Overcoming Your Past…

I don’t know about y’all, but for me, my past has been my biggest demon to overcome. I have wanted to unpack it for so long, wanted to examine it, wanted to figure out where I went wrong or why I made the decisions that I made. By doing this, I realized that I will never move forward and become who I am supposed to be if I continue to keep my head in the past.

It is a wonder what some therapy, some amazing conversation between the important people in your life, and some alone time reflecting, writing, and listening to podcasts can do. I would say that the majority of the time when we look at our past, we look at all the failures. We look at the mistakes we made and things that we wish we would have done differently. What we are failing to see though, is that all those trials and tribulations have made you the person you are today. Without those, who knows where you would be.

For me, I begin to see things in a whole new light. Instead of being the grown adult still trying to get her Master’s. I am the grown adult who chose to go back to school and is so close to finishing that degree. I am the women who left an easy desk job to go back to school. To get my degree so that I could give Mattie a better life. I am the lady who did all this as a single parent, playing mom and dad, who has worked 2-3 jobs since the age of 20. I am the amazing person who left one abusive relationship after another because I knew I deserved better. So instead of thinking about all that has gone wrong in your life. Stop and realize how far and how much you have overcome.

You are so much stronger and so much braver than you realize. Tap into that magnificent you and sit back and watch your life change. You are capable of so much more than you know.

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

XOXOX

Casey

Cheesy Bacon and Broccoli Chicken Recipe

I got back in the kitchen this past week and it felt so good. Now, if you know me you might have just laughed out loud. I am by no way shape or form a cook but I have gotten this itch to cook more lately, so I have decided to try and start scratching it, at least once a week anyway.

We try to cook low-carb meals, which I am all about. Last week, I ordered two new keto-friendly cookbooks and got busy picking out recipes when they came in. My mom and I decided to make it even more interesting, we were going to cook together, along with some quality bonding time!

Our first recipe was from – “The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook” page 107. “Cheesy Bacon & Broccoli Chicken.”

Ingredients include:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bacon slices
  • 6 ounces cream cheese – room temperature
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat your baking dish with ghee.
  3. Season your chicken breasts with pink Himalayan salt and pepper.
  4. Place the chicken breasts and the bacon slices in the baking dish and cook for 25 minutes.
  5. Once complete, take the chicken breasts to a cutting board and use two forks to shred them. Be sure to season it some more with Himalayan salt and pepper.
  6. Place the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate so that it will crisp up.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded chicken, broccoli, and half of the bacon (be sure to crumble it up). (Instead of frozen broccoli, we chopped the florets off raw broccoli and cooked it while the chicken was cooking.)
  8. Transfer the chicken mixture into the baking dish and top with Cheddar and the remaining bacon. (I did not measure out our cheese, just covered the top layer.
  9. Bake until the cheese is bubbling and browned for roughly 35 minutes.

This dish was so good and was super easy to make! I felt almost like a chef! It reminded me a lot of Broccoli Rice Casserole. If you aren’t a broccoli fan you could always swap it out with cauliflower. What are some of your great low-carb recipes I can try?

I found joy in that kitchen this past week and for that, I am thankful!

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

XOXOXO

Casey

Every Decision You Make Changes Your Life

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Six years ago I made a decision. I packed up pretty much all of my belongings, a two year old and headed to College Station. I left my full time job with a construction company and my bartending job on the side with the goal of getting that degree. I moved in with my mom and started College full time again for the first time in 8 years. I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew that I wanted to finish my education.  I was 26 years old and boy did I feel that 26 years old. I was very shy, felt really out of place, and needless to say, had a lot of growing to do. At the time I didn’t know this decision would change my whole life, my only focus was to finish my last two years of school, go back home and eventually get married.  Needless to say, God had other plans.

That first semester rocked my world. Even with my total GPA of 3.5 at the end of the semester, I got put on Academic Probation. Yes, you read that right. You see, I was an AgBusiness major and I had taken accounting that semester and got a D! Yes! A D and I was an AgBusiness major, like I said God had other plans. At A&M, the AgBusiness program has certain core classes that you have to make a certain GPA in, accounting was one of those classes and since that was the only core class I took that semester my GPA was a 1.0. I was devastated. I can remember crying my eyes out in the back of the kitchen at Chili’s on the phone with my mom trying to figure out my life! I thought it was over but it was only getting started. I had to meet with the Dean and he actually told me about an AgEconomics program. It was similar to AgBusiness, had no core classes, had an entrepreneurship class, and I would be off Academic Probation. I was sold and switched programs.  See, I had had a dream of owning a feed store one day. When I was younger, I would go Hallettsville when we went to our deer lease and they had this feed store there that I loved! I wanted one similar but a little bigger sort of like the D&D store in Seguin.  By the way, if you have never seen that store it is HUGE!

During that first semester I also took an Animal Science class. This class changed my life, period. Everything that I thought I had wanted to do workwise was out the window. Besides the feed store, I now had new dreams. I wanted to run a cattle operation and I wanted to be involved with Agriculture. It took me roughly a year of taking Animal Science classes along with my other course load but I made another big decision and added Animal Science as a double major to my degree. This added roughly an extra year to my graduation date but I did not care. I was soaking up knowledge left and right. Extremely grateful that I went back to school when I did, I actually wanted to learn and I cared a lot more.

The AgEconomics program was a huge blessing in disguise. I met so many mentors and was able to network with so many people. The best part was in one of the classes, you have to start a business from scratch. That class was probably one of the hardest classes I have taken due to the amount of work required but I loved everything about it. My business was a cow/calf operation, where I sold preconditioned steers and bred heifers. I loved that class and my Professor Dr. Rister. He was one of the best Professors I have ever had.  I still have all my binders under my bed from those classes, that way when I am ready to open a business I can pull out all my old tools.

One day during my first year at A&M, I was sitting in my statistics class and I saw this girl wearing a Texas Aggie CattleWomen shirt. I actually got the courage to ask her about the shirt (told y’all I was shy) and she told me about this Collegiate Organization and that I should check it out. It took me a whole year before I got the courage to go to one meeting! At that meeting they made us stand up and introduce ourselves. Of course I sat in the back and tried to hide, I was literally ringing with sweat when I had to stand up and say my name and where I was from. I mean I was terrified! Did I mention I am currently the President-Elect for the State Organization? A whole year, I wasted a whole year because I was afraid of what other people would think of me and I didn’t even know the people yet! Crazy! Needless to say, I joined the organization and haven’t look back. I have served as the Treasurer and President for the Texas Aggie CattleWomen, Vice President and currently President-Elect for the Texas CattleWomen and I am also on the Board of Directors for the American National CattleWomen. This organization has given me so much life. I am so thankful for all the people that I have met along the way. While at the time I didn’t realize it was happening but I have been slowly growing. I can speak in front of people without sweating, I can run meetings, I can help host events, and plan them well too. If you have never heard of Texas CattleWomen or are interested in learning more about it, please reach out to me. I would love to help you find a local chapter. Tune in next time for when I finish my college adventures and tell you about the next couple of decisions that have set my soul on fire even more than it already was.

As always, spread some love.

XOXO

Casey