It Happened. I’m a College Grad.

Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.

Last Sunday I graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a degree in Elementary Education.  It was also Mother’s Day, so I was able to share the day with my lifelong educator, my Mom.  This milestone was a rough one for me to accept. Sure I am going to miss being a college student with all its wonderful perks. It’s hard for me to grasp that I am growing up.  I am figuring out who I am and what roads I want to take and trails I want to leave behind.  It is has been hard for me to accept that this is the first chapter of my life that my Dad won’t be apart of.  He got to see me start my college career.  The truth is I am scared of entering a new life chapter.  I am afraid of failing and not making the right decisions.  I have never been a perfectionist, but I do like to do things right.  And, well, I hope that I am doing life right.  These are the words that I am trying to live by right now, “Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.”  I need to remember that it’s okay if I don’t have everything figured out in the beginning of this new life chapter of mine.  It’s okay if I can’t do things right the first time.  I will get.  I will catch on and get to where I am supposed to go.  If it takes some time for me to get there, than so be it.

So, what’s next? I am looking for teaching jobs. I am being a bit picky right now. That will probably change, but I need to do what’s right for me. I want to be in an environment that fits me and my teaching style. So, if any of you readers know of any schools hiring in Central Indiana let me know please and thank you!

To sum it up, right now I am enjoying being a 22 year old college graduate with her friends, trying to figure out this chapter called, “Life After College.”

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Have a fabulous Wednesday!! What are your words to live by when you are entering a new life chapter?

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Need a Pep Talk?

We all need a pep talk every now and then and it’s even better when it comes from someone smaller, younger and more optimistic than you.  I am in my final stretch of my college career.  Senioritis is kicking in a little bit.  I am excited to graduate and be done with school.  It has been a long four years and I am definitely over writing papers and all the reading.  At the same time I am terrified to enter the real world and get a grown up job.  I just need a pep talk every now and then to remind me that I am ready.  To tell me “its time to do something.”  I am going to come upon many many roads that diverge into two.  I hope that I choose the one less traveled because I too “want to be on the road that leads to awesome.”

What will be your Space Jam? What will you create that will make the world awesome? Have you thought about it or started going after it?  If not here’s a little pep talk to get you going.  To sum it up, I know I am ready to “create something awesome!”

Happy Wednesday and remember “we’re all on the same team.  We were made to be awesome.”

Photo Friday: Young Farmer Conference

This past weekend I attended the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Conference. It’s the second weekend in a row where I’ve surrounded my self with individuals involved in the Agriculture industry. Farmers and ranchers are best company to keep…well in my opinion. I had such a great time with future industry leaders learning about advances in ag technology, ways to promote yourself, and of course socializing.

The keynote speaker was Josh Bleill, a Marine that lost his legs in active duty. He now works as a motivational speaker for the Indianapolis Colts. His story of hope and courage moved me to tears. Josh comes from a farming community in Indiana and was so appreciative to all the farmers in the crowd, “Farmers are a lot like Marines. They get up early, go to bed late, and come in at night with dirt on their boots.” After everything Josh has been through he remains positive about life, “Life is a blessing, look at it that way.”

Josh Bleill

Accepting IFB award

I am a member of the Marion County Young Farmer group. Our group was recognized as top county in donating number of volunteer hours and food dollars raised. I got to go up on stage to represent and accept the awards for our county.

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I am so blessed to know and work these young ag professionals.  We all had such a great time at this year’s conference. I look forward to another successful and exciting year for our Young Farmer group.

Photo Friday: Denver 2013

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Last Friday I jumped on a plane headed west with my sister, Katherine and friend, Lindsay Bowman. We had our sights set on Denver to go to the National Western Stock Show to see the best of the best in the cattle industry. The weather was gorgeous! It was warmer there than at home in Indiana. I had such a great time meeting up with friends in The Yards, drinking some red beers in the Cowboy Bar on The Hill, meeting new friends, and celebrating the success of friends’ hard work. Livestock breeders do such an amazing job of caring for their stock. National Western Livestock show is a great place for them to display their family traditions, values and to showcase their stock. I am already looking forward to NWSS 2014!

My Words to Live By in 2013

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These are the words I plan to live by every day in 2013. If you haven’t seen the movie, We Bought a Zoo I recommend that you do, it’s great.  2013 is going to be an incredible year.  I already have many events marked in my 2013 calendar.  I will be attending many weddings, graduating, hopefully finding a job, and experiencing other wonderful events I am sure.  I am so excited about this year, but I am going to need some courage along the way.  20 seconds of courage is doable, especially if something great comes out of it!

Here’s to 2013 and all the great somethings that will come with it!

What are your words to live by in 2013? Share them with me in the comments!

Photo Friday: Another Door Closes

Today is my last day student teaching 6th grade. I have so many mixed emotions. I am going to miss my students. I am going to miss the mentor teachers and staff at the school. I am going to miss seeing those “Ah Ha!” moments from the students. What I won’t miss are the long hours in the car, grading papers, saying, “I’ll wait,” and the morning staff meetings. 6th grade is such an awesome and awkward time in a young person’s life. I am so blessed that I got to be a part of it for my students. I will never forget them. They will always be my students.

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I had such a great experience with these students and mentor teachers. They have taught me SO much! I cannot thank them enough. They have influenced my teaching philosophy and have helped me become more open-minded. Because of them I know what kind of educator I am meant to be.

So another chapter of my life is coming to a close. Next semester I will be student teaching 1st grade. Oh what an experience that will be! I am nervous excited about this new opportunity, but am confident and know that I am prepared for it.

Next thing I know that experience will be over and it will be time for me to graduate in May!! Some days I think that day can’t come soon enough, while other days I don’t want it to come. I don’t want to have to venture out into “The Real World” yet, but I know that when that day comes I will be ready. I’ll be ready to walk through that new door.

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Words I Need Today

Always a Farmer’s Daughter

by Sarah Thomas

There once was a Farmer who had a daughter. A Farmer that knew how to plant and raise crops and his own stock. That Farmer’s daughter admired and loved the Farmer.

But the time came for the Farmer to answer the call because the Man upstairs needed the Farmer to tend to his stock from up above.

Although the time of Thanksgiving is the most difficult time of all, the Farmer’s daughter was thankful for him. Thankful for the time she had with the Farmer. Thankful for the memories made and the stories to share. Thankful for the example of a life well lived.

The Farmer left a legacy for his daughter to share with you. A story that shaped the daughter’s life. The story of the Farmer told by the Farmer’s daughter. And always a Farmer’s daughter I’ll be.

The Farmer and the Farmer’s daughter

Today marks the third anniversary of my Dad’s passing. It feels like he has been gone for 30 years, not three. It is hard loving and hating all the things that remind me of him the most. All the things that make me the most like him.

I love and hate black coffee. I hate that I need it to get me through the day, but love it because he drank his black too. I love John Wayne and western movies so much that I wish my life was like a western. I hate that I can’t sit and watch a whole one because it was our thing.

I love that I have come to appreciate the work of the American farmer more. They say you learn to appreciate things more once they are gone. I always appreciated my Dad and his hard work. Now that he is not here, I try to show other farmers that I appreciate them and all the work they do for me. I hate hearing the phrase “the farmer’s daughter” because my farmer is no longer on this earth but love the fact that it will forever link me to farmers.

I love that he instilled in me a love for the land. That has not changed. I could never hate the land. I love it more because it is what’s left of him on this earth. There is a sign that hangs in my house, “Heaven is under our feet as well over our heads.” That saying has never been more true for me now. I would give anything to be in heaven with him, but I know he helped create a heaven here on this land for me. And I won’t disappoint him. I will try to live every day on this heavenly land as a farmer’s daughter because I know that I will always be one.

Photo Friday: Boiler Up!

Last Friday I made my way up to Boilermaker country to join in Purdue’s homecoming festivities. I was very excited to see my Dad’s roommates from when he was at Purdue. One is from New Jersey, one is from San Diego, and another one is from the Chicago area. I was also looking forward to spending time with my sister and family friends. I had a fantastic weekend with everyone even though it rained most of the day on Saturday and everyone got soaked. Bill, my Dad’s roommate from San Diego brought his daughter, Allison with him this time. In all the years our Dads have known each other this was this first time for she and I to meet. We’re the same age and I had a great time getting to know her and how different her life is from mine in this flyover state. I see an adventure opportunity out west for a visit in my future!

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Me and my sister, Katie at Harry’s Friday night.

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At the game on Saturday before it started to rain!

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My new friend, Allison and I at Harry’s Saturday night.

Cheers to the future!

Two weekends ago I had a lovely afternoon at a local winery with two of my best friends catching up on our crazy, busy lives. We laughed a lot, cried a little, gave advice, shared funny dreams, discussed our futures and reminisced. I felt so much better after that visit. Of course I still thought about all the things I need to do and all the things I wish I could change. Those thoughts were no longer my own because I had shared it all with them. A few days later, one of the girls sent me a text with this verse along with some words of encouragement. It instantly made my day. It reminded me that I can accomplish my goals and continue to keep my cool even on the toughest of days. It also reminded me that my future is going to be awesome because I will continue to reach for it. To sum it up, again I have amazing friends and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me and for all of them!

Liz, me and Emily at Oliver Winery

Advice From a Tree

The Advice from a Tree image and words previously posted were an infringement of the copyrights of Ilan Shamir and Your True Nature and has been shared around the internet. We are reposting the correct version of this and encourage you to visit the Advice from Nature website at http://www.yourtruenature.com for Advice from a Tree and over 100 other advice bookmarks, posters, journals, tshirts and other eco products. copyright 1993-2012 YTN

Who knew you could learn so much from a tree??

Actually I have heard much of this advice from many people in my life but this is a great reminder. You should always stand proud and tall on your beliefs even if you have to go out on a limb to do it. ALWAYS remember where you come from! I would not be the person I am today if I did not appreciate my roots. My mom has always told me to drink plenty of water and my skin always thanks me for it. Being content and accepting of my natural beauty is a struggle at times but I do like the person I am, so that’s a start. I try to take in and enjoy life’s scenery.

Speaking of tress, they are so beautiful this time of the year. I have definitely been enjoying the view of the fall season.

Thank you kindly for stopping by and enjoying the view!!