When You Take Two Steps Back and One Forward

Sometimes I read things I posted a couple of years ago and wonder whether or not I am becoming wiser as the years pass.  It’s rather silly that such a thought as that comes to mind because I know the choices I have made are done and over.  Even if I felt like I took two steps back and then one forward!  Since I made the decision to halt my ‘veterinary dreams’ I have pondered whether or not that previous sentence is true.  I have already stated that I don’t need more credentials to give to the world around me.  The funny part is that a dream…never really dies, dang nab it!  Sometime in life we make choices that give us instant gratification, and I can honestly admit that I tend to do this.  However, there were other logical factors involved in my decision such as how to pay for such mind-boggling, expensive education as I was not a resident of the state I was about to enter.  My heart told me that it was more important for me to be with Mi Lechero aka my husband, and to work on some others goals near and dear to me.  Sometimes we shoot so high for a dream, we want to jump the whole staircase instead of take it step by step.  When we reach a success rapidly, maybe our mentality hasn’t caught up with where we were headed.  Life isn’t making as much sense as I thought it would and I wish I would’ve known more of these things earlier in life, so now I am grateful I do!  I am glad God is showing me that while I strive for a goal, I have to put myself there mentally before I can get there.  It is WAY to easy for me to be distracted by things that pull at my heart.  I heard someone say that sometimes in life God has a big lesson for us to learn about ourselves, and until that character comes out strong enough for us to notice we’ll never change it.  Well, I think that mine shouted at me loud and clear.  It has been a blessing having time to work on my own character and do some self-examination.  I think it is good for all of us to do that, though I expect few will.  God is working in my life and using some great people around me here in Georgia to teach me many things.  For now, I am just grateful for the new opportunities in front of me, thankful to have learned more about my own character and what I can do to make it stronger for whatever God decides to lay in front me in the future.  After all one once said, luck means good preparation meets opportunity.  I guess my journey requires me to take a couple steps back in order for me to continue forward and you know what, thank God I am not the only one!  Here’s to better preparation mentally, physically, and spiritually for whatever life brings because as far as I know the rest of life has a lot of blank pages to be filled!

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Chase Your Dreams and You’ll Find Your Path

This week is a time of change!  The only thing in life that is certain is change.  Everyday we all make hundreds of choices and our choices determine our path here on earth.  Home working on the dairy this week, I’m also spending time with my love, my closest friends and family, and getting ready for another adventure in California.  My time there last summer impacted me greatly and I look forward to spending more time there!  I will be working primarily with Dr. Daniela Demetrio DVM, the embryologist for Maddox Dairy and RuAnn Dairy.  I am certain that I’ll be blogging more about it in the coming weeks.  

It was not a hard choice to head back to California but no one can know exactly when cupid will hit you with one of those dangerous arrows.  A very inspiring individual walked in to my life over a year ago; I met him while I was working on my family’s dairy last August.  Up until a little over two months ago, I saw him here and there and always wanted to get to know him better.  Well it just so happened that he was coming to the SD State Fair this fall where I just happened to be working, and ever since my life hasn’t quite been the same.  I still love my God, love dairy, love my family, love life and have so many dreams and goals that I am chasing.  Romantic love isn’t something that I ever tried to have any crazy expectations for.  It isn’t something one can “plan” for.  As a typical girl I dreamed about falling for someone but I didn’t know it could happen so fast or that it would happen right now!  The greatest part about having a special person in my life is that I know he’s my best friend.  ”A friend is a hand that is always holding yours, no matter how close or far apart you may be. A friend is someone who is always there and will always, always care. A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart.”  Though I am headed to an exciting adventure I am feeling bittersweet about not being near my sweetheart.  It’s hard to part ways but I know that this is how it has to be for a little while.  A true friend wants what is best for you, and wants you to be happy, for you to chase your dreams.  That’s when you know without a doubt that someone loves you.  A friendship that turns into love is the best, I am so grateful for who God has placed in my life and in my heart.  God will always be my first love, but I am so thankful for how this man compels my strengths, challenges me to be greater, but does not doubt my determination or courage to do it, he believes in me and treats me like the woman that God made me to be.  

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” —John Sculley.  In my life, I want to be the best me I can and look ahead for what I can do for others!  “The significance of a man is not what he attains but rather in what he longs to attain.” —Kahlil Gibran.  As I continue in this adventure, I am excited to keep raising my sights on what God lays before me and pray that as I make choices they will positively impact others around me! 

Wearing A Boot at National FFA Convention

The past two months have flown by, and in them I had promised a video and song of my ‘Hey Perty Holstein’ parody of Nelly’s ‘Hey Porsche’.  I feel terrible I have not been able to roll that video out yet, but there’s a hold up on the photos I’d like to use.  Hopefully any day I will be able to put that up!!  In the mean time I have been busy caring for the animals at Watertown Holsteins while my dad has been busy harvesting.  A weightlifter in high school, and through college I have been lifting consistently until a couple weeks ago as well. Unfortunately, I stepped wrong and injured my foot working on the dairy.  Wearing a ‘boot’ has not been fun but wrapping it in plastic works…ok.  Only a couple more days and the boot will be off!  My foot is feeling great and I am ready to get back to working full force!!

imageLast week was my first week wearing the boot and I was fortunate that I served on the National FFA Collegiate Staff in Louisville, KY because that allowed me to ‘step’ ha no pun intended of course, away from the farm and rest it a while.  There I visited with hundreds of FFA members, advisors, teachers, parents and fellow agriculture professionals from across the nation about Collegiate FFA programs.  I also engaged many FFA members in some “Minute to Win IT!” games at our booth, which was very entertaining.  I am very thankful for the impact and experiences given to me through the FFA during New Century Farmer in 2012 and then International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program to Brazil in 2013. Both programs have helped mold me into a better person.  They have given me the opportunity to develop my vision and goals for life as well as build meaningful connections with many throughout the nation and world!