Posts Tagged ‘ life ’

Living in Missouri

In my last post, I was telling summer to hurry up and talking about how the weather was starting to warm up and school was dwindling down.

Well… I may have spoken too soon because it snowed this past weekend. Yes, I said SNOW on May 3rd. I was suppose to go camping in Branson, MO on Friday and Saturday with my sorority, but we decided for this rare occasion, girls didn’t need to get sick or have to freeze their butts off.

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The past three days have been in the 40’s and even 30’s and today it happens to be 60 degrees. Sometimes I just don’t understand Missouri weather.

On a side note, I only have 7 days left of school! Finals start next week and this week I am busy finishing up classes and preparing for my tests. I am ready to close up this semester and see what the summer has in store for me!

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Bigger, Brighter Future

Life is unexpected and thrilling at times. Events happen in our lives for a reason and these are the moments that make us stronger people.  Just as life, showing livestock is unpredictable and thrilling. We not only do it because we love it, but because it teaches us responsibility, the knowledge of determination, and gives us courage.  A 1,000 pound beef animal can teach us more life lessons than our parents can at times.

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Sometimes it is easier to give up, and we all think about it at times when we’re out in the barn ‘til midnight feeding and walking pigs and have to get up at 6 again to take care of things before it gets hot again in the summer. But, we do this because we care for our livestock and whether our end result be the state fair or the county fair; we’re showman and it’s our responsibility to present our animals to the best of their abilities.

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I truly am blessed and fortunate to get to do the things I love with the people I love. Without the determination and competitive edge that I have been born with and taught by my parents and my peers, I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have had of being successful in and out of the ring. Throughout my live so far, I have learned that God only challenges us because he knows we can handle it. Showing livestock has made me the person I am today. I have made many networking connections for the future and there is no doubt in my mind that I will continue to be involved in this industry throughout my life.

“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard for it.”

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It’s not WHAT you know; it’s WHO you know

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know… I have recently started to realize how true this motto is. Now being a college student, it is all about the connections and being in the right place at the right time. Sure, being intelligent and knowledgeable is important, but having a foot in the door already definitely puts you a step ahead.

Having two different “lifestyles”, I believe that I have a heel in one door and a boot in the other. My connections on both ends of the spectrum have different goals, ways of lives, and points of views.  Both sides have helped me grow and be able to fit in anywhere.  When I was 10 years old I would have never imagine I would be living in town for half of my life. I had the stereotype in my mind that all “town kids” did was ride their bike to the city park and play video games. They spent time with their friends and I spend time with my show livestock. This intervention has grown my mind, given me experiences, and made connections.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without the people who have helped me get here.  If anybody would have told me 5 years ago I would be at Missouri State University, or I would enjoy showing cattle more than pigs, I would have probably told you that you were crazy. Every event in my life has happened for a reason and has made me, in some way, a better person for it.

I know I learn something and meet someone new every day. I believe everyone in my life is a teacher to me, old or young, good or bad. Whether it be for a job or a friendship, I haven’t done it on my own and my “connections” have always been behind the scenes helping me along the way.

The Beginning

My Two Way Trail…

Definition: My passion for Agriculture divided between two different homes.

What do I mean when I say “two different” homes? This is how I have been raised since my freshman year in high school. My mom lives in town and my dad still lives on the 20 acres I was raised on.  When I am “living” in town I am still the same ol’ country girl I have always been. However, I don’t have the option to go to my backyard and rinse my heifer or feed my pigs vanilla wafers. My hobbies or “pocket drainers” as my dad may say, allow me to spend the majority of my time on the farm and with my dad. My mom is still very supportive of my livestock habits, but she isn’t as engaged. Agriculture is bred into me and always will be.

I am employed by Murphy Cattle Company. I help with just about anything on the farm from helping with elementary homework to pulling calves in 10* weather. I consider this more than just a “job”. It has been a family relationship since the beginning. I have been much more engaged in the cattle industry due to this “job”. We also attend many cattle and pig shows together throughout the year. I have found yet another passionate aspect to this industry we call Agriculture.

Later on in my blog, I plan on sharing more with you about my so called double life, mentioning some helpful advice, and I may even throw in juggling school, work, and family. So jump on the bandwaggon of blogging with me and see what life has to bring us!

–Taylor