been a few weeks and I have sat with the book, it has only made open my eyes more. It has led me to thinking about finding your passion and doing things you love. 

Which always leads me back to the question, what makes my heart burn with passion? What ignites my soul? How do you figure out the answers to these questions?

I asked a friend and their response made sense. You don’t. You do what feels right and what you find fulfillment in. Which is exactly correct because the things that bring you fulfillment, bring you joy and happiness which bring you overall peace.

But what if you don’t know what fulfills you? What if you have gone for so long doing things that other people thought was best for you? Society, family, and people you know who have your best interest at heart but may not actually know what lies in your heart. Then what? What if you are so focused on keeping your head above water so that you don’t drown that you have forgotten what brings you pure happiness. Not the “oh this is fun” happiness, but the happiness that takes your breath away, the one that reminds you how amazing God really is, the happiness that you wish everyday was like.

So where do you start? I heard once long ago to just start doing things until you find something. I have tried so many things and actually enjoy a lot of them, the hard part is finding one to hone in on and actually get started. I also know that you can’t wait for things to be perfect to start, you just have to start. So here is to starting….

Share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXOX

Casey

Things I wish I knew in my Twenties ….

The past few days I have been seeing posts that say – People in your thirties, what advise do you have to give to the people in their twenties? While I did comment on some of them, I did want to share more than just one tip. So why not do what I do best and write, it is my cure for everything. Check out my Top 5 tips I wish I knew or had done in my twenties

  1. You don’t have to go to College right away or even at all.

While this is totally against what most people say and think, I am living proof that sometimes it is okay to wait to go to college. My advice would be to go see the world. Move out of your home town. Work. Travel and figure out what you want to do in life, without the influence of other people. There is a huge world out there, explore it. You never know what you will fall in love with. On top of that, if you do go back to college at an older age, you will appreciate everything you learn so much more! Trust me, this I know for a fact.

2. Do what makes you happy regardless of what society, your parents, your friends, or even your neighbors think.

You only have one life. Do not waste it trying to make someone else happy or doing something for someone else.  For so long I tried to “fit in” with what I thought was the right thing that I should be doing. Which in turn pushed aside what I really wanted to do, what my passions were.   You are your own person. Your thoughts, your feelings, your passions are yours and no one else’s. Do not let anyone take those away from you. Pursue those passions with a fire. Do things you love.

3. Save some money from every check

I waited tables and was a bartender for almost 12 years of my life and I have nothing to show for it except some great customer service skills and I know how to make a drink or two. Seriously though, regardless of how much money you make, make sure you save some of it. Save some from every paycheck or every shift you work, even if it is only $5. After 20 shifts you will have $100. Depending on how many shifts a week, that’s roughly $100 a month you are saving. Now just think, if I had done that, I would have over 14 thousand dollars in the bank not including interest. If you have a full-time job, fantastic. Make sure you set up your 401K and at the very minimum put in what you need to get your company to match you.

4. It is okay to be alone

For some reason there is this huge expectation that we have to be married right out of college and have a baby the following year. I am here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way. Trust me, I would love to be married and have a family but I also want it to be with the right person. Don’t ever settle because you deserve the world. If your partner isn’t willing to do for you what you are willing to do for them, then maybe just maybe they aren’t the partner for you. It is okay to wait. It is okay to not get married in your twenties. It is more than acceptable to wait for the person that sets your soul on fire.

5. Be a nice human being

There were a lot of times in my twenties when I was not a very nice person, especially since I worked in a restaurant for all of them.  Be a nice person. Show compassion and love. Show grace. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. That perfect family or life you see on social media isn’t real.  Everyone has their own troubles and struggles that you may know nothing about. Be nice and spread some love.

These may seem like small tips to some but sometimes it is the little things that matter the most.

Whatever you do in your twenties, be great doing it.

And as always, spread some love. We could all use a little more love.

XOXO

Casey

How Changing Your Mindset Can Change Your Life

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You might be wondering why I am feeling compelled to share my college experiences. I do promise there is a point. Every decision that I have made the last 6 years has put me to where I am today. Some of those decisions included me growing and getting out of my comfort zone. I wanted to translate how important it is to get out and grow. To experience life. When you don’t, you honestly don’t know what you are missing or what you are capable of achieving.

The semester I was supposed to graduate I took an internship with the Texas Beef Council. Yes, I postponed my graduation! Once again, God was working his magic. The decision to apply for this internship was one of the best decisions I have made. I don’t even remember how I came up with the courage to apply. I just knew when I saw the email about the internship opportunity that it was something that I was really interested in, especially since Texas CattleWomen worked so close with them. Y’all this internship, there are no words on how awesome it was. My partner in crime for the semester was the greatest. I am telling you, this was a dream come true for me. I met so many incredible people, I got to work with some of the best in the industry and this internship truly taught me to spread my wings and grow. I am so thankful for that opportunity, for the people I have met are truly amazing.

Around this time I decided to apply for Graduate school. I had no intentions of moving back “home” (Wharton) anytime soon. College Station was/is my new home, for now anyway.  Graduate school was/is rough, the whole first year and a half I felt I made the wrong decision. I was on the major struggle bus.  I couldn’t find a project to do to write my thesis on and I honestly wanted to quit and just go to work. I was really unhappy with my life, for the whole past year actually. It was the “woe is me” type thing. I was stuck and never thought I was getting out and my life was so hard, it wasn’t fair, blah blah blah. When I look at myself back then, I just shake my head. I had done so many awesome things and grown so much and when I hit a road block those negative thoughts started happening and good went to bad and bad went to worse.

Roughly 6 months ago I was looking for a way to make extra money. I didn’t want to go back to waiting tables, I loved my full-time job but I wanted something extra to try to pay off some debt and get Mattie to Disney. I made a decision that has really turned my life around. Not only my life, but my mindset on life in general. I joined Younique, which is a makeup and skincare company. I had no idea what I was doing when I joined but I figured I would give it a shot. Once again God is so good y’all! I was blessed with the most amazing black status upline. She literally took me under her wings and has worked with me and taught me to fly, because at the time I had very little experience with makeup. She is one of those amazing ladies who is always positive no matter what, she keeps the positivity, the charisma, and the “I can do” attitude in all our group chats, team posts etc. She turned me on to Mr. Ray Higdon who has been such a blessing for me. I have never met him personally but I learn sooooo much from all of his online trainings. I have seen my mindset shift from woe is me to being grateful for the opportunity to wake up and do something I love every day. Mindset is everything. If you get anything from this blog let that be it and when I say mindset, I am meaning the way you look at things. If you are constantly negative and only see the bad in people or pay attention to all the terrible things going on in this world, that is what you are going to attract. The Law of Attraction. Transition your thoughts to what you are grateful for, transition your thoughts to how you would feel when you accomplish your wildest dreams, transition your thoughts to thinking you have already achieved them. It isn’t easy. I have to work every day at it and some days are a lot harder than others. Keeping negativity and negative people out of your life is probably one of the hardest things to do, especially if they are your friends. It all depends on you though and what kind of life you want for yourself.

I have my fingers crossed that I can graduate this Fall. I haven’t started job hunting yet but I have been finalizing the vision I have for myself. I did find an incredible project that I am so grateful to be working on for my graduate work. Needless to say, I am very excited to see what 2020 has in store for me.

As always spread some love

XOXO

Casey