Posts tagged weather
ah-ha moment

This week I had one of those lightbulb, ah-ha moments while in the midst of a 10-day stint on the road.

I've spent my week chasing meetings with more meetings only to be late to the next meeting. I'm in meetings with team members of all levels discussing clients representing all commodities and disciplines. With so many meetings on the docket, I've found myself working in my hotel room late into the night and attempting to get to the office early just to stay on top of things. 

Bottom line: I'm mentally exhausted, y'all.

(insert ah-ha moment)

I love my job. 

I'm exhausted and love my job. 

Wait. Wha? That's not an ah-ha moment. Sure it is! 

 I've never felt more on the brink of something in my professional career. It's happening, you know. The I wishes are my right nows

Wisconsin_January

I think it happened when I stopped to take a photo of the Wisconsin snow. The ah-ha moment, I mean. 

I want everyone to have this moment. I think you can.

On Saturday while speaking at AgChat's Collegiate Conference someone asked me what I've done - as a girl - to get to where I am in a male-dominated industry (ag). 

That blew me away. 

I'm a girl? I've never really thought about it and I've never been treated as such. A girl, I mean.

My influencers have never told me I couldn't do something regardless of my gender. Looking back, I suppose this mindset started by fixing fence, mending water gaps, loading trailers and evolved as I loaded grills for promotional events

Girls, if you're reading this, you're not a girl! You're a human! A hard-working, goal-oriented human. Do you. Make it happen. Don't be your own obstacle. 

Let me be your cheerleader. I'm serious. Send me a 140 or comment below and I'll fill your inbox/DMs/texts with so many random pep talks and inspirational GIFS your head will spin. 

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Immediate Care Center for Calves

After speaking about personal branding through social media in a few classes at Oklahoma State last week, I swung by my parent's house. In college I found it incredibly annoying my hometown was only 10 miles from campus. Now, I find it amazingly convenient. Tailgate, enjoy a game and not worry about a place to crash? That's clearly a win. Well, unless you don't live in Oklahoma anymore.

Lucky II

Anyway. When I arrived at home, my little sister looked at me with her baby blue eyes and said, "will you feed the bottle calf?" Nope.

It was cold outside!

I responded, "If you get my Carharts out of my car (Yes, they're always in my car) I will." Little sister set a personal record. House - Car - House in .009 seconds.

WInter is rough, man.

Poor little guy was all Bambi and the frozen pond scene. Little Sister calls him Lucky II.

Lucky

When we were little we had Lucky. He was born in a really bad storm, got stuck in the mud and broke his leg. So, we raised him .... like a dog. Sort of. Every now and then he would get out of his pen and we'd find him lounging in the yard with the dogs.

Thankfully, we lived on rural route three out past where the black top ends. Kix and Ronnie have nothing on my childhood.

If you keep your eye on the news you know we've had some fun weather in Oklahoma this week. Although it skipped Oklahoma City, a lot of the state had some serious weather drama.

Today, my dad posted this on Facebook:

Immediate care center at Clay Ranch. Thankful for the moisture, but mother nature was hard on the little guys. Lost 3 to sleet and snow. Maybe these will pull through with a little TLC.

2013_Winter_Calves

They look so cozy in the horse barn! And, hungry. And, cold.

That's it. I'm going home. I'm going to name them and give them kisses. At least one of them will forever be known as Oliver.

Carrying an Umbrella.
rainboots

A few summers ago I heard a sermon that has stuck with me, often resurfacing when I need it most.

“If you’re going to pray for rain, carry an umbrella.”

Such a simple concept: pray for rain, expect rain. Have so much faith that when it happens you don’t ask “can you believe this?” you simply say, “thank you.”

Sure, this can be taken in so many directions, but for today, let's keep it literal.

You should know I carry an umbrella in my car and have rain boots by my desk at all times. I’m praying for rain for our crops and livestock. The skies may be hazy with dust from the western part of our state, but I’m praying, umbrella in hand.

 

Curious Calves

On the weekends, I'll usually leave the Big City for a night and visit my family at the farm. Although I was there for less than 12 hours, I made it a point to get out of bed and check the cows. My show heifers (now cows) are now mixed in with the rest of the herd, so it's always fun for me to play Where's Waldo trying to spot them in the crowd of all black.

Without fail, a few curious calves take a few timid steps my direction wondering why I'm in my pajamas and boots - in their pasture. {at least, that's what I would be thinking if I were them.}

This is one of the calves that will be weaned from his mama the first of September and will be put on wheat pasture the middle of October (if we get any rain.)

They'll graze on wheat during the winter months until they reach 800 -900 pounds (Usually around June) Then, a few good heifers will be kept back for the breeding program and the rest will be sold.

Weather dictates the schedule, if it doesn't rain these calves will be weaned a little earlier.

One of the most important lessons I learned as a child is that our animals deserve our respect. Before eating breakfast, our first obligation was to feed/water our animals. This may be why if you drive past our farm early in the morning you'll see my sister in her pajamas and boots before getting ready for school.

To me, there's nothing more beautiful than a few black calves on a green pasture with a blue sky as a backdrop  - or, well, a 50 percent off shoe sale. Just being honest.