Sunday, November 24, 2013

Big Kid Status

I feel like I have aged more in the past two weeks than I have my entire college career. My friends are graduating, taking big job opportunities all over the USA, getting married, and having babies. And yes I am just excited I am getting a puppy!
As my team and I just completed what has been a major milestone in our lives, we were named the Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team. It has hit me the first time I am having to completely let go of the stock show life. It will always be a big part of me but I like to think I am on to bigger and better things.
I have always been a dreamer and I am proud to announce I am starting my own business!!
For years and years, ever since I was little, I would help my Grandma in her salon or my Mimi in her flower and gift shop I have dreamed of someday having my own store. The way I see it there is no time like the present.
The Lord gives you today, he doesn't promise you tomorrow or the next day, get off your feet and start living your dreams. I have always been a firm believer dreams don't just happen, they are a mystery, but I believe they are mysteries from God. And they are meant to be chased.
I would also like to take a moment and say THANK YOU! to all my friends, and family for supporting me, and showing me the most continuous love. Life can get scary and bumpy but with each one of yall holding my hand its a road worth wild. I also want to apologize for not texting, or calling back. I have gotten in the bad habit lately. I will do better.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The drive.

Oh my goodness, its the night before I load up and head towards Louisville. By this time next week I will have officially be a has been! Crazy.
For as long as I can remember I have worked towards one goal, one day, and one dream. It has changed a little but since I was about 12 years old I have worked and strived "to win Louisville." Growing up it was to win the Louisville lamb show and today my team and I finished up our last practice (in Texas) to try to win the judging contest. Tonight was the last time of walking around the atrium and around those huge bull statues getting sets ready. It almost doesn't seem like real life to me.
As I have packed my suitcases, read over my stenons and tried to gasp my mind around the realization of this is the last hooraaaahhhhh, I couldnt help but think, "why do I do this?" "what keeps me going back?" this is the conclusion I have come to... Its that feeling you get, when you walk into the grand drive, on the floor, or in a reasons room. As Norman Khols says, its the feeling that you know your alive. Its that adrenaline rush, when your body is shaking, you're so anxious, and you cant help but be so excited. The world seems to just go in slow motion, it all comes down to one breathe when the 'fat lady sings.'
I always get like a little kid at Christmas time the night before I leave, in high school I always remember the day before; mom would come get me out of class early and the fun would begin. We would start washing, shearing, dying, and loading up the showboxes. I would wake up just about on the hour, every hour to see if it was time to leave. Finally when it was time we would drive for hours and hours and finally pull into Kentucky. I cant help but be excited for that moment in a 15 passenger van with my teammates. There is no one better I could think of to share that last feeling with than a van full of Red Raiders.
I know this weeks "drive" will be one I will always remember. It will be the most challenging, exciting, and earnest weeks of my life. I pray for everyone's safe travels and that everyone is able to bring their best shot. I wish my fellow Red Raiders the best of luck as they compete in the National Championship Meat Judging Contest.
As Clint Cummings would attempt to rap about Louisville...
"Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted one moment Would you capture it or just let it slip?"

PS: to my non judging friends, this part of the blog is for you, you have exactly one week and one day to prepare to have me back in your life. We have some time to make up for. (;

Monday, November 4, 2013

i hope you dance

Greetings my loves,
This blog is inspired by one person I look up too, and look forward to reading her blogs, and two by a teammate who proved no matter how busy we are I can manage this. I cant promise what rants, raves, or topics I will go off on but tonights, is on my current thought and mind set, inspired by the best coach in the nation.

In mists of our crazy lives we get to working for one prize and get to focussing on our goals, dreams, and whatever else consumes our lives and forget to stop and smell the roses. Its sad to think that sometimes in the blink of an eye all that can flash before your eyes, your dance can stop and all the sudden no ones leading it. But thats the best time to let the Lord take over, LET HIM LEAD. Its in the times that seem impossible, and the times that you can not reason out or ever understand that I believe will mold you into a better person.
I recently had an event occur in my life that I will never be able to gasp, I will never understand, but it wasn't until in a 15 passenger van filled with my coaches and teammates that it dawned on me. This was my wake up call. I need to focus more time with the people I love, and the people who love me. I don't need to blame my life that gets hectic and busy as an excuse to stop loving, and being a friend. The Lord has allowed me to share dances with so many wonderful people that are true blessings to me, but in the mix of my life I sometimes get sidetracked and don't take the time to dance with them.
There are far more important things in life than chasing banners, making a buck, or working your way to the top. You can still do all of those, if you can prioritize the things that matter along the way.

I firmly believe life is like a dance, but you have to ALWAYS let the Lord lead you, and he will always allow the right people to step in.

pray for and with those people. cherish those people. always have time for those people. hug those people. kiss those people. tell them how much they mean to you. overuse i love you's. always live like this is your last song with them.

i hope you dance.

all about the person inside me.....

I am one of a kind. i adore simplicity thats fabulous. i love stock shows, and the smell of fresh shavings, and freshly cut alfalfa. there is nothing more precious than babies, of every shape and kind. i ramble on. i get hyper. my bad days can be fixed with time with God, and sweets. I am the BIGGEST sinner ever, yet God still loves me. pink is more of my trademark than my favorite color. i bled TTU red raider. i am a livestock judger. i have big dreams, and the drive to make em happen. i love thick accents. i miss my friends. i love perfume, and colored lips. i melt when guys wink, particularly at me. im a sucker for good stock, square toed boots, and starched jeans. my favorite verse is Psalm 46:5. im getting a puppy, named Louie. i have a passion for agriculture. i spent a summer in DC. i am random, try to keep up. children with sicknesses capture my heart and soul. i love white feathers, and gold sparkles, im creative, and crafty. im tough, but tender. I love my life, and the ones in it.